GLOBAL GOVERNANCE 642/POLITICAL SCIENCE 639
GLOBAL SOCIAL GOVERNANCE
Office: HH 356
Phone: 888-4567 x.32900
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Social governance is a natural complement to economic governance and environmental governance.
There is overlap between all three; however, none of them can be adequately subsumed under
the rubric of the other two. Thus, a central challenge of global governance is to adequately addresse critical issues
such as global health governance, global poverty, and global migration governance without reducing these issues to extensions
of economic governance, environmental governance, security, or human rights.
First, the course examines questions relating to the development of global social governance -- what are the obstacles
to addressing transnational social problems on a supranational basis? What role is required of states in global social governance and what is thier motivation?
What political dynamics might give rise to further movement in the direction of global social governance?
Secondly, the course focuses on global social governance in the areas of health, migration, labour, and education in order to illustrate themese relating to global
social governance themes developed earlier in the course including 'securitization' of social issues, issue relating to the role of private actors and private authority
in social governance, and how social governance problems are ideationally constructed.
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DISTRIBUTION OF MARKS
Grading in the course is based on the principle of grading pluralism -- students are offered a wide
variety of assignment options (with some minimum parameters) from which they are expected to choose
how they intend to meet the course requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to carefully consider how
they intend to meet course requirements and to discuss their proposed grading package with the instructor. All students
must act as facilitator/rapporteurs on four class occassions (20% of final grade) and the minimum
weight of class participation is 20%. Beyond this required 40%, students may determine from a mix of options
below how they would like to comprise the final 60% of the grade. For students who complete course requirements
totalling more than 100% according the schema below, the final grade will be automatically calculated using the
weighting which produces the highest grade so long as the two mandatory components still comprise a minimum
of 40% of the course grade.
Facilitator/Rapporteur Reports (20% overall) [required]
Facilitator (5%) x 2 = 10%
Rapporteur (5%) x 2 = 10%
Major Research Paper -- 40%
Reaction Papers -- 10% each up to 5 reaction papers (50% of total grade)
Extended Book Review -- 30% each up to 2 (60% of total grade)
Thematic Literature Review -- 30% each up to 2 (60% of total grade)
Class Participation Component
20%-30% -- Weekly Seminar Participation
This is a graduate level seminar. As such, it will rely heavily on class
discussion within a broad framework provided by the instructor.
Class participation will be graded. These marks are not for
attendance but for contributing to class discussion!! Students
who attend but do not contribute will not be awarded these marks.
Students are expected to demonstrate through their class contributions
that they have completed the assigned readings for the week and have
thought about them. The partipation grading scheme is based on two premises: Marks for participation must be
earned -- starting from zero -- just as with any other assignment,
and, secondly, when you are not in class you
obviously cannot be participating.
There are two basic criteria on which class participation
will be assessed (and which will be given relatively equal weight):
-quality of contribution -- whether students demonstrate that
they have done the required readings and are familiar with them (e.g.
more than just a passing acquaintance) and whether students demonstrate that
they have thought about the readings (each week the session facilitator for that week will
provide questions for the following week to facilitate with this), and,
-regularity of contributions to
the and the degree to which students are willing and
Grades will be posted each week on ACE.
IT AIN'T ROCKET SCIENCE... (Tips to Success in Pols 639)
1.) COME TO CLASS.
2.) DO THE READINGS FOR EACH CLASS BEFORE
THAT CLASS (i.e. take participation seriously.)
- Each class represents roughly 10%
of the entire course. Missing classes will make it extremely
difficult for you to keep up with the material as well as decrease your
participation mark. Missing classes will make it harder for you
to participate in subsequent classes as well as increase the challenges
you'll face in doing the reaction papers.
3.) CHOOSE YOUR STRATEGY FOR COMPLETING
THE COURSE REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY.
- This is a must if you want to get
good participation grades. Discussions will make much more sense to
you (and you will be able to participate) if you have done the assigned
reading which is intended to provide background for the seminars.
Do not try to piggyback on the reaction papers presented at the start of class
rather than doing the readings yourself!
4.) START DOING THE RESEARCH PAPER EARLY!
- The grading scheme for the course
is specifically designed to allow students considerable latitude to
tailor course requirements to their own strengths. Carefully choose
a strategy that takes advantage of your particular strengths as a student.
Do not have an unwanted marking scheme forced on you by default by
not paying attention to how the total package will add up. Do
not rely on your participation marks unless you are prepared to do the
preparation for each class required to get good participation marks!!!
- Completing the research paper
will require you to do some serious thinking and research. Don't expect that
you will be able to do a good job of this if you try to do the assignment
the week before the assignment is due. Give yourself enough time to
think things through. The quality of the feedback you will receive from the instructor on your
research paper proposal will depend heavily on the quality of the proposal itself -- the more effort you put into the proposal, the
better the feedback you can expect to receive.