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Global Perspectives in International Relations


The course consists of an introduction and three main parts. The first part focuses on contemporary debates in the fields of international and comparative political economy, covering economic development, international trade, and environmental politics. The second part explores the roles of various actors, such as states, voters, corporations, organized labor, and international organizations in shaping policy outcomes at both domestic and international levels. The final part examines the future of democratic capitalism and potential policy solutions to address the global issues discussed throughout the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • The course aims to promote a better understanding of how we can reconcile the competing objectives of free trade, environmental sustainability, and poverty alleviation.




  • Essay plan/outline: In preparation for the summative assessments, students will be asked to submit via Moodle an essay plan (for the first summative assessment) on the Friday of Week 1, with feedback given on the Monday of Week 2.


  • Presentation: Students will prepare an in-class presentation on a country case study agreed with the class teacher by the Monday of Week 2. Presentations will be delivered during the seminar session on the Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 3. Note that during the simulation exercise scheduled for the Wednesday of Week 3, students will represent the selected country.


  • Midterm Essay: Students will complete an essay of 1,500 words on one of several set themes. The prompt itself, with further specifics, will be released (via the course Moodle) at 17:30 on the Friday of Week 1. It will be submitted as an email attachment to the class teacher by 17:30 on the Friday of Week 2. The midterm essay will count for 50% of the final mark.


  • Final Exam: In addition, the summative assessment for the course will take the form of an unseen two-hour examination on the final day (Friday of Week 3). The exam is worth 50% of the overall grade. Results will be released to students within a week of the exam. The precise time and location for the exam will be announced during the programme.

Further details will be provided at the beginning of the course.

  • Programme Name: Global Perspectives in International Relations: HKU-LSE Collaborative Programme

  • Programme Code: HKU-LSEIR

  • Programme Duration: July 25 – Aug 17, 2024 (24 days)

  • Programme Period: July 25 – 27, 2024 at HKU & July 29 – Aug 17, 2024 at LSE

  • Target Audience: Academically high achieving Year 12 and 13 high school students (Secondary 5 – 6) between the ages of 16 – 17

  • Tuition Fees: 72,000* (HKD64,800* - 10% discount available for HKU Academy for the Talented members)

    • Comprising lectures, social activities, well-being and sports programmes, as well as accommodation with breakfast (additional charges may apply).

  • Recommended Airfare Schedule:

    • Departing from Hong Kong to London: July 27, 2024 (Arriving at Heathrow Airport on July 28, 2024) (Time: To be confirmed)

    • Departing from London to Hong Kong: Aug 17, 2024 (Arriving at Hong Kong International Airport on Aug 18, 2024) (Time: To be confirmed)

  • Accommodation:

    • Included at LSE’s Hall of Residence with breakfast.

      • Check-in date: July 28, 2024

      • Check-out date: Aug 17, 2024

Application Deadline: April 30, 2024 (23:59) (for Local Student only)

* The programme fee includes tuition, accommodation with breakfast in London, course materials, field trips, a welcome kit, and transportation from the airport to accommodation in London for those who choose the recommended flights.

* Please note that the programme fee does not include flights and accommodation in Hong Kong. Applicants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from their home country, as well as transportation between London and Hong Kong. Our HKU programme coordinator will contact the admitted students by the end of February 2024 to provide more specific information regarding further arrangements.

* The programme is subject to cancellation if there are insufficient applications.

*Disclaimer: Programme contents and formats are subject to change.  We will continue to work closely with professors to refine our programme and ensure that students will have a safe and enjoyable time. Programme fees and application fees are non-refundable.

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