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Global Governance: Institutions and Processes

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:0.07
Study Course Information
Course Code:PZK_136LQF level:Level 7
Credit Points:5.00ECTS:7.50
Branch of Science:Political Science; International PoliticsTarget Audience:Political Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Mārtiņš Daugulis
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Political Science
The Head of Structural Unit:Ilga Kreituse
Contacts:Rīga, Dzirciema iela 16,, +371 67409161
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - 1. Semester No.
Lectures (count)10Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures20
Classes (count)10Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes20
Total Contact Hours40
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Students should have basic knowledge about international relations and international processes.
The course aims to help students gain a deeper appreciation of how the world of global governance works, as well as the margins of maneuverability within it for improving outcomes, considering that the system of global governance poses constraints and opportunities for policy whether you operate in the public, private or civil sectors, at national or international levels.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Introducing Global GovernanceLectures1.00auditorium
2The Modern Institutional and Legal Framework: Institution of Multilateralism and International LawLectures1.00auditorium
3Emerging Trends of Global Governance: Non-State Actors – Multinational Corporations. Networks & and Social MediaLectures1.00auditorium
4Emerging Trends of Global Governance: Polycentric Governance and Geopolitical ShiftsLectures1.00auditorium
5Global Governance Processes: Issue Framing and Agenda SettingLectures1.00auditorium
6Global Governance Processes: Capacity Building; Civil & Private SectorsLectures1.00auditorium
7Coercive Diplomacy & the Collective Use of ForceLectures1.00auditorium
8Summary and ConclusionsLectures3.00auditorium
9Presentation and discussion of students' individual papersClasses10.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
• Active participation during classes and seminars (as well as criticism and recommendations given in response to other students' reports) • Essays • Final report
Assessment Criteria:
Students have to take into account the following requirements and grading criteria: • Active participation during classes and seminars (as well as criticism and recommendations given in response to other students' reports) – 35% • Essays – 10% • Final report – 20% • Presentation of the final report – 15% • Exam – 20%
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Students will be able to characterise the principles of international governance as well as identify the challenges of international governance.
Skills:Students will be able to identify elements, which are necessary for the analysis of international governance systems.
Competencies:Students will be able to analyse multi-polarity, bipolarity and uni-polarity of international governance systems from a historic perspective, and apply it in a contemporary context.
Required Reading
1Weiss, “What Happened to the Idea of World Government?” International Studies Quarterly, 53 (No 2, 2009):253-271
2Dingwerth & Pattberg, “Global Governance as a Perspective on World Politics,” Global Governance, 12 (No 2, 2006)
3Jentleson, “Global Governance in a Copernican World,” Global Governance, 18 (No 2, 2012)
4Reimann, “A View from the Top: International Norms, Politics, and the Growth of NGOs,” International Studies Quarterly, 50 (No 1, 2006)
5Ruggie, “Foreword,” in Weiss & Thakur, Global Governance and the United Nations
Additional Reading
1Perlez, “Stampede to Join China’s Development Bank Stuns Even Its Founder,” New York Times, April 2, 2015
2Acharya, “Can Asia Lead? Power Ambitions and Global Governance in the Twenty-First Century,” International Affairs, 87 (No. 2, 2011) 851–869
3Carpenter, et al., “Explaining the Advocacy Agenda: Insights from the Human Security Network,” International Organization, 68 (No. 2, 2014): 449-470