Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1047: Global Sustainability Governance and Policy

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

Module Aims

This module aims:


  • To introduce you to the critical sustainable development challenges facing policy makers on a global scale.
  • To familiarise you with the key rationale and argument for why delivering on the promise of sustainable development is reliant upon governance and policy.
  • To orientate you towards the key theoretical underpinnings of governance theory as they relate to global sustainable development challenges; including multi-level governance, network governance, regulatory governance, collaborative governance and urban governance.
  • To equip you with the skills of critical case analysis.
  • To introduce to a range of writing styles for highlighting the governance solutions to global sustainable development challenges.
  • To equip you with the skills and experiences of presenting your analysis and ideas in group settings.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate knowledge of sustainable development, governance, and policy – key concepts, theoretical arguments and major academic texts;
2. assimilate taught materials and utilise them to analyse critical policy issues related to sustainable development.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. evidence understanding of contested ideas and concepts;
4. formulate critical arguments.
Personal and Key Skills5. research, write and present analytical assignments effectively;
6. develop and present policy relevant recommendations based in analysis.
7. communicate arguments effectively through coursework submissions;