Module code: CMCM057

Module Overview

This module will explore the concept of globalisation. It aims to equip students with a thorough theoretical and historical grasp of processes of globalisation – economic, political, and cultural – and highlight how this knowledge can inform and improve their own professional practice and awareness of the presence of globalisation discourses in everyday life.


Theories and historical processes of globalisation will be presented and a wide range of relevant case studies (predominantly video-based and textual, drawing on journalistic and academic sources) will be examined. Students will be asked to prepare some of these between seminars and group discussions will provide opportunities for feedback on this work. 

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

DIPPOLD D Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: N100

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

History of globalisation
Theories of economic, political and cultural globalisation
Public and academic discourses on globalisation, as examined through a wide range of case studies.
The case studies may be focus on the following topics (indicative list): economic globalisation, developing countries and transnational corporations; corporate social responsibility and globalisation; the history and challenges of supra-national political governance; cultural globalisation and identity; the debate over Americanization as the main expression of cultural globalization; global capital cities; global terrorism.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2500 WORD ESSAY 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy consists of a 2,500-word essay weighed  is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of key theories of economic/ cultural/ political globalisation as well as their ability to relate this knowledge to individual case studies and analyse it critically in a structured way. This will be preceded by a presentation in class, supported by a PowerPoint, which will be based on the chosen essay topic. Thus the three key terms of the module title are therefore embedded in these assessments: a solid grasp of the key theories of globalisation, the ability to identify specific discourses relating to this overarching theme and to put practices of globalisation (as highlighted in the case studies) in perspective.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a case study to be designed by the student who will select primary sources on a topic of their choice and discuss them critically referring to theories of globalisation.


Formative assessment


Students will be given a number of case studies to analyse throughout the semester, followed by small-group and seminar discussions on a weekly basis, thereby giving them extensive preparation for the format, methodology and contents of the summative essay.

Each student will present their coursework preparation in class in the second half of the semester, providing opportunities for tutor and peer feedback towards the essay, therefore functioning as both summative and formative assessment.

Students are encouraged to make individual appointments with the module leader in order to discuss their coursework.



Tutor and peer feedback provided in class when students present their individual case study, and formally in writing.

The module leader has an ‘open door policy’ and welcomes student queries.

Extensive feedback is given when the summative essay is returned. 

Module aims

  • To survey key historical and contemporary manifestations of globalisation.
  • To analyse the emergence of globalisation as a public discourse, in academia, the media and public awareness.
  • To present several theories of globalisation.
  • To explore the concepts of multiculturalism and multilingualism in relation with globalisation.
  • To relate the concept of globalisation to concrete professional situations and intercultural contexts.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 A critical understanding of the key concepts associated with and historical manifestations of globalisation C
2 The ability to relate these concepts to one another KC
3 The ability to relate theoretical concepts of globalisation to issues of intercultural communication CPT
4 The knowledge and critical skills to discuss the practical relevance of theoretical writings on the topic KCT
5 The critical tools and knowledge to analyse texts and images informed by globalisation and interculturality KCT
6 A better ability to respond to situations of interculturality PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Lectures are used to introduce and discuss the theories which inform an understanding of the topics

Seminar discussion is used to apply models and theories to case studies.

Independent learning time will be used for guided reading, preparing the case studies to be discussed during the seminar as well as a brief individual presentation.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures led by the module convenor (about 1 hour per week x 6 weeks)
Small-group and whole-class discussion (about 30mn per week x 6 weeks; 2 hours x 2 weeks)
Tutor and peer feedback on individual presentations given in class (2 hours x 3 weeks)

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Intercultural Communication with International Business MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Communication and International Marketing MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.