• Class Number 3095
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr April Biccum
    • Dr April Biccum
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

One term that has come to prominence in the last 20 years, globalisation, seeks to characterize this contemporary moment, and yet, the debate over what globalisation means and what it contributes analytically to our understanding of the world has raged down the corridors of the academy, while voices in the global political domain, have proceeded as if globalisation is a fact that needs to be made to work.  This course explores the different frameworks by which globalisation has been understood and debated and helps students to zero in on the issues that affect contemporary global life from poverty, crisis, and security, to identity, migration, development, nationalism, media and popular culture, new global actors such as civil society and multinational corporations.  It explores some of the dominant frameworks that have come to apply to globalisation in both the academic and policy realm, such as ‘Global Citizenship’ and ‘Global Governance’.  This course will not definitively define globalisation for students, but will equip them with the theoretical and analytical tools to begin to evaluate the theories, issues and debates that encompass globalisation both academically and practically. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate a good knowledge of the debates, theories and issues surrounding globalisation;
  2. Understand how different approaches contribute to different understandings of globalisation and have different normative implications;
  3. Offer critically based insights into the issues raised by different approaches to globalisation;
  4. Critically reflect upon the literature and materials presented in this course; and
  5. Apply relevant research methodologies to this subject area.

Required Resources

Weekly seminar readings will be placed on wattle in PDF format.

Supplementary readings may also be placed on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Whole class feedback during class discussion;
  • Verbal feedback during in class group work and presentations;
  • Peer feedback during in class group work and discussion;
  • Written feedback on short assessments;
  • Written feedback on essay

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to the Course: Expectations and Approach
2 Theories 1: Understanding the International System: Globalisation in the field of International Relations
3 Debates 1: Globalisation is inevitable? The Globalist Approach and the problem of history
4 Issues 1: Communications and the Network Society and the Material Conditions of Possibility
5 Debates 3: Global Governance, global institutions and Implications for the State
6 Issues 2: Political Actors: Global Civil Society?
7 Debates 4: The Global Economy: interdependence or division of labour? Sustainability or the limits of capital?
8 Issues 3: People, Migration, Multi-culturalism and Human Security
9 Debates 5: Global Citizenship, populism and Ethnonationalism?
10 Debates 6: Globalisation in Decline? Global Shocks and the future of "International Society"
11 Debates 2: Global Culture or Cultural Imperialism?
12 Conclusion and Wrap up

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Major Research Essay 55 % 07/06/2019 01/01/9999 1, 3, 4, 5
Essay Plan/Book Review 25 % 09/04/2019 01/01/9999 2, 3, 4
Student Presentation 10 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 2, 3, 4, 5
Class Participation 10 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 55 %
Due Date: 07/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5

Major Research Essay

Due: 7th June 2018

Where: Online via Turnitin

Details of task:

Essay titles can be taken from weekly discussion questions or can be designed in consultation with April. If self-designed topics are not pre-approved they will be given a mark of 0. All self-designed projects must be related to the topics covered in the course. They cannot in either part or whole be based upon written work submitted for any other course.

Word limit: 4000 words

Value: 55%

Presentation requirements: As this is an upper year course we expect essays to be of a high standard. Essays must be well structured, correctly referenced, adequately researched, grammatically accurate and intellectually rigorous. We expect essays to have a strong theoretical component and to demonstrate succinct analytical skills. If you have concerns about any of these issues, please consult the School’s Essay Writing Guide which is available on Wattle or contact April. Please also consider the services of the Academic Skills and Learning Centre: http://www.anu.edu.au/academicskills/ASLC/index.php. A copy of both the Political Science and International Relations Essay Writing Guide can be found on Wattle. Your essays must conform to this guide.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 09/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4

Essay Plan/Book Review

Due: 18th April 2018

Where: Online via Turnitin.

Details of task:

Students will have a choice to submit either an academic Book Review or an Essay Plan.

Book Review:

The advantage of writing an analytical book review of either a research monograph on globalisation or one of its seminal academic texts is that is allows students to engage their reading comprehension, decoding and critical skills. The review should summarise the books argument, assess its internal logic and research contribution to the field, contextualise its thesis within the broader theories and debates explored in the course and provide an evaluation of the argument, method and/or analysis.


Essay Plan

The advantage of writing an essay plan is that it enables students to do some advance thinking and research for the major research essay (worth 55% of final grade) and provides students with feedback and guidance on their proposal in advance of the submission of the final essay. The essay plan should not be replicated in whole or part into the major research essay, instead in should be a proposal/design of research for the major reserach essay, identifying the research question, relevant literature and proposed program of research.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5

Student Presentation

Due: TBC.

Where: in class

Details of Task:

Students will be asked to summarise a reading for their classmates and present the approach, argument, method, contribution and advantages/shortcomings of the study under question. As part of the presentation students will be asked to lead the discussion that follows by providing provocative questions that emerge from the issues (methodological, theoretical, epistemological and substantive) that emerge from the reading. Alongisde the preserntation and for assessment perposes, students will be asked to supply a short written piece (1000 words max) that provides a paraphrase of the piece and an evaluation of the research (students will be provided with guidance on decoding of texts, paraphrasing and evaluation). These short pieces will be assessed by the convener (rubric will be supplied on wattle) and made available to the student cohort. The benefit of this assessment is that is provides summative feedback during the course, engages students reading comprehension, analytic and decoding skills and engages students in methodoloigcal and disicplinary questions. It also provides a launchpad for peer to peer learning.

Word limit: 1000 words max.

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Class Participation

Due: Ongoing

Where: in Class

Value: 10%

Students must attend class regularly having their reading prepared. Weekly discussion questions will be provided on wattle. A favourable grade will depend on attendance, preparation the reading and discussion question. Students will be supplied opportunity to submit small written tasks based on the reading for further feedback if they so wish.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

All Assessments will be available online via Turnitin.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr April Biccum

Research Interests

Empire, Global Citizenship, Global Education Governance, Conceptual History & Historiography, Communications, Interpretivist Methods

Dr April Biccum

Tuesday 10:00 11:00
Dr April Biccum

Research Interests

Dr April Biccum

Tuesday 10:00 11:00

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