POLS 7020 E-Government
The course provides an overview of the development of e-government in different countries. The various essentials of e-government are presented and discussed in light of prevailing practice. The tools for assessing e-government performance are also explored. Selective aspects of e-government such as integrating operations among the public sectors and out-sourcing will be highlighted.

ECON 7080 Economics of Public Policy
Public administrators often need to confront with a lot of decisions that require the use of economic knowledge. This course is designed to help students understand the analytical tools of economics and apply them to major public policy issues, such as the minimum wage, rent controls, international trade and globalisation, income distribution, public goods, urban development, traffic congestion and urban crime. The course aims to help students master the basic principles of economics in formulating public policy.

FIN 7070 Finance and Accounting for the Public Sector
This course intends to introduce students with the principles and practices of financing, accounting and financial management for the public sector. Fundamental concepts and applications of financial management in a dynamic financial market environment will be covered in the course, to develop students' knowledge of fundamental financial management and their ability in understanding and applying relevant tools to make appropriate decisions concerning short-term and long-term financing, investing and financial planning for individual entities, including governments and other non-profit organisations. In particular, the function of financial institutions and capital market, the valuation, risks and returns of financial assets, the capital structure and cost of capital, the governmental funds (such as general and special funds, capital project funds, trust and fiduciary funds, internal service funds), debt services, budgeting and budgetary control, working capital management, governmental accounting and reporting, and public sector auditing will be delineated to a greater extent. Students should obtain, through this course, acomprehension of the updated development of the theories and practices of finance and accounting, with a focus of that in the public sector.

POLS 7030 Globalisation and the World Trade Organisation
This course is designed to focus on the historical origins, development, institutions, practices and effects of globalisation, with a particular emphasis on international trade and the international organisations which developed to regulate and negotiate it. The WTO will be placed in its historical and development context with other international institutions, with a selection of case studies to highlight particular areas of the WTO's greatest accomplishments or weaknesses so that one of the key components of modern globalisation can be fully understood in its dynamic international context. The effects of the WTO and international trade on the national policy-maker will be examined, such as its impact on Hong Kong and Mainland China.

POLS 7040 Law and Public Affairs
This course provides advanced studies on the legal knowledge relevant to public affairs with an emphasis on existing practices in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Topics include the legal system, constitutional and administrative law, criminal justice and economic law. The course tries to help students to gain comprehensive understanding of public affairs including public policymaking, political economy, mass media in politics and foreign policy. Comparisons with Hong Kong and worldwide practices will be highlighted and discussed.

MGNT 7080 Managing People in the Public Sector
Public personnel management is widely recognised as a critical element of democratic society and effective public administration of a given city. Today, government and non-profit organisations are confronted with tighter budgets with limited funding and keener competition in the labour market. Recent changes in information technology, communication patterns, social issues, labour relations and demographic compositions have resulted in an increasingly use of privatisation of some services such as outsourcing, franchise agreements, vouchers, and contracting. This subject introduces to students, in addition to all relevant HRM issues and functions, major Organisational Behaviour theories and concepts.

PE 7010 Programme and Event Planning and Management
This course aims to provide a common foundation for students by presenting a coherent vocabulary for conceptualising and discussing the functions of programme, event and facility management.

POLS 7050 Public Administration
Public policy has been described as a process, a cycle, an interaction of decision-making and reaction-taking by governmental and non-governmental agents and agencies. Public Administration deals with properly structuring and deploying the assets given to government to achieve stated aims. Public Policy deals with deciding what assets government needs to achieve the aims the public thinks government is both capable of doing and necessary to do. Public Administration is how civil servants employ the assets entrusted to them and effectuate the processes developed by them or designed for them by political entities to achieve these purposes. Public Administration also necessarily includes evaluation of how well those aims have been achieved and those assets have been used, and what must be done to either better accomplish the task or better deploy the social and economic assets involved—that is, to change the policy or change the processes of administration. It thus is a field which is analytic and evaluative, political and administrative. It deals with public opinion and public capacity, that is, what people want and what price they are willing to pay and what they can actually do at what cost to other public values and goals. It concerns accountability and responsibility, both of governing officials and taxpaying, voting, and demanding citizens. This course also makes special reference to the development and practice of public administration and civil services in Hong Kong and mainland China.

COMM 7510 Public Administration and the Media
The course examines the different perspectives on the relationship of public administration and mass media in a modern society. Media factors affecting or facilitating public administration will be discussed. Cases on media relationship and crisis management will be analysed.

POLS 7060 Research Methods for Public Administration Practitioners
This course is designed to draw from the experience of course participants in conducting research or analysing and applying data useful for public administration as well as to add to their knowledge of current research methodologies used in public administration internationally. Methods of quantitative and qualitative social science research will be examined, with a comparative approach emphasised.

POLS 7070 Project
Students are expected to demonstrate his/her ability to integrate and apply knowledge related to a specific area of public administration. The project should be conducted independently and a report with 8,000 – 10,000 words in English is required.

