School: School of Government
International Development Department

Modular value: 20 credits

Lecturer: Simon Delay

Governance is implicitly and explicitly at the centre of many development debates.  This module explores what governance is and reviews the debates surrounding governance in the development sector.  Topics covered include: the principles of governance/good governance; the role of the state, civil society and the private sector in governance; the dynamics of relationships between state and non-state actors in different contexts; democracy and democratisation; human rights and access to justice; corruption and accountability; and institutions of global governance.

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the principles and dimensions of governance/good governance, and discuss the challenges of putting them into practice
  • Understand and apply key concepts of public accountability, democracy, human rights, and access to justice, and how they work in practice in different contexts
  • Critically analyse the roles and dynamics of relationships between state, citizens and other institutions in the governance process in different contexts
  • Develop strong critical and analytical skills for application in a variety of contexts
  • Assimilate and synthesise information from a variety of sources and organise them in a coherent manner into answers, reports/essays


This will be by two 3,000 word assignments.

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The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.