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.
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.
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 the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 400 – 500 words in APA format 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 in APA format.
Essay Assignments (3)
The student will write a 5 – 7 page research-based paper in current APA 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 Paper Assignment
The student will write a 6 – 8-page research-based paper in current APA 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:
The student will submit a proposed topic for approval.
Progress Report Assignment
The student will submit a progress report with at least 6 bibliographic sources.
The student will submit the final 5 – 8-page paper.
The midterm will cover the Learn material in Module 1: Week 1–Module 4: Week 4. The midterm will include 5 – 7-page open-book/open-note essay questions submitted as a single Word document in current APA format with appropriate titles before each essay.