Geographies of Global Change

Module titleGeographies of Global Change
Module codeGEO1106
Academic year2017/8
Module staff

Professor Clive Barnett (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Through a focus on key spatial concepts and a critical treatment of key topics (including geographies of development and childhood, global health, and the global economy), this module will provide an introduction to how to think geographically about contemporary global issues. It does so by demonstrating the ways in which the description, explanation, and evaluation of global issues are debated in academic fields and contested in the world. The module is suitable for the non-specialist, and can, for example, be a complement to Economics- and Politics-related pathways.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to provide you with an overview of debates concerning how to think geographically about contemporary global issues. It provides you with a sound knowledge of the key processes shaping global change, and a range of intellectual perspectives used to explain and evaluate those processes. This is achieved through a focus on key spatial concepts in human geography and related disciplines, alongside detailed discussions of key topics.

The module seeks to develop the following graduate attributes:

  • Independent working through summative and formative reading and writing assessments.
  • Articulating concepts and evidence in order to develop reasoned arguments through written assessments.
  • Interpersonal skills through small group discussions.
  • Enquiry-led research through development of individual assessment topics.
  • Advanced writing skills through individual assessment essay.

The topics taught on this module draw on the research expertise of module staff.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Outline key spatial concepts used in the analysis of global change
  • 2. Identify key debates in the interpretation of the geographies of global change
  • 3. Apply key spatial concepts to the analysis of selected global issues

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Discuss the contested and provisional nature of geographical knowledge
  • 5. Analyse and synthesise information and recognise relevance
  • 6. Form and communicate an opinion through sustaining reasoned argument
  • 7. Interpret difference forms of academic knowledge (textbooks, papers, monographs) and recognise the differences between them
  • 8. Differentiate between conceptual and empirical knowledge

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Communicate ideas in writing in a coherent and reasoned manner
  • 10. Interpret qualitative and quantitative information
  • 11. Independently study using appropriate resources

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

  • Module introduction
  • Part A: Conceptualising global change
  • Part B: Understanding global issues
    • Issue 1 Growing up global
    • Issue 2 Global health
    • Issue 3 The global economy
  • Summary

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching28Lectures
Guided Independent Study18Exam revision
Guided Independent Study12Preparation of and writing four essay plans
Guided Independent Study92Reading ahead of and after the lecture


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Four essay plans400 words in totalAllWritten feedback via ELE

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination1002 hoursAllWritten and tutorial


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExaminationAllAugust Ref/Def

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to sit a further examination. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Barnett, C., Robinson, J. and Rose, G. Eds. 2008. Geographies of Globalisation: A Demanding World. Sage Publications Ltd: London.
  • Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. Eds. 2014. Introducing Human Geographies. Third Edition. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon.
  • Daniels, P., Bradshaw, M., Shaw, D. and Sidaway, J. Eds. 2012. An Introduction to Human Geography.Fourth Edition. Pearson Education Limited: Harlow.
  • Sparke, M. 2013. Introducing Globalization: Ties, Tensions, and Uneven Integration. John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Chichester.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Global change, globalisation, economy, health, human geography, development.

Credit value15
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