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INTR71-104: Innovating Global Governance


This subject investigates core concepts of global governance, including areas of evolution and innovation necessitated by Twenty-First Century challenges. Global governance, the dominant though still formative framework of the prevailing era of globalisation, is examined from diverse perspectives.  Foundational views of world governance include those of the United Nations system, the idea of governance through a hegemon (now contested for the USA), and the concert of powers as an expression of a multipolar distribution of power.  Recent multilateral approaches factor in corporate, non-government and civil society sectors of activity. Distinctive conceptual models are assessed, including integrative regionalism (exemplified by the EU), actor-networks (as indicated by global city interactions), areas of governance innovation (orbital space, AI and digital norms), plus alternative forms of civilisational and popular representation. Having examined these concepts, students are then able to consider their application to selected global issues. Students have the opportunity to develop a concept of world governance that draws from existing models or incorporates new features.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • International Relations and Humanities
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,760
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,800

Learning outcomes

1. Identify key concepts of global and multilateral governance, including areas of innovation and reform.
2. Communicate their ideas, lead discussion and present research in group settings.
3. Engage in focused research and produce coherent written work.
4. Apply the synthesis of knowledge, theory, values and policy that underpin the practice of the International Relations discipline.

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021