Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Globalisation, Work and Development

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for Labour Studies

DESCRIPTION This unit starts by giving students a historical perspective to globalisation, emphasising the driving forces of globalisation. The reality of globalisation is examined in relation to production, governance, community and knowledge. Policy issues and globalisation are discussed in relation to security, justice and democracy. Finally, the topic of development and under development is debated.

Study-unit Aims

The objectives of this study unit are to:

- Develop a concept of globalisation
- Offer a multidimensional understanding of globalisation, including its interfacing with localisation
- Address questions of causation and consequence as they apply to human resources
- Nurture a historical perspective that places contemporary developments in a long-term-context.
- Appreciate the interplay of structure and agency, continuity and change, adaptation and resistance.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- assess and unpack the impact of global tendencies on local situations and conditions
- analyse the manner in which human resource policies and practices impact, and are impacted upon, by extra-territorial and extra-national developments
- interpret the strategic role of labour in the context of global / regional trade, global/regional labour markets, and global/regional investment decisions.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills): By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Critical and analytical skills: critique and analyse the meaning(s) of globalisation and the role of labour and human resources in its unfolding
- Diagnostic skills: examine how the decisions of key players (at home and beyond), international regulations and other regimes are brought to bear in influencing local outcomes
- Report writing skills: explain and engage with such dynamics via a properly structured and argued research report

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings


- Davis, J. B. (2009). Global Social Economy: Development, work and policy. USA: Routledge.
- Scholte, J.A. (2005). Globalization: A critical introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave.
- Stiglitz, J. (2003). Globalization and its discontents. London: Penguin.
- Stiglitz, J. (2007). Making Globalization Work. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.
- Baldacchino, G. (1997). Global Tourism and Informal Labour Relations: The Small Scale Syndrome at Work. London: Mansell.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study and Project

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Analysis Task Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Godfrey Baldacchino
Rebecca Maria Gatt

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