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Globalization and Governance


Admission requirements

MSc International Relations and Diplomacy students.


This course maps out the on-going debate about the effects of globalisation on the governance-capacity and role of the state, a question which has again become politically important after the major financial crisis starting in 2008. Some authors claim – either with enthusiasm or with regret – that the state is becoming obsolescent. Others take a more nuanced stance, claiming that the state may have become weaker in fulfilling its traditional roles (like redistribution), but that it is gaining strength with respect to other policy-functions (such as creating international standards on trade and investment). This course explores the key academic and policy debates on (amongst others) the origins of the (European) state; the impact of identity and values on regime-building and regional organisation; the economic and financial impact of globalization; the rise of transnational governance arrangements; the different appreciations of globalization beyond the West; the impact of globalization on (national) democracy; the impact of globalization on peace and security; as well as the future of globalization (by means of forecasting and scenario-building).

Course objectives

The purpose of the course is to raise, exchange and evaluate questions regarding the changing role of the state, International Organisations and the future of global governance by looking at specific concepts and cases. The main objective of the seminar meetings is for all students to form their own judgement and to encourage critical thinking.


On the right-hand side of the programme front page of the E-Prospectus you will find a link to the online timetables.

Mode of instruction

The course will comprise of introductory lectures and class presentations prepared by students (often in small groups); some of these presentations will be on the basis of case-studies. Class attendance is required. The purpose of the course is for all students to form their own judgements on the impact of globalisation and the future of (global) governance through a critical evaluation of the readings.

Study load: 140 hours

Assessment method

  • Presentation 35%

  • Class participation: Pass/Fail

  • Paper outline 15%

  • Final paper 50%

Failed partial grades or components should be compensated by passed partial grades or components. The calculated grade must be at least 5,5 to pass the course. It is not possible to re-sit a partial grade or component once you have passed the course.

Reading list

No books need to be purchased; readings will be announced.


Use Blackboard to register for every course. The programme will register the students in Usis based on the group division.


Dr. P. van Ham

Ms. A. Blessing


This course is an elective designed for MIRD students. This elective is conditional on at least 5 students registering for this course.