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Global Governance, Security and Economy (SWM612)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit examines architectures, processes and issues in contemporary global affairs. Dynamics explored include: global governance; globalised economic activity; shifting concepts of security and cooperation; ethics, justice and rights in world politics; the changing nature of conflict and the viability of peace; and regimes of movement. It equips students with the analytical capacity essential for comprehending the key structural and political factors shaping how the architecture of global governance is being reformed in the early 21st century.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of key governance practices, processes and dynamics in global governance
2. Develop skills in performing both secondary and primary research in the field of international affairs, and be able to communicate this research in a range of formats (oral and written, academic and practical)
3. Communicate their understanding of contemporary international security and economic issues in a critical and clear manner through both written assignments and participation in seminars and workshops
Timetabled Learning Activities SEMINAR 1 X 7 HOURS FOR 4 WEEKS (28 HOURS CONTACT TIME)
Unit Learning Experiences This is a blended learning unit. Students must complete set readings, and listen to online academic-led material, each week. These online lectures will introduce students to key concepts, issues and debates in global governance and become familiar with key literatures in this field. After they have listened to each component, students are required to complete online quizzes. Once these tasks are completed, students attend a weekly three-hour session (for four weeks overall) with academic staff and fellow students, where they build on, and extend, their knowledge and understanding of the issues through a range of discussion-based in class-activities. One of these activities is a student presentation on the policy report they are researching as the major assessment for the unit. This assists students in preparing this written assessment, enables feedback from both academic staff and their peers, and helps students to develop their oral communication skills. These activities will moreover be complemented by self-directed learning in the form of a workbook and policy report, in which students can develop their research, critical analysis and writing skills. Due to intensive mode offering students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to the commencement date of the teaching period.
Assessment The units consist of three assessment tasks. These include a 5,000 word policy report (50%), a 10-minute oral presentation on their working policy report (10%) and a critical analysis workbook (40%). The policy report allows students to analyse a contemporary global governance issue, and demonstrate their research, writing and argumentation skills. The oral presentation assists students in preparing their policy report, and developing their oral presentation skills. The workbook assists students in critically analysing source material.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level course.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed SWM632 International Political Economy may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Development Studies (MDS)
Master of Food Security
Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of International Affairs and Security (MIAS)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Victoria Mason
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7518
e: V.Mason@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.015 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Victoria Mason
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7518
e: V.Mason@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.3.015 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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