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Governance, National and Global Institutions


Credits: 4 ECTS

First semester

Compulsory courses




This course explores the design and transformation of major global governance organizations in the field of international development, paying particular attention to new actors, and power relations. International governance, political regimes and actors have fundamentally changed with the rise of emerging powers like Brazil, China, and India or the growing importance of cities as international players in their own right. Other actors such as civil society organisations, global social movements, cites, and multinational corporate conglomerates have also become more influential. The course will discuss the consequences of these transformations for the mediation of developed and developing country interests within existing international organizations like the UN, World Bank and World Trade Organization. We will also pay close attention to basic human and social rights, recognizing that new forms of global and national governance and collective action will be necessary for progressive institutional change to happen.

The course is taught in two groups – A and B. The order of classes is DIFFERENT because the three teachers rotate between the two. Please be sure to check the weekly readings are the correct ones for your group.


The course comprises of 12 two-hour sessions. It is structured in four parts.

  • The first part (Week 1) provides an overview of the class and an elaboration of the core concepts used in the class, as well as allocating students into groups for their course-long research projects.
  • The second part (Weeks 2-3) provides the theoretical foundations of the course, elaborating on the causes and consequences of transnational governance institutions and the evolution of stakeholders and constituents within these institutions, firstly from an economics perspective, and then from an IR perspective.
  • The third part of the course (Weeks 4-11) covers a range of issue areas pertinent to the study of international development, providing empirical and practical illustrations of the theoretical models discussed in Part 2.
  • Finally, the fourth part (Week 12) is dedicated exclusively to student presentations of the group research undertaken during the course.

The classes in weeks 2-11 will be structured as a one hour lecture followed by a one-hour seminar in which students will be given a range of tasks to perform in order to consolidate their understanding of the course content, including discussions, role-play simulations and exercises. Students must read the required reading prior to class (these will be available on the Aula Global of the course).

The course will be evaluated as follows:

  • A final ‘take home’ examination: 50%
  • Group presentations in Week 12: 20%
  • One essay of 2000 words: (30%)

The penalty for late submission of coursework is 0.25/10.00 per 24 hours. If you foresee a reason for late submission please contact the course teachers as soon as possible prior to the due date.