Governing Global Challenges

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Doel vak

Knowledge and understanding – The student has acquired knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the distinctiveness, possibilities and limitations of their own
discipline with regard to understanding complex societal challenges as
analyzed in the three thematic specializations;
(2) how and why particular global as well as national (local) societal
challenges are met with particular policy responses and what the
consequences of those policies are.

Application – The student has acquired the competences to:
(3) successfully analyze a particular policy in a relevant area in a
small (group) research project, applying conceptual tools from political
science (as learned earlier in the programme) , where appropriate,
combined with conceptual tools from other social science disciplines.

Communication – The student has acquired:
(4) enhanced skills in political science research, in particular with
respect to research methods appropriate to policy analysis;
(5) the skills to produce a well-written and well-argued joint paper on
the basis of the small research project and thus have further practiced
their research and writing skills;
(6) the competence to present their findings and isights in a group
presentation and thus have further practiced their ability to work in
group as well as their presentation skills.

Inhoud vak

This course forms the disciplinary capstone of all three thematic
specializations (in periods 4 and 5 of the second year) for Political
Science students. In the three thematic specializations, students,
drawing upon various disciplines within the social sciences, gain
insights into the societal challenges on one of three themes: 1)
globalization, in particular in relation to human security; 2) the
information age and the rise of the network society, and 3) diversity in
all its contemporary manifestations. Whichever theme is chosen, students
learn to analyze problems and to reflect on solutions, analytically as
well as normatively. In this course we focus upon the way such
“solutions” actually come to be proposed in terms of governance/ policy
proposals, at the national, the international and the global level.
Students will analyze how societal challenges, that possibly threaten
the resilience of our society, elicit various policy responses and seek
to explain those policy responses and their implications.

In political science we study how problems beyond the individual level
are collectively “managed” or “solved” (or not) and analyze the power
relations that affect these outcomes. While some policies may offer
effective solutions, others fail or indeed aggravate the perceived
problem or can even be seen as having in part created the problem in the
first place. Explaining how policy responses come about (or fail to come
about); understanding what drives these policies, what their effects are
and under what conditions they can be successful (and by which
criteria), are thus important aspects of what students learn in each of
the three themes, and of particular relevance for political science

As in the thematic modules students will learn to combine insights from
different disciplines in the social sciences in order to analyze
contemporary social problems, they will at the end of the course be able
to reflect on how the insights from other disciplines can enrich
political analysis, in particular policy analysis. Students will learn
to do so in the setting of a group project in which they have to analyze
a particular (national or transnational) policy (e.g. its formation, the
main actors involved, the main driving forces and main implications) in
an area relevant to one of the three themes (for instance research on
the governance of human security; policy responses to perceived threats
to security or to rising inequalities; public policies with respect to
the commercial, privacy or security aspects of the internet, or policies
regarding issues of diversity). In this course, students also draw both
upon the skills and insights acquired earlier in the political science
curriculum (in particular in the “Bachelor werkgroepen” in the first
year and the “Research Project Political Science” in the second year).




Written (group) assignments and oral presentations.


To be announced in the course manual (see CANVAS).


2nd year bachelor students in Political Science.

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

In this course you can not enroll yourself for the tutorials, but you will be assigned by the course coordinator. At the latest in the first week of the course you will find to which tutorial you are assigned in your personal schedule in VUnet. Note: You do have to register for the course, with the corresponding parts!

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Students are expected to follow this course first in parallel to and
then, for the final part 9 (period 6) after one of the three
interdisciplinary thematic specializations in periods 4 an 5 of the
second year.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_GGC
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4+5+6
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator N. Onopriychuk MSc
Examinator N. Onopriychuk MSc
Docenten K.E. Rinaldi Doligez
N. Onopriychuk MSc

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