Universitas 21 Certificate in Global Issues

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  • Course description
    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 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), Hong Kong (China), and Nottingham (United Kingdom).

    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 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.

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

    knowledge of the current theoretical principles relating to globalisation;
    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 dimensionals of globalisation.

    University of Melbourne students accepted into the Certificate are required to complete 50 points of study comprising:

    • one compulsory on-line subject, 919-490 UBC-Global Citizenship-Global Issues (12.5 points); and
    • elective subjects (37.5 points).

    At least one of the three elective subjects must be taught (either on-line or via an exchange program) by a U21 Certificate partner University, ie. not by the University of Melbourne.

    Campus-based subjects are grouped under two curriculum streams:

    • Stream 1: Understanding Globalisation
    • Stream 2: Global Business and International Finance

    Subjects offered as part of the U21 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. Students may be asked to demonstrate familiarity with essential concepts gained through the completion of cognate subjects to meet prerequisite requirements.

    Please note: Participating institutions may re-title the program and/or subjects listed below in order to meet their own institutional accreditation requirements.

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