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GLB5450 Seminar on Selected Topics of International Relations: Home

Course Description

This course is intended to introduce students to the contemporary issues in the study of international relations that defines the future trends of world politics in 21st century. It may also cover relevant topics of international relations not covered by other courses in this stream. In addition, it provides an opportunity for teachers to introduce their own expertise and more recent research findings to students thus broadening their academic and intellectual horizon. Students are expected to do intensive pre-readings, presentations, in-class debate and discussions, and ultimately conduct their own research on specific topics.

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