Global Governance – INTL 502

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Since WWII, global governance has been an increasing if contentious force in international politics. Whether political, military, legal, financial, commercial, or humanitarian in nature, global institutions like the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, the World Trade Organization, the World Court, the World Health Organization, and affiliated INGOs have all sought to integrate with, substitute for, or in some cases compete with state actors as providers of basic health, safety, and human rights enforcement. Critically assessing theories, practices, and aims of global governance, the course highlights fundamental tensions between international organizations (IOs), sovereign states, and non-state actors. Students are strongly encouraged to reflect upon how each of these topics may be informed by, integrated with, or deviate from a biblically informed world view.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Global governance is intended to fill an important gap in understanding the purpose, function, and policy agendas of key non-state institutions in exercising governing authority internationally, whether in collaboration or in competition with sovereign states. Though some argue that states remain the institutional pillars of power and authority in the world today, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations wield increasing influence, power, and authority. The course critically examines the justifications for and consequences of these competing sources for global power and influence.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain reasons behind the rise of global governance after WWII and the key players involved.
  2. Define the role of the key organizations and institutions involved with global governance.
  3. Critically assess the performance of IOs relative to their stated health, safety, and human rights agendas.
  4. Examine the fundamental tensions between IOs and sovereign states in terms of mission, purpose, and policy.
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of global governance as it relates to protecting the environment.
  6. Explain how each of the outcomes listed above may be informed by, integrated with, or deviate from a biblically-informed worldview.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400-500 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200-250 words.

Essays (3)

The student will write a 5-7 page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the topic relevant to the course readings for the module/week in which it is assigned (and all previous learning). The paper must include at least 5-7 scholarly references, in addition to the course textbooks, presentations, and the Bible.

Research and Reflection Paper

The student will write a 6-8-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the topic agreed upon with the instructor. The paper must include at least 5-7 references, in addition to the course textbooks, presentations, and the Bible. The paper will be completed in the following stages:

Topic

The student will submit a proposed topic for approval.

Progress Report

The student will submit a progress report with at least 6 bibliographic sources.

Final

The student will submit the final 5-8-page paper.

Midterm Exam

This exam will cover the Reading & Study material in Modules/Weeks 1-4. The exam will include 1, 5-7-page open-book/open-note essay questions submitted as a single Word document with appropriate titles before each essay.