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Globalization and Global Governance

Course Description

Globalization and global governance institutions have become hotly contested in some national political arenas, and political pressures around the world have grown on multilateral institutions to improve their effectiveness and value for money. As public debate and division on these subjects intensifies around the world, students of public administration and future professionals should be equipped to critically examine the evidence, theory and practice of global governance and globalization, and to apply this knowledge to solving real-world policy problems. The course will equip students with a scholarly foundation on global governance, and will require students to practice applying some of the key skill sets of international policy-makers.

The course explores why countries created global institutions, their main functions, and contemporary debates about global governance and about multilateral institutions’ effectiveness and reform. Although much contemporary debate draws attention to Western perspectives, including a populist trend that challenges global institutions, this course also pays attention to the analysis of thought leaders from developing countries, rising powers and international organizations, on the current state of globalization and global governance, and how and whether global institutions should be reformed.

The course is divided into two sections. The first part of the course outlines the historical and political conditions that gave rise to the current international order, and introduces the mandates, governance and priorities of key global institutions: the United Nations, the Bretton Woods system (the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)) and the World Trade Organization (WTO). The second part of the course considers contemporary debate about globalization and global governance, and assesses the relevance and effectiveness of global institutions, the rise of alternatives from emerging powers and civil society, and how global institutions might be reformed or even replaced in the future.


CORE-GP 1022 or PADM-GP 2201 or EXEC-GP 2201