GAD Course List

GLD3053 Asia in the Age of Globalisation


This course is a study of Asian social and economic development. This course intends to examine the relationship between interdependence and integration within the international context, and trace patterns that help students to understand the complexities and variations in Asia’s paths to the present. This course will discuss intra- and inter-regional bilateral as well as multilateral cooperation patterns, drivers, and interaction platforms (e.g. APEC, WTO, EAS, RCEP, and other different configurations etc.).

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GLD3083 China’s Global Partnerships for Shared Prosperity


The course aims at familiarising students with China’s constructive economic engagement across the world, along the One Belt One Road, and beyond. Particular attention will be dedicated to China’s win-win cooperation mechanisms and outcomes, in relation to both established and emerging actors.

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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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GLD3063 Data Analysis for Social Sciences


This course is an introduction to data analysis in the field of social sciences. The purpose of this course is to provide basic understanding and background essential to the learning of applied data science and statistics skills. The material will cover both descriptive and inferential techniques for analysing multivariate, categorical, and continuous data with the primary objective being two-fields: (1) relaying the underlying theories, appropriate applications, and limitations of various procedures; (2) using statistical software packages to properly analyse the interpret results.

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GLD3043 Development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia


This course aims at providing students with introductory information on governance, society and socio-economic development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. It identifies opportunities as well as challenges that countries in the region encounter. It seeks to establish a basis for independent study and research of specific regional issues.

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GLD3033 Development in Post-Colonial British Commonwealth


This course intends to familiarise students with development trajectories and governance patterns across the former British colonies spanning from South Asia to Africa and the Americas.

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GLD4003 Final Year Project (GAD)


The Final Year Project consists of an independent research essay that applies academic and creative skills to a specific topic in the Programme. Under the guidance of a supervisor, the student will identify a suitable research or creative topic; find relevant research materials; narrow the topic; read, evaluate, and interpret materials; write, edit, and polish their final work.

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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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POLS3263 Global Environmental Governance


This course aims at familiarising students with issues relating to climate change and natural resource governance in a post-COP21 (2015 Paris Conference) world. Students shall not only analyse the most relevant environmental challenges at national, regional and global levels, but will also assess latest policies outputs and outcomes, as well as related market opportunities, thus analysing both public and private sector responses to the steep challenge of optimising human activities – such as energy consumption, waste disposal and food production - on a finite planet.

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POLS3253 Global Routes of Trade and Investment


This course investigates the most relevant trade and investment routes of our time, across both established and emerging contexts, such as “BRICS” countries, Central and South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa. Course material shall cover managing institutions - from national governments to global and regional development banks - as well as infrastructure, key drivers and impact along the way. Particular attention will be dedicated to China’s increasing share of global investment, its prominent role as agent of change in world politico-economic governance, and its groundbreaking strategies such as the “One Belt, One Road”.

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GLD4013 Global South in Transition


This is an interdisciplinary course, which explores the recent socio-economic evolution in selected contexts in Asia, Africa and the South Pacific. It focuses on the dynamic interplay and governance of social, economic and environmental forces, in particular regard to sustainable development outcomes and prospects.

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GLD3023 Globalisation: Trends, Issues and Opportunities


As the world grows more integrated, as communication and business speed up the changes in our daily lives, the impact of events on our lifestyles deepens, and the necessity to understand and react intelligently to events and forces affecting us becomes more imperative. Lectures are used to inform and provoke students to apply concepts and data acquired in their time of study to current problems facing the global order, and thus, to themselves, their families, and their careers and regimes which play such a vital role in today’s world.

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POLS3323 Governance and Society in Latin America


The course is designed for the discussion of a range of contemporary issues in the governance and society of modern Latin America, including the studies on cultural, social, and economic development for the countries in the region. Beginning in 1492, its conquest by the Spanish and Portuguese created a totally new social order based on domination, hierarchy, and the intermingling of European, African, and indigenous elements. After World War II, more analysts worked on describing Latin American economic growth and cultural traditions originated from their Spanish and Portuguese heritage. This course is designed deliberately to accommodate to the discretion and expertise of the instructor concerned, which would lead students to think and understand Latin American governance and society in a broad-gauge approach.

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POLS3313 Governance and Society in North America


The course aims at familiarizing students with the most distinctive traits of public governance and the most relevant socio-economic trends in USA and Canada, with additional reference to their closely tied southern neighbor, Mexico.

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