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Current Issues of International Organisations


Admission requirements

This course is open to all students who are enrolled in the Master Public Administration (max 30). Completion of a prior bachelor level course in international politics, international law or international organizations is strongly recommended.


This course deals with global and regional organizations that are active in maintaining peace and security, and protecting human rights and the environment. The focus is on UN institutions and their policy agenda. UN-led peace operations around the globe, the developments in Eastern Europe, Africa and in the turbulent Eastern Mediterranean region as well as the global financial system are among the topics of this course.

Course objectives

1) To understand how international organizations deal with a crisis/conflict at a local, national and international level
2) To understand internal and external impediments in dealing with global issues
3) To evaluate the effectiveness of international organizations.
4) To identify solutions in tackling international problems


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

Mode of instruction

After about six hours of lectures and discussions, as well as studying the textbook, 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.

Course Load

140 hours total.
Lectures (partly in seminar format, including presentations): 7x 3 hours.
Self-study: 119 hours (including reading / research for paper)

Assessment method

The final grade is the weighted average of:

Written exam: 34%
Individual paper: 33% (Deadline May 28.5.2018)/ (Re-take: June 25.6.2018)
Individual presentation: 33% (Arranged upon discussion with the instructors)

Students will be permitted to resit an examination if they have taken the first sit and have a mark lower than 5.5 or with permission of the Board of Examiners. Same applies for the individual presentation as well as the individual paper.


The Blackboard page will be available at the latest 2 weeks before the start of the course. All course materials will be communicated through blackboard.

Reading list

Weiss Th, Forsythe D., Coate R., Pease K.K (8th ed. 2016) The United Nations and Changing World Politics, Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, and other materials handed out during the course.


Use both uSis and Blackboard to register for every course.

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 there.


Vasileios P. Karakasis


If a student misses more than two classes, he/she will not be able to attend the written exam and receive a final grade.