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Global Governance - Mundus MAPP - POL00074M

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sagar Deva
  • Credit value: 14 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module asks students to consider who governs the globe. The module examines this question by exploring emergent patterns of governance at the global level and investigating the theoretical and empirical tools to analyse these developments. At the theoretical level, the module considers how governance patterns can be understood through at least five different lenses: realism, institutionalism, constructivism, cosmopolitanism, and critical theory. At the empirical level, the module explores the challenges that the increasing complexity of the global governance terrain has presented to state and non-state actors in addressing key problems. The three key issue areas examined are the global governance of finance and trade, humanitarian intervention and global health.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, participants should demonstrate an ability to:

  • analyse international organisation and global governance in historical context
  • critically assess different theories and approaches to global governance to make sense of patterns of global governance
  • understand the role of state and non-state actors in global governance across different policy areas
  • make reasoned arguments, drawing on theoretical and empirical material, and express them effectively in oral and written form


Task Length % of module mark
4000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
4000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Ongoing oral feedback through seminars and feedback and guidance hours. Written feedback within five weeks of submission of assessment

Indicative reading

Thomas Weiss and Rorden Wilkinson, eds. 2013 International organisation and global governance Routledge

Thomas Weiss. 2013 Global Governance: Why? What? Whither? Polity

Kevin Gray and Craig Murphy. 2013. Rising Powers and the Future of Global Governance Routledge

Timothy Sinclair. 2012. Global Governance Polity

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.