Spring 2021 - POL 449 D200

Selected Topics in International Relations II (4)

Global Governance, Intl. Law & Organization

Class Number: 5667

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 5:50 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    Eight upper division units in Political Science or permission of the department .



Topic:  Global Governance, International Law, and International Organization

This course explores the nature, evolution, problems, and prospects of international law and organization within the context of global governance.  The objective is to provide an in-depth understanding of the juridical, political, and normative foundations of international legal norms and rules, their patterns of institutionalization, and the subject areas covered.  We examine critically, based on theory and evidence, the role legal and institutional phenomena play in the creation and maintenance of international order, and the extent to which they provide a framework for governance, peaceful dispute resolution, and achieving cooperative solutions to international problems in a variety of issue-areas (e.g., development, trade and finance; peace and security; environmental governance, promotion of human rights, etc). The most prominent approaches to the study of global governance, international law and international organization will be examined throughout the course. Prominent cases and adjudications in international law will be also examined where necessary to acquaint students with the principles that underpin legal decisions and how those principles are interpreted.


There will be a synchronous 1 hour 30minute (90 min) seminar once a week via Zoom and asynchronous participation and discussions via canvas. 

This is a combined course with POL 842.


  • Participation in discussions 10%
  • Analytical/Critical Review Paper 35%
  • Research Proposal 10%
  • Research Essay 45%



All required readings will be available electronically on canvas.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).