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School of Politics and International Relations

POL261 Power in Global Governance

(POL261B - Spring)

Level: 5

Semester: B

Credit Value: 15

Module Convenor: Dr James Eastwood

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: POL106

Compulsory for: Semi-compulosry L250, L25Y

Associate Availability: Full year and Spring only


Much of the fabric of multilateralism and international organisation appears to be threatened by ‘populism’. Powerful political forces are re-asserting the national sovereignty principle. For some theorists this development is inevitable given the lack of a global hegemon willing and able to enforce international co-operation. Others, however, point to the continued globalisation of certain ways of governing state and society. On this module, we will examine this debate using case studies such as Ebola, tobacco, logistics, tax evasion, drugs and sport.

Assessment: 1 x 2000 word report (40%) and 2 hour Exam (60%)