LundU: Globalisation and Social Change

Subject 919-497 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Online classes from January to March through Lund University, Sweden. This subject is only available online. University of Melbourne students wishing to undertake exchange studies at Lund may enrol in this subject alongside other subjects taught on campus at Lund.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Global Issues Program and timely enrolment at Lund before the quota is filled.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Students cannot take more than one core subject; an enrolment in this subject precludes an enrolment in Global Citizenship- Global Issues, offered by the University of British Columbia and Global Citizenship- Global Issues, offered by the University of Nottingham.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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U21 International Programs Coordinator
Melbourne Global Mobility
Room 120, Level 1, Old Geology Building
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010 Australia


Phone: +61 3 8344 6104
Subject Overview: The aim of the course is to present major social scientific concepts referring to trends and problems of the current transformation of societies throughout the world. The key concepts are globalisation and social change. The concepts should enable the students to better understand causes, processes and consequences of globalisation of all major action spheres of societies. The core-module is divided into three parts: a/ Modernisation; b/ Globalisation and social change in different parts of the world; and c/ Prospects of globalisation processes.

The first part refers to the concepts surrounding modernisation in a long-term perspective: the emergence of modern states and nations, industrialisation, urbanisation, the development of democratic governance and welfare states. The second part focuses on globalisation processes in the world after the Second World War: changes between different phases of capitalism and between socialism and capitalism. The last part discusses how the systematic comparison of common features and differences in current development of societies in the world opens new vistas to the explanation and management of social processes.
Objectives: On the completion of the course, students shall:

• have acquired knowledge about research problems, theoretical traditions, and research results in the study of globalisation and social change in a comparative perspective
• be able to apply the acquired knowledge in studying specific globalisation processes;
• be able to formulate a relevant research problem in the area covered by the course, and have the ability to theorise, generalise and discuss this problem;
• be able to follow the development of knowledge on globalisation and social change;
• be able to contribute to a common learning environment and to the group dynamic aspects of learning.
Assessment: The assignments consist of individual papers, group assignments and active participation in virtual seminars. Examination will take place continuously during the course.
Prescribed Texts: All required course readings are made available to students online, within the course site. Full details will be provided by Lund, via email, after enrolment.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Notes: This subject is one of three alternative core subjects for the Global Issues Program. This subject is quota restricted and places are allocated as applications are received at Lund University.
Related Course(s): U21 Certificate in Global Issues (Understanding Globalisation)
U21 Diploma in Global Issues

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