Units of Study

GOVT6123 - Globalisation and Governance

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: John Joseph Mikler


It is widely believed that we are entering a new era in which the transborder flows of capital, goods, ideas, and people are rapidly transforming human society. 'Globalisation', many claim, threatens the autonomy of nation-states and erodes the power of national governments to provide social protection and promote the nation's economic prosperity. This unit examines not only the causes and mechanisms of this process, but also assesses its social, economic, and political impacts. The views of radicals, transformationalists, skeptics, and institutionalists are compared and criticised. While globalisation is often viewed as a singular process, trending towards a global society, this unit offers a distinctive approach. Globalisation has uneven and highly differentiated impacts, whether harmful or beneficial, and this unevenness is closely associated with the nature of institutions of governance, at both the domestic and international levels.


2000wd research essay (40%) and 500wd tutorial papers (3x10%) and 2hr mid-semester exam (20%) and tutorial participation (10%)


1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week

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