Module code: POL3086

Module Overview

This module provides a general introduction to the contemporary system of global governance. It seeks to provide students with a general overview of key concepts, structures and theoretical debates in this field. It looks at the links between national and international politics and encourages students to think critically about social, political and economic trends.

Module provider


Module Leader

LEVERINGHAUS Alex (Politics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 128

Seminar Hours: 22

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Topics are likely to include:
• Introduction – building governance at a global level: theoretical perspectives
• Legitimacy and authority of Global Governance
• Institutions of global governance – the United Nations system; International Monetary Fund and World Bank; World Trade Organisation
• Practices of global governance – analysis of modes of interaction and power dynamics
• Global governance and the state – interdependence and the hollowing of the state.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Essay (1500 words) 40
Coursework Essay (2500 words) 60

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
• An ability to analyse and critique rather than simply describing the topic. This involves using an analytical framework;
• Choose relevant examples to illustrate their argument. Tie theoretical perspectives to real-world examples;
• Demonstrate comprehension of the subject and ensure factual accuracy;
• Structure their argument clearly – ensuring that their essay flows from one point to the next;
• Ensure they use evidence to back up the points they are making;
• Use high quality, relevant primary and secondary source literature and reference their sources using a standard referencing protocol;

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
2 analytical essays:
• Essay 1 (40%), 1500 words
• Essay 2 (60%), 2500 words

Module aims

  • Outline the main features of the institutions and practices that constitute the contemporary system of global governance.
  • Identify the essential characteristics of politics and the state in an international context.
  • Relate the theoretical foundations for the study of international relations to practical examples.
  • Identify key issues and trends in international politics.
  • Develop the techniques and knowledge necessary to pursue further study in the field of international politics

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify key features of contemporary global governance. CK
002 Analyse the practices of global governance including modes of interaction and power dynamics CKP
003 Understand and utilise key theoretical approaches to the study of international relations and global governance. CK
004 Assess the extent to which global governance is leading to the hollowing out of the state. CKT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

• Encourage work both independent and group work
• Facilitate critical thinking
• Develop presentation skills
• Enhance analytical skills

The learning and teaching methods include:
11 x 2 hour seminars, student presentations, group work, discussions, prescribed reading.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Politics BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.