Module code: GLOL001

Module Overview

This module explores the notion of global citizenship, providing an overview of the central competences associated with global citizenship, the social responsibilities it entails and the civic engagement / action which may be its consequence. It allows students to reflect on their own role as a ‘global citizen’ in relation to a project they have chosen to conduct.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

DIPPOLD Doris (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: Global Graduate Award

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 120

Seminar Hours: 30

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Introduction to global citizenship

  • Who am I in a global world? The social construction of identity

  • Developing global competences

  • Introduction to intercultural communication

  • Globalisation

  • Global Citizenship and the Workplace

  • Sustainability

  • Language and social justice

  • Religion in a globalized world

  • Company-charity collaboration

  • Company citizenship

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Case Study 1 20
Coursework Case Study 2 30
Coursework Group project report 50

Alternative Assessment

Case study 1 & 2: Students will complete the same assignments set for the initial assessment. Project report: Students will complete an alternative report in a format of their choice.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy has been designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate that they have understood

  • who they are as global citizens (global competence dimension, e.g. identity, communication)

  • how global citizenship relates to their community, with a focus on the campus community (social responsibility dimension)

  • how they can instigate change in order to address issues within the local community (civic engagement dimension)


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of three components

  • In case study 1, students write a personal reflection on how the concept of ‘global citizenship’ relates to them

  • In case study 2, students work in groups to write a reflection on an interview with a member of the university or the local community, discussing how their experiences related to the global citizenship issues discussed in the input sessions

  • In the project report, students report on a small project through which they address one of the issues identified in case study 2. The report can be delivered in a variety of formats, e.g. a reflective essay, portfolio, TED talk, website, etc.

Formative assessment / feedback

The assessment strategy allows each assessment to build on the work done in class, and upon the previous assessment. In each assessment, students will not only be asked to draw on the theory, knowledge and skills taught in the input sessions, but also relate these to themselves (case study 1), the university community or wider local community (case study 2 / project report). Students will receive formative feedback on each assessment component which they can use to feed into the next assessment.

Module aims

  • • develop students’ understanding of the concept of global citizenship
  • • provide a space for discussion on how global citizenship relates campus life, life in the wider community and the professional context
  • • develop key professional competencies, e.g. project planning and reporting, team working, intercultural communication

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 To explain the concept of ‘global citizenship’ in relation to the breadth of issues that it encompasses K
002 To identify and critically discuss issues relating to global citizenship C
003 To reflect on how ‘global citizenship’ relates to their own lives and professional goals KP
004 To communicate with confidence and sophistication across linguistic and cultural boundaries P
005 To plan and manage a small project applying global citizenship concepts PT
006 To communicate project outcomes using a range of formats / technologies T

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 enable students to explore topics relating to student citizenship in a critical manner. The module is taught primarily in seminar-style, with both internal and external guest speakers.

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
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: GLOL001

Other information


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 2020/1 academic year.