GIR Course List

GCVM1003 Applied Ethics in Humanities and Social Sciences


This course aims to foster lifelong learning, an inquiring spirit and critical perspective on moral beliefs and practices, through engaging in debates, studying particular cases and discussing the major ethical and moral arguments as presented in one or more philosophical and/or religious traditions. Identify and reflect on ethical issues, and to critically analyse ethical arguments in an informed and thoughtful way

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POLS3013 China and the World


This course is designed to provide Government and International Studies majors with knowledge of Chinese foreign policies during the Cold War and Post-Cold War era. Being a socialist country with a strong nationalistic posture, how China situates herself in the world arena, and shifts her foreign policies from pro-Soviet stance (1950s) to isolation (1960s) then opening up to the West (1970s), will be thoroughly examined. The efforts of constructing a “Chinese Theory of International Relations” by the Chinese policy analysts will also be studied.

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GCCH1013 Chinese Thought through the Ages


(1) introduce important thought that have produced extremely important and significant impact on Chinese social development from past to present; (2) make a connection with contemporary social status by selecting a number of philosophical issues such as harmony, homogeneity/heterogeneity, conflict and unity, diversity and sustainability etc.; (3) analyse how ‘the past affects the present’, and how Chinese traditional thought has influenced the development and evolvement of contemporary Chinese society; and (4) help the students to have a better understanding of Chinese thought through different historical periods and to strengthen their sense of identity.

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EURO3013 Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe


This course examines the Central European states of Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia in historical and comparative context. It begins with a discussion of the nature and weaknesses of the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe and the causes and processes of the 1989 upheavals in the region. It then considers the paradoxes and obstacles in the course of post-Communist transition to democracy, the market economy and the civil society. The key issues of democratic consolidation and pro-market transformation will be addressed.

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POLS3223 Comparative Politics of the British Commonwealth


This course intends to look at the influence of British “Westminster” tradition on the global political systems. It begins with an examination of medieval English history of England which set the shape of the parliamentary model being followed in many countries of the world today. It also attempts to examine the origin of democracy in the “Westminster” system, and its extend to its application among the Commonwealth of Nations. Finally, it also reveals the bonds and the quarrels which Commonwealth countries had over the course of the Post-World War II period.

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POLS3163 Contemporary Europe-Asia Interactions


The course aims at assessing the contemporary relations between Asia and Europe. It analyses the regions’ internal and external dynamics, including European colonial rule and its legacy, the evolution of interregional relations “as equals”, and the current intense politico-economic interdependence.

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POLS2073 Cooperation and Progress in the Guangdong - Hong Kong - Macau Greater Bay Area


This timely course aims at familiarizing students with the latest governance trends concerning the development of the Pearl River Delta Greater Bay Area. Students will be provided analytical tools necessary to make sense of the integrated advantages of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao region, its underlying cooperation mechanisms, its development prospects, as well as its potential to represent an important driver of cooperation both nationally and internationally.

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GCLA1903 English I

大学英文 I

The course involves instruction of English as both an academic subject and a foreign/second language. The course focuses on fundamental language skills that are related to reading, writing, listening, and speaking. It is also designed to enable students to study their major courses more effectively by focusing on the basic language and thinking skills of academic reading and writing.

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GCLA1913 English II

大学英文 II

Course objectives are aimed at further developing and improving the four language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to a level appropriate for university study. This course builds on the skills taught in English I by taking the sentence writing skills from that course and developing them into academic style paragraphs using different patterns of organisation. The course will broaden student awareness of reading for academic purpose by instructing how to interpret different textual styles.

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GCLA1923 English III

大学英文 III

The course involves a careful instruction of English as both an academic subject and a second language. Students will be able to respond to and convey ideas in areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Speaking will focus on articulation and target language. Patterns of organization will be stressed in speaking and writing. Specific grammar and vocabulary will be addressed within essays. Reading and listening material will be accessed primarily from electronic resources and the library in order to facilitate comprehension of academic sources.

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GCLA1933 English IV

大学英文 IV

This course prepares students for communicating in an academic environment. Major topics of this course include research activities which will enable students to find appropriate academic sources about the topics being studied and use references to support their writing. Public speaking skills will be introduced to enhance their spoken language. Reading and listening material will be accessed primarily from electronic resources and the library in order to further academic research skills and avoid plagiarism.

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POLS4073 Final Year Project (GIR)


Completion of Year 3 in the GIR Programme Course Description: The Final Year Project constitutes a very significant part of the Programme. This requirement is fulfilled by a single, independent research activity. The topic of the Final Year Project will be within the general area of the student’s chosen area of study. Topic selection takes place in the late stages of Year 3 for all students. While the final approval of the Adviser is required, and while advice may be sought by the student and given by the Adviser, the main responsibility for topic selection remains with the student.

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POLS2013 Foundations of International Relations


This is a second-year, first-semester course which introduces students to the basic concepts, methods and processes of International Relations by focusing on four major “perspectives” that have framed analytical work in the field, namely “Realism-Power Politics”, “Dominance-Dependence”, Transnationalism-Interdependency” and “Cultural Interactionism”. International Relations seek to build upon and integrate the disciplinary foundations students obtained in their first-year Political Science and Political Economy subjects.

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POLS1003 Foundations of Political Science


This is a first year, first semester course which introduces to students a comprehensive review of the field of political science. Basic concepts, political theories and methodologies, political institutions, political parties are all examined. The subfields of comparative politics and international relations are also integral parts of this course so as to lay down the foundation for further studies. Political developments in Europe, America and Asia are frequently employed as examples to the introduction of political ideas.

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POLS1013 Foundations of World Geography


This course intends to familiarize Year 1 GIR students with basic concepts of world geography - and in particular human geography - which are essential for them to better make sense of the transnational socio-political and economic dynamics assessed in Year 2-Year 4 major courses. The course will introduce students to contemporary geography with particular focus on population, migration, linguistic and religious identities, nations, states, socio-economic development.

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