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International Governance and Law (POLS90023)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOLS90023
Semester 1
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This subject provides an advanced introduction to the history, theory, institutions and practice of international governance and law. The subject will provide students with a broad understanding of the evolution of the international system of states, the development of diplomacy, the evolution of international law (including the role of both soft & hard law), the changing form and practice of multilateralism and the emergence of non-state or hybrid forms of power and authority. Key challenges in global governance will be critically explored, including the impact of globalisation on the political autonomy of states; the future of multilateralism; the accountability, representativeness and legitimacy of international organisations and international regimes and the challenge of democratising global governance; the role of non-state actors and civil society; and the challenge of coordinating and harmonising an increasingly dense network of international organisations and regimes.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Develop a critical understanding of the key issues, challenges, actors, and institutions associated with international governance and international law;
  • Develop an understanding of the relationship between international politics and international law;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the main theories of global governance;
  • Develop a critical understanding of the debates concerning the reform of global governance.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • Develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • Communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively;
  • Develop cross-cultural understanding.

Last updated: 11 November 2018