Governing the Global
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: University-wide Programs
Department: Global Studies
Course Number: UGLB 2210
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Global Studies
  • Governance
  • International Affairs
Who “governs” the global and in whose interests? Can international institutions and organizations like the United Nations or the World Bank make global governance work? Are alternatives necessary or possible? This course examines the actors that participate in global governance from two perspectives. First, we study the historical development, goals, and performance of international organizations and the regimes and norms upon which they are based. Second we look at global civil society and how it adapts to changes in citizenship, sovereignty and identity in a globalized world. The course, organized as a seminar, will provide a rich conceptual framework and examine case studies on issues such as human rights, global warming, labor migration, refugees, free trade, human security and regional integration. Students will become familiar with scholarly and policy debates on global governance, drawing from academic readings in International Relations and Political Science, as well as primary source documents, news articles, documentaries, films, podcasts and other sources. A final research project will provide students the opportunity to explore select issues in depth, focusing on the connections between the local and the global.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
This course is open to all bachelor level students at the university.


Open to Undergraduate students.