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Globalization, Governance and the Responsibility to Protect



This course provides students with in-depth knowledge of the interdisciplinary field of globalization and global governance research. At the most general level, governance refers to the different ways in which groups manage their common affairs. As globalization unfolded, so did the need for governance. However, since in world politics actors are usually highly heterogeneous, preferences often conflictual, and shared normative underpinnings frequently rather thin, governing the globe turns out to be a complex and often highly contested undertaking. This course introduces students into the institutions, norms, and outcomes of global governance, critically discusses the roles of various stakeholders, their interests and strategies, and assesses the effectiveness and legitimacy of present attempts at governing globalization.

Course objectives

The objective of this seminar is to provide students with a sound understanding of theoretical approaches to globalization and governance, and enable them to apply these approaches to the analysis of particular governance issues.


On the MIRD frontpage of the E-guide you will find a link to the timetable.

Mode of instruction

This is a seminar-style class in which students are not only required to prepare a presentation based on the readings for a particular session of the seminar, but more generally, are expected to actively participate in classroom debates.

Course Load

5 EC

Assessment method

Active participation (20%), presentation (30%), final paper (50%). Regular attendance is required; students who miss more than two sessions will automatically fail the course.


Information relevant to this course will be made available on Blackboard.

Reading list

A detailed list of assigned readings will be available on Blackboard.