SO4002 - Global transformations

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What will I learn on this module?

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
- Identify and explain the importance of the key socio-historical processes that have shaped modernity
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different ways in which modernity and globalization affect diverse communities in the UK and internationally
- Explain key sociological issues in relation to the interaction of local, global and historical contexts
- Demonstrate an understanding of patterns of organisation and mobilisation by different groups and communities as they experience and respond to processes global and local change.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered by means of lectures and seminars, and an interactive and student-led approach will be encouraged in seminars. This method of delivery will be supported by tutorials, electronic learning, and use of film documentaries as appropriate. Emphasis will be placed on encouraging students to function as independent learners, through collecting contemporary materials relating to processes of global transformation which will be presented in seminars and discussed with peers and tutors.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by the teaching team through seminars and Blackboard, supplemented by one to one tutorials and email. You will be given contact details and office hours for the teaching team to enable them to book tutorials and ask questions by email.

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 key sociological concepts and theories relating to globalisation and social change and an ability to apply these to case studies rooted in particular times and places.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the interactions between: global flows of people and things; policies of national, international and transnational institutions, and individual and collective agency.

Intellectual / Professional skills and abilities
1. The ability to identify and comment upon global social issues, and local issues within a global context, and to understand the methods used by sociologists to collect and critique data.
2. The ability to engage in individual and group study, including identifying and selecting a broad range of academic sources and engaging critically with non-academic sources.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA)
1. Appreciate the diversity of the global social world and develop a critical assessment of one's own position and the global context of one's opinions and values.

How will I be assessed?

a Formative assessment and rationale for tasks

Students will be asked for plans for their summative assessment tasks and will receive feedback on them in tutorials.

b. Summative assessment

Students will be required to collect materials and evidence of global transformations from the media and from their everyday lives in order to inform a reflective group presentation of no more than 15 minutes. They will also be required to submit a 2.500 word essay that both demonstrates an awareness of key theoretical perspectives explored in the module and examines a particular global flow in depth. Both assessment tasks will require students to locate their own experiences of the interaction of local and global processes in the context of both the popular media and the academic literature. The presentation will constitute 20% of the overall mark and the final written piece 80%.

c. Feedback strategy

Students will receive ongoing formative feedback in seminars, and will receive peer and tutor feedback in relation to their group presentations.





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Course info

UCAS Code L300

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 2020

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