The aims of this module are:
- To provide students with an understanding of the concept of global governance in theory and practice;
- To provide students with a firm knowledge base on the United Nations system and other actors involved in global governance;
- To acquire detailed knowledge about key case studies of global governance and the competing interests and motivations of the actors involved;
- To engage with scholarly debates and critical perspectives on the role, mechanisms and significance of the United Nations and regional international organisations in international relations;
- To improve analytical, problem-solving and academic skills through engagement with selected readings in group discussion, writing assignments and exams.
At the end of the module students will:
- Have a comprehensive knowledge of the United Nations’ system, the practical role of its various bodies, as well as the role of written and unwritten law and norms;
- Have developed a thorough understanding of what global governance means, how it manifests itself and how it is contested;
- Be able to identify and critically assess key actors in global governance, especially the role of non-state groups and regional organisations;
- Be able to compare and evaluate different scholarly debates and take an informed position in discussions on UN and global governance critique;
- Have a detailed understanding of the link between non-state actors and decision-making in the UN; and
- Have developed the ability to communicate their knowledge and analysis in oral and written assignments to a level leading to taught post-graduate study.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Jenny Barrett*
Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 30-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 260 hours of self study.
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Coursework and Exam*