Postgraduate Course: Global South Actors in International Relations and International Law, 1945-present (LAWS11482)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Major powers were often dominant in constructing modern political and legal systems. However, Global South actors have also been a powerful but underacknowledged force in shaping world affairs. The subject of the course is how Global South organisations in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia have shaped political and legal norms and institutions in human rights, peace and security, and disaster management.
The course objectives are to build knowledge of Global South contributions and to foster research, presenting, and analytical skills. By the end of the course, students will have in-depth knowledge of:
Regional norms in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia and how regional bodies shape regional legal and political norms;
The intersection of political and legal norms and their impact on governance, policy, and practice;
Theories of norm creation and dissemination and how regional actors may have influenced regional and global governance;
Areas of normative innovation by Global South actors and how these actors may have impacted policies and practice in other regions and globally.
Week 1: Theories on Global South Contributions to the Global Order
Week 2: Latin American Influence on Human Rights
Week 3: African Advocacy to use Racial Equality Norms to Influence State Behavior
Week 4: Humanitarian Intervention
Week 5: Challenges to Humanitarian Intervention
Week 6: Failed Attempts by Global South Actors to Change the International System
Week 7: Restricting Small Arms and Light Weapons
Week 8: Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Way: Crisis Diplomacy and Disaster Management
Week 9: Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Indigenous Rights
Week 10: African Union and Africa CDC Response to COVID-19
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The summative assessments will include a research plan and research paper. These are designed in line with the course objectives of building skills and knowledge. The assessments will build on each other to allow students to receive feedback throughout the course. «br /»
Research Plan (25%): Each student will be required to propose a topic and research question for a final research paper. Students will have wide scope to choose any topic related to the course and can also challenge the material of the course. The research plan is a two-page outline of the research topic and question and proposed sources and research design. Students must bring in sources beyond academic articles and present a justification for the appropriateness of using these sources for their project and their reliability.
Research Paper (75%): The research paper will be up to 4000 words. The structure of the research plan and paper is to build research and analytical skills in students. There is a focus on students ability to engage with and critique arguments and sources.
||The assessments will build on each other to allow students to receive feedback throughout the course.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Regional norms in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia and how regional bodies shape regional legal and political norms;
- The intersection of political and legal norms and their impact on governance, policy, and practice;
- Theories of norm creation and dissemination and analyse how regional actors influence regional and global governance;
- Areas of normative innovation by Global South actors and assess how this has impacted policies and practice in other regions and globally.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will develop the necessary skills to:
1. Demonstrate critical analytical ability and independence;
2. Assess the credibility of sources of information;
3. Understand debates from multiple perspectives whilst forming their own arguments based on evidence.
4. Prioritise and manage their time by working independently in order to prepare for class, including reading required texts and undertaking research;
5. Engage in respectful discussion and debate during class;
6. Collaborate with colleagues by working in small groups to prepare a summative assessment presentation.
|Course organiser||Dr Kathryn Nash
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
|Course secretary||Miss Lauren Ayre
Tel: (0131 6)50 2010