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The United Nations: Review and Reform (POLS90016)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOLS90016
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
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The subject will examine various dimensions of the conflict between national sovereignty and international interdependence which impinge on the nature and institutions of global governance. It will extend students' knowledge of the diversity of the forms of international governance, and of the purposes, activities, styles of work and governance of international institutions. The subject will explore the rationale and functioning of existing institutions, attempt a rigorous assessment of their effectiveness, of proposals for their reform, and of the gaps in institutional arrangements. Particular attention will be given to the sources of conflicts underlying their difficulties in making decisions and taking action. On completion of the subject students should be better able to discern the forces operating in global institutions, the means through which they work, and to effectively discuss alternative possible reforms.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Enable gaining of thorough knowledge of the conflict between national sovereignty and international interdependence which impinge on the nature and institutions of global governance;
  • Increase understanding of the diversity of the forms of international governance and the means by which they contribute to the international rule of law, peaceful resolution of conflict, economic and social development, environmental responsibility, and implementation of human rights;
  • Enable discernment of the forces operating in global institutions, the means through which they work, and evaluation of alternative possible reforms.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • Be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • Be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.

Last updated: 2 August 2019