POLIS 2010 - Non State Actors and Transnational Politics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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The central objective of this course is to explore the role of non state actors in shaping the institutions and processes of global politics and governance. The focus is on theoretical work and empirical studies that comprehend and analyse global processes beyond the traditional state-centred understanding of the international order. We are concerned in exploring the way in which non state actors are reconfiguring the relationship between `private and public? that have been prevalent in international and domestic public law and institutions. Our analysis will examine the relationship between states, social movements, and the construction of new regulatory global institutions. We focus on a number of issues and actors which could include social movements, certification organisation such as fair trade, standards organisations, movements struggling for water and land resources, terrorist movements and transnational corporations. The distinctive emphasis of this course is on how non state actors shape new terrains and practices of governance both inside and outside of the national state.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code POLIS 2010
    Course Non State Actors and Transnational Politics
    Coordinating Unit Politics and International Relations
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Assessment Workshop participation 10%, Research proposal 50%, Group work 15%, Exam 25%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Alexander Davis

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

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    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Deborah Avant et al (2015)  - Who Governs the globe. Cambridge University Press.  

    Cerny, P. (2010) Rethinking World Politics: A Theory of Transnational Neo-pluralism. Oxford: Oxford University Press
    Online Learning
    Web souces - use the web sites of internatonal organisatons 

    Web sources - use of the web site of key non state actors

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    On-line Lecturesplus problem solving workshops

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    1. Workshop: Participation and group work; Group report will be worth 10%

    2. Research Proposal: Due to be submitted electronically on 28th of May (End of Week 10)
    This is worth 50%

    3. Exam: Take home exam- online submission( End of Week 12 )

    This is worth 30%
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail
    Workshop and group report 

    Workshop  participation assesses capacity for effective participation in smaill groups with a grup report to be complied by a group of 5 students. 

    2. Research Proposal Exercise (3,000 words, worth 50%)
    Students are required to write a research proposal based on the topics studied. It is essential to read widely beyond the reading provided in this course outline. Be ambitious in your choice of research project! Organise the essay under the following headings.
    • Research Question
    Provide a concise statement of the central question, puzzle, or hypothesis, which you intend to test of analyse in your project. What is it that you expect to answer or reveal at the end of your project? You should also provide a statement of about 300 words that provides a succinct summary of the research problem.
    • Significance
    What is the significance of your research question for the study of Global Governance and Regulation? What makes this question or your identified problem important and what is original about the projected work?
    • Relevant Literature
    What is the current state of research in relation to your research problem and/or hypothesis? In what ways are you building and advancing beyond the current research? You are required to demonstrate how and why the existing literature fails to adequately deal with your identified research problem? This section should make clear how the literature you have identified relates to your research problem.This should be the main core of the research project.
    • Approach and Method
    How do you propose to approach the testing of your hypothesis or the investigation of your research problem? I am not looking for an elaboration of techniques or methods but an understanding of how you would go about exploring a potential research area. For example, are you planning to use a case study if so how will the case study be selected? (This need not be more than 1000 words)
    The research proposal paper not to exceed 3500words

    This paper should be saved as a PDF and submitted electronically through TurnItIn on MyUni.


    There will be a take home test ( via turnitin ) where you will have to answer 2 essay question from a list of about 8 questions.

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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