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MA Global Studies

Course Description

* Subject to final approval.

Globalisation continues to be a transformational and accelerating force driving contemporary social, economic and cultural change at all scales from continents to nation-states and local communities. Every area of life has been transformed by globalisation in complex ways. MA Global Studies provides you with an exciting interdisciplinary framework in which to develop and deepen your understanding of how globalisation is reorganising social and economic life, environmental awareness and cultural forms whilst creating new sets of public sector challenges, private sector innovations and entrepreneurial opportunities. This programme is distinctive in providing you not only with opportunities for advanced academic study of globalisation processes and impacts in all sectors alongside effective entrepreneurship, management and enterprise skills that that allow you to build your understanding and your career.

Why study Global Studies*?

This course is designed to give you an advanced appreciation of the drivers of and impact on social, economic and cultural change in contemporary society. Alongside a critical awareness of how and why various forms of change occur with different waves of globalisation, you will gain an understanding of complex change at multiple scales. This will benefit those seeking to contribute to private, public and third sector organisations that operate in increasingly globalised markets and environments and require an ability to change and adapt through evidence-based decision making in rapidly changing economic, social and cultural contexts.

The ability to focus your studies on questions of leadership, research and change management in the context of increasing globalisation allows those from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds to build their expertise and preparation for roles in management in any organisational context. MA Global Studies will give you an appreciation of the complex patterns of change to which organisations must adapt and respond if they are to identify and secure economic and social opportunities and benefits.

MA Global Studies does not require any particular disciplinary background, however it may appeal to those with an interest/background in subjects such as Business, Management and Organisations; Human and Social Geography; Development Studies; Education; Sociology and Social Sciences; Media and Communications and many more

Visit the website http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/schools/society-enterprise-and-environment/courses/postgraduate/global-studies

Course structure

MA Global Studies is an interdisciplinary programme focused on the nature and impacts of globalisation in many areas of social, economic and cultural life. The programme allows you to access to a range of relevant study opportunities as wide as the impacts of globalisation itself. Selected modules are drawn from across our University alongside essential core modules and research methods training. This structure promotes the development of your understanding of the depth and breadth of global change as well as a curiosity for interdisciplinary enquiry.

You will take a combination of core and elective modules. The core modules deepen your understanding of globalisation past, present and future, with growing awareness of environmental interconnectedness - a hallmark of contemporary globalisation - being a distinctive focus. You will also benefit from rigorous training in research methods, essential for preparing you for the Global Studies Research Project in trimester 3, but also useful for those thinking about careers involving research in public, private and third sectors and those considering pursuing doctoral study.


Core modules:
Globalisation: Cultures and Flows
Environment and Society: Global Perspectives
Research Methods in Social Science
Global Studies Research Project

Elective modules:
Education and Development
Financial Management for International Business
Intercultural Musicology
International Business and Management
International Education and Globalisation
International Higher Education
Introduction to Creative Writing
Leadership Principles: Context and Challenges
Strategy and Governance
Transnational Creativities

Course assessment

The programme is assessed using a range of items appropriate to the materials being considered. The mix will depend upon your module choices, typical tasks include: essays, case study work, data analysis, presentations, seen examinations, research proposal, extended research project (which can include fieldwork elements).

Teaching Methods and Resources

Bath Spa University students are among the most satisfied students at any UK university at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels (Source: National Student Survey 2014; Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2014). This programme combines our excellent and innovative teaching and varied and imaginative learning opportunities from across several disciplines. Whichever modules you choose you will have access to a huge range of learning resources, including our sector leading teaching spaces and industry-standard equipment.

- Teaching methods
The programme is taught through a very wide range of methods and media including: lectures, seminars, tutorials, fieldwork, creative workshops, performances, tutor and student presentations, peer assessment. Alongside our expert staff, modules may make use of invited guest speakers who share their insights and experience in various sectors. Our personalised virtual learning environment is available 24/7 and holds an array of support materials, useful links and documentation.

Career opportunities

This programme combines advanced study and rigorous training in research methods, essential for multiple career options. Your deep and critical understanding of the complexities of the processes and impacts of globalisation on individuals, organisations and societies is excellent preparation for those in management and decision making roles in a range of organisations adapting to the challenges - and realising the opportunities - presented by globalisation. Whether your role is in a public service environment characterised by increased competition, a charity with global objectives or a business searching for new market opportunities in the wake of the social, technological and economic transformations of our age, this programme will help inform your understanding, evidence your decision making and give you an advantage in the increasingly globalised employment environment of the 21st century.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.bathspa.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-do-i-apply

Visit the MA Global Studies page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!

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