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Global Governance - POL00059M

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  • Department: Politics and International Relations
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Liam Clegg
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

The purpose of this module is to explore emergent patterns of global governance, and the theoretical and empirical challenges that this has presented. At the theoretical level, the module will consider the extent to which patterns of governance are best understood through the lens of globalisation; and at the empirical level, the module will explore the challenges that the increasing complexity of the global governance terrain has presented to national and international policy-makers.

Module learning outcomes

By completing this module, students will:

  • have an appreciation of the increasing complexity of patterns of governance at the national, international and global level, and the interconnections between these levels
  • understand the role of non-state international and global actors in policy-making and governance, including the WTO, IMF, NGOs and MNCs;
  • and in turn, will be able to account for the evolving role and context of national government
  • be able to apply appropriate theories and explanations to make sense of established and emergent patterns of global governance.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay - 4000 words
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor’s feedback and guidance hours.

Indicative reading

Weiss, TG and Wilkinson, R (2013) International Organization and Global Governance, London: Routledge.

Beeson, M (2019) Rethinking Global Governance, London: Red Globe Press.

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