The course combines theoretical and practical parts. It starts with examination of the major concepts and theories of Global governance, developed mainly after the end of the Cold War, and also analyzed the concept and idea of Global Governance through the prism of classic theories of International Relations and traditional theoretical concepts of international order and regulation. A detailed study of Global Governance developed by one of its main classics – James Rosenau – is provided. Classifications of types, structures and missions of Global Governance are explored.
The practical part of the course explores the cooperative modalities among states and other international actors aimed at collective management of global and transnational threats and challenges. The major focus is global security governance (global governance of the use of force, collective management of proliferation of WMD, transnational terrorism, state failure, etc.). The course also analyses obstacles to effective global governance in the international security area and explores the ways for their minimization. A study of International institutions performance and introduction to the theory of Liberal Institutionalism is provided.
The course ends with analyzing the role, place and approaches of two important international players to Global Governance – Russia and the United States.