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The Global Studies major and papers

Globalisation has changed every profession – every profession needs graduates who understand globalisation.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Global Studies is a multidisciplinary major subject that equips students with the necessary applied skills, regional knowledge, and language abilities to address issues of global significance. Through an individualised course of studies, students will develop effective and transferable skills and apply a global mindset to their specific area of interest and career pathways.

Unique to the Global Studies major is its emphasis on applied learning

Each student is assigned a mentor who oversees the selection of a course of study within a specific area of concentration. In their final year, students – with the mentors’ guidance/support – will work on individual projects, and are also offered the opportunity to complete internships with either local or international employers, in governmental institutions, NGOs, and private sectors.

There are three key components of the Global Studies major:

  •     The core Global Studies (GLBL) papers
  •     The language-acquisition papers, and
  •     Papers in the area you would like to focus on – talk to your mentor about your options

The core Global Studies (GLBL) papers:

  • GLBL101 - Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • GLBL201/301 - Cultures of the Environment
  • GLBL202/302 - A World of Stories: Global Storytelling in the Digital Age

Diploma in Global Cultures (DipGlobalC)

The DipGlobalC is a separate qualification normally completed alongside a degree programme. It offers a wide range of project-focused interdisciplinary courses that develop global perspectives and cross-cultural communication skills.

About the Diploma in Global Cultures

Contact the Global Studies co-ordinator

Email paola.voci@otago.ac.nz