U21 Diploma in Global Issues

Course D-GLOBISS (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014 - 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.


Associate Professor Parshia Lee-Stecum


U21 International Programs Coordinator
Melbourne Global Mobility
Ground Floor, John Smyth Building
The Unviersity of Melbourne
Swanston Street. VIC.3010
Email: alanajm@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 3849

Course Overview:

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

The U21 Diploma in Global Issues is the program offered by the U21 network. It is an undergraduate multidisciplinary concurrent diploma administered through the Faculty of Arts and taught by the University of Melbourne (Australia) in conjunction with the Universities of British Columbia (Canada), Birmingham (United Kingdom), 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. It is ideal for students who are considering careers that require an international perspective to gain knowledge of the current principles relating to globalisation and an understanding of the connection between individuals, societies and countries.

Students are expected to complete fifty percent of the Diploma through at least one other partner university and a minimum of four subjects must be taken online.

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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 electives must be chosen from among the subjects offered by the partner universities (taken either on-line or via an exchange program), i.e not taught by the University of Melbourne.

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

Subjects listed below are offered as part of the Diploma and are subject to availability. Students should check subject prerequisites with relevant teaching programs.

This Diploma in Global Issues will typically add one year to the length of your Bachelor degree if studying full time. Students may credit up to 50 points of Diploma subjects taken at the University of Melbourne towards their Bachelor degree.

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:
Not offered in 2014

Online Elective Subjects

Select AT LEAST THREE subjects from the online elective list:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2014
Not offered in 2014

University of Melbourne Campus Based Elective Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

Overseas Campus Based Elective Subjects:

Lund University:

  • Democratisation
  • Emerging Asia Economic Transformation in East and South East Asia
  • Gastronomy- A Global and Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Globalisation and in the Pre Modern World
  • History of the Holocaust
  • Human Rights – A Multidisciplinary Introduction
  • International Business and Multinational Enterprises
  • Peace for God's Sake
  • Sustainable Eating
  • The Crusades - Facts and Fiction, Past and Present
  • The Politics of the Environment and Sustainable Development
  • The Rising Giants - China and India Entering the Scene
  • Violence, Gender and Culture- A Global Survey

Univeristy of Birmingham:

  • End of Empire: Problems of International History
  • Introduction to Problems of World History in the Twentieth Century
  • International Political Economy
  • International Security
  • Europe in a Globalized World
  • Gender in World Politics
  • International Ethics
  • LH Global Governance
  • International Monetary Issues
  • Introduction to International Trade
  • LI Global Societies
  • Global Quaternary Climatic Change
  • LH Environmental Goverance

University of British Columbia:

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

University of Nottingham:

  • Afghanistan - Pakistan: Crucible of conflict
  • African Politics
  • China's International Relations
  • Ethnic Conflict in Comparative Perspective
  • Global Security
  • Government and Politics of East and Central Europe
  • Human Rights and the Global Sex Trade
  • International Firms
  • Intervention in Africa
  • International Politics of Race
  • IPE and Global Development
  • Politics and Drugs
  • Politics, Power and Political Economy in Latin America
  • Power and International Order
  • Rethinking the Cold War
  • Revolution and Political Modernity
  • Russia and its Neighbours: Security Developments in the Soviet Successor States
  • Terrorism
  • The Government and Politics if the USA
  • The Iraq War
  • 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 Nottingham - Malaysia

  • Food, Hunger and Development
  • Global Political Economy and International Development
  • Intelligence and International Relations
  • International Organisations
  • International Security

The University of Queensland:

  • Anthropology of Current World Issues: An Introduction
  • Business Management in a Carbon Constrained World
  • Climate Change and Environmental Management
  • Crossing Bridges: Communicating Between Cultures
  • Foreign Policies of the Great Powers
  • Global Change: Problems and Prospects
  • Global Cultures & Tourism
  • Global Populations Issues
  • 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
  • Human Settlements
  • 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

Tecnológico de Monterrey

  • Enterprises and Business in the World
  • Geopolitics
  • North American Regional Scenario
  • Public International Law
Entry Requirements:

Applicants must satisfy the following selection criteria:

• be concurrently enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at the University of Melbourne;

• have obtained a weighted grade point average of at least H2B (70%) across all subjects so far completed in the concurrent degree course;

• have completed at least 100 points of study in the concurrent degree course;

• have at least 100 points remaining to complete in their concurrent degree course.

Once enrolled, students may not graduate from the Diploma until their concurrent degree studies have also been completed. Students will be enrolled in the Diploma on the same fee-paying basis as their degree course. Students should apply via the Student Portal for entry in semester 1 or semester 2.

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 below.

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/outbound/u21/gip/

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