Global Studies (T/A)

By undertaking Global Studies, students come to appreciate the nature of global politics. They examine what can be achieved, and why there is a plurality of views on the decisions about progress and reform. Students explore how its key participants respond to global challenges and collectively create opportunities for the betterment of the world.

Global Studies promotes intercultural understanding by respectfully addressing sensitive issues arising from diversity of viewpoints, and the rights and responsibilities of individuals. The course provides the opportunity for intercultural dialogue to foster greater social cohesion. By developing skills of critical evaluation and reflection, it builds an understanding of different perspectives and ways of life. Students learn to engage meaningfully with different ideas and challenge their own conclusions. Thus equipped, students become better informed, reflective, critical global citizens, and change agents.

Global Studies students engage in research and data collection from a wide range of sources. Using case studies, they enquire into the nature, role and purpose of global politics. Students critique the actions and motivations of key figures and present their findings in coherent written, spoken and digital texts. They work collaboratively and engage in dialogue to enhance their own understanding of the diversity of worldviews.

In an increasingly globalised world, this course serves as a basis for further education, employment and active citizenship. Knowledge and skills developed in this course will contribute to further studies in courses such as: International Security Studies, International Relations, History, Human development, International Business, Political Science, Economics, Law and Communications.


Course Units

Global Actors

Students critically analyse the distinctive nature and origin of actors within contemporary global

politics. They use theories to question and analyse hierarchies and taxonomies of actors and power.

Students assess the relative merits of diverse theories to evaluate actors’ claims to sovereignty,

hegemony, and legitimacy and why some groups are excluded from exercising agency. They reflect

on their role as citizens giving legitimacy to global actors through their decisions and beliefs. The

choice of actors for study must include a range of actors from different locations and spheres of



Global Processes

Students critically analyse the purpose, nature, and origins of global processes in the international order, and how these facilitate or impede relationships among global actors in many communities. They critically analyse and evaluate different processes for negotiating between actors within global anarchy. Students evaluate the processes by which global systems operate and their potential for reform. They critique processes from different International Relations (IR) perspectives. Students reflect on their place, and their communities’ role, in global processes in working towards the common good. The choice of processes for study must include those involving a range of communities and locations.


Global Challenges

Students critically analyse significant contemporary issues that pose challenges to global actors and processes, and to individuals around the world, as a result of processes employed by global actors to address issues and critique the resulting balance of power. They also question whether the mechanisms that regulate global behaviour effectively manage the tension between self-interest and collectivism. They analyse the challenges faced by actors and processes with the emergence of new powers and value systems. Students use theory to formulate questions and anticipate future challenges. They reflect on their connection to current global challenges and how they will respond to that realisation. The choice of challenges for study must include those impacting on a range of communities and locations.


Global Opportunities

Students analyse what progress and change can be achieved by global political action. They examine how the global system is perceived and used to improve lives for individuals and communities. Students evaluate possible pathways for progress and consider to whom current reform processes bring benefits. The nature of international declarations and agreements are considered in terms of their universality and contingency. Students consider their preferred future, the actions necessary to achieve it, and why it would be better. The choice of opportunities for study must include those available to a range of communities and locations.


Assessment Requirements


Students can expect a combination of the following assessment tasks:

  • Document Study/In class Task – 90 minutes (800 words)
  • Research Essays – 1000-1500 words
  • Oral Presentations-10 minutes
  • Examinations – 90 minutes



Students can expect a combination of the following assessment tasks:

  • Document Study/Inclass Task –60 minutes (600 words).
  • Research Essays –600-1000 words
  • Oral Presentations – 6 minutes
  • Examinations –60 minutes

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