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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Introduction to Global Governance
Module Code LG132
School School of Law & Government
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: James Fitzgerald
Semester 2: James Fitzgerald
Autumn: James Fitzgerald
Module TeachersAdam McAuley
James Fitzgerald
Kenneth McDonagh
Valesca Lima
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

What are International Organisations (IOs) and what role do they play in world politics? This course will set out to answer these questions by introducing students to the history and functioning of contemporary IOs including the UN, the WTO, the IMF and a number of regional organisations.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the roles and responsibilities of different international organisations
2. Understand the functioning of the UN Security Council
3. Understand the functioning and policy-making processes of key international organisations
4. Understand the role of different actors (e.g. international organisations, civil society, social movements) in dealing with key issues of global politics

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22No Description
Independent Study103No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

An introduction to global governance

Early history and origins of global governance

Actors in global governance - international organisations and the origins of the UN

Policy and decision making within the UN

The role of regional organisations within global governance

Analysis of global governance issues such as peace, security, environmentalism and human rights

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentFilm Review50%n/a
In Class Testn/a50%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Clive Archer: 2001, International Organizations, 3rd, Routledge, London,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
IRBA in International Relations
Date of Last Revision23-SEP-11

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