Global Studies

Global and Social Change

For decades, the rich countries of the West dominated in economic, political and cultural terms, while the countries of what we once called the 'Third World' were systematically underdeveloped. This picture is now increasingly challenged

For decades, the rich countries of the West dominated in economic, political and cultural terms, while the countries of what we once called the 'Third World' were systematically underdeveloped. This picture is rapidly changing and the West's dominance is now increasingly challenged.

In this course we study globalization, development and underdevelopment, and international movements for change.

Topics

  • What is global development about?
  • Economic and financial globalization, and the financial crash
  • Political globalization and the development of international institutions
  • Cultural globalization
  • Development and underdevelopment
  • The bigger picture of development
  • The ethics of development
  • Participatory development projects
  • Popular education
  • Transnational social movements
  • Prospects for a global ethic

What's included?

  • 11 main sessions
  • 30+ videos
  • 11 reflective tasks
  • Community discussion
  • 2 assignments
  • Course certificate

BONUS 1

Situation Analysis

We make social analysis skills central to all of our learning. This mini-course in Situation Analysis provides tools and skills for undertsanding your values, situation and context. We recommend that you take it alongside the main course.

BONUS 2

Live Seminars

You will get access to regular live online seminars and the opportunity to suggest seminar topics or even take part in presenting a seminar. This bonus comes as part of our Associate Membership package.

BONUS 3

Associate Membership

In addition to access to live seminars, your one-year Associate Membership includes free previews to new courses. It also gives you Workspace tools and apps, including a dedicated email account.

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Course contents

Frequently asked questions

Can I view the course material without taking the assignments?

You do not have to take the assignments at the end of the course, but there are tasks and exercises during the course that are essential to the learning process. You will need to complete these in order to progress.

How long does the course take?

If you go through the sessions week by week and complete everything as quickly as possible, the course will take around three months. However, we give you a year's registration in order to make sure that you have plenty of time.

What do I need to do for the course certificate?

There are two assignments at the end of the course. The first is a learning journal, which will be based on tasks and exercises that you have completed throughout the course. The second is an essay. Additionally, as a prerequisite, you must have successfully completed the accompanying social analysis mini-course.

Do I get feedback during the course?

Yes, you are able to engage with tutors and you will receive help and feedback where needed. We would also encourage you to engage with other learners on the course.