Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM167: Global Governance: Institutions and Challenges

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The module consists of an advanced introduction to the concept of global governance and two main parts. In part I you will be introduced to the main institutions and actors, active in the process of global governance. The module will focus on the United Nations system; regional organisations like the EU, NAFTA, ASEAN etc; global civil society (Green Peace; Amnesty International etc); and transnational public administrations (G20; FIFA etc).  In part II the module focuses on specific global policy challenges, ranging from democratization and human rights to economic development, health, the environment and security.


       Concepts and theory

PART I: Global institutions and actors

        The UN; regional organisations; civil society; transnational administrations

PART II: Global challenges

        Democracy & human rights; fight against poverty; global finance; health; environment; security


Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities2211 x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study278Reading set texts and wider reading (100); conducting research (100); preparing for assignments (78)

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).