MASTERS OF ARTS IN
GLOBAL SOCIETY

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

DURATION & MODE OF STUDY

1 year full-time

MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTION

English

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The programme has a “4+3+2” structure:

4 required programme core courses for all students,

3 required concentrations courses in one from five concentrations &

2 elective courses to complete the concentration.

Each course carries 3 credit units. A total of 9 by 3 unit courses equals 27 units for graduation.

Indicative Courses

PROGRAMME CORE

Students are required to take 4 programme core courses

CONCEPTS, THEORIES & INSTITUTIONS OF GLOBAL STUDIES

SOSC 7310

This core course introduces the key concepts, theories and institutions that make up the field of Global Studies. It provides students with a common language and academic repertoire that enables their own inter-disciplinary and professional development.

Semester 1

RESEARCH METHODS FOR GLOBAL STUDIES

SOSC 7410

In this course, students will be guided through the essential components of research, including doing preparatory work such as research design, literature review and research ethics; thinking through the practicalities of data collection; planning how to manage and analyze the data generated from these techniques; and thinking about how to present and write up the findings of the research. Students are exposed to various skills and transdisciplinary thinking and get the opportunity to apply them in the development of their research proposal.

Semester 1

DEBATING GLOBAL SOCIETY

SOSC 7320

The course aims to introduce students to the expository and critical literature concerning globalization in order to consider the origins and development of global society and its consequences. The objectives of the course include engaging students with debates concerning globalization and alternate economic approaches, the political economic issues raised by globalization (including neo-liberalism), the transformation of faith communities through globalization, educational and knowledge consequences of globalization and related themes.

Semester 2

GLOBALIZATIONS

SOSC 7330

Globalization is not just a contemporary phenomenon, nor is it to be understood simply in the singular. Ideas, institutions, goods, and people have always travelled, only at times more so. This course presents various trajectories, and politico-economic configurations of globalizations throughout history, engaging critically with the genealogy of ideas such as; universal values, free trade, global governance, cosmopolitanism, and multiculturalism. From Marxist, postcolonial, and ecological perspectives we furthermore evaluate the effects globalizations has had on people, communities, and the environment. The underlying questions put to the various historical examples concerns what is good and bad in globalization, all in order to understand better our own responsibilities, possibilities, and positions in an increasingly connected world.

Semester 2

Indicative Courses

CONCENTRATION CORE

Students are required to take 3 core courses;
2 in one from five concentrations, plus Independent Project OR Professional Placement.

All concentration core courses will be given in the first semester.
Independent project OR Professional placement will be given in the summer term.

GLOBAL CULTURES

Global Cultural Industries
Global Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures

GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

International Political Economy
Theory of International Relations

GLOBAL URBAN SYSTEMS

Global Urban Systems
Socio-spatial Dynamics of Cities

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Medicine, Society & Culture: Public Health Perspectives
Environmental Contaminants and Health Risk Assessment

GLOBAL SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Education and Social Development in a Globalized World
Globalization and Development: Visions and Issues

Indicative Courses

ELECTIVE

Students are required to take 2 elective courses
All elective courses will be given in the second semester

► Overseas Field Studies
► Urban Planning
► Urban Cultural Landscape
► Urban Development in China
► Sociological Issues in Urban and Regional Development
► Managing Change in Schools
► Socio-cultural Context of Human Development
► Teaching Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
► Managing learning Diversity in Inclusive Educational Settings
► Public Health
► Health Inequalities in a Global Context
► Topic Studies in Social History: Global Health and Human Society
► East Asia: Economic Miracles and Social Change
► Globalization and WTO
► World Order Issues
► Public Affairs and Public Policy
► Current Issues of European Integration
► Topics in Asian Politics