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2022 Spring

INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - IRS101 Spring 2022


Course
Zuzana Fellegi
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The course explains history, functioning and the impact of international organisations in international relations today. It introduces main theoretical concepts which provide students with necessary knowledge in order to analyse development and activities of selected organisation such as the UN, EU, WTO, OECD, IMF, World Bank, NATO, WEU, COE. Furthermore, it examines case studies of recent international events giving the students opportunity to critically analyse concrete actions of international organisations and to understand their potentials, limits and effect on the global development.

Here is the course outline:

Course Material

Syllabus & Instructions for your presentations - pls read carefully.

Week 1 - History & Typology of IOs

Feb 8

Description: Introduction to the course, explanation and division of research projects, introduction to the history of international organizations. Reading: Gutner_5-10 Assignments: Quiz 1, Division of research and presentation topics.

Week 2 - Theories

Feb 15

Description: Introduction to main theoretical approaches to the international organizations incl. realism, liberalism, feminism and Marxism. Reading: Pease_6-12 & 41-72. Assignments: Quiz 2.

Week 3 - Int. Law, States and IGOs

Feb 22

Description: Introduction to international law, formation and recognition of states and international organizations. Reading: Cali_5-12, 100-119, 191-200. Assignments: Quiz 3, Student presentations.

Week 4 - Multinational companies & Non-profit IOs

Mar 1

Description: Introduction to international law, formation and recognition of states and international Description: MNCs and NGOs as actors in IR - their rights & duties, impact of their activities. Reading: Karns_1-41. Assignments/deadlines: Quiz 4, Student presentations.

Week 5 - the UN structure

Mar 15

Description: Main UN organs – Security Council, General Assembly, International Court of Justice - their composition, functions and interaction. Reading: Gutner_35-66. Assignments/deadlines: Quiz 5, Student presentations.

Week 6 - The UN activities

Mar 22

Description: Main UN activities and their impact incl. security, development and human rights. Reading: Pease_105-132. Assignments/deadlines: Quiz 6, Student presentations.

Week 7 - Midterm exam

Mar 25

Description: NEO online test. Reading: Readings from Week 1 to 7. Assignments/deadlines: Review all material from Week 1 to 7. The test is based on readings available on NEO and my presentations, including cases (but you do not need to know all the details of the cases - focus on general learning – the main problem and its solution). You don't have to learn exact dates or numbers, but you should have an approximate orientation. It is important to know and understand the following things about organizations: main purpose, activities, most important members, funding, main bodies, decision-making mechanism, real int. impact, problems, problem solving mechanism, possible future development, interactions with other IOs.

Midterm Break

Mar 29

Enjoy your holidays :)

Week 8 - the EU structure

Apr 5

Description: Main EU organs – European Council, European Commission, European Parliament, Court of Justice of the EU – their composition, functions and interaction. Reading: Bomberg_47-70. Assignments/deadlines: Quiz 7, Student presentations.

Week 9 - the EU policies

Apr 12

Description: Main EU activities and their impact incl. common market, agriculture, cohesion, migration, foreign policy and security. Reading: Bomberg_99-116. Assignments/deadlines: Quiz 8, Student presentations.

Week 10 - Human rights (CoE, EU, UN)

Apr 19

Description: Main human rights organizations, their composition, activities and impact. Reading: Smith_96-118. Assignments/deadlines: Quiz 9, Student presentations.

Week 11 - Security issues (ICC, NATO)

Apr 26

Description: Main security organizations, their composition, activities and impact. Reading: Pease_132-152. Assignments/deadlines: Quiz 10, Student presentations.

Week 12 - Trade issues (WTO)

May 3

Description: Main trade organization, its composition, activities and impact. Reading: Hurd_109-137. Assignments/deadlines: Quiz 11, Student presentations.

Week 13 - Monetary and development issues.(IMF, WB)

May 10

Description: Main financial organizations, their composition, activities and impact. Reading: Hurd_138-167. Assignments/deadlines: Quiz 12, Student presentations.

Week 14 - Final Exam

May 17

Description: NEO online test. Reading: All readings. Assignments/deadlines: Review material from all semester (however, the main emphasis will be on the curriculum from the second half of the semester). The test is based on readings available on NEO and my presentations, including cases (but you do not need to know all the details of the cases - focus on general learning – the main problem and its solution). You don't have to learn exact dates or numbers, but you should have an approximate orientation. It is important to know and understand the following things about organizations: main purpose, activities, most important members, funding, main bodies, decision-making mechanism, real int. impact, problems, problem solving mechanism, possible future development, interactions with other IOs.

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