Surrey University Stag


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, drawing on techniques from Critical Discourse Analysis. 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

GHOSH Priyanki (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: 95

Seminar Hours: 22

Guided Learning: 22

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes

  • Introduction to globalisation

  • Critical Discourse analysis and ideologies of globalisation

  • Globalisation and Language

  • Economic Globalisation

  • Globalisation in Politics and Governance

  • Globalisation in Higher Education

  • Sustainability as a global concern

  • Anti-Globalisation

  • Global Citizenship

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Essay 1 (1000 words) 30
Coursework 1000 word speech + 1500 word critical commentary 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of key concepts and theories of globalisation, to practically apply principles of critical discourse analysis to sources about globalization and their own writing and to critically discuss issues of social justice in relation to globalisation.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·  Assignment 1: 1000 word essay (addresses learning outcomes 1, 2)

·  Assignment 2: 1000 word speech + 1500 word critical commentary (addresses learning outcomes 1 (addressed learning outcomes 1, 3, 4)


Formative assessment / feedback

Students will receive feedback on assignment 1 through practical exercises in the weeks preceding submission. In the second assignment, students will write a speech about a chosen entity’s (country / organisation / company) to globalisation and will discuss their decisions about that speech in a critical commentary. They will receive feedback on similar practice tasks in the weeks preceding submission.

Module aims

  • to introduce relevant theories of globalisation
  • to analyse discourses of globalisation, using the techniques of Critical Discourse Analysis
  • to relate the concept of globalisation to specific professional situations and intercultural contexts
  • to survey key historical and contemporary manifestations of globalisation, e.g. economic globalisation, language, the internationalisation of higher education, anti-globalisation movements etc.
  • to introduce critical discourse analysis as an analytical approach to examining ideological stances towards globalisation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 To describe the key concepts and theories associated with manifestations of globalisation K
002 To analyse texts on globalisation using key concepts and theories, as well as techniques from Critical Discourse Analysis KCT
003 To assess how globalisation contributes to social justice and consider implications for professional practice CPT
004 To produce text which takes into account globalisation discourses and trends CPT

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 develop students’ understanding of core topics and concepts in globalisation. It is also designed to develop students' knowledge of and ability to apply the principles and techniques of critical discourse analysis. It will provide students with the opportunity to discuss case studies on globalisation and analyse them critically, using CDA and theories of globalisation. It will also provide them with the opportunity to consider what role globalisation plays in a context they are familiar with.

The learning and teaching methods include: a 2 hour seminar x 11 weeks. In each session concepts, models and frameworks will be presented, discussed and applied. Case studies from a range of different sources and contexts will be explored. The seminars will also provide practice opportunities for both coursework assignments.

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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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Intercultural Business Communication and Marketing MA 2 Compulsory 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 2022/3 academic year.