BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Global Citizenship and Intercultural Understanding

Unit code UCIL22501
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Education
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This unit adopts an intercultural approach to 'global citizenship' and sustainability in an interconnected world. You will work with knowledge from your own disciplinary area and from the disciplinary areas of fellow students to gain deeper interdisciplinary and cultural understandings of complex global challenges and how we can respond to these challenges.

You will research the multi-dimensional nature of global challenges. You will reflect on your own viewpoints of these challenges and those of others and how viewpoints are socially and culturally influenced. You will analyse how viewpoints are articulated in textual (written and pictorial) sources and in the actions of individuals, communities and organisations. You will work to communicate these challenges in interculturally sensitive ways.



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This unit reflects on ways of developing the ethics of care we need in a world in which our lives are inextricably linked to the lives of people across the globe, to nature that sustains us, and ultimately to future generations. How can intercultural understandings help us work to better understand complex global challenges and how can we work together to shape those ethics of care and address those challenges?


Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit you will be able to:


  • Recognise the complex and multileveled influences on global issues
  • Recognise the viewpoints of people living in diverse environmental, cultural and economic contexts across the world
  • Identify perspectives that are absent from any representation of global issues and propose potential reasons for this
  • Collaborate with those from other disciplines to bring together knowledge of global issues
  • Analyse ways in which global issues are communicated and discussed in mainstream news and social media
  • Design and conduct a small-scale exploratory research project on a selected global issue
  • Communicate on global challenges in interculturally sensitive ways




Topics covered in previous years:

  • Notions of global citizenship
  •  Intercultural understandings and communication
  • Understanding sustainability as a global citizen
  • The interconnections and complexities of global issues
  • Moments where the world view of humans has changed and the shifts in our own world view that are needed to live sustainably on Earth


Teaching and learning methods

  • ·      4 x 2 Hour seminars
  • ·      6 x 2 Hours online discussion  activities
  • ·      5 x 30 Minute small group tutorials
  • ·      10 Hours Reading
  • ·      57.5 Hours Independent Research for Parts 1 & 2 of the Assignment
  • ·      20 Hours for Creation of Digital Presentation

Knowledge and understanding

Through (online) group work and your own enquiry based project you will develop qualities associated with global citizenship and intercultural awareness, qualities increasingly valued, professionally and otherwise. These will include:

·       Sensitivity to cultural difference;

·       The capacity to recognise your own biases and to be inquisitive about the perspectives of others;

·       The capacity to engage with uncertainty, complexity and  ambiguity;

·       The capacity to view global challenges from multiple perspectives;

·       The capacity to critically engage with sources discerning between green rhetoric and

·       The capacity to think relationally and for the long term;

·       The capacity to identify ways in which your choices and actions have consequences for people and the                                environment across the globe;

·       The capacity to communicate effectively across boundaries


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%

Part 1: A written appraisal of a corporate social responsibility policy/statement on an aspect of global citizenship and sustainability (Group and individual writing process): 300 to 350 words  (30 %)

Part 2: Digital presentation (Individual). Presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes and should be created for an online audience  (70%)


Feedback methods

Part 1: Formative written feedback given in an online wiki area during the writing and editing  stages leading to the completion of the final text. Peer and tutor feedback in tutorials.

Part 2: Peer and tutor feedback in small group tutorials


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Demonstration 20
Seminars 8
Tutorials 2.5
Work based learning 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 57.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Susan Brown Unit coordinator

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