Global Studies

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MODULE LIST

*SE3880 Topics in Southeast Asian Studies - Theme Classification is variable with Topic
Students who want to read the recognised L5000 Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) modules have to submit the Application Form one week before the Module Preference Exercise to the office or via email (globalstudies@nus.edu.sg ).

TIMETABLE for Sem 1 and Sem 2 AY2014-15


THEMES

Global Health and Environment International Communications
Global Economics and Development Technology and Globalisation
Policy Making Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
Business and Transnational Cultures Religion and Ethnicity
War and Security Population and Migration
 
REGIONS
Americas East Asia: China, Japan & Korea
Europe South Asia
  Southeast Asia
 

CORE MODULES

GL1101E Global Issues, GL2101 Origins of the Modern World, GL2102 Global Political Economy, GL2103 Global Governance and GL3101 Inquiry & Method* will be offered every semester beginning AY2014-15.
* Due to the small number of students eligible to read GL3101 in AY2014-15, this module will only be offered in Semester 2, AY2014-15; then after it will be offered every semester.

GL4101 and GL4102 Task Force Modules will be offered beginning AY2015-16. These modules will be offered annually. Students have to read these modules one after the other. The topics to be discussed in these modules will vary annually.

GL1101E Global Issues
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
This module introduces the emerging field of global studies. Building on ideas about the modern state and international order, it examines how these ideas are being challenged from the perspective of transnational trends and institutions. Among these are the emergence of a global economy, inequalities within and between states, transnational labour and migration, global environmental issues, poverty and development, global consumerism, human rights and global responsibilities, transnational social and political movements, and new patterns of global governance. The module adopts a multidisciplinary approach to reveal different aspects of these issues.

GL2101 Origins of the Modern World
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-3-4
Pre-requisite: GL1101E
This module explores how the contemporary structure of the global system emerged. It studies how a world economy with integrated systems of production and trade emerged from interactions in which ethnic, national, political, and cultural divisions played a crucial role. It also examines the mechanisms through which Europeans and European culture maintained a dominant place through conflicts and crises from the sixteenth century onwards. The period under investigation runs from the Thirteenth Century to the start of the Twentieth.

GL2102 Global Political Economy
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Pre-requisite: GL1101E
One aspect of ‘globalization’ is the global character of economic practices such as trade, finance, and economic growth. But those practices rest upon a complex of relations among production, exchange, and power that constitute a global political economy. This module looks at the economic practices that drive globalization through the lens of this broader complex of relations. Drawing on the emerging interdisciplinary social science literature on global political economy, it provides a distinctively global perspective on economic issues such as emerging markets, power shifts in the global economy, global financial governance, and foreign aid.

GL2103 Global Governance
Modular Credits: 4
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
Pre-requisite: GL1101E
This module examines the changing nature of political authority in contemporary world politics. Drawing on what social scientists have to say about international institutions and global governance, it asks critical questions with implications for global order, peace, and justice. To what extent has globalization undermined state sovereignty? Who manages global problems in a post-sovereign world, and by what authority? Through what kinds of institutions and practices are global actors governed? Who and what escapes global governance? How should global problems be managed?

GL3101 Inquiry and Method
Modular Credits: 4
Pre-requisite: ARS3 students and above only. GL1101E and one of the following Core Modules: GL2101, GL2102 or GL2103.
Workload: 2-1-0-2-5
This module examines the theories of knowledge and methods of inquiry that are used across disciplines to study globalisation and its effects. It introduces students to the means, materials, techniques, and ethical issues entailed by different methods of inquiry. Four themes recur throughout the module: how questions are formulated and investigations conducted; how language influences inquiry; how context influences inquiry; and how different means, materials, and methods of inquiry can (or cannot) be brought together to provide a more holistic analysis.

GL4101 Readings in Global Issues
Modular Credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-4-5.5
Pre-requisite: GL major ONLY. Completed 80 MC, including 28 MC in GL or GL recognised modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.5; or be on the Honours track.
This module is a capstone seminar for the Global Studies programme. Each seminar will investigate one specific global issue in depth. Possible topics include legacies of anti-communism, xenophobia, the US war in Iraq, the 2008 financial crisis, climate change, and global poverty.

GL4102 Task Force
Modular Credits: 5
Workload: 0-3-0-7-2.5
Pre-requisite: GL major ONLY. Completed 80 MC, including 28 MC in GL or GL recognised modules, with a minimum CAP of 3.5; or be on the Honours track.
Task Force is an intensive capstone project required for Global Studies majors. The seminar simulates a government advisory committee. Each Task Force seminar deals with a given policy problem from the real world. Students research the problem, investigate and debate solutions, and work together to produce a report that recommends policy solutions. Seminar participants apply the training they have received from the GL curriculum to the project. At the end of the semester, students present their report for evaluation. Potential Task Force problems include energy security, terrorism, human trafficking, and an aging population.