Minor Options

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Minor in Global Health

The Global Health Minor takes a multidisciplinary approach in the study of the environmental, economic, social and political change on the health of human populations and the environment. The key concepts, debates, challenges, and opportunities in the field of global health will be explored through a broad-based and intellectually engaging curriculum. Students will apply their acquired knowledge and skills in these core areas to efforts to mitigate these transnational problems and improve health as global citizens.

Students should take 6 courses (36 credits) from the following list:

Course (6 credits each)

Year 2

GEOG2124

Environmental change and socio-political conflicts

GEOG2124

Year 2

Environmental change and socio-political conflicts

This course examines the relationship between global environmental change, population growth, and socio-political stability in the 21st century, with a special focus on the likelihood of environmentally related violence in the developing world. The background knowledge of climate-induced and human-induced environmental change will be introduced.  The associated physical and social dimensions of environmental change will also be covered. Emphasis is placed on discussing how environmental stress triggers human conflicts in geopolitical perspective.  This is a course of general appeal to students with different backgrounds.  Each class will begin with a lecture, followed by significant time for questions and discussion. Debate is encouraged.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 2

URBS1003

Theories and global trends in urban development

Year 2

URBS1003

Theories and global trends in urban development

The course introduces students to global urbanisation trends as well as basic theories for understanding cities. Drawing on multidisciplinary perspectives, students will be exposed to relevant theories from urban sociology, public policy and political science, economics, design, geography, environmental management and planning.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 2

SOWK3099

Population and development

Year 2

SOWK3099

Population and development

This course introduces you to population issues, concepts, theories and methods by encompassing the entire field of demography, including principle and practice. It offers an overview of various aspects of demographic growth and transition relating to changes in health and mortality, fertility, migration, age structure, urbanization, family and household structure. This course also examines the relations between population and development and their potential consequences from a sociological, economic and geographical perspective. Other topics include global variation in population size and growth, various demographic perspectives and their modern implications, environmental impacts, and population policy.  Special emphasis on demographic transition in Hong Kong and its neighbourhood region will be highlighted in the course.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 3

GHAD3003

Global health governance

Year 3

GHAD3003

Global health governance

This course examines how health is addressed at the global level in a world at once increasingly complex and interconnected but also politically fractured and disrupted by rapid technological change. While a generation earlier health was primarily a national level concern moderated by some attempts at inter-governmental coordination, today it is a topic of global interest which sees the involvement of a wide array of actors: from intergovernmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, private businesses, philanthropic organisations, and higher education providers. Students will learn to critically assess the perspectives and contributions of these actors, as well as understand and evaluate how their interactions shape global health policy and outcomes. Considering as well the different paradigms through which global health governance is understood, students will reflect on key issues such as: Who produces global health knowledge? Who controls and directs global public goods in the field of health? What are the major governance faultlines and how might these affect global health in the future?

Pre-requisite: No

Year 3

GHAD3002

Health systems and financing

or

GHAD3002

Year 3

Health systems and financing

The course aims to provide foundational knowledge in health systems and financing to equip the students with relevant knowledge and tools to explore the complexity of different health systems and financing schemes in order to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of national or regional health systems by critically comparing different health system models. Via lectures and tutorials with real-world examples, the student will also find out the opportunities and challenges that health systems have faced especially in developing countries. 

Pre-requisite: No

OR

Year 3

LLAW3027

International organisations

Year 3

LLAW3027

International organisations

International organizations: their developing importance especially in regional affairs; their constitutions; their law-making roles and methods; the importance of consensus, package deals and weighted votes; their status within the framework of international law. A selection will be made from the following case studies: The United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III); Regional economic organization: the Pacific Forum, the Organization of American States, the Organization of African Unity; Regional defence organization: NATO, the Warsaw Pact.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 4

GHAD4003

Seminar in major global health and development challenges

or

Year 4

GHAD4003

Seminar in major global health and development challenges

This seminar course covers topics related to current global health and development challenges, including one belt one road initiative, urbanization, migration, sustainable development, and Global South. Drawing from up-to-date information from various sources, students will proactively participate in case-based discussions, critically evaluate the issues, and propose solutions to address the given challenges. Taking a problem solving approach and integrating acquired knowledge and skills, students will identify possible solutions, consider/weigh the alternatives and prepare a structured argument. In this seminar series, students will demonstrate communication competencies using various media (e.g. pamphlets, promotional materials, videos and other electronic means) to a variety of audiences (e.g. important stakeholders).

Pre-requisite: No

OR

Year 4

GHAD4004

Bringing it all together: Seminar in planetary health

Year 4

GHAD4004

Bringing it all together: Seminar in planetary health

This seminar will cover topics in planetary health, including climate change and environment, the concept of one health in emerging infectious disease, global burden of disease and food security. Drawing from up-to-date information from various sources, students will proactively participate in case-based discussions, critically evaluate the issues, and propose solutions to address the given challenges.  Taking a problem-solving approach and integrating acquired knowledge and skills, students will identify possible solutions, consider/weigh the alternatives and prepare a structured argument. In this seminar series, students will demonstrate communication competencies using various media (e.g. pamphlets, promotional materials, videos and other electronic means) to a variety of audiences (e.g. important stakeholders).

