Global Societies

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Second year module

Lecturer: Dr Will Leggett

The module analyses important global issues from a sociological perspective. It introduces students to globalisation, the emergence of world society, and to the persistence of global inequalities. Among the key topics examined are poverty and development, gender and racial inequalities, demographic change, migration, urbanisation, environmental issues, work and corporate power, tourism and culture, world religions, crime, terrorism, conflict and the media's role in a globalised world.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate key analytical issues in debates on globalisation.
  • Assess the development of and relationship between processes of cultural, economic and political globalisation.
  • Critically apply these debates to substantive case studies in aspects of Global Societies.


  • Term One: 1 essay x 3,000 word assessed work (30%)
  • Term Three: 3 hour examination (70%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.