6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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This unit takes an interdisciplinary approach to introducing students to a selection of the most pressing issues facing the contemporary world. It is divided into three main sections: economics; politics; society. Topics include, for example, global finance, post-Cold War conflict, environmental change, and migration.
- This unit cultivates responsible and effective global citizens by educating students about the development and current state of the most pressing social, economic and political questions facing the world today.
- Students will cultivate cross-cultural competence through the study and analysis of problems in a comparative and transnational framework.
- Students' ethical values will be deepened through the study of a range of social justice issues concerning poverty and gender.
- Critical thinking and communication skills will be honed through readings and discussion centered around controversial contemporary debates.
- Research and writing skills transferable to a range of challenges will be developed through required assignments.
Within semester assessment: 70% + Exam: 30%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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