Course date

14 July - 25 July, 2003
15 February, 2003
Course Director(s): 

Roger Coate

Department of Government and Sociology, Georgia College & State University/ Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina, USA

Timothy Shaw

Institute of International Relations, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Course Faculty: 

Vladislav Kravtsov

Walker Institute of International Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States of America

Maria Nzomo

University of Nairobi, Institute of Diplomacy & International Studies, Kenya

The course is organized around one of the late-twentieth century’s most challenging intellectual and practical puzzles - a puzzle that challenges the core of the interstate legal order's foundations in state sovereignty. Individuals and groups acting in the name of states and intergovernmental organizations have generally found the policy mechanisms under their control to be insufficient for responding effectively to war (internal and interstate), poverty, malnutrition, pandemic diseases, environmental degradation, resource depletion, and the multitude of other threats to human security. For their part, civic-based actors seldom possess sufficient resources, authority, or the requisite capacity for launching successful large-scale independent policy initiatives and therefore exert only meager influence on global developments.Yet building and sustaining cooperation between public and civic-based entities has proved to be an elusive objective.

The course analyzes the problem of how to overcome the constraints of sovereignty in international institutions in order to create effective partnerships with civil society and the private sector that are needed to promote democratic governance and sustainable human security.

This special five-week mixed "in-residence"/distance learning (DL) summer university course is designed to enhance the professional development of young scholars who are actively engaged in research, teaching, and/or fieldwork in international affairs and are interested in how to create and manage partnerships with diverse elements of society for promoting and sustaining democratic governance and human development and security.

It will offer participants an in-depth analysis of the forces that affect and challenges that confront global governance in the twenty-first century and various steps that might be taken to enhance the effectiveness of international institutions in responding to those challenges.

The course proposed here is designed specifically for young Ph.D.s and advanced doctoral students who possess a basic knowledge about international relations and/or multilateral affairs.