Governance & International Institutions

Subject 166-551 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

July, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: July 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17. This subject will be taught as an intensive program over two weeks and will include daily seminars and opportunities for informal discussion .
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Public Policy and Management, Master of International Politics, or the Master of Criminology.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof John Langmore


Prof. John Langmore
Subject Overview: The subject will examine various dimensions of the conflict between national sovereignty and international interdependence which impinge on the nature and institutions of global governance. It will extend students knowledge of the diversity of the forms of international governance, and of the purposes, activities, styles of work and governance of international institutions. The subject will explore the rationale and functioning of existing institutions, attempt a rigorous assessment of their effectiveness, of proposals for their reform, and of the gaps in institutional arrangements. Particular attention will be given to the sources of conflicts underlying their difficulties in making decisions and taking action. On completion of the subject students should be better able to discern the forces operating in global institutions, the means through which they work, and to effectively discuss alternative possible reforms.
Assessment: Two essays: the first of 1000 words worth 20% (due at the start of the second week of the subject), the second of 4000 words worth 80% (due four weeks after the end of the course). Each essay will be on a specific issue relating to global governance. Students will be expected to discuss their proposed subject with the lecturer.
Prescribed Texts: Paul Kennedy, The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations, Random House, New York, 2000
Recommended Texts:

Deepak Nayyar, (ed.) Governing Globalization: Issues and Institutions, OUP, Oxford, 2002.

James Traub, The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2006, Ch 1.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Formerly available as 166-551. Students who have completed 166-551 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Master of Criminology (CWT)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of International Politics
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Political Science
Political Science
Political Science

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