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Global and Regional Governance, 15 hp

Engelskt namn: Global and Regional Governance

Denna kursplan gäller: 2014-05-19 till 2015-08-30 (nyare version av kursplanen finns)

Kurskod: 2SV031

Högskolepoäng: 15

Utbildningsnivå: Avancerad nivå

Huvudområden och successiv fördjupning: Statsvetenskap: Avancerad nivå, har endast kurs/er på grundnivå som förkunskapskrav
Freds- och konfliktstudier: Avancerad nivå, har endast kurs/er på grundnivå som förkunskapskrav

Betygsskala: För denna kurs ges betygen VG Väl godkänd, G Godkänd, U Underkänd

Ansvarig institution: Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Beslutad av: Prefekt, 2010-11-01

Reviderad av: Prefekten, 2014-05-19


The purpose of the course is to provide a general overview and specialization in the field of global and regional governance with a particular emphasis on multi-level governance. The course aims at developing knowledge and competence relevant to employment at various administrative levels in Sweden as well as abroad. The course also prepares the students for further academic studies at the Ph.D. level.

The course contains advanced literature studies, investigative work, scientific analysis, and empirical case studies.

The course consists of two parts of equal length. The first focuses on current theories of globalization, regional integration and multi-level governance. The second part is a case study of governance, public administration, politics and development in China.

Förväntade studieresultat

After the course students are expected to be able to show that they can
  • describe and compare institutions and processes for global and regional governance,
  • discuss and compare how various theories define, understand and analyze governance,
  • define and operationalize relevant concepts, and use these to complete written and oral assignments,
  • identify, collect, and work with empirical as well as theoretical material relevant to carrying out said assignments, and
  • individually complete analyses of global and regional governance, and present these in written as well as oral form
  • analyze the specific conditions at hand for governance, public administration, politics and development in China. 
For these purposes, the student shall have
  • insights into current social science literature related to the subject of the course
  • ability to think critically and constructively regarding various scientific perspectives
  • competence regarding decision-making processes in global and regional institutions
  • ability to individually identify, structure, and analyze complex political processes, and,
  • ability to handle questions of methodology and to systematically gather information.


Freds- och konfliktstudier 90 hp (60p) eller Statsvetenskap 90 hp (60p) eller motsvarande.En A och svenska för grundläggande behörighet för högskolestudier om utbildningen ges på svenska.

Undervisningens upplägg

The course is based on lectures, seminars, oral presentations made by the students and written assignments.


Examination modes
The course is examined through participation in seminars, written assignments and oral presentations. The final grade - Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG) – is based on combination of said examination modes. The Study guide that will be handed out during the introduction to the course will contain more information about these examination modes. In short, the first part is examined of a short individual paper (approximately 10-12 pages) that examines the strengths and weaknesses of different theories. This paper is graded Fail, Pass or Pass with Distinction. The second part of the course is examined by an individual written assignment that is graded on the same scale. During each course there is also a mandatory oral seminar presentation that is graded on a Pass-Fail scale. The final grade is based on the compilation of the performance on the two written assignments. No final grade will be awarded unless the two mandatory oral presentations have been granted a passing grade.

Students who fail an examination may take a retest. Students may retest at least 5 times. A student has the right to request a new examiner if he/she fails two examinations. In such cases students should contact the Director of Studies (Studierektor). A student has the right to an examination based on the course and literature described in this document for a period of two years after he/she first registered for the course.

Academic transfer of credits
The Director of Studies (Studierektor) makes decisions about transfer credits for a module or course. Students who want to transfer credits should submit a written request to the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The request should specify which module or course the request applies to. An official transcript should also be submitted. The transcript must include the following information: where and when the course was given, the discipline and level of the course, total course credits and grade received. A syllabus describing the course and listing required reading should be submitted with the request. Where applicable, written research papers should also be submitted.

Övriga föreskrifter

All courses are evaluated in written forms.


Giltig från: 2014 vecka 21

First part

Rules for the world : international organizations in global politics
Barnett Michael N., Finnemore Martha
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press : 2004 : 226 s. :
ISBN: 0-8014-8823-0 (hft.)
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Global governance : critical perspectives
Wilkinson Rorden, Hughes Steve
London : Routledge : 2002 : xxii, 240 s. :
ISBN: 0-415-26837-0 (inb.)
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Goh Evelyn.
The struggle for order : hegemony, hierarchy and transition in post-Cold War East Asia
First edition. : xvii, 267 pages :
ISBN: 9780199599363
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Piattoni Simona
The theory of multi-level governance : conceptual, empirical, and normative challenges
Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press : 2010. : xiii, 301 p. :
ISBN: 9780199562923 (hbk.)
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Steger Manfred B.
Globalization : a very short introduction
Fully updated new, 2. ed. : Oxford : Oxford University Press : 2009 : 147 s. :
ISBN: 978-0-19-955226-9
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The global transformations reader : an introduction to the globalization debate.
Held David, McGrew Anthony
Cambridge : Polity : 2000 : 480 s. :
ISBN: 0-7456-2199-6
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Wendt Alexander
Why a World State Is Inevitable: Teleology and the Logic of Anarchy"
Ingår i:
European journal of international relations..
London : Sage : 995- : 9 : sid. 491-542 :

Second part

The second part of the course contains two main texts.

Social policy in China : development and well-being
Chan Chak Kwan, Ngok King Lun, Phillips David
Bristol, UK : Policy : 2008 : xiii, 234 s. :
ISBN: 978-1-86134-881-4 (inb.)
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Rightful resistance in rural China
O´Brien Kevin J., Li Lianjiang
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press : 2006 : xvii, 179 s. :
ISBN: 0-521-67852-8
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Saich Tony
Governance and politics of China
3. ed. : Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan : 2011 : 428 s. :
ISBN: 9780230279926 (hbk.)
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All assigned readings are mandatory. For all readings, the study guides that will be distributed during the course introductions to each part will provide more information on the specific chapters that we will use for the course. For the individual paper that is part of the examination of the first part of the course, the student can to use a combination of all the listed course literature together with a selection of additional texts according to the student´s own choice.