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. 

Students will also be introduced to Critical Discourse Analysis as an analytical technique to analyse and examine sources and investigate their ideological stances towards globalisation.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

DIPPOLD Doris (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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to Globalisation

  • Economic Globalisation

  • Globalisation and Language

  • Globalisation in Politics and Governance

  • Globalisation in Higher Education

  • Alterglobalisation

  • Globalisation and culture

  • Global Citizenship

  • The dark side of globalisation

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 which 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 them critically using the techniques of Critical Discourse Analysis. 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.

Students are encouraged to discuss ideas for the essay and presentation during office hours.

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.
  • to introduce critical discourse analysis as an analytical approach to examining ideological stances towards globalisation
  • to introduce critical discourse analysis as an analytical approach to examining ideological stances towards globalisation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 A critical understanding of the key concepts associated with and historical manifestations of globalisation C
002 The ability to relate these concepts to one another and to academic and non-academic sources discussing issues in globalisation KC
003 The ability to critically appraise issues in globalisation in relation to intercultural communication and global (in)equality CPT
004 The knowledge and critical skills to discuss the practical relevance of theoretical writings on the topic KCT
005 The knowledge and critical skills to analyse texts and images informed by globalisation, using the techniques of critical discourse analysis KCT
006 A better ability to assess and respond to situations of interculturality and and global (in)equality PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

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, small-group and whole-class discussion and 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.

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Intercultural Communication with International Business MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Communication and International Marketing MA 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2019/0 academic year.