GE3209 - Managing New Global Challenges

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public and International Affairs
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 2: Study of Societies, Social and Business Organizations
Equivalent Course(s)
Exclusive Courses:
not for BSocSc Asian and International Studies major students
Course Offering Term*:
Semester B 2023/24

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course exposes students to in-depth, critical discussions of a series of issues that present great challenges to human societies in the age of globalization. Drawing on cutting-edge research by scholars in multiple disciplines in social sciences and humanities, this course acquaints students with analytical concepts and qualitative approaches to participate in the debates on these issues. These issues are grouped under four themes: 1) uneven development and poverty; 2) care work and population; 3) science, technology, and society; and 4) climate change and Anthropocene. Weekly class lecture and discussion covers a specific topic such as slums and gentrification, urban sanitation, family change, platform economy, medicalization of birth and death, human and nature, and human-animal relations. While these issues are discussed separately, they are also interrelated. Discussions draw on empirical case studies in local settings, but to comprehend the depth of the issues requires a global perspective and an interdisciplinary approach.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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