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Multilateral Institutions




Admissions requirements

Introduction to International Relations & Diplomacy and a 200-level course from the “IR and Diplomacy” track of the Major.


This course explores the origins and role of international and multilateral institutions in contemporary world politics, their functioning and their institutional framework. It examines how norms, rules and multilateral institutions at the regional and supranational level affect relations between states, contacts across state borders, and global governance, and vice-versa. In particular, it discusses why and how states and other transnational actors seek to organize world politics, under what conditions particular forms of multilateral institutions (formal and informal) are most likely to emerge, and how effective they are in the management of economic, security, humanitarian and environmental challenges.

Course objectives

After successful completion of this course, students are able to:

  • describe and evaluate both the usefulness and the limitations of theoretical approaches in their analysis of how multilateral institutions function in practice

  • analyse/examine/critically review the different roles played by multilateral institutions in the realms of peace, security, development and diplomacy

  • distinguish between different forms of multilateral organisations

  • apply disciplinary concepts on conflict, peace, security and development to a specific region

  • find, evaluate and critically read relevant academic literature and other information

  • report on findings orally and in writing using the appropriate formats


Once available, timetables will be published in the e-Prospectus.


An essay 40%;
Participation (15%);
A group presentation (15%);
A response paper (30%).


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Each seminar has a selection of compulsory literature that must be read before the seminar it is assigned for. The selection of articles and chapters is deliberately chosen to provide a comprehensive and multi-faceted overview of the topic, and must therefore be read in its entirety. Students are encouraged to discuss the articles also with their fellow students, either in person or via Blackboard.

As this is a course focused on current events, the instructor also reserves the right to alter or add to the readings in order to be able to use present-day examples in the discussions of the weekly topics. These readings will be handed out in class or posted on Blackboard.


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


Prof.dr. M. Kinacioglu