Political Science: Multi-Level Governance and Transnational Policy


Syllabus for students autumn 2018, autumn 2017

Course Code:
ST612L revision 1.2
Swedish name:
Statsvetenskap: Flernivåstyrning och transnationell policy
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Political Science
Date of ratification:
01 September 2017
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
28 August 2017
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
05 November 2015

Entry requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree within a social science field, e.g., Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Human Rights or a related major field. English B

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the main field of study Political Science at advanced level and meets the degree requirements for the degree of Master, main field of study Political Science.


The purpose of this course is to inquire into the increasingly complex ways in which power is being exercised in contemporary global politicy making.


Who makes policy and where? How does it develop and why do policy ideas spread?

These questions will be addressed by focusing on a process often conceptualised as multi-level governance and by studying the growing importance of transnational policy. Of particular importance are phenomena such as policy convergence and policy transfer and the role of international organizations and transnational networks in their actualization. The course considers theories of cross-border policy mobility and contrasts orthodox rational-actor approaches with more critical interpretations that highlight power relations and the construction of knowledge. In addition the course encourages students to recognise that their future careers may potentially involve a policy-influencing role and to think about how their current studies and knowledge operate as an ‘evidence base’ in the policy world.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On completion of the course the student shall demonstrate:

  • a thorough and well-rounded knowledge of contemporary theoretical ideas about multi-level governance and transnational policy,
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of international organisations and transnational networks in contemporary governance and policy-making, and
  • knowledge and understanding of how multi-level governance and transnational policy affect specific issue areas in global politics.
Skills and abilities
On completion of the course the student shall demonstrate an ability to:
  • an ability to engage closely with texts on a high level of theoretical complexity,
  • an ability to use theoretical concepts and analytical approaches in analyses of empirical situations.
  • an ability to extract, formulate, pursue, and communicate theoretical questions, and
Judgement and approach
On completion of the course the student shall demonstrate:
  • analyze and assess information on a scientific basis;
identify knowledge gaps and needs for further study

Learning activities

Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminars.


Students will be evaluated through a portfolio consisting of a written paper and case study reports.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

  • Harman, S. & Williams, D. (eds) 2013. Governing the World? Cases in Global Governance, Routledge.
  • Triandafyllidou, A., ed., 2017. Global Governance from regional perspectives: a critical view, Oxford Scholarship Online (e-book)
  • Additional texts of max. 500 pages

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course ceases to be available or has undergone any major changes, the students are to be offered two opportunities to retake the examination during the year following the change for re-examination, based on the syllabus which applied at registration.

Other Information

The Language of Instruction is English.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,
Ane Kirkegaard, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6657568