A critical review and assessment will be undertaken of the origin and present condition of the major global issues and problems and how
these are being addressed by the national governments and the international community. Special attention will be paid to the role of the United Nations and other International Organizations as a tool of global governance in addressing these issues. We shall also explore ideas and concepts of peace and security, human rights, coexistence among peoples of different cultures and other critical global issues such as poverty eradication, environmental degradation, aging society and gender issues.
The objective of the course, which is suitable for students from all faculties, is to enable the students to gain a better understanding of the
world around them and about the role of the United Nations so that they are able to evaluate current and future international trends and to formulate their own well thought-out opinions based on facts. It should help enhance their trans-cultural literacy and competence and enable them to interact with confidence with peoples of different cultural backgrounds and orientations in an interdependent and interlinked world.
Message to those taking this Course:
This course is good for those who wish to improve their ability to communicate in English and be able to discuss about international issues with confidence. Regular attendance and active participation in the class discussions will be important. Students should do some prior reading or internet search on the topics under discussion as I would expect students to make comments, ask questions and speak freely in the class.
- There will be no examination but all students will be expected to write a final report based on readings, lectures and discussions covered during the period.
- Participation in group discussions and individual assignments will also be considered in grading.
- Attendance will be an important part of the consideration for grading.