1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Enrolment not permitted
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Topic description

This topic introduces students to the contemporary economic, social and cultural transformations in the Global South - the regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Students examine the changing role of the Global South in the world, and how this impacts on the ways in which the Global South is imagined and represented in academic and popular debates. Through case studies students will learn about the diversity within the Global South, ranging from emerging super-powers to impoverished states, and about ultra-modern, wealthy life-styles and extreme poverty often co-existing in the same country. The topic will also explore the links between the Global South and the Global North through aid, investment, migration and such like, and the different attempts and strategies to 'develop' the countries of the Global South.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop an understanding of the processes of economic, social and cultural change in the Global South
  • Develop an appreciation of the diversity and complexity of the Global South
  • Identify the key agents driving change and development in the countries of the Global South
  • Develop skills in the research and use of diverse texts to explore processes of social change and transformation
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Compare and contract differing understandings of the Global South
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of economic, social and cultural change in the Global South
  3. Explain how change in countries of the Global South is connected with global processes of change with reference to data and other evidence
  4. Demonstrate appropriate research skills and work collaboratively and independently

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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