• Class Number 9174
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Ellen Ravndal
    • Dr Ellen Ravndal
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to the structures, practices, and norms of global governance.  The course begins with a consideration of core theoretical concepts, including governance, globalisation, power, authority, and legitimacy, before then briefly contextualising the evolving trend towards global governance within the larger history of the modern state system.  We then consider debates on global governance as they pertain to the following broad areas: (a) global governance and the regulation of organised violence (b) global economic governance and (c) global governance and the evolving human rights agenda.  The course concludes with some reflections on the long-term trajectory and future prospects of the global governance project. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and a critical understanding of the key themes and concepts of global governance and their relationship to debates within the discipline of International Relations
  • apply those themes and concepts to a case study of contemporary global governance
  • communicate their understanding about global governance in a clear and concise way through assignments and class participation 


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: What is global governance?
2 Globalisation and the demand for global governance
3 Institutions of global governance
4 Agency in global governance
5 The legitimacy of global governance
6 Global security governance
7 Global economic governance
8 Global health governance
9 Global environmental governance
11 Global internet governance
12 Conclusion: The future of global governance?

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Active course participation 10 % 25/10/2019 25/10/2019 1, 3
Op-ed 30 % 02/10/2019 14/10/2019 1, 2, 3
Essay plan 10 % 21/08/2019 29/08/2019 1, 2, 3
Research essay 50 % 28/10/2019 29/11/2019 1, 2, 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 25/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3

Active course participation

Participation in seminars will be assessed at the end of the semester.

The assessment is primarily based on the quality of your contributions in class (and therefore, not simply on the frequency of your contributions and/or attendance.)

It is essential that you have read the required reading and attended the seminar of that week. The better you are prepared through reflecting on these materials (and, optionally, additional material you researched yourself), the more effectively you will be able to engage in class, and the better your mark will be.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 02/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 14/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3


Students will be required to write an op-ed on a relevant contemporary global governance issue. More details will be published one month before the due date.

Word length: 1500 words

The op-ed is due by Wednesday 2 October 2019, 23.55 pm. Submit through wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 21/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/08/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Essay plan

The essay plan will assist students in developing their argument, approach, and the organisation of their research essay.

Word length: 500 words

Due by Wednesday 21 August 2019, 23.55 pm. Submit through wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 28/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 29/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Research essay

The research essay requires students to demonstrate their understanding of one area of global governance through making clear and concise arguments in extended written form. To write the essay you have to read and engage with the course literature, supplemented with other relevant sources, and to apply concepts and perspectives from global governance to explain one global governance field.

Word length: 3000 words

Due by Monday 28 October 2019, 23.55 pm. Submit through wattle.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
Dr Ellen Ravndal
6125 2276

Research Interests

Dr Ellen Ravndal

Tuesday 14:00 16:00
Dr Ellen Ravndal
6125 2276

Research Interests

Dr Ellen Ravndal

Tuesday 14:00 16:00

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