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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PIED5652M Global Governance

30 creditsClass Size: 72

Module manager: Dr Markus Fraundorfer

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The current global governance system emerged out of the intergovernmental system that was created after the end of World War II. While the international post-World War II system was intended to strengthen multilateral cooperation among states, it was not necessarily built to find answers to the global (development) challenges of our times, ranging from health epidemics through food security, to the regulation of the internet and climate change. This module discusses several crucial questions regarding the current state of the global governance system and sheds light on the multi-faceted governance challenges this system is confronting. How are global challenges like climate change, health epidemics, global hunger or the global regulation of the internet reconfiguring the way global governance is understood? How are the principal actors in this system responding to these challenges? How to create innovative governance solutions to some of these urgent challenges? And what are the limitations, paradoxes and shortcomings of this complex multi-actor and multi-level governance system?


On completion of this module, students should be able to
1. Introduce a range of theoretical and practical issues in global governance
and current responses to global collective action problems / challenges
2. Introduce key global institutions and organizations involved in global
3. Introduce analytical tools for evaluating and understanding global
governance processes and their implications for global cohabitation
4. Develop students’ capacities for independent research and critical analysis
5. Develop students’ written and communication skills
6. Develop students’ ability to conduct policy analysis and the delivery of policy

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module students will have a detailed understanding of the
international institutions that constitute global governance, the challenges they
face and the theoretical and practical issues surrounding their workings,
including effective representation and the politics of collective action. Students
will be able to analyse key literatures in this area and will have developed a
capacity for independent research and critical analysis. Student will have
developed key written and communication skills, as well as an ability to
conduct policy analysis.

Skills outcomes
Students will develop key analytical skills in the area of global
governance and international institutions.


Conceptualising global governance
The history of global governance
Legitimacy and democracy in global governance
The state, the UN-system and international organisations
The new role of non-state actors I (international courts)
The new role of non-state actors II (NGOs and civil society movements)
The new role of non-state actors III (cities and philanthropic foundations)
Global health governance (epidemics and infectious diseases)
Global food system (global hunger and poverty)
Global energy governance (the global push for renewable energies)
Global climate governance (CO2 emissions reductions)

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours272.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)294.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There are three opportunities for formative feedback: 1) a 2500 word essay on an issue related to global governance and our current ability to respond to global collective action problems / global challenges; 2) a 1000 word polity analysis document on a formal or informal global institution; 3) a 500 word policy brief on a policy area of immediate interest.

Whereas a more traditional form of feedback will be delivered for the essay, focusing on critical thinking and analytical rigour, the two applied assignments will deliver feedback in line with expectations associated with the production of policy documents for governmental and non-governmental organisations. As a result, formative feedback in this module will focus both on traditional academic skills, such as analytical delivery, as well as, skills associated with the formulation of policy documents, such as how data is presented, distillation of key takeaways, simple communication, and the capturing of key policy failures.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 X 2500 End of Term essay70.00
Report1 x 1500 Polity Analysis30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 22/09/2023


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