Curricular Unit:Code:
International Organizations: Security, Humanitarian Action and Development1143OISA
1MasterHumanitarian Action, Cooperation and Development6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Winter SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
- To provide an overview on IO/NGO, their relation with IR and in particular with humanitarian action at a level of complexity beyond first cycle.
- To enable students to build a critical view on IO/NGO, past, present and future.
- To promote skills that will qualify the students for professional activities within IO/NGO.
- To develop academic and applied research competencies.
The students thus need to acquire:
- Instrumental competencies (analysis-synthesis; oral and written communication; information management; problem resolution)
- Interpersonal competencies (criticism and self-criticism; work in an international environment; ethical commitment)
- Systemic competencies (applied knowledge to practical situations; research; autonomous work)
Unit I: International Organisations
1. International Organisations and global governance
2. International Organisations: history; typologies
3. International Organisations: theoretical approaches
Unit II: Main international organisations: security, humanitarian aid and cooperation for development
4. The United Nations (UN) and the UN system
5. Specialized agencies and organisations related with the UN
6. Regional organisations and supranational regionalism
7. Case studies
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
Knowledge and critical awareness on IO develop theoretical and practical skills:
- for the practitioner of humanitarian action;
- for theoretical or applied research in this academic area.
Case studies:
- enable the analysis of concrete situations;
- stimulate a problem-solving approach.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Lectures and tutorials associated with readings and exercises.
Oral presentations and debates.
Formative assessment exercises.
- Written test – 50%;
- Thematic Paper (written + oral presentation) case study – 40%
- Participation and work development – 10%.
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
The methodology adopted aims at providing the students with relevant theoretical information and discussion materials, so as to foster their interest for the topic and to develop their knowledge within the specialised pattern of 2nd cycle studies. The analysis of policies and of case studies, together with the production of written materials and oral presentations and discussions aim at fostering the professional qualification of the students for working with humanitarian aid and international cooperation. Autonomous research exercises aim at developing students’ research skills. The diversified assessment elements aim at producing reliable indicators of learning outcomes.
1 Bandeira, F. et al. (orgs.) (2020). Leituras em Ação Humanitária e Cooperação para o Desenvolvimento. Porto: Ed. UFP1
2 Campos, J.M. (coord.) (2019). Organizações internacionais. Coimbra: Almedina
3 Cosgrove, S. & Curtis, B. (2018) Understanding Global Poverty. London: Routledge
4 Hough, P. et al. (2021) International Security Studies. Theory and Practice. 2nd ed. London: Routledge
4 Hurd, I. (2020) International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice. 4th ed. Cambridge: CUP
6 Mac Ginty, R. & Peterson, J. (2019) The Routledge Companion to Humanitarian Action. London: Routledge
7 Weiss, T. Wilkinson, R. (eds.) (2018) International Organization and Global Governance. 2nd ed. London: Routledge
8 Weiss, T. & Daws, S. (eds.) (2008). The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations. Oxford: OUP
Lecturer (* Responsible):
Claudia Ramos (