GAD Course List

POLS3303 Governance and Society in Northeast Asia


The course aims at familiarizing students with the distinctive traits of public governance as well as with the most significant social and economic trends characterizing modern Japan, North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and South Korea (Republic of Korea).

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POLS3273 Growth, Innovation and Development: Case Studies


As economic growth remains crucial to socio-economic progress, both national and international institutions are expected to devise, support and implement conducive capacity-building policies that, in an ever-changing age of knowledge economy, may not only prove to be “quantitatively” successful, but also mindful of the quality and sustainability of the very progress they deliver. The course will explore a selection of case studies from across the globe to highlight the connection between governments’ politico-economic strategies, economic growth and innovative entrepreneurship as crucial ingredients for lasting progress. Particular attention will be reserved to Chinese cases, so as to reflect the country’s ongoing transition towards a more sustainable, high-value, knowledge-based development model; the course content will also include the study of “Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment” (RDDD) patterns and policies, and the analysis of “innovation ecosystems” in both Asia and the Americas.

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GCIT1003 IT for Success in Everyday Life and Work


This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of Information Technology (IT), and develops students’ confidence in using computers and computer applications. Useful and practical course contents are selected for learning how to be a competitive person in this information era. Students are introduced to the background of Computer Science, and the modern IT sector. Some of the major IT organisations are introduced, and current IT issues and questions are discussed. The basic architecture and design of a computer is explained. Software applications useful for students of all majors are introduced.

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GLD2013 International Cooperation


This course aims to investigate the various analytical frameworks in the field of international cooperation with a review of the dominant paradigms that affect the contemporary global order. The purpose of this course is to review a wide range of the literature concerning the study of cooperation and interdependence in the global society, and particularly the theoretical material concerning international relations, regional integration, and global institutions.

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POLS3293 International Migration


This course analyses relevant issues related to contemporary international migration. First of all, it investigates underlying “push and pull factors” of socio-economic nature in both places of origin and of destination, assessing the broad range of bonds and frictions between migrants and host societies, as well as the persisting interactions with their native homelands. The course also explores the status of “refugee”, examining the core dynamics and implications of a selection of refugee crises occurred over the years in different regions of the world.

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POLS2033 Introduction to Research Methods


This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to perceive, evaluate and understand political and social phenomena through a systematic introduction to a wide range of approaches, methods and theories of political science. Basic research procedures and academic writing are the other foci of the course. Students are encouraged to analyse and explain the current political development of Europe, America, Asia and other regions with the help of particular perspectives and research methods.

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POLS3203 Introduction to Sustainable Development


The course aims at familiarising students with key principles of sustainable development governance. The adoption of the “Sustainable Development Goals” (hereinafter, SDGs) by the UN in September 2015 has officially highlighted the urgent need for a paradigmatic shift towards holistic development governance that may deliver comprehensive solutions to the increasingly interconnected challenges of socio-economic progress. The course, therefore, intends to provoke students’ analyses of both existing issues and available solutions, in the key realms of poverty reduction, equitable resource distribution, social inclusion, environmental preservation.

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GLD3073 Principles of Negotiation


Negotiations are a particular kind of social interactions that are explicitly designed to determine which parties get their interests and goals. Negotiations are necessary whenever you cannot attain your goals without the cooperation of others. This course is an introduction to the knowledge of the negotiation skills and techniques. This course will focus on the theoretical arguments of negotiation techniques, using rational choice theory, game theory, and decision-making models to analyse the critical components during negotiation. The purpose of this course is to look into the methodological underpinnings of such a negotiation approach, and to introduce the students to its applications in various fields in social science.

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GLD3003 Public-Private Partnerships for Development


The major objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the key principles and components of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), the role of PPPs in the delivery of socio-economic development as well as the opportunities and challenges of procuring and maintaining public services in various fields through effective PPPs, particularly in emerging markets.

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GLD3013 Regional Cooperation and Integration: The EU


The course examines the causes and historical evolution of European integration and then looks analytically at the institutions and the policies of the European Union, assessing their effectiveness and investigating their implications for the rest of the world. It provides a focused examination of the economy of European integration, and highlights the dynamic relationship between economic and social integration and the respective roles of the state, markets and EU institutions.

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GLD2023 Regional Cooperation and Integration: the ASEAN


This is the course designed to assess ASEAN as a major regional actor. No other region in the world can match the cultural, religious, linguistic, and ethnic diversity of Southeast Asia; however, if one were looking around the world for examples of successful regional cooperation, Southeast Asia would be at the top of the list. What makes ASEAN truly remarkable? This course will question what influences the regional dynamics and integration among Southeast Asian countries, including their social, cultural, and economic behaviour.

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GLD3093 Rural Economic Development and Transformation in Globalising China


This course aims at familiarizing students with the most relevant, up-to-date trends of rural economic reforms and development in China in the age of globalisation. The course intends to highlight the historical and on-going reforms in rural countryside and its development’s drivers, constraints, challenges and prospects, at a time of a new wave of industrialization, urbanization and transnational economic integration.

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POLS3283 Society, Environment and Development in Africa


In the wake of the new millennium, Africa is increasingly dubbed as a land of hope and opportunities: its vibrant young population, unique wealth of natural resources, deepening international ties with emerging superpowers – i.e. China, above all - are finally making it conceivable for the continent to overcome “traditional” problems such as deep poverty and conflict. The course’s main aims are familiarising students with Africa’s human and physical geography, as well as stressing the close interdependence of social, environmental and economic factors. The course shall focus in particular on the analysis of a selection of Sub-Saharan development patterns that will encompass success stories, persisting challenges and market opportunities of both regional and global relevance. They will include East Africa’s fast evolving Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania; Nigeria, the oil-rich powerhouse; resource-rich but income-poor and restive Democratic Republic of Congo; the dynamic island economies of Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius.

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GLD2003 The Global Economy


The objective of this course is to serve as a basic introduction to the study of world economy and its governance. It will examine key institutions, their functions and interactions, as well as the drivers and impact of relevant contemporary economic strategies implemented both in the developed and in the developing world.

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GLD4023 Topics in Globalisation and Development


This course is intentionally designed to be flexible in order to allow discussion of a range of pressing issues in the fields of globalisation and development.

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