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Global Governance


Credits: 6 ECTS

Second semester

Pathway core courses




Contemporary globalization has transformed international society with unprecedented pace, intensity and scope. International relations are no more an inter-state field, but a political domain shaped by activities and challenges of a truly global nature, both in substance and in geographical reach. The needs and forms of dealing with public interests in this emerging political domain have given rise to global governance. The course aims at the systematic study of the agents, institutions, functions, and implications of global governance. First, the course analyzes some basic concepts and the various theoretical approaches to this phenomenon, and enters the debate about its normative dimension, between communitarian and cosmopolitanist views. Second, the course deals with the profound transformations affecting international institutions, regimes, and multilateralism, in particular within the United Nations, the international financial institutions, and the international trade system. Third, the course explores a number of challenges facing global governance: poverty and inequality in the socioeconomic field, climate change and environmental degradation in the environmental field, new wars and arms proliferation in the military area, and authoritarianism, extremisms, and human rights violations in the political domain.


The course is structured in lectures and seminars, each of them focusing on a specific topic of global governance. Lectures comprise presentations by the professor, discussions about course readings, as well as some case-study activities. Seminars are programmed in accordance with the schedule and topics of lectures, and focus on case studies involving individual and group activities, presentations, research tasks, role-playing, etc. for students.

The assessment of the course will combine several elements: class activities, seminar tasks, and a final paper. First, participation and other class activities during the course will account for 15% of the final grade. Second, a series of seminars will require oral and written tasks, the results of which will account for 50 % of the final grade. Third, a final research paper and a presentation of the main findings will account for 35 % of the final grade. The topic of the paper will be chosen with the assistance of the professor, and it will range between 3,500-4,000 words.