Course Title: Global Governance and International Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Governance and International Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

SOCU1036

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

SOCU1036

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2009

SOCU1036

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Internet

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012

Course Coordinator: Assoc Prof. Paul Battersby

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2308

Course Coordinator Email: paul.battersby@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses SOCU1011 & SOCU2112 before you commence this course.

OR

Alternatively you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course. Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. Further information: http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he
 


Course Description

Global Governance and International Law is designed to help you integrate your knowledge of globalisation and use that knowledge to analyse and plan for global governance and law across political, military, economic, technological, social and cultural domains. This course will enhance your appreciation of globalisation both in theory and in practice and equip you with the language and skills to analyse identify, define and articulate good governance principles in international professional work contexts.

You will learn to think systematically about global governance processes and to evaluate the governance capacities of intergovernmental and international nongovernmental organisations. You will also explore new sources of global legal and political authority. You will develop your critical thinking skills in this course to the point where you are able to debate contemporary global governance issues, including international legal issues, at a high level of theoretical abstraction but at the same time explain these issues in a language accessible to a lay audience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to:

  • identify and assess global risks, especially as they impinge upon local contexts,
  • analyse the relative management, coordination and control capacities of states and international intergovernmental organisations
  • describe key international, inter-governmental and voluntary organisations and those relevant to your area of professional specialisation
  • obtain and analyse relevant and up-to-date information on key international organisations and key international agreements
  • review different value approaches in national legal systems and their impact upon international law and international relations
  • access and apply national or sector regulations to a particular professional area
  • think conceptually about risk issues within the frameworks of realist/structuralist and socio-cultural risk discourse


In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

• Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study
 


Overview of Learning Activities

A range of learning experiences are planned for this course including lectures, guest seminars, group problem solving exercises and group debates. A structured tutorial program is provided to give you the opportunity to explore risk issues in greater depth through active participation in small discussion groups. Active and constructive participation in group discussions is expected in addition to weekly reading and careful planning of assessment tasks.
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. You will have access to extensive course materials via myRMIT, including internet links and access to RMIT Library resources


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may require you to develop your own governance frameworks, codes of practice, compliance measures and to draft UN resolutions and treaties.


If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.


Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment