School of Global Studies

Global Governance and Multinationality (958M1)

Global Governance and Multinationality

Module 958M1

Module details for 2009 cohort.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 7 (Masters)

Module Outline

This course analyses the relationship between the fact that the world is organised on the principle of sovereign equality among `nation-states¿ and yet is made up of multinational states for the greater part. Migration even is in the process of turning the remaining mono-national states into multinational ones as well.

Global governance as promoted by the West is premised on multi-party elections and open market economies, which in combination, in a multinational context tends to work out along ethnic dividing lines. Yet over the last century, not only has there been a recognition of multinationality within states as minority law, but there have also been attempts to accommodate multinationality constitutionally within single state jurisdictions, notably in the Austrian-Hungarian empire and in the Soviet Union and societies modelled after it.

The question that arises is whether from these sources alternative concepts of global governance can be developed.

The course will include reflection on

¿ Concepts of ethnicity and nationality
¿ The paradox of why the post-national West (the US being the key example) propagates mono-national states (as recently as in Yugoslavia)
¿ The political economy of globalisation¿universal market discipline, labour migration, long-distance urbanisation
¿ Global governance as the framework of unifying separate nation-state jurisdictions on transnational issues

The course will provide students with the necessary theoretical tools to approach this subject, grounded in applied examples and cases.

Short Term Paper (5000 words)Summer Term Week 1 Mon 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Spring TermSEMINAR2 hours011111111100

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Prof Kees Van Der Pijl


Mr Zdenek Kavan

Assess convenor

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