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PL20721: International organisation

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 80%)
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:

* To provide students with a theoretical and empirical understanding of the structures, possibilities and limitations of formal and informal international organisation;
* to supply an overview of the major international institutions, in particular the United Nations system, regional organisations and key sectoral/thematic inter-governmental organisations, including economic institutions such as the World Bank;
* to introduce the concept of global governance in theoretical and historical perspective.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this unit will:
* acquire a good understanding of the nature of the international system, its structures, processes and main actors;
* have a good knowledge of the theoretical rationale and empirical examples of the main international organisations and their role and activities;
* have a good knowledge of the topical issues and debates in contemporary international organisation/organisations and their possible evolution;
* be able to assess critically the role and functions of key international actors and organisations in specific case studies.

Skills:
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit.

Content:
Lectures and seminars will cover the following main topics.
* International system, international organisation, cooperation and global governance: theoretical perspectives and historical evolution.
* State and non-state actors.
* The United Nations: historical overview, major organs, competences and spheres of activity. The specialised agencies. Proposals for reform.
* Regionalism and regional organisations: The European Union and the other European organisations; The Americas; Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
* Topical and new issues in international organisation/global governance: peace and security, economic and social development, human rights, the environment.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL20721 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 2)

PL20721 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics (Year 2)
  • UHES-AAB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • UHES-AKB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHES-ACB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 2)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 2)
Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 2)

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