Globalisation calls for a way of understanding contemporary issues that goes beyond the boundaries of any single discipline. Global Studies is a new, multidisciplinary field of inquiry that examines the processes and effects of globalisation across political, economic, social, and cultural domains around the world. The field builds on social science concepts and area studies expertise and focuses especially on problems of profound public policy significance.
The Global Studies Programme is housed in the Department of Political Science but draws on the broader strengths of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It provides students with the background required to understand and address the challenging policy issues confronting the world today. Students learn how the local communities and environments in which peoples live their lives are affected by national, regional, international, and transnational cultural flows, environmental processes, political ideologies, and economic relationships. Coupling broad, multidisciplinary education with a focus on policy and policy-making, the Programme is designed to cultivate the combination of expertise and creative, critical thinking skills that are necessary for the next generation of global leaders and citizens.
The curriculum has different components that address the need for breadth, depth, and application. Global Studies majors read a set of core modules to gain an overview of global issues, their historical context, and their political and economic dimensions. In addition, they choose a thematic track and a regional concentration to gain depth in a particular set of issues and regional context. The tracks include Global Health and Environment, Business and Transnational Cultures, War and Security, Technology and Globalisation, among others. The regional concentrations include China, Korea and Japan, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In the Honours year, students apply their training in a unique and exciting module, called ‘Task Force’, that simulates the work of a policy planning committee.