Teaching

We aim to collate information on teaching relating to fairness in trade within undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at the University. Please contact FTAN with details of any taught units at the University relating to fairness in trade, to be included on this page.

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Postgraduate courses

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Governing Mineral Extraction in Africa (PGSP11281) This course offers a critical introduction to current research on the historical, economic, social, political, environmental and geographical dimensions of mineral extraction in Africa. We will explore the politics and conflicts surrounding mineral extraction in areas like the Niger Delta, Eastern DRC and the Zambian Copperbelt and critically examine consumer activism on 'blood diamonds' and other conflict minerals, the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility and other emerging attempts at corporate self-regulation like the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
International Political Economy (PGSP11171) This option introduces the main schools of thinking about International Political Economy by focusing upon the patterns of evolution in the global political economy since the Second World War. The course considers the main theoretical approaches to understanding IPE, before considering the subject areas of trade, transnational corporations, international finance, development, globalisation and regionalisation. It is designed for students with no prior experience of the subject or of economics.
Politics and Theories of International Development (PGSP11240) Development is primarily concerned with the economic transformation of countries considered to be less advanced than others.This course explores the politics and theories of development by analysing the dominant and alternative social scientific theories that seek to explain development outcomes, and the actors and institutions involved. It offers an introduction, overview and critical analysis of the forces shaping international development.
Global Politics of Public Health (IPHP11003) The course examines contemporary challenges confronting the World Health Organization, the influence of organisations created to promote trade and the increased involvement of non-state actors in health policy, and the course addresses the expanded roles of the commercial sector and civil society. Specifically, the WTO's Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is examined.
Corporate Responsibility & Governance in a Global Context (CMSE11161) On completing the course students will be able to address questions such as:
What is corporate sustainability and responsibility
What is the purpose of business in the global world order?
What are the possible roles of businesses in different cultures and societies?
How are businesses responding to some of the world's challenges?
What internal and external environments are required to enable businesses tackle some of the contemporary global challenges?

Undergraduate courses

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Social and Political Movements: Theory and Practice (SCIL10047) This course will engage with some of the large theoretical debates in the study of social movements, reading both empirical treatments of particular movements and theoretical treatments of key issues. It will be particularly concerned with the social and political context of protest, focusing on basic questions, such as: under what circumstances do social movements emerge? How do dissidents choose political tactics and strategies? How do movements affect social and political change? One week is dedicated to Political Consumerism and Fair Trade.
Sociology of the Environment and Risk (SCIL10024) This course presents a sociological perspective on environmental knowledge, issues, campaigns and risks. We explore what 'the environment' is, how environmental quality is measured and understood, and how we perceive of environmental risks and problems. We examine a number of case studies and examples - including energy, food, climate change and others - with key themes and questions running throughout: how are issues framed? Who is responsible for mitigating a risk, cleaning up after a disaster or saving the planet, and how is blame apportioned? What is the epistemological basis for knowledge claims about the environment; or, how do we know what we know about environmental problems and risks?
International Political Economy (PLIT10018)
 
This course introduces the subject area of international political economy. It is intended for students who have had no previous background in the subject or economics. It begins with a review of the principal theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy. It then examines the major issue areas in the post-war global economy, including: trade; international finance including debt crises; transnational corporations; and globalization and regionalization.
Sustainable Development 1a: Introducing Sustainable Development (SCIL08008) Introducing Sustainable Development addresses the central problems facing us in the twenty-first century, which concern equitable access to water, food, energy, shelter and a peaceful coexistence, in the context of a destabilising climate and degradation of environmental resources.  It will encourage students to examine from the lens of sustainability the challenges that contemporary societies are being confronted with from global to local levels. It will also enable them to evaluate the changes that industrial development and technological advancement have brought about to living patterns and the environment.
Ethics and Society (THET08015) Students are introduced to philosophical, biblical and theological approaches to Christian ethics. One lecture explores justice as a virtue, using fair trade as an example of virtue across borders.
Globalisation, trade and development (ECNM10062) This course studies economic growth, inequality and the role of institutions in a globalised world. It introduces students to key stylised facts about the nature and impact of globalisation during the last three decades. Particular emphasis is placed on the experience of developing countries. The course then shows how workhorse models of international economics can be used to think about the real-life linkages between trade and economic development. Its aim is to teach students how economic theory can be employed to analyse the benefits from globalisation, and to diagnose its problems.
Labour Economics (ECNM10021) The aim of the course is to introduce students and provide overview of the basic theoretical and empirical literature on employment, wages, working conditions and unemployment. In particular it will enable students to apply the tools of analysis to a wide range of models and policy relating to the functioning of labour markets.
Policy for Economic Development (ECNM10065) The emphasis in this course is on making and implementing policies for economic development in developing countries. The course recognises that there is often a divergence between the crisp conclusions of economic theory and economic models and the 'fuzzier' formulation and implementation of policy in seeking to ask, in a particular area: What should be done? The course will also provide an opportunity to examine both the applicability and some of the limitations of conventional economic reasoning with the context of developing countries. Syllabus: The meaning of 'development'; theories of development; rural-urban migration and industrial clusters; trade theory and policy; industrial policy; science and technology policy with reference to China; and making poverty history.
Economic and Political Geography (GEGR08003) The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to concepts and principles of economic and political geography. It identifies the fundamental factors and relationships which are central to the formation of economic and political systems. It examines how the inter-relationships between changing economic structures and forms of political organisation have shaped the geographies of human societies. The three main areas of the course are: (1) pre-modern economic and political geographies; (2) the development of modern political institutions and the growth of industrial capitalism; and (3) current controversies surrounding the regulation of political and economic life on a variety of geographical scales.
Labour Law (LAWS10073) The contract of employment and the employment relationship; contractual terms (including their interpretation and alteration); wages regulation; termination of employment (including unfair dismissal and redundancy); sex and race discrimination legislation; trade unions and collective bargaining; industrial conflict (including the right to strike and the legal regulation of industrial action); trade union democracy and trade union members' rights.
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