Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPolitics and International Relations
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Katrina Lee-Koo


This unit examines economic and political governance at global and regional levels. Students will be introduced to key international institutions (such as the United Nations, the European Union and the World Trade Organization) and critically examine their historical development and their legal and policy frameworks. Students will also examine how institutions interact with states, NGOs and civil society movements and engage with major debates surrounding the politics of contemporary global governance.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. A sound knowledge of the major global institutions, their historical development and their legal and policy frameworks;
  2. An understanding of the relationships between states, key international institutions and global civil society in processes of political and economic governance;
  3. An understanding of key conceptual and empirical debates on global governance;
  4. The capacity for balanced and reasoned analysis (in spoken and written form) of key issues and controversies in global governance;
  5. The ability to collaborate effectively with peers in group learning tasks.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units. It is highly recommended that students only take this unit after they have completed two gateway units in Politics or International relations.