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International Administration


Admission requirements

Target groups - Bachelor 2 students in Public Administration

Minor and exchange students should register for a different version of this course, entitled ‘International Administration (Minor/Exchange)’.There are different work groups organized for minor, exchange and elective students


From climate change to epidemics to migration, many of the most pressing political problems of our time are transnational in character. Yet, political structures are still predominantly national, making it difficult to address cross-border issues in an adequate way. International organizations play an important role in filling this gap. This course introduces students to the wide range of organizations engaged in international governance, from global forums like the United Nations (UN) and regional organizations like the European Union (EU) to economic institutions such as the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and non-state actors like Amnesty International and Apple Inc.

In the course, we survey the different types of international cooperation and discuss how international organizations vary in their power and capacity to address transnational policy issues. The course approaches these issues from a public administration perspective: International organizations are analyzed not only as players on the international arena, but also as bureaucratic organizations in their own right. The course applies familiar issues and concepts from public administration to the study of these international organizations, highlighting the similarities and differences between national and international bureaucracies.

The lectures combine the discussion of central issues in international administration with an application of these issues to real-world cases.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the main features of important international organizations.

  • Discuss the ability of international organizations to address transnational policy issues.

  • Explain and illustrate public administration perspectives on international organizations.


On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website and timetables, uSis and Blackboard. Timetable

Mode of instruction

This course consists of lectures, working groups and self-study.

Course Load

Total course load: 140 hours
Of which:
Lectures: 7 × 2 hours = 14 hours
Working groups: 7 × 2 hours = 14 hours
Self-study: 107 hours

Assessment method

  • Short paper written in the context of the working group (40 % of final grade).

  • A final written exam with open-ended descriptive questions and essay questions (60 % of final grade).

You can find more information about assessments and the timetable exams on the website.
Details for submitting papers (deadlines) are posted on Blackboard.
On the Public Administration front page of the E-guide you will find links to the website, uSis and Blackboard.

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and earned a mark between 3 and 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners.

Resit written exam
Students that want to take part in a resit for a written exam, are required to register via uSis. Use the activity number that can be found on the ‘timetable exams’.



Reading list

  • Textbook: Karns, M., K. Mingst and K. Stiles (2015). International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance. Third edition. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

  • Plus articles to be announced (see Blackboard).


The Faculty requests students to register for every course in uSis and Blackboard. Register for every course and workgroup via uSis. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results. Registration in uSis is possible from four weeks before the start of the course. Also register for every course in Blackboard. Important information about the course is posted here.


Dr. J. Christensen


NB: Minor and exchange students should register for a different version of this course, entitled ‘International Administration (Minor/Exchange)’.