International Studies
International Studies
Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public and International Affairs
Exclusive Majors
(Students who study the following majors are not allowed to choose this minor)
International Studies or Asian and International Studies
Note: The following curriculum information is subject to periodic review and changes.

Aims of Minor

This minor aims to introduce students to some key ideas, theories, methods and issues of international studies. A broad focus on social science traditions and methods and globalization is complemented by a specific emphasis on international relations and international political economy, while electives allow students to explore issues and societies in Asia and other world regions. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Minor (MINILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Minor, students should be able to: 
  1. Identify a range of issues that are relevant to contemporary international relations and the political economy in Asia and beyond, and their relevance for Hong Kong organizations, business, and government. 
  2. Explore them independently through the use of a range of social science research methods and techniques of data collection and analysis, applying transferable skills which are valuable for employment to a variety of work settings. 

Minor Requirements (15 credit units)Catalogue Term : Semester A 2022/23

1. Core Courses (6 credit units)
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
PIA3121Theories of International Relations3
PIA3126International Political Economy3

2. Electives (9 credit units)

Any three courses from the following electives:
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Units
PIA2012Social Research Methods3
PIA2200Introduction to International Studies Through Film3
PIA3046Asian Migration and the Global Diasporas3
PIA3124Special Topics in International Studies I3
PIA3125Special Topics in International Studies II3
PIA4025Globalization and Socio-Cultural Changes3
PIA4042Global Social Movements3
PIA4071Globalisation and the Environment3
PIA4072Contemporary International Politics of the Asia Pacific3
PIA4122International Organisations3
PIA4123International Security3
PIA4130U.S. Politics and Foreign Policy3
PIA4132Introduction to India3
PIA4201International Relations: Conflict and Cooperation on Environment and Resources Problems3

Students are recommended to complete their core requirement prior to enrolling in electives.