POLI 3006 International Organisations and Global Governance

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102189

Coordinator Margaret Hanlon Opens in new window

Description This subject addresses the competing concepts inherent in global governance through an examination of the existing international society of states whose principle is based on respect for state sovereignty. It also addresses the complex process of global governance in which states, non-governmental organisations, multinational corporations, and intergovernmental organisations participate and pursue their goals. It will specifically look at the complex role of the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council, and the role of international organisations aimed at addressing issues, such as security, human rights, humanitarian intervention, trade, the environment, health, migration, and labour rights.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject


Successful completion of 60 credit points of study in currently enrolled program.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. explain the theoretical concepts of global governance and the Bretton Woods system
  2. identify the different actors in global governance and analyse their contribution to the international system
  3. evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the subjected Nations, the UN Security Council, the ICJ and ICC
  4. critique the effectiveness of intergovernmental organisations
  5. assess the role of multinational corporations in global governance
  6. compare the effectiveness of a number of non-governmental organisations.

Subject Content

- what do we mean by Global Governance and who are The actors involved?
- what are international organisations?
- The Bretton Woods system
- A history of The development of Global Governance
- Intergovernmental Organisations
- The United nations
- The United nations security Council, The international court of justice and The international criminal court
- Multinational Corporations
- non-government Organisations


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Summary 500 words 10 N Individual
Short Answer 1,200 words 35 N Individual
Report 3,000 words 55 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Textbook or Online Resources