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Global Liberal Arts Programme (GLAP)

Global leaders of tomorrow

Required Courses


This course looks at the Pacific as the primary location for literary, historical, and racial imagination since the Age of Exploration. It studies the crisscrossing, transpacific field of inscriptions ranging from Captain Cook to Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Jack London, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Theresa Cha.


This course provides students with skills and knowledge in two areas: (1) the purposes and challenges of academic inquiry that attends to global context and consequences; and (2) the process, structure, and tools of globally-informed research. Combined training in these two areas lays a foundation for students to succeed in advanced coursework, enabling them to employ global perspectives and methodologies in a range of academic disciplines.


This course lays a foundation for students to develop global competency vis-à-vis the arts and humanities disciplines. It draws from multiple disciplines to provide students with a range of tools to analyze comparisons, contrasts, and connections in the world through the lens of the arts. In so doing, it trains students to think in two directions: how to use the arts disciplines to explore world dynamics and world areas, and conversely, how to employ a global perspective to understand the arts fields. In touching on a wide range of arts disciplines—philosophy, religion, history, literary studies, language studies, cultural studies, performance studies, visual studies, music—it enables students to investigate any of these through the prism of global comparison, contrast, and connection. At the same time, the course demonstrates how the arts fields reveal the similarities and differences between world cultures and their dynamic interactions when in dialogue with one another..


Part I- Political Economy in the Global Age

This course begins with a review of the conceptual, theoretical and methodological perspectives on the state and market, followed by an examination of how state and market interactions have shaped the post-war global political economy. Section one of the course provides a broad survey of the field of International Political Economy (IPE) as it has evolved in the post-war period. The central concern of IPE involves the study of the reciprocal relationships between the state and the market or politics and economics, both nationally and globally, in particular, the roots of the subprime-induced global financial crisis and the Great Recession of 2007-09; what explains the fast-moving contagion, the role of the U.S. Federal Reserve and Treasury and other central banks, the nature and implications of the massive government bailout, the Bush and the Obama Administrations' policy responses, and the debates it has generated regarding states and markets (state capitalism vs. American-style free-market neoliberal capitalism).


Part II- Development and Society in the Global Age

Section two of the course critically examines how the growing impact of globalization has affected social development and society across different parts of the globe. Particular attention will be given to examine how nation states respond to ideology of neoliberalism by transforming the way they manage the social and cultural developments. Largely student-centered, this section is structured around student-guided discussions of assigned readings, with the goal of encouraging the drawing of conclusions about important social issues from the comparison of different cases, such as the massification of higher education, youth unemployment, youth transitions and social mobility. Through preparation for discussions, organizing group presentations and completing written assignments, students will develop independent inquiry skills to explore the interrelationships between education and social policy and social phenomena. More specifically, this section will critically examine the following issues:

  • How social and cultural development has been affected by the growing trends of globalisation?
  • What major problems and challenges that globalisation has brought to the contemporary society?
  • What major policies and strategies that the governments in the West and the East have adopted in managing rapid social, economic, political and cultural changes in order to enhance their global competitiveness?
  • What new forms of social policy and governance are emerging as a consequence of this change process?

In order to enhance students' understanding of how globalization has affected different aspects of development across different parts of the globe, this section will begin by discussing major contextual variables causing  policy changes not only from global but also regional and local perspectives. The core of this section will devote to identifying major change patterns emerging from the societies based in East Asia, with particular reference to critical reflections on how governments in these societies have tried to manage rapid changes in response to global, regional and local forces.


This course examines the changing world of international business and the impact that globalization has had on the amount and the nature of international trade and investment. It also considers the impact of continuing globalization on the growth strategies of multinational corporations and how they conduct their international business activities


This is a course on studies of visual culture and media as a contemporary form of social and political expression. We examine various forms of moving images and their relations to culture and politics. We focus on how film and digital media may carry specific meanings, and might be used as vehicles of power and persuasion. We will also trace the development of modern image cultures and examine how they frame contemporary social and political experience and thinking. At the end of the course, students should be able to make sense of the selected digital artworks and their relations to the larger context of contemporary culture and politics.


This year-long six-credit capstone course enables students to integrate, articulate, advance, and present the totality of their learning in the four-year programme. Its central focus is the execution of an individual project, which will culminate in the production of an e-portfolio. The process and content of the course guides students to (a) integrate and evaluate the local and global, the disciplinary and interdisciplinary, and the academic and the experiential aspects of their learning; (b) apply their knowledge and skills to a substantial summative project; and (c) articulate and present their project ideas through written, oral, and e-technology formats. The various components of the course empower students not only to produce a capstone project but to confidently coalesce and apply the totality of their experience to competently embark on their post-university work and life.


*New Required course from 2020-21 intake

^Changed from Required courses to elective courses from 2020-21 intake

# Recoded from GLA1002 to GLA2003 from 2020-21 intake