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PL50979: The cultures of globalisation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 100% - Qualifying Mark: 35)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit explores the pervasive force of globalisation, viewed as the export and import of culture, the speed and intensity of which has increased to unprecedented levels in recent years, and the challenges it presents to national identity, local culture and traditional forms of everyday life. It investigates how the combined forces of colonisation/decolonisation, multinational capitalism, European integration, migration and the relocation of languages and cultures have impacted on national and sub-national imaginary and fuelled debates around identity, belonging, multiculturalism, and transculturalism. Bridging the spheres of political, social and cultural inquiry, we will examine themes of transnational consequence such as the North-South divide, Eurocentrism, social fragmentation, sovereignty and nationhood, communication networks and the rise of consumer culture through case studies focusing on different nations such as France, Germany, Russia and regions such as South America. Students will examine the symbolic representation of these issues in literary texts, art, cinema and intellectual discourse.

Learning Outcomes:
Students successfully completing the unit will demonstrate:
* understanding of the impact of globalisation on cultures and societies
* knowledge of the main theoretical debates surrounding globalisation, sovereignty, nationhood and culture affected by worldwide trends
* awareness of the history and consequences of globalisation.

Skills in critical analysis, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, effective communication, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Topics will include: Nationhood, transnational influences and identity construction; globalisation, civilisation processes and the relocation of languages and cultures; the rise of regional identities in and beyond Europe; global cities and cosmopolitan ideologies; globalisation and new identities in literature, cinema and art; resistance to globalisation; transnational political and social movements ; environmental justice; consumerism and ideology. Lectures will address the following issues (please note that this list is indicative and may be subject to small change):
1. Globalisation and cultures - an introduction (Christina Horvath)
2. Emancipation in times of globalisation (Juan Pablo Ferrero)
3. Cinema and globalisation / Culture diplomacy at the age of globalisation (David Clarke)
4. Environmental Crisis and transnational Imagination (Axel Goodbody)
5. Global cities, cosmopolitan writers (Christina Horvath)
6. Religion and culture in a global age (Scott Thomas)
7. Euroscepticism and the rise of the far right: a reaction to globalisation? (Aurélien Mondon / Nick Startin)
8. Transnational feminism and the promotion of gender equity (Isabelle Engeli)
9. Regions and regionalism in the non-Western world (Leslie Wehner)
10. Continuity and change - a conclusion.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL50979 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies