Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 9 x 2hrs
Practical 1 x 2 hrs (role playing debate)


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Seen examination  50%
Semester Assessment 2,500 word 'consultancy report'  40%
Semester Assessment Oral presentation in 'role-playing debate'  10%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Resit exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed coursework: 2,500 word 'consultancy report'  40%
Supplementary Assessment Written statement of proposed presentation to a 'role-playing debate'  10%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Articulate a critique of globalization and of related concepts including neoliberalism and cosmopolitanism.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of globalization processes and their working in rural settings, and of the range of actors and processes engaged in the reconstitution of rural places under globalization.

Apply knowledge and appreciation of globalization in a rural context to the analysis of contemporary issues, potentially including food security, energy security, trade liberalization, global poverty, international migration and animal welfare.

Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of diverse experiences of, and opinions on, globalization with respect to rural societies and economies.

Competently assemble, interrogate and analyse appropriate evidence from a range of sources, including academic literature, policy documents and reports, news reports and popular media, statistical data, and web resources.

Brief description

The module examines the impact of globalization in rural areas and the responses of rural societies, economies and cultures to global processes and forces, with examples drawn from both the Global North and the Global South. The module aims to demonstrate the interdependency of rural regions in the contemporary world, as well as the agency of rural actors in reproducing globalization and the hybrid processes through which rural localities are reconstituted in the emergent global countryside. The module starts by introducing the key conceptual perspectives and by providing an historical context by examining the export of European models of rurality in the colonial era and the integration of the colonial countryside into global trade networks. The middle section of the module explores the economic, social and cultural dimensions of globalization, focusing in turn on agriculture (including the impact of trade liberalization and the role of transnational corporations), mining and forestry, global tourism and amenity migration, international labour migration (including concepts of translocal villages and rural cosmopolitanism), and tensions between the articulation of global values and traditional rural cultural practices in areas such as farm animal welfare and hunting. The final part of the module discusses models of rural development in the global era and political resistance to globalization in rural societies, including mobilization of transnational agrarian movements.


  • Globalization, Rurality and the Global Countryside
  • Colonialism, Trade and Global Integration in the Historical Rural
  • Globalizing Agriculture
  • Neoliberalism, Natural Resources and the Final Frontier
  • Debate: Global Free Trade and Rural Society
  • Tourism and Amenity Migration in the Global Countryside
  • International Labour Migration and Rural Cosmopolitanism
  • Rural Cultures and the Globalization of Values
  • Rural Development in the Global Era
  • Contesting the Global Countryside

