Course date

30 June - 18 July, 2003
Application deadline:
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
Course Faculty: 

Donald Puchala

Walker Institute of international Studies, Department of Government and International Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States of America

Mihaly Simai

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Vladislav Kravtsov

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

Katie Verlin Laatikainen

Adelphi University, Political Science and International Relations, New York, United States of America

The course explores the dynamic interrelationships between the forces of globalization and governance with specific emphasis on the role of the United Nations system and the European Union. It is organized around five interrelated elements. First, "what is governance and how does governance relate to human security?" We explore the relationship between global and regional systems of governance and the creation and maintenance of democratic open societies at the local and national levels. Second, the course focuses on the evolving meanings of security. It explores the global value dialectic over peace and security and the transition from a narrow definition of security—national security and protection from physical military aggression—to the much broader concept of human security. Third, participants analyze the competing forces and tensions that underpin systems of governance and condition the authoritative allocation of human needs and values. We examine the evolving dialectics between numerous forces and tensions, such as integration and fragmentation, globalization and localization, and universalism and relativism. Fourth, participants are challenged to re-conceptualize international relations and global governance in non-state-centered terms and to explore the resulting implications for understanding the nature and roles of international institutions, such as the EU, the UN, and international financial institutions, as well as transnational civil society organizations in promoting human security. Finally, we explore the nature, plausibility, and possibility of reforms in international institutions that would be required to bring civil society and the private sector more fully and effectively into international policy processes.

This special five-week mixed "in-residence"/distance learning (DL) summer university course is designed to enhance the professional development of young scholars and other young professionals who are interested in or actively engaged in research and teaching about international relations, international institutions, and the future of global governance and human security. It will offer participants an in-depth analysis of the forces that affect and the challenges that confront governance at all levels in the twenty-first century as well as various steps that might be taken to enhance the effectiveness of international institutions and other mechanisms of global governance in responding to those challenges. The course proposed here is designed specifically for young Ph.D.s and advanced doctoral students and other professionals who possess a basic knowledge about international relations and/or multilateral affairs.