Globalisation and its Discontents

Ref: C3744450

This course examines the changes that have taken place in global economics and politics since the end of the Cold War that are often summed up in the concept of globalisation. Topics covered will include the collapse of the Soviet Union, the era of US predominance, the liberal world order, postcolonialism, the terrorist threat, humanitarian intervention, the rise of China and the development of EU. The course asks: What is globalisation and does it have future post Brexit and after Trump?

Course aim

To understand the term ‘globalisation’ what it means, why it has happened and what it is going to mean for the future.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss current affairs with greater confidence and knowledge.
  • Explain what Globalisation is, its effects and what its possible consequences might be.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of global politics with greater clarity.
  • Write about Politics in a more confident and informed way.
  • Read and understand academic discourse more thoroughly.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • • If interested obtain a copy of this inexpensive booklet: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/globalization-a-very-short-introduction-9780198779551?cc=gb&lang=en&

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Globalisation and its Discontents

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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