GEOG 1101 - Globalisation, Justice and a Crowded Planet

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

Globalisation is a fundamentally geographical concept as it influences the way we think about human interactions across time and space. But the nature, extent and impacts of globalisation continue to be widely debated. This course examines different ways of conceptualising globalisation and investigates the 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 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GEST 1001
    Assumed Knowledge Average computer skills
    Course Description Globalisation is a fundamentally geographical concept as it influences the way we think about human interactions across time and space. But the nature, extent and impacts of globalisation continue to be widely debated. This course examines different ways of conceptualising globalisation and investigates the 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: Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 ,7,
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 ,7,
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 6,7
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2,3, 57,
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 ,7,
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6 ,7,
  • 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
    Regular course announcements, emails, discussion boards, quizzes, lecture recordings, glossaries and other course-related material will be available online at MyUni.

    In addition, there are four weeks of online learning modules: this means there are no face-to-face lectures but online learning activities instead. During these four week, tutorials will still continue.
  • 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.

    3 hours of classes per week 36 hours per semester
    4 hours tutorial reading and preparation per week 48 hours per semester
    6 hours assignment preparation per week 72 hours per semester
    TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
    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


    Specific Course Requirements
    Students must complete three online workshops (excel, development and population indicators, and critical thinking) in the first week. These workshops are compulsory.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    This course provides many opportunities for small group  activities in seminars and in lectures
  • 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
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tutorial attendance and participation Formative and Summative 10% 3, 5
    500 word critical review of online lecture Formative and Summative 10% 1-7
    Online learning modules and small group discovery Formative and Summative 50% 5-7
    Exam Summative 30% 1, 2, 4
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Attendance and participation in tutorials and the online learning modules are compulsory.
    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial attendance and participation (10%): students actively engage with each other and course content.

    500 word critical review of online lecture (10%)
    Students will review an online lecture by an expert on globalisation.

    Online learning modules and small group discovery experience (50%)
    Students will work indiviaully and collaboratively in groups on a research project. There are four weeks of online learning modules with min-lectures, weblinks and other material. The 50% assessment will be made up of: 1000 word group research project (20%); peer assessment (10%); 1000 word learnimng module journal (20%).

    Exam (30% )
    The exam will draw on material covered in lectures, tutorials and weekly readings.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

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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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