Module code: POLM012

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 7

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

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 109

Lecture Hours: 5

Seminar Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 14

Captured Content: 11

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 COURSEWORK (2000 WORDS) 40
Coursework COURSEWORK (3000 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:

  • Analytical essay 1 (40%), 2000 words

  • Analytical essay 2 (60%), 3000 word

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 KC
002 Analyse the practices of global governance including modes of interaction and power dynamics KCPT
003 Understand and utilise key theoretical approaches to the study of international relations and global governance KCPT
004 Assess the extent to which global governance is leading to the hollowing out of the state KCPT

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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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Relations (International Intervention) MSc 2 Optional Each unit of assessment must be passed at 50% to pass the module
International Relations MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Public Affairs MPA 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
International Corporate Finance MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Public Affairs MSc 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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 2021/2 academic year.