This unit provides a critical introduction to the field of global governance. It looks at the changing rules, practices and actors involved in attempting to govern world politics. The course does so through exploring the what, how, who, and why of global governance, and addresses the important question of who benefits and who loses out in global governance. After introducing you to some of the main theoretical approaches to the field, the second part of the course focuses on six areas of global governance which have been or currently are of particular concern to citizens and policymakers worldwide: humanitarian intervention, borders/migration, finance, development, and the environment. These empirical examples illustrate the theoretical perspectives explored in the first half of the course, and will allow you to better understand recent and current patterns of governance.