U21 Diploma in Global Issues

Course D-GLOBISS (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Year and Campus: 2010 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Undergraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 12 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


A/Prof Paul Taylor


U21 International Programs Coordinator
Melbourne Global Mobility
Room 120, Level 1, Old Geology Building
Email: u21-gip@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 6104

Course Overview:

Universitas 21 (U21) is an international network of leading research-intensive universities. Established in 1997, U21 currently includes twenty one member universities in thirteen countries. These partner institutions are committed to advancing the internationalism of education and offer exemplary tertiary study across a variety of disciplines.

The Universitas 21 Diploma in Global Issues is the University of Melbourne's name for the U21 Program in Global Issues. It is an undergraduate multidisciplinary concurrent certificate administered through the Faculty of Arts and taught by the University of Melbourne in conjunction with the Universities of British Columbia (Canada), Nottingham (United Kingdom), Queensland (Australia), Lund (Sweden) and Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico).

The Diploma is designed to address the particular demands of undergraduate students who have an interest in global studies and who wish to combine this study with a bachelor's degree at the University of Melbourne.

Students are expected to complete fifty percent of the Diploma through at least one other partner university, whether online or by studying overseas on exchange.

NOTE: This course is not registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and cannot be offered to international students that require a student visa to study in Australia

Objectives: The U21 Diploma in Global Issues has as its objectives that graduates should gain:

  • knowledge of the current theoretical principles relating to globalisation and how these are understood by students from universities around the globe;
  • an ability to evaluate and synthesise the literature relating to globalisation, and its relationship to environmental, economic, political and social change;
  • an understanding of the interconnectedness between individuals, societies, and countries by encouraging students to consider the cultural, environmental, economic and political dimensions of globalisation;
  • a capacity to work with others located around the globe in identifying and grappling with significant global issues; and
  • a set of skills related to learning in an on-line, interactive environment.
Course Structure & Available Subjects:

University of Melbourne students accepted into the Diploma are required to complete 100 points of study comprising:

• one compulsory on-line core subject (12.5 points)
• elective subjects chosen from the lists below (87.5 points).

At least three of the seven elective subjects must be taught (either on-line or via an exchange program) by a Global Issues Program partner university, ie. not by the University of Melbourne.

At least three of the seven elective subjects must be taught on-line.

Subjects listed below and offered as part of the Diploma are subject to availability. Students should check subject prerequisites with relevant teaching programs where it will be determined whether prospective students can satisfy prerequisites.

This course will usually add one year to the length of your course if studying full time. Subjects which are cross-listed into the Diploma may be given as retrospective credit to a maximum of 50%.

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

All students in the U21 Diploma in Global Issues are required to complete ONE of the following core subjects:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 2

Online Elective Subjects

Select AT LEAST ONE subject from the online elective list:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2010
Not offered in 2010

Overseas Campus Based Elective Subjects:

Lund University:

  • Democratization
  • Global Environmental Justice
  • Global Relation of Power
  • History of the Holocaust
  • Human Rights – A Multidisciplinary Introduction
  • International Business and Multinational Enterprises
  • The Politics of the Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Violence, Gender and Culture- a Global Survey

University of British Columbia:

  • Indigenous Peoples in Comparative and International Law
  • International Business Management
  • International Financial Management
  • International Law Problems
  • International Macroeconomics and Finance
  • International Marketing
  • International Taxation
  • Introduction to International Finance
  • Introduction to International Trade
  • Understanding Globalization
  • World History From 1500 to the 20th Century

University of Nottingham:
  • African Politics
  • Ethnic Conflict in Comparative Perspective
  • Global Security
  • Human Rights and the Global Sex Trade
  • International Firms
  • Intervention in Africa
  • IPE and Global Development
  • Modern Classics in International Relations
  • Past as Present: International Relations and International History
  • Power and International Order
  • Revolution and Political Modernity
  • Terrorism
  • The Impact of Globalisation, Regionalism and the State
  • The Making of Foreign Policy
  • The Making of Middle Eastern Politics
  • Transatlantic Security Relations
  • War, Disaster and Political Psychology
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction

The University of Queensland

  • Anthropology of Current World Issues: An Introduction
  • Crossing Bridges: Communicating Between Cultures
  • Economic Institutions and Global Banking
  • Foreign Policies of the Great Powers
  • Global Cultures & Tourism
  • Globalisation & Business
  • Globalisation & Development in Post-Colonial Societies
  • Globalisation & International Political Economy
  • Globalisation and Economic Development
  • Health and Social Justice in Global Contexts
  • Human Rights & International Politics
  • Human Security in Global Politics
  • International Organisations & Political Cooperation
  • International Peacekeeping
  • Introduction to International Inequality and Development
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Managing in the Global Workplace
  • Politics of Development
  • Terrorism & Insurgency in World Politics
  • The United States & the Evolving International Order
  • World Women: International Perspectives on Politics & Culture

University of Melbourne Campus Based Elective Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1
Not offered in 2010
Entry Requirements:

Applicants must satisfy the following selection criteria:

• be concurrently enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at the University of Melbourne; and
• have obtained a weighted grade point average of at least H2B (70%) across all subjects so far completed in the concurrent degree course; and
• have completed at least 100 points of study in the concurrent degree course; and
• be at least a year (100 points) away from completing the concurrent degree course.

Once enrolled, students may not graduate from the Diploma until their degree studies have also been completed. Students will be enrolled in the Diploma on the same fee-paying basis as their degree course. The application form is available via the Universitas 21 website: http://www.universitas21.com/globalissues.html . Places in the Diploma are limited, applications will be assessed on a competitive basis.

Students enrolled in an Honours program are ineligible to commence the Diploma. Students enrolled in a bachelor degree program that is being taught out may not be eligible to commence the Diploma.

NOTE: This course is not registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and cannot be offered to international students that require a student visa to study in Australia

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/

Graduate Attributes:

See above.

Generic Skills:

Graduates of the U21 Diploma in Global Issues should develop the following generic skills:

• Skills and techniques in solving problems and an ability to communicate these techniques in verbal and written form in cross-cultural context;
• A sensitivity to the impact of globalisation on the world from a variety of theoretical, individual and international perspectives;
• A sound attitude towards undertaking life-long learning in this field;
• A well-developed capacity to understand and participate as an individual and in collaborative, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, as a leader or as a team member;
• Working skills in the use of simulations, interactive material and technologies designed to enhance collaborative and team work;
• An understanding of students’ own choices and responsibilities within their political, social, cultural and professional contexts; and
• An ability to participate as active global citizens.

Links to further information: http://www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au/outgoing/u21/global-issues-program/

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