The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Globalisation is drastically reshaping the daily lives of people and places. Global flows of finance, trade, ideas and species are changing the geographies of cities and economies and creating new spaces of power. In this course, we investigate the changing global economic architecture. We examine the ways in which shifting power dynamics intersect with production and consumption, particular places, and global issues such as climate change. We also focus on cities like Dubai, Shanghai and Los Angeles to analyse diverse urban futures. We explore the role of globalisation in shaping urban politics, competition for investment and urban inequality. We develop critical skills in reading, analysis and writing in order to improve your ability to understand and communicate complex ideas. These skills will be applicable to a range of professional pathways.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain globalisation concepts, processes and practices;

2. Evaluate key challenges to global economic cooperation;

3. Analyse the processes and impacts of change in urban and regional economic spaces at a variety of scales;

4. Apply urban conceptual frameworks to real world cities in order to explain the nature of economic and urban growth today;

5. Review and evaluate own skill development in critical reading, analysing and writing


  1. Theories, processes and practices of globalisation;
  2. The operation of the global economy;
  3. Current challenges to global economic cooperation;
  4. Impacts of trade and economic relations at a range of scales;
  5. The role of global competition in shaping cities;
  6. Local urban contexts in newly globalising cities;
  7. Skill development in critical analysis.

Assumed knowledge

Either GEOG2080 or GEOG2130 and SOCS2400.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Assignment

Essay: Essay

Formal Examination: Take home examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 28 hour(s) per Term Full Term

4 hours per week for 2 weeks and 2 hours per week for 10 weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks