GEOG 1101 - Globalisation, Justice and a Crowded Planet

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course examines different ways of conceptualising globalisation and investigates the precise nature of local-global relations. Students will be introduced to the political, economic and cultural processes of globalisation and, drawing on local and international case studies, they will consider the social and environmental consequences of these processes for people living in different locations. In particular, the course investigates whether and how processes of globalisation operate to create, maintain and deepen inequality, poverty and injustice amongst individuals, groups, regions and nations. The course also explores population growth and migratory shifts and considers the role that these demographic changes have in broader processes of globalisation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 1101
    Course Globalisation, Justice and a Crowded Planet
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Incompatible GEST 1001
    Course Description This course examines different ways of conceptualising globalisation and investigates the precise nature of local-global relations. Students will be introduced to the political, economic and cultural processes of globalisation and, drawing on local and international case studies, they will consider the social and environmental consequences of these processes for people living in different locations. In particular, the course investigates whether and how processes of globalisation operate to create, maintain and deepen inequality, poverty and injustice amongst individuals, groups, regions and nations. The course also explores population growth and migratory shifts and considers the role that these demographic changes have in broader processes of globalisation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Thomas Wanner

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the end of this course students should be able to:
    Demonstrate a sound understanding of the concepts, background knowledge and theories relevant to globalisation and population studies.
    1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the key issues in globalisation.
    2. Critically engage in debates on globalisation.
    3. Demonstrate high level reading skills.
    4. Apply high quality written and verbal communication skills.
    5. Work effectively and collaboratively in tutorial/workshop situations.
    6. Apply social science techniques to manipulate, analyse and interpret data related to globalisation.
    7. Effectively employ online technologies (MyUni) for communication and individual learning.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2, 3, 4, 5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6, 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Textbook (available from UniBooks) 

    Murray, W. E. (in press). Geographies of globalisation, 2nd edition, Routledge Contemporary Human Geography Series. London, UK: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

    Recommended Resources
    Books
    Dicken P (2011) Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy 6th Edition Sage: London
    Flint C, Taylor P (2011) Political Geography: World-Economy, Nation-State and Locality Pearson Education: Harlow, UK.
    Held D, McGrew A (2000) Global Transformations Reader: an introduction to the globalization debate Polity Press: Malden, Mass.
    Herod A (2009) Geographies of Globalisation: A Critical Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell: Chichester, UK.
    OECD (2010) Measuring Globalisation: OECD Economic Globalisation Indicators OECD Publishing
    Ritzer G, Atalay Z (2010) Readings in Globalization: Key Concepts and Major Debates Wiley-Blackwell: Malden, USA.
    Turner B (2009) The Routledge International Handbook of Globalization Studies Hoboken : Taylor and Francis
     
    Key Journals
    Globalization
    Globalizations
    Global Governance
    Global Networks
    Global Policy
    Journal of Critical Globalisation Studies
    Journal of Globalization and Development 
     
    Websites
    Websites which address globalisation have been listed below. All organisations (whether the UN, a university or ‘Occupy’) foster a particular ‘view’ of the world so that students should treat any website they use with caution. Identify the aims and objectives of the organisation before using material from its website.
    Center for Research on Globalization: http://www.globalresearch.ca
    Eldis (wide range of development information): http://www.eldis.org
    Globalisation and Autonomy: http://www.globalautonomy.ca/global1/index.jsp
    Global Policy Forum: http://www.globalpolicy.org
    International Forum on Globalization: http://www.ifg.org
    International Labour Organisation: http://www.ilo.org
    Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD): http://www.oecd.org
    Sociology, Emery University: http://www.sociology.emory.edu/globalization/index.html
    Third World Network: http://www.twnside.org.sg
    United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD): http://www.unctad.org
    United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): http://www.undp.org/governance
    World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org
    Online Learning
    MyUni is an important learning tool and means of communication in this course. Course updates are made via the Announcements feature on MyUni and students will do quizzes using the quiz function. Course information, tutorial readings, additional learning materials, lecture slides and, as far as possible, audio taped lectures will be uploaded to MyUni.

    Students are required to regularly check the MyUni website and their university email account
     
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught mainly in face-to-face mode through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. Students are also required to use web resources – on-line lectures, materials and videos – to enhance their learning.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. Course activities (lectures, tutorials, reading, assignments and on-line tasks) have been created in line with the University of Adelaide policy that students enrolled in 3 Unit courses will spend an average of 12 hours/week or 144 hours per semester engaged in learning related to that course. 
    - Structured learning/contact time (lectures and tutorials/workshops): 3 hours per week
    - Tutorial reading and preparation: 4 hours per week
    - Preparation for assignments: 5 hours per week
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week Lecture, tutorial and workshop topics  
    Weeks 1-2 Lectures/Tutorials
    Introduction: Conceptualising Globalisation
    Weeks 3-5 Lectures/Tutorials
    Politics of territory and space
    Weeks 6-8 Lectures/Tutorials/Workshops
    Economic globalisation and social and environmental justice
    Weeks 9-11 Globalisation and culture
    Week 12 Course overview and exam revision


  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assignment Assessment type Learning Outcomes Due Date (To be confirmed) %  
    Assignment 1
    Tutorial participation and Exercises
    Participation (10%)
    Quiz and in-class review (10%)
    Summative 1,2,5,7 20%
    Assignment 2. Workshop Exercises Summative 6, 7 20%
    Assignment 3 Essay Summative 1,2,3,4 20%
    Assignment 4 Exam Summative 1,2,4 40%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must complete all components of assessment in order to pass this course.

    Tutorial and workshop attendance is a compulsory component of the course. Students who are unable to attend a tutorial or workshop on medical or compassionate grounds must provide a medical certificate or statement of compassionate grounds to their tutor immediately following their absence. Non-attendance at one or more tutorials or workshops without leave on medical or compassionate grounds will result in automatic failure of these components of the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignment 1: Participation and tutorial exercises (20%)
    Participation 10%
    Students are required to do preparatory reading for each session. A set of questions will be provided to assist students focus their reading. Tutorial participation marks are based on the following criteria: Assessment Criteria:  Active listening - Informed contribution to discussion – e.g. questions to debate participants - Demonstrated reading

    Quiz and in-class quiz review 10%
    The quiz will cover key concepts learned through the semester. Students must complete one quiz. Responses to quiz questions will be discussed in the tutorial following the quiz.

    Assignment 2: Workshop Exercises 20%
    The three (3) workshops are designed to develop students’ knowledge of computer packages, data sources, analysis and interpretation of results. Each workshop has an associated set of exercises (including questions, maps, graphs) which demonstrate students’ engagement with and understanding of the materials.
    - These exercises must be submitted by Monday 5pm in the week after the computer lab. –
    - Marks are based on formatting, presentation and correct completion of the exercises.

    Assignment 3: Essay 20%
    Topics and marking criteria will be available on MyUni at the start of Semester 2.

    Assignment 4: Exam 40%
    The examination will comprise a series of short answer questions and an essay. The exam questions will draw on material covered in lectures, tutorials and the weekly readings. Past exam papers will be 
    made available on MyUni from the mid-semester break. Further information on the exam will be available in the final session in Week 12.
    Submission
    Submission Format
    Students will submit their assignments electronically on MyUni. The assignments are linked to TURNITIN which checks for plagiarism from sources and copying from other students. 

    Extensions
    Your tutor may award you an extension, if you cannot complete the assignment by the specified due date on genuine medical, compassionate or other ‘reasonable grounds’ (please see
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/student/exams/  for details) supported by appropriate documentation. No submission is accepted after the deadline unless you provide appropriate evidence of ‘reasonable grounds’.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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