Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 207 International Organizations Undergraduate 2 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 1 0 English

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Anadin Hebib, Expert Anadin Hebib Anadin Hebib, Expert
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This Course is about International Organisations, their typology and evolution in relation to the development in the International System. The Course shall touch upon both inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, their historical origins, ostensible functions and the international and domestic political forces that impact their operations and effectiveness. We shall also examine how International Organizations are used at various levels of governance in the international system to resolve international concerns; the problems of cooperation in the international system and how institutions are designed to overcome such problems; and what role do International Organizations play in global politics; development and nature of the principles, structures and legal and decision-making processes in several such organizations, their changing role and impact in world politics. Although there is no central authority above the that of individual states, state’s behaviour is nonetheless influenced by norms, laws and international institutions that those very states create for themselves. Yet, many scholars disagree over the real importance of international rules and institutions and the degree of order they bring to the society of states. The Course shall examine the ways in which states have brought order and organization to their international conduct. Parallel with the discussions of these themes, we shall pay a special attention on some of the most important and influential international organizations, such are the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, NATO, European Union, etc. Some of them are general purpose formal organizations (UN), some more specialized (NATO, WTO), created by states, but some are creations of private actors (non-governmental organizations Greenpeace, Human Rights Watch) but designed to serve the global public good

-To examine the role of International Organizations in the global arena
-Become familiar with the major events that shape(d) International Organizations and the global arena
-Discuss the major theoretical principles and concepts used to study International Organizations
-Understand and appreciate possibilities and constraints in the work of some International Organizations.

  1. Course Introduction - Introduction to International Organizations - History of International Organizations - Intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations
  2. Theories about International Organizations : Liberalism - Realism - Constructivism - IR Theory and Global Governance - Global Governance and History
  3. The State System and its weaknesses : Why states act through formal International Organizations - The False Promise of International Institutions - The Problem of Cooperation under Anarchy
  4. United Nations - The UN Charter and Key Principles - General Assembly, Security Council, - World Politics and the Evolution of the United Nations - Structural Reform of the Security Council - Mock Session of the UNSC
  5. United Nations : The Responsibility to Protect and the Problem of Military Intervention - Are UN mechanisms adequate to achieve the mission? - Why the Security Council Failed? - The NATO bombing of Serbia
  6. REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - NATO : Brief history of NATO Structure, activities and impact of NATO - NATO in the post-Cold War era - NATO and UN
  7. European Union - History of the European Community - European Union - European Commission - European Parliament - European Council - Expansion of EU
  8. Midterm
  9. Structure, activities and impact of OSCE missions - ASEAN - SCO - CIS - The League of Arab States
  10. Bretton Woods Institutions - World Bank - International Monetary Fund - World Trade Organization - Global Agreement on Trade Tariffs (GATT) - Transnational companies as political actors

  1. Non-State Actors  The Range of Non-State Actors - NGOs : Multinational Corporations - Explaining the Accelerated Growth of Non- State Actors’ Participation - NGO Influence and its Limits - NGOs and the UN system in complex humanitarian emergencies: Conflict or Cooperation
  2. International Organizations and the Future - Thinking about the future of the UN System - Reforming the UN: lessons from a history of progress - Challenges for the Future
  3. The Roles of States in Global Governance - The Key Role of the United States - Other powerful states
  4. The Need for Global Governance - International response to global problems - Understanding global conflict and cooperation - Final considerations and summary of the Course
  5. Presentations


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)125
    Term Paper115
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • After successful completion of the course student should be able to: • Define typology of International Organizations and understand their roles and place in the International System, within their ever-increasing variety
    • Evaluate the evolution of International Organizations in relation to the developments in the international system
    • Show familiarity with a wide range of substantive issues in international organizations
    • Develop theoretical understanding of international organizations and the global problems they attempt to address.
    • Analyze history of International Organizations; profiles of International Organizations; theories of International Relations and International Organization
    • Understand the basic functioning and role of the most important International Organizations in contemporary international affairs
    • Compare the development and nature of the principles, structures, and legal and decision- making processes in several such organizations
    • Articulate the leading explanations within political science and theory for why IOs exist, controversies surrounding IOs in the context of international relations theory
    • Margaret P. Karns and Karen A. Mingst, International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance (Boulder: Lynne Reinner, 2015)

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0