Course Title: Global Governance

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Governance

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Professor Charles Hunt

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3074

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, Floor 5, Room 13

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course explores the ways in which global governance impacts upon policy and practice at the national and subnational level. You will examine key contemporary global political structures, institutions, actors and processes with regard to both theory and practice. This will include an examination of the role of governments, international organisations and non-state actors, focusing on the ways in which interested actors interact with each other and shape responses to governance challenges across a range of global concerns. 

The course equips you with the analytical and interpretive thinking skills necessary to become conversant with the formation, distribution and enforcement of ideas and norms in a rapidly changing world. The course employs a range of conceptual approaches to the study of globalisation and global governance to enable you to conceive responses to practical governance challenges in your area of professional interest. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes: 

MC222 Master of International Urban and Environmental Management  

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on recent trends and scholarly analysis of the effects and consequences of urbanisation internationally, including the interplay of ecological, economic, political, social and cultural factors. 
  • Develop and use appropriate research tools, methods and strategies to generate knowledge, manage urban environments, and inform decision-making in diverse social, cultural and geographic contexts 

MC216 Master of Public Policy 

  • Critically analyse the social, political, ethical, institutional, economic and environmental factors that both enable and limit policy change.

MC211 Master of International Development 

  • Critically reflect on socio-cultural diversity and values, world systems and the benefits of local and global development practices for communities engaged in development processes 
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on personal awareness and lived experience, theories and practices of development, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the discipline 
  • Provide leadership within your discipline as well as collaborate with others 
  • Critically reflect on the causes and impacts of poverty in global contexts and to evaluate the theories and practice of development institutions

MC283 Master of Global Studies 

  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on the immediate effects and broader consequences of global sustainability challenges, including the interplay of ecological, economic, political, social, and cultural factors 
  • Develop and use appropriate research strategies, methods and tools to generate knowledge to inform decision-making in diverse social, cultural, and geographic contexts 
  • Clearly communicate complex and technical analysis and proposals related to global challenges to diverse audiences and stakeholders 
  • Provide professional leadership by determining and applying the specialist knowledge and technical skills required to creatively solve problems, demonstrating expert judgment and ethical responsibility 
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on diverse knowledge, practices, and lived experiences to extend and challenge the discipline and the field. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Undertake independent research on key global dynamics, institutions and processes that shape contemporary policy and practice 
  2. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of emerging global governance frameworks as they apply to a contemporary global challenge 
  3. Experiment with the formulation of strategic engagement with governance frameworks to address contemporary challenges 
  4. Share knowledge and insights with peers collaboratively.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive activities (either in workshops or online) focusing on group-based discussion, analytical and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include published texts, lectures, guest speakers and online media. In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with set reading materials. The course provides a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. 

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through Canvas. These resources may include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites. You will undertake extensive independent research and have the opportunity to contribute collectively to class resources by sharing your own research findings and sources with your peers. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be given opportunities to demonstrate and reflect upon your conversance with key course concepts and core content.  

Assessment Tasks

Proposal (600 words), Weighting: 20%, Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1

Oral presentation (5 minutes plus discussion), Weighting: 20%, Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3 

Policy brief (2500 words), Weighting: 40%, Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Participation and Collaboration Reflection (600 words), Weighting: 20%, Aligned Course Learning Outcomes: 4 

Assessment will be guided by how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the graduate capabilities. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester by your teachers and peers in class and/or online discussions, and through individual and/or group feedback on practical exercises. 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.