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The UN and Global Governance (Module)

Module description


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. 

Learning Outcomes

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.

Staff information

Dr Jenny Barrett*

Teaching pattern

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.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework and Exam*

Key information

Module code 6SSW0013

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No