Course Global Governance and Development

Course Code: RDS 754                                         Credit Hours: 3

Semester: First                                             Teaching Hours: 48

Level: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Course Objectives

This paper introduces both critical reading of classical and alternative theories of development. It also brings to the fore the challenges these theories have faced from different quarters such as the post-development and anti-globalization approaches. The paper scrutinizes debates on substantive topics in the theoretical interpretations of development and underdevelopment including the governance and development to shaping the knowledge on local governance.

Course Outlines                                                        LH

Unit I: Practice of Diplomacy                                            9

  1. International Relations: One World, Many Theories
  2. Diplomatic Concept and Theories
  3. Diplomatic Institutions
  4. Diplomatic Relations
  5. Types of Diplomatic Engagement

Unit II: Global Governance in the World System                   15

  1. Theoretical Concept of Global Governance
  2. UN System
  3. Regional Governance
  4. International Law, Regimes and Institutions
  5. Non-State Actors

Unit III: Issues of Global Governance                                   12

  1. Peace and Security
  2. Human Rights
  3. Population and Development
  4. Refugees and Migrations
  5. The Global Environment

Unit IV: Governance and Development                                  12

  1. Various Indicators and explanations on Governance
  2. Local Governance in Developing Countries
  3. Local Governance Practices in Nepal
  4. Functions of Local, Province and Federal Government in Nepal
  5. Opportunities and Challenges of Local Governance in the Federal Context of Nepal


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