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Global Governance And International Organisations (Module)

Module description

Please note that module information is indicative and may change year to year.

This module invites students to investigate the material and ideological structures underpinning the edifice of global economic governance. This means paying attention to the key international organisations and the ways in which they have been transformed since their creation, but also to the increasing role of private institutions and authorities in the management of the global economy. The module begins by introducing students to the key conceptual and theoretical issues that have preoccupied global governance scholars for some time, followed by a brief historical recollection that allows the students to familiarise themselves with the historical roots of the current global governance structures. It then proceeds to examine the governance in key issue-areas of global economy, such as finance, trade, knowledge, labour and the environment, paying attention not only to the relevant international organizations, but also to the material and ideological elements that underpin the governance of these issue-areas, as well as the key state and non-state actors within them.

Module Aims

This module aims to provide an understanding of formal and informal institutions, actors and issues at the core of the current global economic governance edifice. It aims to:

Equip students with key analytical tools and a good understanding of the main theoretical approaches to understanding global governance;

Provide a solid understanding of the main historical developments that have shaped the current global governance edifice;

Examine in more depth the politics, processes, institutions, actors and ideas that currently constitute the global governance of a number of key issues-areas, such as health, trade, environment, labour rights and knowledge production.

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed the module, students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of the main features of key issues and actors in global economic governance and the different analytical/theoretical frameworks used to analyse them;

Understand how the study of the global economic governance fits within the broader discipline of International Political Economy;

Apply appropriate conceptual tools to explain different aspects of the global political economy;

Critically assess debates on issues related to global economic governance and synthesise academic materials from different sources;

Demonstrate appropriate cognitive and communicative skills, including understanding complex concepts and theories, exercising critical judgement, problem-solving skills; making effective oral and written presentations and deepening the capacity for independent learning;

Write scholarly and grammatically correct essays that are referenced in accordance with established academic practice;

Have a better understanding of the demands of independent learning;

Identify the relevant databases and sources of research material;

Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources.

Staff information

Not applicable

Teaching pattern

Two hours per week, one lecture and one seminar 

Indicative teaching schedule

Part I – Introduction: A Brief Historical Overview of Global Economic Governance

Week 1: Economic Governance: from the Long 19th Century to the Bretton Woods System

Part II – Conceptual Issues

Week 2: Understanding Global Economic Governance: Power
Week 3: Understanding Global Economic Governance: Multilateralism, Regimes and International Organisations
Week 4: Understanding Global Economic Governance: State and non-State Actors

Part III – Key Issue Areas in Global Economic Governance

Week 5: Governing Finance
Week 6: Governing Trade
Week 7: Governing Knowledge
Week 8: Governing the Environment
Week 9: Governing Global Health
Week 10: Governing Labour Flows and Standards

Note that this teaching schedule is indicative and subject to change.

Module assessment - more information

One 4000 word essay (100%) 

Key information

Module code 7AAOM220

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module Yes