It has been suggested time and again that the human race is heading precipitously towards global economic collapse, escalating wars of mass destruction, or even an extinction event for most species on Earth. Some propose that the most likely catastrophes approaching humanity in the coming decades are not an asteroid hitting the planet or a geological shift towards another Ice Age. Instead, they hypothesize that disaster will result from the actions of nations, organizations and individuals in a world of nuclear weapons, fanatical extremism, unsustainable growth, and mutating diseases. Whether you believe in these global predictions, you are already an active participant in the world’s systems and trends through the choices you make each day - how you consume, the technology you use, the companies you patronize or invest in, and your role in your nation, religion, culture and interest group.
This is what makes International Studies such a relevant subject for all university students today. You will be working in a world that is highly interconnected and where global citizens can play meaningful and important roles. The content matter of the subject is interesting and dynamic, reflecting the events in our fast changing world. Topics covered in International Studies are never boring or static, they include extreme poverty and inequality, migrant and minority issues, climate change and global sustainability, armed conflicts and international terrorism, rogues regimes and human rights violations, and transnational crime and global pandemics. Class exercises address topics and scenarios ranging from drones and torture to world government and modern slavery. The complexity of global issues also demand that we use theories and methods from multiple disciplines, such as political science, economics, statistics, history, geography, ecology, business management, law, and linguistics. Hence taking a course in International Studies will introduce you to the world and many lenses for looking at it.
The growth of cross-border commerce, travel and tourism, free flow of ideas and culture, and advances in technology have significantly shrunk the world we live in. In this world, International Studies will help you develop transferable skills that are valued by your employers. It will also provide you the foundational knowledge and global competencies that will help you practice your professions in our rapidly changing and highly globalized human society.