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2012 HSG313 NGOs and Global Governance

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Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HSG213

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This unit examines the contributions of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to global governance. It begins by investigating some of the difficulties in conceptualising and defining NGOs (and other organisational forms including global civil society and global social movements), raising questions about their legitimacy, transparency and representativeness in global policymaking. With a focus on the relationships between NGOs, nation-states and intergovernmental organisations, attention is paid to the roles of NGOs in global policy areas relating to economic cooperation, environmental sustainability and human rights. Particular emphasis is placed on the campaigning methods adopted by NGOs in seeking to impact policymaking at the global level. The overall aim of the unit is to encourage students to critically assess the ways and extent to which NGOs 'make a difference' in global governance.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: 2,500-word essay (35%), 1,000-word essay (15%), tutorial participation (10%), 2-hour end-of-semester exam (40%)

TEACHING PATTERN: Internal: 2 hour lecture weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly Dist. Ed: web-based delivery of 13 lectures, 1 online tutorial discussion fortnightly

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Web dependent - I,L,N,W
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
   Flexible scheduling - H,I,L,N,W
Some classes will be held outside normal teaching hours; e.g. weekend blocks, summer schools etc
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Prereq HSG105 plus either HSG106 or HSG107

STAFF: Dr Hannah Murphy

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