Pre-requisite: No

Minor in Global Development in Asia

Global inequalities in health and opportunity are widely evident and not simply a product of individual choices but in part derive from the outcome of political, economic, societal, environmental, and international development decisions. Issues such as climate change, economic crisis and poor financial and health governance are common in developing and developed countries alike and have profound health effects. Addressing these health and related challenges requires a broad and coordinated approach to global development from different sectors and academic disciplines to formulate a more appropriate global development agenda.

Students should take 6 courses (36 credits) from the following list:

Course (6 credits each)

Year 2

ECON2262

Economic development

ECON2262

Year 2

Economic development

This course examines the leading theories in development economics and their empirical applications. After an overview of the classic models of economic growth, the course will discuss the importance of human capital, institutions, culture, politics, and violence, among others, in economic development. As a result of taking this course, students are expected to understand both classic and frontier theories that are central to development economics, and to be able to conduct preliminary analysis on the pertinent realistic issues in an empirical fashion.

Pre-requisite: 

ECON1210 Introductory microeconomics and ECON1220 Introductory macroeconomics for non-BASc(GHD) students; or GHAD1002 Introductory economics and finance for BASc(GHD) students

Year 2

POLI2106

Introduction to international relations

POLI2106

Year 2

Introduction to international relations

In this course students will be introduced to the central concepts in, and theoretical approaches to, the study of world politics both in historical and contemporary contexts. The first five classes will focus on the evolution of world politics as well as the concepts and predominant theoretical approaches used by students of international relations to understand and explain the field. The course then will explore specific issues in international relations. These include: the study of foreign policy and decision making; international ethics; international economy; causes of conflict, war and peace; new security issues; and issues of global governance. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to think critically about world politics and hone specific academic skills. The course provides a foundation for further study in world politics.

Pre-requisite: No

Year 3

POLI3080

Global political economy

POLI3080

Year 3

Global political economy

This course explores the political dimensions of global economic relations. The objectives of this course are to give students a better appreciation of major problems and dilemmas of contemporary global economy and to provide a conceptual framework for addressing policy problems in the global economy. We begin by examining several contending perspectives on global political economy. The course then examines distinct issue areas: globalization, development, trade, capital flows, financial crises, multinational production, environmental degradation, world hunger, and the transnational movement of people. 

Pre-requisite: No

Year 4

GHAD4002

The role and impact of private sector in health and development

Year 4

GHAD4002

The role and impact of private sector in health and development

This course will look at the role of the private sector in shaping health and development. It will examine questions of how private sector actors influence treatment and payment decisions; how finance can be used to improve service delivery; the role of multinational corporations such as food and pharmaceutical companies in health and development; how multinational organisations can engage with private sector actors in addition to governments; and conclude by looking at different best practices of public and private partnerships. In case studies, students will consider the role of the private sector in product regulatory compliance, corporate responsibility and adherence with local, regional and international laws that govern health and safety.

Pre-requisite: No

GHAD3002

Year 3

Health systems and financing

or

GHAD3002

Year 3

Health systems and financing

The course aims to provide foundational knowledge in health systems and financing to equip the students with relevant knowledge and tools to explore the complexity of different health systems and financing schemes in order to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of national or regional health systems by critically comparing different health system models. Via lectures and tutorials with real-world examples, the student will also find out the opportunities and challenges that health systems have faced especially in developing countries.

Pre-requisite: No

OR

LLAW3027

Year 3

International organisations

LLAW3027

Year 3

International organisations

International organizations: their developing importance especially in regional affairs; their constitutions; their law-making roles and methods; the importance of consensus, package deals and weighted votes; their status within the framework of international law. A selection will be made from the following case studies: The United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS III); Regional economic organization: the Pacific Forum, the Organization of American States, the Organization of African Unity; Regional defence organization: NATO, the Warsaw Pact.

Pre-requisite: No

GHAD4003

Year 4

Seminar in major global health and development challenges

or

GHAD4003

Year 4

Seminar in major global health and development challenges

This seminar course covers topics related to current global health and development challenges, including one belt one road initiative, urbanization, migration, sustainable development, and Global South. Drawing from up-to-date information from various sources, students will proactively participate in case-based discussions, critically evaluate the issues, and propose solutions to address the given challenges. Taking a problem solving approach and integrating acquired knowledge and skills, students will identify possible solutions, consider/weigh the alternatives and prepare a structured argument. In this seminar series, students will demonstrate communication competencies using various media (e.g. pamphlets, promotional materials, videos and other electronic means) to a variety of audiences (e.g. important stakeholders).

Pre-requisite: No

OR

GHAD4004

Year 4

Bringing it all together: Seminar in planetary health

GHAD4004

Year 4

Bringing it all together: Seminar in planetary health

This seminar will cover topics in planetary health, including climate change and environment, the concept of one health in emerging infectious disease, global burden of disease and food security. Drawing from up-to-date information from various sources, students will proactively participate in case-based discussions, critically evaluate the issues, and propose solutions to address the given challenges.  Taking a problem-solving approach and integrating acquired knowledge and skills, students will identify possible solutions, consider/weigh the alternatives and prepare a structured argument. In this seminar series, students will demonstrate communication competencies using various media (e.g. pamphlets, promotional materials, videos and other electronic means) to a variety of audiences (e.g. important stakeholders).

Pre-requisite: No