Subsidiary Collection Development Policy: Global Affairs

Subject Librarian Contact Information

Chris Tang
Telephone: 6601-3492

Collections support the Global Affairs Major and Minor within the Division of Social Sciences.

Course offerings include Methods in the Social Sciences, International Relations, International Development, International Security, International Political Economy, Global Governance, Politics of Identity in Developing Countries, Chinese Foreign Policy, Human Rights, International Migration, Globalisation on the Ground.  [1]

Additional courses offered on an ad hoc basis: Middle East Societies and Politics, Middle East Conflict, Game Theory and International Relations, Nuclear Politics, Comparative International Education, etc.

The research carried out by faculty in Global Affairs includes international migration, globalisation, migrant domestic workers, migrant scientists, international relations (including East Asia, China, ASEAN, etc), US foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, India’s rising power and foreign policy, diplomacy, political institutions, comparative politics, European politics, American politics, party politics, ethnic politics, political violence, new democracies, security-economy nexus in international politics, politics of technological-territorial discovery, political economy of development, international law and institutions, international security.  [2]

Additional research topics covered include: Global public health, Southeast Asian politics, Singaporean foreign policy, wars, international trade wars, global economic history, United Nations, international organisations, development aid, global social movements, multilateral treaties, nuclear politics, global finance, etc.


Description of Materials Collected

The materials collected are scholarly.

The materials collected are in English; Materials in other languages will be purchased, if necessary.

There are no limitations on geographic range or chronological spans.

The range of call numbers under consideration is:

D 25-30 Military and naval history.
D 31-50 Political and diplomatic history.
D 204-2027 Modern history, 1453-
GF 1-900 Human ecology. Anthropogeography. Settlements.
HC 1-1085 Economic history. By special topics, including poverty. By region or country.
HF 1351-2999 International economic relations. International economic integration. Tariff. Free trade. Protectionism.
HG 3810-4000 International finance. International monetary system.
HV 1-6000 Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Special classes, including immigrants.
HV 6001-9960 Criminology. Types of crimes, including terrorism, organized crime. Criminal justice administration.
HX 1-970.9 Socialism. Communism. Utopias. Anarchism.
JA 1-92 Political science (General).
JC 1-605 Political theory.
JF 1-2112 Political institutions and public administration. General.
JJ-JK 1-9993 Political institutions and public administration. North America. United States.
JL 1-3899 Political institutions and public administration. Canada. Latin America. South America.
JN 1-9692 Political institutions and public administration. Europe.
JQ 1-6651 Political institutions and public administration. Asia. Africa. Australasia.
JS 1-8500 Local government. Municipal government.
JV 1-6000 Colonies and colonization.
JV 6001-9480 Emigration and immigration. International migration.
JZ 1-4834 International relations. Diplomacy.
JZ 4835-5510.1 International organizations and associations, including United Nations.
JZ 5510.2-6377 Promotion of peace. Peaceful change. Non-military coercion.
JZ 6378-6530 Armed conflict. War and Order. Neutrality. Non-participation in wars. Humanitarian aspects of war.
K 1-7720 Law (General). Jurisprudence. Comparative law.
KB-KBU   Religious law.
KD-KWZ   Law of Europe. North America. South America. Latin America. Africa. Middle East. Southwest Asia. South Asia. Southeast Asia. East Asia. Australasia.
KZ 1-6795 Law of nations. International law. The law of treaties. The international legal community and members. International law of peace and peace enforcement. Enforced settlement of international disputes. Law of war and neutrality.
KZA 1-5205 Law of the sea.
KZD 1-6715 Space Law. Law of outer space.
RA 421-645.9 Public health. Hygiene. Environmental health. Disease and public health.
RA 646-648.3 War and public health.
RA 648.5-767 Epidemics. Epidemiology. Quarantine.




The collections include monographs in both print and electronic formats. Audio-visual (AV) materials, as well as online databases of journals or digitised primary collections, are also considered and acquired.

Formats that are not collected:

  • Textbooks
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Microfilmed items
  • Print serials
  • Study guides


Collecting Priorities

Areas of concentration are:

  • Methods in the Social Sciences – quantitative and qualitative research approaches
  • International Politics
  • International Relations and Foreign Policy
  • International Relations and the Law
  • International Development
  • International Political Economy
  • International Security
  • International Migration
  • Global Governance
  • Globalisation
  • Public Policy
  • International Political Theory


Related Local Collections

  • Collections at National University of Singapore (NUS) Libraries
    • NUS Libraries collects Political Science materials at undergraduate and graduate levels. These materials are located in the Central Library:
      • Print monographs.
      • Core electronic resources including databases, e.g. ProQuest Political Science, Factiva, Nexis Uni, Adam Matthew’s Migration to New Worlds, etc.
      • Print and electronic journal subscriptions, e.g. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, etc.
      • The Political Science Master and Ph.D. thesis collection of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
    • Collections at National Library Board (NLB) Libraries
      • The National Reference Library collects materials on local and regional aspects of Political Science and International Affairs in Southeast Asia, from the 19th century onwards.
      • NLB also collects Political Science and International Affairs materials for general readers.


[1] Yale-NUS College, “Global Affairs: Programme Description,” accessed Apr 1, 2020,

[2] Yale-NUS College, “Global Affairs:  Our Faculty,” accessed Apr 1, 2020,