POLS 7080 Fieldwork learning in China Public Administration
This course provides students with interactive opportunities to experience a variety of governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGO) in mainland China as well as to communicate face to face with Chinese government officials, civil servants, NGO staff and scholars on issues related to the development and practices of public administration in Mainland China. * Required a 7-day tour in Beijing.

Courses offered by Master of Arts in Global Society (David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies)

SOSC 7310 Concepts, Theories and Institutions of Global Studies (3 units) 

This core course introduces the key concepts, theories and institutions that make up the field of Global Studies. It provides students with a common language and academic repertoire that enables their own inter-disciplinary and professional development.

 SOSC 7320 Debating Global Society (3 units)

The course aims to introduce students to the expository and critical literature concerning globalization in order to consider the origins and development of global society and its consequences. The objectives of the course include engaging students with debates concerning globalization and alternate economic approaches, the political economic issues raised by globalization (including neo-liberalism), the transformation of faith communities through globalization, educational and knowledge consequences of globalization and related themes.

SOSC 7330 Globalizations (3 units)

This course presents various trajectories, and politico-economic configurations of globalizations throughout history, engaging critically with the genealogy of ideas such as; universal values, free trade, global governance, cosmopolitanism, and multiculturalism. From Marxist, postcolonial, and ecological perspectives we furthermore evaluate the effects globalizations has had on people, communities, and the environment. The underlying questions put to the various historical examples concerns what is good and bad in globalization, all in order to understand better our own responsibilities, possibilities, and positions in an increasingly connected world.

SOSC 7410 Research Methods for Global Studies (3 units)

The primary objectives of this course are to impart a functional ability to reason well and to improve students’ critical thinking. In addition to familiarizing students with methods of building strong arguments, the course further aids students in understanding the essential methodologies involved in scientific research. The course will equip students to address the breadth of subject matters, philosophical approaches, research methods, and data sources that are relevant to analysing global issues.

 EDUC 7530 Socio-cultural Context of Human Development (3 units)

This course aims at providing a framework for understanding the influence of the sociocultural context on human development. Major socialization agents including the family and the school are examined from a multidisciplinary perspective focusing on the interactive influence between the individual and the society. Specific reference is made to cross-cultural studies.

EDUC 7950 Public Health (3 units)

This course provides an overview of the field of public health. It introduces students to the background knowledge essential to the understanding of major public health issues and problems. Examples will be drawn from both Hong Kong and other places.

EURO 7160 Current Issues of European Integration (3 units)

This course aims at offering students a clear overview of the economic, political, social and diplomatic issues raised by recent institutional developments of the European Union. On the one hand, it consolidates knowledge of institutional structures and key policy- making processes in the recent years. On the other, it raises critical awareness of the deeper theoretical and practical questions these developments pose. One of the main components of the course is the growing importance of globalization and the opening of Europe to other regions of the world, in particular China and East-Asia. The course integrates theoretical perspectives and case studies.

GEOG 7310 Environmental Contaminants and Health Risk Assessment (3 units)

The Course is designed to identify, characterize and evaluate environmental contaminants as they are related to human health and adopts a global perspective to contaminant issues. Topics include biological, chemical and physical contaminants (both well-known and emergent ones) in air, food, soil and water. The behaviour of these contaminants will be discussed. Methods of environmental health risk assessment and risk management will be introduced as will policies designed to eliminate the effects of exposure to environmental contaminants.

GEOG 7580 Urban Cultural Landscape (3 units)

The aim of this course is to train students in identifying, interpreting and protecting urban cultural landscapes (UCL).  The objectives of this course are to help students understand the evolution of urban landscape, its symbolic meanings and effects on urban living, as well as issues in relation to planning and design of UCL. It also introduces students to the practices of professions, such as urban design, landscape architecture, public arts, and cultural activities, which deal with culture and urban landscapes. The course will also enable students to develop their understanding of relationships between cultures, peoples, urban development and landscapes.

HIST 4407 Topic Studies in Social History (3 units)

This course aims at introducing students to historical perspectives on issues of global health. In the first part of the semester types of diseases will be introduced that allow a theoretically informed discussion of social, cultural, biological, geographical and political factors that have shaped perceptions of health and disease as well as international medical interventions, mostly in what is commonly called the global South. In the second half of the semester the economic, professional, and institutional constellations will be analysed, in and between which the modern global movement has emerged. 

HIST 7310 Global Colonial and Postcolonial Cultures (3 units)

This course explores modern colonialism and postcolonialism from the perspective of cultural history. By taking a global approach, students will identify commonalities and differences between the cultures of multiple European empires and individual colonies. Students will consider the meaning and significance of terms such as ‘colonial’, ‘postcolonial’, and ‘nation’. Furthermore, they will critically examine concepts such as hybridity and material culture. Drawing on case studies from diverse regions, the course will explore several themes, including the construction of colonial/postcolonial identities and colonialism’s impact on political culture.

HIST 7320 Contemporary China and Globalization (3 units)

To stimulate students’ knowledge of the development of China’s foreign relations in the contemporary period. To develop research skills in the study of Chinese diplomacy, culture, and globalization. To enhance students’ understanding of the relationships between cultural developments and foreign affairs in contemporary China. To strengthen students’ knowledge of China’s position in the contemporary world affairs and its role in the process of globalization.

