IR4005 - Thinking Globally

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be introduced to, understand and analyse patterns and processes of political globalization and the role of different actors that contribute to political globalization. Actors include the nation-state, non-state actors, and international organizations. You will learn how these different actors interact to create complementing and competing processes in a globalizing world. Thematic areas that you will study may include: international law, global governance, human rights, development, inequality, global commons, global democracy, and global activism.

How will I learn on this module?

You will be responsible for your own learning guided by the lectures, seminars, and the material provided in the module handbook. To make effective use of contact time with your module tutor you will consistently attend lecture and seminars and cover the weekly reading. In order to understand theories and concepts as well as their application to thematic areas, you will engage with the academic literature and participate in the tasks set by the lecturer, including group work, presentations, and debates.

This will prepare you for the assessment of this module, which consists of a 2000-word essay and an assessed (group) presentation. These different assessment types will also allow you to develop and be tested on different skills sets.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be facilitated through engagement with the academic literature and by talking with peers and academics about your understanding of the literature. You are expected to critically evaluate your pre-conceived notions that you might have in the light of the literature and debates during lectures and seminars. You will read beyond the material provided in the module handbook in order to widen and deepen the scope of my understanding of academic debates.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the different theories explaining global processes and, based on this, the multitude actors populating the field of international politics
2. Understand the role of Britain, including government and non-government organizations, in global politics

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Present your work through group work, critical debate, and summative assessment
4. Apply critical judgment to theories and arguments presented by the academic literature, politicians, media and others to engage with confidence in the discourse of around processes of globalization

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Value curiosity and challenge pre-conceived notions of processes of international politics

How will I be assessed?

All MLOs will be addressed:

By summative assessment: 2000-word essay, and (group) presentation, and in addition, formative debates in the class and group work will facilitate critical knowledge and understanding of the subject matter as well as foster cooperation.





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Course info

UCAS Code L2L2

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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