Introduction to International Organizations

Course NameIntroduction to International Organizations
Course CodeIRS101
DescriptionThe world faces increasingly complex global problems including ongoing armed conflicts, humanitarian crises, economic inequality and instability. The aim of this course is to explore different ways how to prevent and solve such problems through working towards the world order – a system for controlling world events that aims to install political and economic stability and social justice; including the world government, regional integration and expansion of international norms and institutions such as the UN, EU, CoE, WB, IMF, NATO, etc. The course introduces main international actors and explains their interaction and impact on the field of security, trade, development, monetary and environmental issues and human rights. The classes will be interactive and all concepts and terms will be explained on concrete examples. Each class will be supplemented by case studies of recent international events giving the students opportunity to critically analyse concrete actions of international actors and to understand their potentials, limits and effect on global development.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Assess current international political, economic and social situations and the most pertinent problems;
– Think critically and provide possible solutions for present problems;
– Analyse activities and legal acts of international actors in the field of security, trade, development, environment, and human rights;
– Evaluate effectiveness of national and international law and different dispute settlement mechanisms;
– Analyze legislation, cases, media reports and opinions to advocate possible law reforms;
– Select and organize relevant legal information from a variety of sources in order to evaluate and present this information from different perspectives;
– Discuss the possibilities of further development of international actors and relations in the context of globalisation;
– Discuss the possibilities of further development and the impact of international organisations in the context of changing international relations.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS