• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Dongwook Kim
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. understand different theories of international organisations;
  2. analyse strengths and weaknesses of different international organisations;
  3. apply theories of international organisation to specific case studies;
  4. write critically about research; and
  5. relate issues and processes to current affairs and present-day issues of significance.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Two brief memos (approximately 500 words each) (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Policy memorandum (approximately 3000 to 3500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Midterm exam (2 hours) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Final exam (2 hours) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed POLS1005 or POLS1006.

Prescribed Texts

Ian Hurd, International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice, Third Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Assumed Knowledge

Familiarity with basic concepts and theories in international relations.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2708 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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