Core Module Information
Module title: World history: International contexts

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

Module code: LNG07123
Module leader: Phiona Stanley
School The Business School
Subject area group: Tourism and Languages

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

This module is designed to help you understand the historical and socio-political issues that underlie modern-day intercultural conflicts. These understandings will help you appreciate where people from different places may be ‘coming from’, that is, the narratives, understandings, priorities, and world views that may be based on national/educational/media narratives. In tandem, diversity within cultures/countries is explored, showing how people from the same culture may have widely different views on any given issue.

The module is taught in two parts. Part One gives you an overview of modern world history, taking a thematic approach. Themes discussed include ideological and religious paradigms, international alignments and the great powers, decolonization and the postcolonial Global South, and twenty-first century issues, e.g. globalization, climate change, population, migration, and public health. Part Two puts these historical understandings to use using selected case studies. You will learn how to apply historical knowledge to identify and analyse diverse intercultural perspectives as they play out in present-day conflicts at international but also interpersonal levels. To do this, you will consider present-day case studies of intercultural conflict/misunderstandings. Within these, you will learn to identify, investigate, and analyse diverse narratives, enabling you to understand situations from various cultural perspectives.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Develop an awareness of important events and themes in modern world history;
LO2: Account for how modern world history affects societies’ narratives of their own and other’s cultural and national identities;
LO3: Gain an appreciation of ways in which diverse cultural narratives affect contemporary intercultural communications;
LO4: Recognize historical factors in contemporary case studies of intercultural misunderstandings.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: CRAIGLOCKHAR
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Phiona Stanley
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The module requires you to acquire an overview of modern world history (LO1), and to develop skills in analysing resultant narratives (LO2) and the ways in which these affect contemporary intercultural communications (LO3 & LO4). These Learning Outcomes will be achieved through flipped teaching (i.e. module-specific asynchronous recorded lectures via Moodle) and weekly face-to-face seminars (the latter of which form the bulk of the module contact hours).

A core textbook provides the content with which teaching will achieve LO1 and LO2. Teaching materials linking past events with present intercultural misnderstandings/conflicts are drawn from a range of sources including academic papers and podcasts; these latter materials address LO3-4.

Case studies used in class will be drawn from news reporting and other ways in which history is represented in contemporary narratives, such as museum curation.

Employability skills embedded in this module include independent learning, team-work, analytical skills, knowledge development, writing skills, and real-life problem solving.

You will research seminar topics in more depth using a range of reading and other sources, to prepare for in-class and in-assignment learning logs and case studies (see summative assessment information below). You will be supported in your development of research skills, such as skimming and scanning as reading sub-skills for engaging with complex texts, discerning writer bias/positionality from sources, and supporting your perspectives with argumentation and referencing.

All teaching materials will be available on Moodle. The core textbook is affordable and you will read almost all of it via assigned, week-by-week readings. Study groups and peer learning are enabled and encouraged in seminars.

The case studies that you will undertake for Component 2 of the summative assessment are those that are of interest and relevance to you: in both assignments, you will have choices of topic. For example, if you are studying marketing, you might choose to investigate how history is put to use in ‘soft power’, whereas if you are a student of tourism, you might interrogate museums' curation of difficult historical topics.

The module directly supports internationalisation and intercultural competence; indeed, these are its explicit foci. You will become more aware of world events, their historical antecedents, and the resulting effects on cultural identity narratives and intercultural communications, in business and other settings. The overarching purpose –aligned with the module’s LOs– is to equip you to interact better with people from different cultural backgrounds and to understand why intercultural conflict may occur.

Formative Assessment:
In Part One of the module, seminar discussions based around textbook chapters (from Mastering Modern World History) allow you to reflect on and refine your understandings of the historical overview content (LO1) and its impact on cultural identity narratives (LO2). This provides you with formative feedback on your understandings and interpretations from reading and from the lectures.

In Part Two, seminar discussions supported by selected supplementary materials (see reading list) allow you to apply historical understandings to contemporary intercultural engagements (LO3 & LO4). Scaffolded for in-class discussions, this work provides you with formative feedback on your understandings of the connections between historical events, resulting narratives, and intercultural communications.

Summative Assessment:
Two summative assessment pieces build directly on Part One and Part Two classroom work.

Component One (50% of total mark; due in week 6), you will submit a five-part learning log (worth 10% per part; 300 words per part and 1500 words overall). This entails you writing critical reflections of each of five textbook chapters, which you will choose from an assigned selection. In doing this task, you have an opportunity to demonstrate your awareness of important events and themes in modern world history (LO1) and understandings of how these affect social identity narratives (LO2). This task is extensively scaffolded prior to submission through in-class preparation and discussions and various types of formative assessment, including discussions, supported note-taking activities, and group work. In addition, you will be given a sample of the task’s text type that uses critical reflections on other textbook chapters, as exemplar/inspiration.

Component Two is a case study (50% of total mark; due in week 13) in which you draw on your historical understandings (LO1) and understandings of how history affects narrative identities (LO2) in order to focus in depth on one case study of contemporary intercultural communications. Specifically, you will choose one case study (from several options) of a contemporary intercultural conflict/misunderstanding in which historical events and contested narratives play a role. For your chosen case-study, you are asked to discuss ways in which diverse cultural narratives affect contemporary intercultural communications (LO3) and to identify historical factors to explain the intercultural misunderstandings (LO4).

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

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Learning Log 50 LO1; LO2 6 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 1500
Report 50 LO3, LO4 13 , WORDS= 1500
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

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