- Code POLS2133
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, International Affairs
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Jana von Stein
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course examines the nature and place of international organisations in world politics. It explores why governments create international organisations, how the latter operate, and what role they play in contemporary international affairs. The course begins with a survey of different theoretical approaches to understanding and explaining international organisations. We then investigate a series of institutional groupings such as the United Nations system, economic organisations, security, development, and the environment. Throughout, the course considers how new configurations of global power are changing the landscape of international organisations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand different theories of international organisations;
- analyse strengths and weaknesses of different international organisations;
- apply theories of international organisation to specific case studies;
- write critically about research; and
- relate issues and processes to current affairs and present-day issues of significance.
- Two brief memos (approximately 500 words each) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Policy memorandum (approximately 3000 to 3500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Midterm exam (2 hours) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Final exam (2 hours) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsIan Hurd, International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice, Third Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).
Assumed KnowledgeFamiliarity with basic concepts and theories in international relations.
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