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International Cooperation and Institutions



A number of important theoretical innovations and empirical advances in international relations in recent decades have been made in the study of international cooperation and international institutions. In this seminar, students will read and critically discuss this literature while developing their own research project on a related topic of their choice.

Objective 1: To deepen students’ knowledge of advanced scholarship on the sources, dynamics and conditions of international institutions and cooperation, with applications to various regions and issue-areas.

Objective 2: To train students take a critical approach to existing scholarship and to produce their own scholarly insights into issues related to international cooperation.


As this is the principal means of e-communication in this seminar, all students are expected to sign up for the BB site for this course before the start of Blok 1 and to ensure that their BB account is linked to an email address that they check daily.

Methods of instruction

All sessions will be conducted as roundtable seminar discussions, so students are expected to complete assigned readings before class and to be prepared to make informed contributions to discussion.


Readings will be drawn from scholarly books and journal articles, most of which are available via the university library.


Grades will be based upon each student’s participation in discussions (10%), two reflection papers in block 1 (25% each), and a research paper in Block 2 (40%).