Global institutions and regimes have become increasingly important in a world facing problems that cross borders and require multilateral action. This module examines the institutions, norms, processes, actors, and consequences of global and regional governance across a range of issue areas. It further addresses a number of questions, including the extent to which cooperation is possible and multilateral governance effective, while examining the roles played by states, international organisations (such as the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, or regional groupings such as the European Union or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations), international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other actors. The specific issue areas may include security, human rights, the environment, and regional integration, amongst others.
Private Study: 128
Contact Hours: 22
Compulsory to the following courses:
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplôme)
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Language
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Placement Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Foundation Year
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in North America
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with a Year in Continental Europe
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Quantitative Research
• BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations with Quantitative Research With a Placement Year
• BA (Hons) in Politics and International Relations with a Year in the Asia-Pacific
Optional to the following courses:
• BA (Hons) Economics and Politics
• BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics
• BA (Hons) History and Politics
• BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics
• BA (Hons) Environmental Sustainability
Also available as an elective module and to short term credit students
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
Essay, 2500 words, 50%
*Exams will be online for 23-24*
The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.
The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the actors, processes and consequences of global governance
2 Understand and analyse change in the emergence and development of governance institutions and organisations
3 Understand and evaluate theoretical explanations of cooperation and policy making in the context of global governance
4 Understand and critically assess the extent to which governance is effective
5 Assess the significance of the global governance within international politics.
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
- ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
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