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Statistical evidence will be used to illustrate points in lectures and students will be guided to relevant statistical databases. Students may elect to utilize and analyze quantitative data in the consultancy report.
Communication Written presentation skills developed through the consultancy report, including guidance on the appropriate presentation of such reports; oral presentation skills developed through the role-playing debate.
Improving own Learning and Performance Individual feedback will be provided to students on the consultancy report and oral presentation. Individual or collective feedback will be provided on the exam, depending on numbers registered and the timing of the exam.
Information Technology Students will be expected to obtain and analyse information from a range of sources, including websites and other electronic resources. Guidance will be given on accessing and analyzing appropriate web resources. Students will need to demonstrate skill in the use of IT in the presentation of the consultancy report.
Personal Development and Career planning The consultancy report is designed to replicate a task which may be encountered in many graduate careers and to develop the skills of students in applying academic knowledge to practical issues. Themes covered in the module are relevant as foundational knowledge for careers in areas such as economic development, international development and aid, policy research, central and local government, planning, agricultural and forestry management, etc.
Problem solving Lectures and reading will cover both 'academic problems' of understanding processes shaping contemporary rural localities, and 'applied problems' related to issues such as food security, energy security, trade liberalization, etc.
Research skills Independent research utilizing a range of resources will be required for the consultancy report and the role-playing debate
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Not developed.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Borras, S. M., Edelman, M. and Kay, C. (eds) (2008) Transnational Agrarian Movements: Confronting Globalization Wiley-Blackwell Primo search Bové, J. and Dufour, F. (2001) The World is Not for Sale Verso Primo search Brooking, T. and Pawson, E. (2010) Seeds of Empire: The Environmental Transformation of New Zealand Tauris Primo search Casid, J. (2005) Sowing Empire: Landscape and Colonialism U of Minnesota Press Primo search Massey, D. (2005) For Space Sage Primo search Moss, L. (ed) (2006) The Amenity Migrants CABI Primo search Murray, W. (2006) Geographies of Globalization Routledge Primo search Routledge, P. and Cumbers, A. (2009) Global Justice Networks Manchester University Press Primo search Torres, R. M., Popke, E. J. and Hapke, H. M. (2006) Latinos in the New South in H Smith & O Furuseth (eds) The South¿s Silent Bargain: Rural reconstructing, Latino labour and the ambiguities of migrant experience Ashgate Primo search Williams, G. (2008) Struggles for an Alternative Globalization: An ethnography of counterpower in southern France Ashgate Primo search Woods, M. (2010) Rural Routledge Primo search Woods, M. (2010) The Next Rural Economies: Constructing Rural Place in a Global Economy in G. Halseth, S. Markey & D. Bruce (eds) The political economies of place in the emergent global countryside: stories from rural Wales CABI Primo search Bebbington, A. (2001) Ecumene Globalized Andes? Livelihoods, landscapes and development 8, 414-436 Primo search Bridge, G. (2008) Journal of Economic Geography Global production networks and the extractive sector: governing resource-based development 8(3) Primo search Bridge, G. (2004) Professional Geographer Mapping the bonanza: geographies of mining investment in an era of neoliberal reform 56, 406-421 Primo search Busch, L. and Bain, R. (2004) Rural Sociology New! Improved? The transformation of the global agrifood system 69, 321-346 Primo search Desmarais, A. (2008) Journal of Rural Studies The power of peasants: reflections on the meanings of La Vía Campesina 24, 138-149 Primo search Echánove, F. (2005) Tidjschrift voor Economishe en Sociale Geografie Globalization and restructuring in rural Mexico: the case of fruit growers 96, 15-30. Primo search Featherstone, D. (2003) Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Spatialities of transnational resistance to globalization: the maps of grievance of the Inter-Continental Caravan 28, 404-421 Primo search Gidwani, V. and Sivaramakrishnan, K. (2003) Contributions to Indian Sociology Circular migration and rural cosmopolitanism in India 37, 339-367 Primo search Jackiewicz, E. (2005) Latin American Perspectives Community-centered globalization: modernization under control in rural Costa Rica 33, 136-146 Primo search McCarthy, J. (2004) Geoforum Privatizing conditions of production: trade agreements as neoliberal environmental governance 35, 327-341 Primo search McGregor, J. (2005) Geoforum Crocodile crimes: people versus wildlife and the politics of postcolonial conservation on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe 36, 353-369 Primo search Nelson, L. and Hiemstra, N. (2008) Social and Cultural Geography Latino immigrants and the renegotiation of place and belonging in small town America 9, 319-342 Primo search Prudham, S. (2008) Journal of Rural Studies Tall among the trees: organizing against globalist forestry in rural British Columbia 24, 182-196 Primo search Routledge, P. (2003) Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers Convergence space: process geographies of grassroots globalization networks 28, 333-349 Primo search Shaw, K. (2004) Environmental Politics The global/local politics of the Great Bear Rainforest 13, 373-392 Primo search Torres, R. M. and Momsen, J. D. (2005) Annals of the Association of American Geographers Gringoland: the construction of a new tourist space in Mexico 95, 314-335 Primo search Velayutham, S. and Wise, A. (2005) Global Networks Moral economies of a translocal village: obligation and shame among South Indian transnational migrants 5, 27-47 Primo search Woods, M. (2010) Geojournal The local politics of the global countryside: boosterism, aspirational ruralism and the contested reconstitution of Queenstown, New Zealand Primo search Woods, M. (2008) Journal of Rural Studies Social movements and rural politics 24, 129-137 Primo search Woods, M. (2007) Progress in Human Geography Engaging the global countryside: globalization, hybridity and the reconstitution of rural place 4, 485-508 Primo search Wright, W. and Muzzatti, S. (2007) Agriculture and Human Values Not in my port: The 'death ship' of sheep and crimes of agri-food globalization 24, 133-145 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6