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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5868M Advanced Global Governance Through Law

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Amrita Mukherjee

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

LAW5866 Global Governance through Law

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will provide you with an advanced critical understanding of contemporary global governance challenges when applied to particular areas, such as the role of indigenous peoples in governance, the use of force, global health governance, monitoring bodies of the United Nations, and the law of outer space. The role of various actors and the legal systems which develop, are specific to the different subject areas, but are assumed to be progressive in responding to global challenges.


This module will provide students with a deeper understanding of the complexities and diffusion of authority that constitutes global governance in certain key areas. The exercise and legitimacy of authority across borders, the setting of policies and agendas as well as the evaluation of outcomes, are all important governance issues and the role of law is integral to evaluating these systems.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
1. Understand global governance through legal analysis of accountability, legitimacy and the rule of law, applied in certain key governance areas.
2. Discover the place of multi-level governance through legal and political frameworks and institutions, and the role and influence of State and Non-State Actors in the law-making process;
3. Critically analyse how theories and philosophies of Global governance through Law are applied to on-going, real world global challenges through diverse contemporary academic, expert, practitioner sources;
4. Critically evaluate strategies for a global order based on principles based of decolonising approaches, equity, sustainability, social justice and human rights.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. An ability to locate and synthesise the findings and arguments of a range of source materials, in order to draw informed conclusions
2. An ability to think critically in respect of theory development and hypotheses
3. An ability to analyse the transferability of theories within the contexts of ‘real world’ settings
4. Strong presentation skills.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.40
Total Contact hours14.60
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 27/03/2024


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