This is the last week in this trimester and for Seminar on Current Affairs course. So I would like to reflect on the whole course in this reflective diary. As I thought in the first lecture, it was an awesome experience leaning Seminar on Current Affairs in AIU. With the diverse students and experienced lecture panel, it was a blinder of a course. I think before reflecting the course it will be suitable if I recap what we learned all through this trimester.
The first two lectures were conducted by Prof. Omar Farook. He gave a wider explanation about the current affairs. He also gave a shrewd picture about socio economic and political issues trending worldwide at the moment. We discussed about Malaysian General Election, Tension in Mali, Syrian civil war, sea of tensions and problems in Pakistan. In the second lecture Prof. Omar Farook covered Spratly Island issue, Reason for atomic bombing in Japan during World War II, Anti infeliration of nuclear movement, human security, civil society constitution of Japan, Conflict between Japan and China on sea of tensions and much more.
The third and fourth weeks’ lecture was conducted by Dr. Ahamed Faosiy. He covered the definition of the conflict, nature of the conflict and types of the conflicts in the first lecture and in the second he gave a clear cut picture about religious conflict, irredentism, separatism, terrorism and non-violent alternatives.
In the fifth week Prof Avengelous tried to cover Globalization. Because globalization has a broader and deeper range to be covered in two hour lecture. First we looked the standard meaning for the word Globalization, It is the process of international integration arising from the interchange of world views, products, ideas, and other aspects of culture. Globalization describes the interplay across cultures of social, political and economic forces. But I have different view, according to me Globalization is the old colonization disguised into new name, by which developed countries tent to rob the resources from developing countries.
The lecture of sixth week also conducted by Prof Avengelous. In this week we looked into some of the global issues such as global warming, corruption, malnutrition, education, good governance and many others. We discussed how international organizations try to eradicate these problems.
The seventh week’s lecture is about the mostly pronounced word among politicians, which is “Democracy”. Mr Hamid conducted the lecture. There were many systems of governance held in the ancient world. Obviously some are still existing and practiced in certain countries such as Monarchy, Oligarchy, Dictatorship and Theocracy and so on. Democracy is that form of government in which the ruling power of a state is legally vested not in any particular class or classes, but in the members of the community as a whole.
In week 8 and 10, we learned about the United Nations. The causes which led to the formation of UN, Charter of UN, the division and duties fulfilled by the UN are some of the topics we covered in these weeks. These lectures were conducted by Prof Omar Farook.
The ninth week lecture was delivered by Mr Hamid. It was about Arab Spring, which made an impact on the political arena of the Middle East and the world itself. Arab Spring has started on December 17, 2010, with Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation in Tunisia, and it is still going on. This Arab Spring has over thrown the governments of Ben Ali of Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Mummer Gadhafi of Libya and Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen. It led to the political and legislative reforms in many countries of Middle East and Northern Africa. Algerian government was persuaded to lift of 19 year old state of emergency. King Abdullah II dismissed the prime minister and the cabinet of Jordan and call for the early General Election. In Oman the minister were dismissed and the law making powers were transferred to the elected legislature from the Sultan of the State. As well as in other countries such as Sudan, Iraq, Bahrain, Morocco, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia made many attempts to control the people uprising such as changes in their legislature, given out economic concession, head of states promised that they won’t run for the elections again.
The eleventh week lecture was about the World War One. We watched some video regarding world war one. We can say that World War 1 was a good step in the scientific development and a very worst when considering humanitarian aspects. So in this reflective diary I would like to reflect upon the causes, scientific developments brought by World War 1 and how the war affected the lives of the whole Europe.
After completing this course, I can sense that this course has made an impact on me. Now I have a broader view on the current issues happening all around the globe. I can understand the political drama unfolding behind most happening in the world.
This course helped me to understand more about the globalization. I knew very little of the positive aspects of the globalization. But after this course I got lot of information how globalization helps a country to develop. But I cannot accept that it only helps. It too undermines the economy of the developing countries.
As a conclusion I thoroughly enjoyed this course I would like to thank all the lectures who guide me through this and encourage me. And my last statement about this course will be “Although Seminar on Current Affairs brought frustrations, sleepless nights and over work, When comparing the benefits, I would say it all worth it”.