POLS 4237 Topics in Asian Politics (3 units)

The course is intentionally designed to be flexible in order to allow discussion of a range of contemporary issues in Asian politics. 

POLS 7090 International Political Economy (3 units)

This course examines the intertwining and interaction of economics (wealth creation) and politics (political power) in international and global affairs. The nineteenth century term “political economy” is used here because economic and political forces are always enmeshed with each other. The course provides students with an overview of theories and issues of international political economy.

 POLS 7100 Public Affairs and Public Policy (3 units)

This course introduces public affairs and public policy analysis to students, particularly how to understand these issues as relations between governments and different segments of society, such as professional interests, social and civic organizations, local communities, etc. Students will be taught to identify main public policy issues such as economic growth, social inequalities, urban development, community conflicts and environmental protection faced by contemporary governments.

POLS 7110 World Order Issues (3 units)

This course is the capstone required experience for graduating GIS majors. Guest lectures are used to inform and provoke students to apply concepts and data acquired in their time of study to current problems facing the global order, and thus, to themselves, their families, and their careers. The personal and the corporate, the local and the global, the present and the future are intended to be brought together in this issue-oriented course which focuses the life experience and academic study of students on their world and the events and forces changing it on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

POLS 7120 Theories of International Relations (3 units)

This course aims to investigate the various theoretical and analytical frameworks in the field of international relations. In an increasingly interdependent world where the new world order is yet to be established, a review of the dominant paradigms in international relations will facilitate a better understanding among students of the transformation of global order in the world in the world entering a new millennium. 

SLM 7080 Health Promotion (3 units) *Summer course

This course aims to provide a forum for the discussion of current concepts and roles of sport and leisure in the promotion of health, wellness, and quality living.

SOC 7320 Health Inequalities in a Global Context (3 units)

To introduce to students the sociological concepts and methods to the study of health; To develop in students an awareness of the social, economic, and political forces at the micro and macro levels that shape the understanding of health, health behaviors, distribution of diseases, and organization of health care. To sensitize students to the challenges of achieving health as a collective good.

SOSC 7340 Global Civil Society (3 units)

This course aims to develop critical understandings of globalization, civil society, and their linkage to global and local social movements by exploring key theoretical frameworks and empirical evidences. It will address questions such as why and how citizens are acting globally, how to assess the causes and significance of global social movements, and what their implications are. It will also help students learn the major concepts, theories, and studies related to civil society at global and local levels, transnational activism, environmental and health movements, and the role of media in global civil society. Empirically, the course will critically assess the functions, experiences, and aspirations of non-governmental organizations and their political/social implications for world politics and for China.

SOSC 7350 Global Cultural Industries (3 units)

This course aims to offer a multidisciplinary analysis of “global culture industries”— the increasingly powerful, centralized corporate conglomerates in television, music, advertising, marketing, cinema, social networking, and the like — and their relationship to the political, social and economic changes taking place in countries around the world. It will help the students learn the process of cultural production of various types, especially in the digital age. The course will also provide students opportunities to examine the development of cultural industries in a particular region (such as Asia or the Greater China) via case studies.

SOSC 7360 Global Urban Systems (3 units)

This course focuses on the importance of global forces in shaping urban development and the changing role and functioning of cities and metropolitan regions in the global-city network, and their implications for individual welfare. It is also concerned with environmental challenges such as climate change, air pollution, solid waste crisis, and unfolding global pandemics which are closely linked with urbanization and the growth of cities as well as the recent emphasis on developing sustainable and smart cities. Wherever feasible, examples will be drawn from Asian global cities.

SOSC 7370 Independent Project on Global Society  (3 units)

The project offers an important opportunity for students to integrate and consolidate learning through planning and carrying out an independent scholarly pursuit under the guidance of a supervisor. It can be an empirical study or a critical literature review depending on the topic chosen from an aspect of global society. 

SOSC 7380 Medicine, Society & Culture: Public Health Perspectives (3 units)

Medicine and health issues are the mirrors reflecting the ideology, and social and cultural beliefs and values of a society. This course intends to allow students to understand medicine and health issues from a social science angle. With the application of various social science traditions and public health principles, students are enabled to critically examine the issues of health, disease, and illness from a socio-cultural perspective. They can understand a wide range of factors – biological, social, cultural, and environmental – in shaping people’s health beliefs, illness experiences, and health behaviors.

SOSC 7400 Professional Placement (3 units)

It aims to provide students with a capstone experience that can consolidate their classroom-based learning through placement with an external organization. In addition to providing learning opportunities to put knowledge and skills into practice and to gain on-the-job experience in a professional setting, the placement also stimulates students to reflect on the potential of transdisciplinary scholarship in real world applications, and what it means, personally, to apply a whole person ethos in “global society”. The placement is offered in the summer following the completion of classroom courses, and available in a variety of local and non-local organizations (such as business, government, social services, educational sector).