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Global Governance and the Future of the State



This course tracks the evolution of the (European) state from the Treaty of Westphalia, evaluates the role and scope of International Organisations, and examines the impact of globalisation. It will focus on the possibilities of global governance to manage the economic, social and political challenges of globalization. The main objective of the course is for students to form their own judgements on the future of the state, its role in key International Organisations, as well as prospects and future of global governance.

Method of instruction

The course will be seminar based, comprising of introductory lectures by the professor and class presentations prepared by students (in small groups); some of these presentations will be on the basis of case-studies.

Study material

To be announced

Before the start of the course, students will read the following books as background reading:

Peter van Ham, Social Power in International Politics, (London: Routledge, 2010)

David Held and Thomas Hale, Handbook of Transnational Governance: New Institutions and Innovations, (London: Polity, 2011)


Continuous assessment based on 100 per cent course attendance, active participation in group discussions and a class presentation, as well as one piece of written work.

Friday 9 September till 28 October, 10.00-12.00 hrs., in building Stichthage, 13th floor, room Archipel, except 21 October, than building Lange Houtstraat 5-7, room 404