International Organisations (GOVT2226)


International Organisations is a survey of both the range of institutions created in response to various economic, security and environmental challenges faced by states and other actors in the global system, and some of the most prominent theories aimed at explaining them. The unit will be arranged around a series of case studies of particular issue areas, from international peacekeeping, to the regulation of multinational corporations, and the struggle to slow global warming. More broadly, the unit will question whether international organisations are instruments of or rivals to sovereign states, and whether they reflect the hegemony of the West, solutions to international collective problems, or agents of new transnational communities.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x700wd Short paper (15%), 1x1800wd Essay (40%), 1x1.5hr Exam (30%), Tutorial participation (15%)

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations



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