30 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The term 'governance' has become widely used in debates in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations - often to mean very different things. In this module, students are introduced to its nature, meaning and significance. Governance's central concern is with how societies are being, and can be, steered in an increasingly complex world where states must interact with and influence other actors and institutions to achieve results. The course encourages students to understand the impact of governance and political forces such as - globalisation, europeanisation, neo-liberals reform etc - on both political power and the identity of the nation-state.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students on the following programmes: MA Politics, Governance and Public Policy - Full Time (PSP1011) MA Politics, Governance and Public Policy - Part Time (PSP1012)

Staff Contact: BACHE IAN P
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Problem solving, Independent Study, Digital Content/Guided Learning
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Politics and International Relations):

Departmental Home Page
Teaching timetable


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

URLs used in these pages are subject to year-on-year change. For this reason we recommend that you do not bookmark these pages or set them as favourites.

Teaching methods and assessment displayed on this page are indicative for 2021-22. Students will be informed by the academic department of any changes made necessary by the ongoing pandemic.

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK