The twenty-first century is an era of global governance. The realm of contemporary international
relations has seen the commencement of new political attempts to gradually reform existing systems in
complex governance with different players and multi-tiered networks for the creation of a convivial
global society, in which the common values of peace, prosperity and stability are pluralistically shared,
overcoming the risks of asymmetry and tit-for-tat sequences. In this new political initiative towards an
unknown world, there are some critical challenges, including the pursuit of public goals in the
international community and of effective measures to reach them. In the new world of international
development cooperation, aid donors and aid recipients have different dreams yet lie in the same bed
with a dynamic and tense relationship. By reviewing frontline efforts in international development
cooperation with a view towards sustainable growth and poverty reduction from the perspective of
cooperation policies, this course is intended to provide some basic foundations and applications for the
management of international development cooperation with students that are interested in the main
issues of poverty and development in the developing regions, and that wish to be involved in the world
of international development cooperation in the future. Several guest speakers shall be invited from
international aid agencies.
Message to those taking this Course:
Active participation in class discussions is required.
Some short essays are requested to be submitted during the course. Evaluation will be made, based on
the final report (five pages of A4 size) submitted at the end of the course, with the following criteria:
originality; logic; and persuasiveness.