English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Global Governance, 7.5 credits

(Global governance, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1127ST
Subject area Political Science
Main field of study Political Science
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Social Sciences
Disciplary domain Social sciences 100%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2020


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Social Sciences  at Södertörn University on 2020-02-13 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Social Sciences as the main field of study, and English B or equivalent

Learning outcomes

On completing the course, the student can:

  • describe, explain and independently problematise various interpretations of the concept of global governance at an advanced level
  • describe, explain and independently problematise central theories and perspectives in the study of global governance at an advanced level
  • apply theories and arguments about global governance to empirical cases at an advanced level.

Course content, modules and examinations

This course covers global governance in theory and practice. The concept of global governance as multilateral norm- and policy-shaping arrangements is thoroughly discussed. Case studies are drawn from a variety of areas, such as climate change, peace and security, human rights, and pandemics. Participants will be familiarised with competing perspectives, including arguments for and against the need for global governance. The role of states and non-state actors, such as international organisations, NGOs, TNCs and individuals are studied. Moreover, drivers of global governance, including globalisation and technological changes, are in focus. In addition, varieties of global governance are studied, including different forms of multilateralism, and diverse ways of managing public and private authority and accountability.

1001, Global governance, 7.5 credits

(Global Governance, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars.

Examination format

The course is assessed by active seminar participation, and written assignments.

Absence from at most two seminars can be compensated for by the completion of written assignments, as instructed.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.