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Current Issues of International Organisations


Admission requirements

Completion of a prior bachelor level course in international politics, international law or international organizations is strongly recommanded.

Course is only available for students of the MSc Public Administration. This is a specialization seminar for students from the IEG track. To ensure quality of teaching, we limit the number of students in it to 20. Students from another track (PM or GM) who would like to take this course an an elective, please note you need to ask the lecturer per e-mail. You may be asked to take another course if the seminar is full.


This course deals with global international organizations active in maintaining peace, human rights, environment, and socio-economic progress. The focus is on UN institutions and their policy agenda as well as topical questions of international politics.

Course objectives

To better understand current global issues and the policy questions which have to be solved in the fields mentioned above.



Mode of instruction

After about six hours of lectures and discussions, as well as studying the textbook below, participants do individual research on topical questions concerning violent conflicts, peace operations, environmental issues, poverty, hunger and other pressing questions. Students write research papers and present these in class.

Assessment method

The final grade is the average of the grades for the paper, the oral presentation, and the exam.


All materials appear on Blackboard

Reading list

  • Weiss, et al, The UN and Changing World Politics, most recent edition, and materials on Blackboard, about 700 pp.


Registration for every course and exam in USIS is mandatory. For courses, registration is possible from four weeks up to three days before the start of the course.
For exams, registration is possible from four weeks up to ten days before the date of the examination.

Contact information


A maximum of 20 participants