SOC41160 Exploring Global Solutions

Academic Year 2023/2024

Exploring Global Solutions module centres on the exploration of how we construct the most successful solutions addressing the most pressing global problems. This module introduces you to a unique analytical framework that combines academic, activist, business and policy perspectives (the AABP model) to explore and study solutions. By bringing together multiple analytical perspectives from the economy, sociology, policy, communications studies and many more - we will explore particular cases from each field and then introduce students to their own individual projects.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Students successfully completing the module will:

1. Demonstrate familiarity with theoretical debates and the key challenges facing contemporary societies.
2. Use comparative perspectives to analyse a selected topic related to global problems and analyse them from the Academic, Activist, Business and Policy perspective - showing the application of the AABP model.
3. Display competence in using and interpreting social and political data from a range of national and international sources.
4. Demonstrate awareness of the historical and cultural context implications in analysing social problems and global solutions.
5. Enhance their analytical skills, argumentation, critical thinking, and ethical approach towards sensitive issues.

Indicative Module Content:

Exploring Global Solutions module will cover the following topics:

1. Relation between problem-based and solution-based approaches to social change on the global and local scale;
2. Introduction to AABP (academic-activist-business-policy) approach;
3. Cases studies in global solutions:
*Scientific innovations
*Business models
*Problem-driven policies and structural reforms
*People-based social change
4. Designing student project.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This module will follow a face-to-face lecture/workshop format. It will include lectures, discussions as well as creative assignments that deepen the global challenges and corresponding case studies of global solutions. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Essay: Essay on building solutions for social problems Week 8 n/a Graded No


Project: AABP Analysis of Individual case study Week 12 n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided on assessed coursework as individual comments published in the VLE, in group sessions at lectures/seminars, and/or in person during office hours as appropriate.