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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: POLM012 Module Title: GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
Module Provider: Politics Short Name: POL512
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: DYSON PT Dr (Politics)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester only
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark
( %)
Essay (2000 words)
Essay (3000 words)
Seminar Presentations
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview

This module provides a general introduction to contemporary system of global governance. It seeks to provide students with a general overview of key concepts, structures and theoretical debates in this field. It looks at the links between national and international politics and encourages students to think critically about social, political and economic trends.



Module Aims

This introductory module seeks to:

  • Outline the main features of the institutions and practices that constitute the contemporary system of global governance. 
  • Identify the essential characteristics of politics and the state in an international context. 
  • Relate the theoretical foundations for the study of international relations to practical examples. 
  • Identify key issues and trends in international politics. 
  • Develop the techniques and knowledge necessary to pursue further study in the field of international politics.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding 

  • Identify key features of contemporary global governance. 
  • Show awareness of key theoretical approaches to the study of international relations. 
  • Evaluate the impact of political trends on international politics. 
  • Identify and evaluate key concepts in the field of international politics.

Cognitive skills 

  • Analytical skills. 
  • Synthesis and evaluation. 
  • Reflection on own learning experience. 
  • Application of theoretical approaches to the analysis of political trends.

Practical skills 

  • Time management.

Transferable skills 

  • Writing and presentation skills. 
  • IT skills. 
  • Self-organisation.
Module Content
  • Introduction – building governance at a global level: theoretical and practical perspectives 
  • Frameworks of governance – political, social, legal and economic approaches 
  • Institutions of global governance – the United Nations system; International Monetary Fund and World Bank; World Trade Organisation; Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development 
  • Practices of global governance – analysis of modes of interaction and power dynamics 
  • Global governance and the state – interdependence and the hollowing of the state
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures, seminars, debates & discussions, presentations, independent learning.

Selected Texts/Journals
Baylis, J. & Smith, S. (2004) The Globalization of World Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Duncan, W.R., Jancar-Webster, B. & Switky, B. (2006) World Politics in the 21st Century, (3rd ed.). London, Pearson.
Bruce-Hall, R. and Bierstecker, T.J. (2002) The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance, (Cambridge: CUP).
Risse, T. (2002) ‘Handbook of International Relations’, ed. W. Carlsnaes, T. Risse, and B. Simmons (London: Sage)
Sabatier, P. and Jenkins-Smith, H. (1999) Theories of the Policy Process. (Boulder: Westview).
White, B., Little, R. and Smith, M. (2005) Issues in International Politics, (London: Palgrave Macmillan).

Wilkinson, R. (2004) The Global Governance Reader, (London: Routledge).

Last Updated

1 July 2010