Bachelor of Social Sciences in
Government and Public Administration

International and Public Affairs Stream

(Students who admitted on/after Academic Year 2017/2018)

Introduction

The International and Public Affairs Stream allows undergraduates who are majoring in Government and Public Administration to develop in depth the skills, theories and substantive knowledge surrounding global politics.

After completing the first-year sequence required of all majors in the Government and Public Administration program, students may elect to pursue the International and Public Affairs Stream at the beginning of their second year. Students in the International and Public Affairs Stream take courses that focus on global politics, including International Law, International Political Economy, International Security, and Foreign Policy Decision-making. All students are required to take a certain number of electives offered by the Department of Government and Public Administration and to fulfill breadth requirements by taking courses offered by other departments at the University. In the fourth year of the program, all students are required to undertake a semester-long independent study under the supervision of a faculty advisor, which culminates in the production of a research paper that is orally defended before an examination committee. The independent study gives students the opportunity to draw on the analytical skills and substantive knowledge gained earlier in the program.


Course Plan

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Community and Peer Education Required Electives

Year 1

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
3
3
  Community & Peer Education 3
Language & Skills - Interative Engish I & Interative English II or Free Elective 6
Language & Skills - Chinese or Portuguese Language or Free Elective 3
Language & Skills - Information Technology Fundamentals and Practices or Free Electives 3
1 General Education Courses 3
2 Free Electives from any Department 6
Total Credits 36

Year 2

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
3
Language & Skills - Academic Enlgish or Free Elective 3
3 Required Electives in the International and Public Affairs Stream 9
2 General Education Courses 6
3 Free Electives from any Department 9
Total Credits 36

Year 3

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
3 Required Electives in the International and Public Affairs Stream 9
2 General Education Courses 6
3 Free Electives from any Department 9
Total Credits 30

Year 4

Course Code Course Name Credits
3
3
3
2 Required Electives in the International and Public Affairs Stream 6
3 General Education Courses 9
2 Free Electives from any Department 6
Total Credits 30

Required Elective Courses

Course Code Course Name

Medium of Instruction

All courses are taught in English.


Graduation Requirements