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 formulate their own well
thought-out opinions based on facts. It should help enhance the 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.
Group discussions will be an important part of the course, which will be conducted in nglish.
The course is open to students from all faculties.
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.
(1) 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.
(2) Regular attendance will be an important part of the consideration for grading. Participation in
group discussions and individual assignments will also be considered in grading.