Themes in the Global Economy SPS5060

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is designed to allow staff to engage Global Economy and GLOCAL students in up-to-date research and debates in a particular topic determined by the course convener. The course will provide flexibility in the PGT curriculum, allow colleagues to respond quickly to student interest in new research and theme coverage, and extend the programme's commitment to research-informed teaching and developing student research practice at PGT level



Requirements of Entry

Standard entry requirements for PGT courses.

Excluded Courses





There will be two written assessments. The first (1000 words: 25%) will explore a theoretical and conceptual understanding of the key topic under discussion. The second (75%)

Course Aims

The aims of this course are 

to provide students with focused learning on a core theme in the Global Economy 

to develop research, data-gathering, analysis, writing and presentation skills through engagement with sophisticated academic and other discourses on the selected theme. 

to offer an opportunity for students to pursue particular interests or enthusiasms within the theme through self-directed learning in the selection and execution of their final essay. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Describe and analyse key conceptual and theoretical literature on a topic in the Global Economy

Analyse and triangulate primary and secondary literature across the course and convey findings in class discussion and written work 

Formulate clear arguments engaging with competing interpretations of topics in written work and class discussion 

Demonstrate critical understanding of a core theme in the Global Economy through written work and class discussion 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.