ATS2624 - Global governance - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Politics and International Relations

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tom Chodor


Dr Tom Chodor

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


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.




The unit examines the origins, development and challenges of global governance. Students will be introduced to the core theoretical perspectives on global governance, and will critically examine its historical development over the 20th century, including the inter-war period, the Bretton Woods system and the post-Cold War neoliberal world order. Students will also examine the persistent challenges facing global governance in the 21st century, including the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, the role of rising powers and climate change, as well as reflecting on the future trajectories of global governance in an increasingly fragmented world.


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

  1. discuss global governance, its origins and historical development;
  2. critically engage with core theoretical and empirical debates on global governance;
  3. analyse and evaluate the ongoing challenges facing global governance and its future trajectories;
  4. communicate (in spoken and written form) the core issues and controversies in global governance;
  5. 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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