Time & Place: Mondays, 13:00 – 16:00, Room 2F.
Office Hours: By appointment or from 11:00 – 13:00 on Wednesdays.
This course explains and analyses the history and evolution of international organizations. It intends to deepen students` knowledge and broaden their notions of international regimes, by exploring concrete manifestations of regularized international relations within the context of international organizations. It discusses international institutions in the context of international relations’ theory and practice, whether separate from or dependent on the states and also between themselves.
The course is divided into three parts, each of which dealing with a particular aspect of international organizations. The first part is primarily historical in order to develop an evolutionary sense of international organizations. The second part is focused on specific organizations in order to illustrate the legal and political aspects of a number of IOs. The third part takes a more critical turn by focusing on alternative theoretical approaches toward IOs, as well as explore some of the “gaps” in the workings of IOs.
Upon the completion of this course, students should be able to:
The reading list (the reader) will be composed of a number of selected chapters from various textbooks. The reader will be distributed by the professor through e-mail (no purchase of reading materials is required).
The various selected chapters will be pulled out of the following books:
Dunoff, Jeffrey L., and Joel P. Trachtman, eds. Ruling The World?: Constitutionalism, international law, and global governance. Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Weiss, Thomas G. Global Governance: Why? What? Whither?. John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
Sinclair, Timothy. Global Governance. John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
Gibson, John S. International Organizations, Constitutional Law, and Human Rights. Preager Publisher, 1991.
Attendance & Punctuality: Attendance in UNYT classes is mandatory. I will keep track of your attendance and punctuality every hour of class. Absences will not be excused, since students will be allowed to miss up to 3 hours per semester without it affecting the attendance grade (so you should save these absences for unforeseen events, like illness or family emergencies). In addition, students should refrain from arriving late without prior approval from the professor (or the hour will be counted as an absence). The grades for attendance will be as follows (please note that they are for hours missed and not days):
Exams: There will be two in-class exams during the semester. The first will be the midterm exam, accounting for 40% of the final grade; and the second will be the final exam, accounting for another 45% of the final grade. The two exams will consist of open-ended questions: both, short and long questions. The midterm will consist of questions related to weeks 1 though 7 of the course; while the final exam will be cumulative and consists of all 14 weeks.
|Attendance and Participation||15%|
|*Please note that no extra credit will be given.|
Criteria: The criteria of evaluation will be based on how well the student has fulfilled the projected learning outcomes established for the course.
Each aspect of your work for the course will receive a letter grade. Each grade will be converted to a numerical value, multiplied by the appropriate percentage, and added to your other grades to arrive at a final grade.
|Letter Grade||Percent (%)||Generally Accepted Meaning|
|B+||87-89||Good work, distinctly above average|
|D+||67-69||Work that is significantly below average|
|F||0-59||Work that does not meet minimum standards for passing the course|
Conduct: Students are expected to behave in class with civility and appropriate etiquette toward professors and one another. Please set your cell phones on silent before class begins and refrain from using them until class is over.
Academic Integrity (Plagiarism): UNYT does not tolerate academic dishonesty. You have all read and signed the UNYT Student Honor Code with a detailed description of plagiarism and cheating. Those caught plagiarising (attempting to represent the work of another as their own) will fail the course. Note that plagiarism includes using phrases or sentences from a published work without putting that material in quotation marks and documenting the source.
Email Communication: It is absolutely necessary for the professor to be able to communicate with the entire class via email. In addition to the Midterm and Final, I will periodically send the class important materials or updates. This semester, I will also be sending weekly questions on the readings. It is each student’s responsibility to ensure that the professor has an up-to-date and full functioning email address. It is also up to the student to keep an eye out for such emails and read them and any attachments fully.
Support Services: As a service to its students, UNYT has created a series of support centers. For support related to study skills and time management, the Academic Support Center offers students tutoring and coaching. The Writing Center gives students feedback and help with papers and other writing assignments. If you feel that you have any exceptional learning difficulties or serious problems that interfere with your studies, you can stop by the UNYT Counseling Center. For information on any of these centers, please contact Dr. Cenko, Dr. Canollari, your academic advisor or me.
|Week||Dates||Topics and Readings|
|PART 1: IOs: WHAT ARE THEY?|
|HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
Readings: Gibson: Chapters 1-3.
| IOs: GOALS AND MEANS
Readings: Gibson: Chapters 4&5.
|PART 2: EXAMPLES|
| THE UN
Readings: Dunoff & Trachtman: Chapter 4&5.
| THE EU
Readings: Dunoff & Trachtman: Chapter 6.
| THE WTO
Readings: Dunoff & Trachtman: Chapter 7&8.
Readings: Gibson: Chapters 1-7; Dunoff & Trachtman: Chapters 4-8.
|VIII||December 2||Midterm Exam|
|PART 3: CRITICAL & ALTERNATIVE VIEWS|
Readings: Weiss: Chapters 2&3.
| GLOBAL GOVERNANCE GAPS
Readings: Weiss: Chapters 4&5.
|XI||January 6|| GLOBAL GOVERNANCE GAPS
Readings: Weiss: Chapters 6-8.
| INSTITUTIONALISM AND TRANSNATIONALISM
Readings: Sinclair: Chapter 3&4.
| COSMOPOLITANISM AND HEGEMONISM
Readings: Sinclair: Chapters 5-6.
| FINAL REVIEW
Readings: All: weeks 1 through 14.