Global Governance in a Changing World Order

This course introduces students to the evolving institutions, norms, and agents of global governance and their relevance to the contemporary world order. It examines global governance as an evolving idea and social practice as well as a political project that seeks to strengthen collective action. A major focus is upon China’s emerging leadership role and the implications for the rules-based international system. The course is organised into three parts. It begins by investigating the idea of “governing the world” and the changing nature of world order. Special attention is given to addressing core debates in International Relations relating to legitimacy, authority, and sovereignty. The second part of the course examines the ways in which new actors are shaping institutions and norms, changing the relationship between public and private goods, and creating opportunities for diverse forms of collaborative leadership. In the final part of the course, attention turns to the future demands of global governance in relation to four key areas of policymaking: international peace and security, global inequality, cybersecurity, and climate change.

Faculty: Katherine Morton, Boeing Company Chair in International Relations, Schwarzman College; Professor of China’s International Relations, University of Sheffield


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