Global governance

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Theories, actors, institutions and politics

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Aims and scope: 
The aims of this course are to introduce students to the main issues and trends in global governance research and practive, with particular reference to form, actors, authority, power and origins, and effects; and to enhance students abilities to critically evaluate theory and its application to major global policy areas. By the end of the course students will be able to describe the distinction between contemporary theories of global governance and the main theories of international relations; critically assess the processes, practice and politics of the global governance and international organizations; and identify the actors of global governance: international and regional institutions, states and civil society. Students will also develop their critical thinking and foreign policy analysis skills.
Methodology: 
Courses are interactive and consist from debates, presentations and analyses on the weekly topic. Students are receiving a list of 50 articles covering the course content to help preparing the seminars and the assignments.
Topics: 
1. What is global governance? 2. Global governance in internationaal organizations. 3. Power in global governance. 4. Global governance and civil socety. 5. Global human rights governance. 6. Global environmental governance. 7. International and global security in the post-Cold War era 8. Transnational actors and international organizations in global politics. 9. International issues: environmental, nuclear proliferation, humanitarian intervention and world politics, global trade, human rights, gender issues, development and poverty.
Indicative reading: 
Baylis, John, Steve Smith, and Patricia Owens. 2007. The globalization of world politics: an introduction to international relations. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press. Weiss, Thomas G., and Rorden Wilkinson. 2014. International organization and global governance, London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. Barnett, Michael N., and Raymond Duvall. 2005. Power in global governance. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
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