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International and Regional Governance (Advanced Study Seminar)

International and Regional Governance (Advanced Study Seminar)
Master programme in
Global Studies * / International Development Studies * / International Public Administration and Politics * / Politics and Administration * / Public Administration * / Global and Development Studies / International Politics and Governance / Public Administration
Type of activity


Teaching language
Study regulation

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Responsible for the activity
Michael Friederich Kluth (kluth@ruc.dk)
Kennet Lynggaard (kennetl@ruc.dk)
Gorm Rye Olsen (gormrye@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Laust Schouenborg (lausts@ruc.dk)
Study administration
ISE Registration & Exams (ise-exams@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
Overall objective

A specialisation course aims to allow students to immerse themselves in the theories/theory lines and empirical issues pertaining to a particular subject area. The course equips students to competently select and argue for the applicability and relevance of a theory/theory line to given issues. The courses offered are based on the Institute's research in the field and knowledge of the highest international standard. The specific subject area of the courses will be described in the activity description.

Advanced Study Seminars offers students insight for instance into how international politics impacts governance, how governance impacts politics, and what this means for the ability of international institutions, governments, and other organizations to help address current issues such as climate, environment, security, digitalization, and public health.

Detailed description of content

International politics has traditionally been analysed from inter-state perspectives. Since international organisations emerged, these have become important tools of great powers, arenas for state actors to cooperate, and even norm-generating agencies that can change states’ behaviour. These institutions also exist at regional level, most prominently in Europe. In this course we focus particularly on the EU’s (European Union) external relations and the interconnections with other world regions, and regional and global institutions. These constitute a crucial element to supplement the study of inter-regionalism and multilateralism. International politics and multilevel governance require a multi-layered toolset for which regional and inter-regional settings are essential as competences in important policy areas have often moved either upwards (to a supranational region) or downwards (to a subnational group) or are part of shared competences that may be difficult to identify from the outside. Key course topics include ‘the EU in international politics’, EU’s relationship with the near abroad and with other regions of the world. Also, the course looks into how the EU and other actors work with transnational non-state actors and major states globally.

Course material and Reading list

See moodle.

Overall plan and expected work effort

The course consists of lectures, but students are expected to actively participate by asking questions and contribute to class discussions


As part of the course, the student is expected to prepare for classes by reading assigned texts for the given session. Teachers in turn pledge to make use of the students' preparation in the teaching.

The course is 10 ECTS, so approximately total 275 hours. Weekly estimated workload is approximately 17 hours (2 hours of presence and 15 hours preparation) for the 13 weeks of classes (17*13=221 hours).

Expect around 50 hours of preparation for the exam

Evaluation and feedback

The activity are evaluated regularly regarding the study board evaluation procedure. The activity responsible will be orientated about a potential evaluation of the activity at semesterstart. Se link to the study board evaluation praxis here https://intra.ruc.dk/nc/for-ansatte/organisering/raadnaevn- og-udvalg/oversigt-over-studienaevn/studienaevn-for-internationale-studier/arbejdet-medkvalitet- i-uddannelserne/


Sessions (provisional):

Interregionalism, multilateralism and EU external Governance [focus on key course concepts & topics; Hierarchical governance; network governance; market]

Block I: The EU in international politics

EU, EU Member States and the UN

EU as a Global Climate Leader?

EU and transnational non-state actors [Multinational Companies, Big Tech, terrorist groups (Association of the) Overseas Countries and Territories; paradiplomacy (Adler-Nissen)]

Block II: EU and the Near Abroad

Regional Security Governance in Europe [EU, NATO, OSCE]

EU and Russia: conflicts and interdependencies

EU- the Middle east

Block III: EU and the (not so) far abroad

EU and WTO [concepts: EU market powers; two-level game]

EU-US: Security, trade and values

EU-Africa: Security, trade and aid

EU-Latin America

EU-Asia [ASEAN, India, China]

Overall learning outcomes

  • Be able to explain and evaluate, using relevant terminology, the advantages and disadvantages of various theories/theory lines within the aspect of a subject area that is dealt with in the specialisation course

  • Be able to confidently and independently evaluate, select and apply relevant theories in relation to an issue

  • Be able to reflect critically on the relevance of the topic to the subject matter of the course

  • Carry out analyses on a scientific basis and deal in a creative and solution-oriented manner with central issues within the course theme

  • Communicate knowledge in language that is technically precise, well-structured and well-argued.

Form of examination
Individual oral exam based on a written product.

The character limit of the written product is 2,400-3,600 characters, including spaces.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.

Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment: 25 minutes.
The assessment is an overall assessment of the written product(s) and the subsequent oral examination.

Permitted support and preparation materials for the oral exam: Course material and own notes.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor.
Form of Re-examination
Samme som ordinær eksamen / same form as ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Explain core terminology and theories from regional and European governance.

Ability to understand how regional and international governance institutions/organizations impact the world.

Describe trends in international, regional and multilevel governance approaches and relate them to core terminology and theories from the three mandatory courses.

Analyze the political dynamics of contemporary governance opportunities and challenges.

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60384
Last changed 26/04/2023

lecture list:

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Friday 15-09-2023 08:15 - 15-09-2023 10:00 in week 37
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 22-09-2023 08:15 - 22-09-2023 10:00 in week 38
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 29-09-2023 08:15 - 29-09-2023 10:00 in week 39
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 06-10-2023 08:15 - 06-10-2023 10:00 in week 40
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 13-10-2023 08:15 - 13-10-2023 10:00 in week 41
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 20-10-2023 08:15 - 20-10-2023 10:00 in week 42
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 27-10-2023 08:15 - 27-10-2023 10:00 in week 43
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 03-11-2023 08:15 - 03-11-2023 10:00 in week 44
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 10-11-2023 08:15 - 10-11-2023 10:00 in week 45
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 17-11-2023 08:15 - 17-11-2023 10:00 in week 46
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 01-12-2023 08:15 - 01-12-2023 10:00 in week 48
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 08-12-2023 08:15 - 08-12-2023 10:00 in week 49
International and Regional Governance (GDS, IPG, PF)

Friday 05-01-2024 10:00 - 05-01-2024 10:00 in week 01
International and Regional Governance - hand-in, exam

Thursday 11-01-2024 08:15 - Friday 12-01-2024 18:00 in week 02
International and Regional Governance - oral exam

Thursday 15-02-2024 10:00 - 15-02-2024 10:00 in week 07
International and Regional Governance - hand-in, reexam

Thursday 22-02-2024 08:15 - 22-02-2024 18:00 in week 08
International and Regional Governance - oral reexam