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IR4559 Dilemmas of International Governance: Conflict and Human Rights

SCOTCAT credits:30
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:3.00 pm Tue

This module focuses on recent attempts to create institutions - norms, rules, and organisations - aimed at addressing matters of pressing global concern. It is concerned with the practical policy challenges of contemporary governance: what should be done to reduce violence and promote peace, justice, and human rights, and how can these goals be achieved in a world of finite resources and competing interests? The module begins by introducing the range of actors in global governance, including states, intergovernmental organisations, bureaucracies, judges, and nongovernmental organisations. We then reflect on major theoretical approaches concerning the origins and efficacy of global institutions, asking 'when do institutions matter, and how?' The second half of the module applies these analytic lenses to key case studies including disarmament, humanitarian intervention, the International Criminal Court, and the human rights regime.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for International Relations and BA (Intl Hons) International Relations

UG Pre-requisite(s):IR2005 and IR2006
UG Anti-requisite(s):IR4514

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 1-hour lecture (x 11 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 21
  • Guided independent study: 279

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 50%
UG As used by St Andrews:3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr A Bower
Module teaching staff:Dr A Bower