Core Module Information
Module title: Global Current Affairs

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: JAC07116
Module leader: Simon Pia
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Media and Humanities


Description of module content:

You might travel the world to report foreign affairs. Or you’ll find yourself in a newsroom, editing stories that are coming in from around the globe on the wires. Frequently as a journalist you will need to evaluate news from cultures and societies you don’t know much about.
This module offers contextual information and analytical skills. It will provide you with a critical insight into a range of world views across our planet, and into how they were shaped by recent (post-Cold War) events in history. You will be introduced to global regions and players, and reflect on global themes. You will find out how cross-cultural issues shape the way journalists report news around the globe. You will gain an insight into the everyday lives of foreign correspondents and reflect on ways international news is processed at foreign desks. You will also learn to source and develop foreign affairs content that you can pitch as long-form journalism to commissioning editors and adapt for a range of global media audiences.
Global themes you will critically reflect on include framing the news in a post-Cold War era; representation of developing nations in world media; news about limited global resources, including food, water and energy crises; reporting environmental change; war and conflict; the global war on covering major global economies, multinational corporations and key international institutions, including the UN, IMF or the International Court of Justice.
You will engage with comparative academic studies of news and media practices in a range of regions around the globe and reflect on the role not only of mainstream journalism, but also of citizen-, grassroots- and activist journalism. You will reflect on radical responses to the major forces and factors shaping life in the 21st century, including the anti-globalisation movement, neo-nationalism or the emerging global cyber-culture. This module will introduce you to a range of approaches to reporting different world regions and global themes, and will provide you with the opportunity to compare and analyse the coverage of international affairs in a diverse range of world media.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Demonstrate a broad knowledge of contemporary world history and global current affairs
LO2: Demonstrate a broad understanding of key events, forces and factors shaping the 21st century global affairs agenda
LO3: Compare and evaluate the coverage of global current affairs in a range of mainstream and alternative media around the globe
LO4: Develop original and relevant global affairs content and pitch it to commissioning editors

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Simon Pia
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & Teaching methods including their alignment to Los
Weekly two-hour lectures covering context and contemporary reporting of global current affairs will be delivered by a journalist with ample experience of reporting foreign affairs. Weekly one-hour tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to debate each weekly topic with your peers.
Learning & Teaching Methods (including their alignment to Learning Outcomes)
Weekly two-hour lectures covering context and contemporary reporting of global current affairs will be delivered by a tutor with ample professional experience of reporting foreign affairs from diverse world regions. Weekly one-hour tutorials will provide you with the opportunity to debate each weekly topic with your peers.
Ample additional information will be provided on the intranet (Moodle). As the delivery of this module follows a ‘flipped classroom’ approach, you are expected to watch videos posted to Moodle ahead of weekly classes as they will inform in-class debate. This module is delivered as a multimedia experience, and excerpts of global affairs documentaries will be screened and discussed in class. (LO1-4)
Embedding of employability/PDP/Scholarship Skills
The media is increasingly global, and any reporter, whether working in a global newsroom or overseas with a sound grasp of global current affairs will be more employable. Activities including in-class debates, presentations and pitching as well as critical comparative observation of media coverage will enhance your general scholarship skills.
Research / teaching linkages
Up to date findings from the module tutor’s research activities and professional practice will form an integral part of the module content. The global academic community is currently producing a growing volume of research outputs in this specific subject area, which are included in the curriculum as and when they become available.
Supporting equality and diversity
The delivery of module content both in class as well as online and the ‘flipped classroom’ and multimedia approach to teaching make this module as accessible as possible to a diverse range of students. This module encourages global citizenship, focusses on cross-cultural issues in reporting and will enhance the global outlook of students.
This module specifically focusses on internationalisation. It will provide you with tools to work abroad and also to refashion local content for a wide range of global audiences. Content discussed on this module is drawn from a wide range of international professional and academic sources.

Formative Assessment:
You can use formative feedback to gauge how you can better prepare for summative assessments; it will be provided during weekly lectures and tutorials, during debates with the module tutor and your peers. You are encouraged to prepare for in-class debates by viewing content – videos and written information - posted to Moodle ahead of each weekly lecture. The more you come prepared and engage with weekly debates, the more formative feedback you will receive.
With a fellow student, you will opt to prepare one of the presentations that kick-start weekly debates, and the tutor will provide you with oral feedback afterwards, which will help you better prepare for your documentary film pitch at the end of term.
During week 13, you get to act as commissioning editor and will informally evaluate your peer’s pitches of long-form journalistic content, so as to experience first-hand what commissioning editors are looking for. This will help you better formulate your own pitch.

Summative Assessment:
Two assignments, which are each weighted 50% of the overall module mark, form the summative assessment on this module. (LO1-4)
Assignment 1: During one of the weekly tutorials you will pair up with a fellow student to deliver a twenty-minute presentation on a global current affairs topic of your choice (in negotiation with the module tutor). You will engage your peers in debate on the topic of your choice. This assessed presentation is awarded a group mark. (LO1-3)
Assignment 2: Throughout this module, you will research a global current affairs topic of your choice in more depth, and at the end of this module, you will have five minutes to pitch an original and well-researched concept for a global current affairs documentary film to a panel of ‘commissioning editors’. (LO1-4)

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 164
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 50 1,2,3 3 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Oral Presentation 50 1,2,3,4 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
JAC07116 Global Current Affairs