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Introduction to International Organisations



International politics is increasingly being shaped by international organizations. What role do these organizations play exactly? Are they only the servants of powerful states or do they also have influence autonomous of their member states? How are global power relations reflected in international organizations? How do international organizations work and how do they differ? In this course the role and functioning of international organizations in international politics are analyzed. The focus will be on large and well-known organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) and NATO, lesser-known organizations (including regional organizations outside Europe) are also being studied.

Objectives of the course

Upon the successful completion of the course, the students should be able to:
1) Understand the history of international organizations
2) Obtaining knowledge and insight into the theory and practice of international organizations in international politics
3) Understand how the main theories of International Relations explain the emergence and work of International Organizations

Mode of Instruction

A series of lectures, which will be delivered in English.

Study material

A textbook:
Hurd, Ian. (2017) International Organizations. Politics, Law, Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (3rd edition)
Additional academic articles (link provided on blackboard)

Assessment Method

A final exam accounts for 100% of the grade.

The time and location of inspection and debriefing of the exam will be announced via Blackboard no later than the publication of the grades.


See general information on Tab 'Year 1'

Timetable - courses and exams