U21 Certificate in Global Issues

Course 777CC (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Undergraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 50 credit points taken over 6 months full time. This course is available as full or part time.


Dr Parshia Lee-Stecum


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

Course Overview:


Universitas 21 (U21) is an international network of leading research-intensive universities. Established in 1997, U21 currently includes twenty three member universities in fifteen 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 Certificate in Global Issues is the University of Melbourne's name for the U21 Programme 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 Certificate 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 Certificate 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

Learning Outcomes:

The U21 Certificate 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 Certificate are required to complete 50 points of study comprising:

• one compulsory on-line core subject (12.5 points)
• elective subjects chosen from the lists below (37.5 points).

At least one of the three 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.

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

Subject Options:

Core Subjects

All students in the U21 Certificate in Global Issues are required to complete ONE of the following core subjects:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016

Online Elective Subjects

All students in the U21 Certificate in Global Issues are required to select AT LEAST ONE subject from the online elective list which is not taught by the University of Melbourne:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Not offered in 2016
Not offered in 2016

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 Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Law
  • International Law Problems
  • International Macroeconomics and Finance
  • International Marketing
  • International Political Economy
  • International Taxation
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • Business Management in a Carbon Constrained World
  • Climate Change and Environmental Management
  • Crossing Bridges: Communicating Between Cultures
  • Economic Institutions and Global Banking
  • Foreign Policies of the Great Powers
  • Global Change: Problems and Prospects
  • Global Cultures & Tourism
  • Global Population 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

University of Melbourne Campus Based Elective Subjects

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2016
Not offered in 2016
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2
Semester 1
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 six months (50 credit points) away from completing the concurrent degree course.

Once enrolled, students may not graduate from the Certificate until their degree studies have also been completed. Students will be enrolled in the Certificate on the same fee-paying basis as their degree course. The application form is available via the Universitas 21 website: http://www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au/outbound/u21/gip/ . Places in the Certificate are limited, applications will be assessed on a competitive basis.

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

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:

Further Study:

The U21 Certificate in Global Issues provides articulation into the Diploma.

Graduate Attributes:

See above.

Generic Skills:

Graduates of the U21 Certificate 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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