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  • 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 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 Diploma in Global Issues is the University of Melbourne's name for the U21 Programme in Global Issues. It is an undergraduate multidisciplinary concurrent Diploma 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), 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.

    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); and
    • 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 online.

    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. The U21 Certificate in Global Issues provides articulation into the Diploma. Subjects which are cross-listed into the Diploma may be given as retrospective credit towards the Diploma, to a maximum of 50%.

    NOTE: International students on student visas studying their degree at Melbourne cannot enrol in the GIP, unless they are able to overload the Diploma subjects or enrol in Summer Term and complete within the duration of their undergraduate degree. International students must seek explicit permission from their home faculty/school to enrol in this program in addition to their degree studies.

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