Global governance is a complex and dynamic process through which public, private, and civil society actors having different, and sometimes conflicting, interests and perspectives seek to address common issues and problems. This intensive program critically examines contemporary global governance structures and efforts with a particular focus on achieving economic development that is environmentally sound and socially inclusive. Students gain an in-depth understanding of the many different roles that states, inter-governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations play in global governance in the early parts of the 21st century.

Required Course

All students enroll in one required course. The course carries four Boston University credits.

  • CAS IR 421/GRS IR 621 Global Governance, Economic Development, and Human Rights (4 credits)
    • Formerly CAS IP 502
    • Examines the roles of international “governing” institutions (the UN, NGOs, etc.) in the development of lower-income countries and the integration of human rights policies into such activities. Includes guest speakers from global organizations such as the WHO and the UN.
    • Syllabus

*Please note that this syllabus is only a draft and may be subject to change.

Program Residence

  • Double or triple rooms with shared bathrooms.
  • Shared, fully equipped kitchen.
  • No dining hall; however, continental breakfast provided during weekdays.
  • Laundry in BU residence.
  • Common study and recreational space at BU residence.
  • Summer Term: Early June to early July
  • Summer Term: March 1