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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PSY3054
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: GLEIBS IH Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Final Year PSY/APS
Assessment Pattern
1)2000 - word essay [25%] of assessment
2) 90-minute exam [75%]
Module Overview
All Level 2 Psychology modules
Module Aims

Globalisation has existed for many centuries as a process by which cultures influence one another and come more alike through trade, immigration, and the exchange of information and ideas. One widely accepted definition refers to globalisation as the 'acceleration and intensification of economic interaction among the people,companies, and governments of different nations' (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2007). On the one hand, globalisation is seen as a process that opens minds to new experiences, removes barriers, increases cultural diffusion and accelerates ultural changes. On the other hand, globalisation is seen as a potential threat to the viability of local cultures -undermining people's sense of community and cultural identity. Whether perceived in a positive or negative light,globalisation has an important impact on psychological functioning.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated and acquired a detailed, thorough and critical understanding of traditional and contemporary social psychological approaches for the explanation and conceptualization of globalisation. Morevover, they will have acquired an in depth knowledge of and specialization at the forefront of the discipline in certain areas. They will also have developed at an advanced level the ability to review and critically evaluate published work, to find the strength and weaknesses in this work and to assess and plan empirical studies using a range of methods. Specifically, students will have acquired an advanced ability to structure the literature of the field, present logical and coherent arguments in support of conclusions, to think independently and creatively and to demonstrate the awareness of the psychological, ethical and political issues surrounding globalisation.
Module Content

The course will be based around such topics as 

1) What is globalisation and why does it matter? 
2) Communication 
3) Culture and cultural change 
4) Migration 
5) Intergroup Relations 
6) Implications for the Self 
7) Political systems and its implications 
8) Global diseases 
9) Collective action 
10) Organizational change

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and seminars

Selected Texts/Journals
Basic reading materials will be provided in advance of each lecture. However, students will be expected to read widely beyond these: 

Arnett, J.J. (2002). The psychology of globalization. American Psychologist, 57, 774-770. 

Fu, J. & Chiu, C. (2007). Local culture's responses to globalization: Exemplary persons and their attendant values. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 38,636-653. 

Gati, E. (2004). A dynamic, multi-level model of culture: From the micro level of individual to the macro level of global culture. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 53, 583-598. 

Kashima, Y. (2007). Globalization, diversity and universal Darwinism. Culture & Psychology, 13, 129-139. 

Hermans, H & Dimaggio, G. (2007). Self, identity, and globalization in times of uncertainty: A dialogical analysis. Review of General Psychology, 11, 31-61. 

Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology
International Journal of Intercultural Relations
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