15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This unit focusses on the processes, dynamics and consequences of contemporary social change from an international perspective. Key patterns of international social change are explored and analysed with reference to the main theories and at different spatial scales from the global to the local. The dominant discourses around the social problems ensuing from such changes are critically examined using Bacchis innovative theoretical framework `Whats the Problem Represented to be. Arguments will be applied through a number of cases studies, including: (international) migration, labour market change, economic competitiveness, population ageing and family change.

Staff Contact: Maureen Howard
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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