Global Governance and Law (Revision 1)
Temporarily closed, effective April 7, 2017.
Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: None. A prior course in international studies or political science is recommended. Note that this is a senior level course in the social sciences and as such, students are expected to have advanced critical thinking and writing skills.
Precluded Course: POLI 440 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under 3 different disciplines—GLST 440 and GOVN 440. POLI 440 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for GLST 440 or GOVN 440.
Political Science 440: Global Governance and Law provides the tools and concepts relevant to understanding how practices of governance function in contemporary societies and toward what ends. It overviews some of the central debates on global governance and international law, especially in regard to violence and the use of force, human rights, economic transactions, and the environment. A number of key questions are discussed in relation to these debates. What is governance for? Where does accountability lie? How does law function? Who is being governed? Who participates in governance? Students will gain a broad understanding of some of the issues and potentialities for governance and law in global politics. The course does not assume that students already have a background—in global governance and law, however, it provides a sophisticated introduction to some of the key concepts and how those concepts can be applied to contemporary practices.
The course is divided into four parts. The first part explores different approaches to explaining law and governance at the global level. It also reviews the development of law and governance processes and institutions at the global level and the factors that influenced these developments. The second part covers global legal governance and the use of violence, and the relationship of the UN, and International Criminal Tribunals to the laws of war. The third part examines the expansion of international law into new areas, such as the development of international agreements and legal instruments to protect such things as human rights and the environment. The fourth part explores law and governance in the economic realm; it reviews the major financial institutions, their origins and the sources of law in these areas. It also explores the impact of global social movements on the key multilateral economic institutions that govern the global political economy: the International Monetary Fund ( IMF), the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). In Political Science 440 students develop a sophisticated understanding of the intellectual terrain of governance and law in a globalized world.
Part I: The Politics and History of Global Governance and Law
- Unit 1: The Politics of International Law and Global Governance
- Unit 2: The History and Evolution of International Law
- Unit 3: Power, Ideas, Politics, and Legal Norms
Part II: Governing the Use of Force through Law
- Unit 4: Law and Ethics on the Use of Force
- Unit 5: International Institutions and the Use of Force
Part III: The Expansion of International Law and Global Governance
- Unit 6: International Law and Human Rights
- Unit 7: Global Governance and the Global Commons
Part IV: Law, Governance, and Globalization
- Unit 8: Governance and Globalization
- Unit 9: Contesting the Governance of Globalization
- Unit 10: Making Global Governance Accountable
To receive credit for POLI 440, you must submit all the required course assignments and complete them to the satisfaction of your tutor. To receive credit for the course you must achieve an overall course and examination grade of “D” (50 percent) or better. The passing grade for the final examination is also a “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the assignments and exams are outlined below.
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To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
O'Brien, Robert, Anne Marie Goetz, Jan Aart Scholte, and Marc Williams. 2000. Contesting global governance: Multilateral economic institutions and global social movements Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Reus-Smit, Christian, ed. 2004. The politics of international law. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Sands, Philippe. 2006. Lawless world: The Whistle-blowing account of how Bush and Blair are taking the law into their own hands.
The course materials include a student manual, study guide, assignment manual, and a reading file.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
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Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 1, August 5, 2009.
Updated April 10 2017 by SAS