Curricular Unit:Code:
International Organizations777OINT
2UndergraduatePolitical Science and International Relations6 ects
Learning Period:Language of Instruction:Total Hours:
Spring SemesterPortuguese/English78
Learning Outcomes of the Curricular Unit:
The aim of this unit is to transmit the main elements on the structure and functions of inter-governmental international organizations, as well as on their role in international cooperation ad politics. At the end of the semester, students should be able to formulate a critical analysis in identifying the main international organizations, according to their nature and relevance in the international system. They should also understand the processes of change of these organizations and the way their face constant challenges in the international order.
1. International organisations, international cooperation and international politics: fundamental notions
1. The study of international organisations as active agents of international relations
3. Fundamental concepts: analysis of the origin and nature of international organisations
4. The failure of the League of Nations and the emergence of new international organisations after World War II
5. Universal International organisations
6. Regional international organisations
7. Inter-regional solidarity organisations
8. International organisations in the 21st century: the new challenges of interdependence, integration and globalisation
9. The current limitations of international organisations
10. Illustration and analysis of case studies of international organisations (transversal to the program)
Demonstration of the Syllabus Coherence with the Curricular Unit's Objectives:
The syllabus contents of this unit focus on the key areas for a broad understanding of international organizations: central concepts, typology, functions, challenges and limitations. The specificity of these contents is visible, throughout the semester, in the presentation of theoretical sessions and practical sessions on case studies related to the various international organizations, with an active participation of students - capacitating the students for a progressive critical analysis of this subject.
Teaching Methodologies (Including Evaluation):
Continuous assessment (Case study 50% + Essay 40% + participation in class and attendance 10%) or Exam. The case study consists in the preparation, in a group work, of an intervention in a General Debate at the General Assembly if the United Nations. The individual work consists of a short but critical essay, on one of the international organizations (except the ones studied in class).
Demonstration of the Coherence between the Teaching Methodologies and the Learning Outcomes:
Given the nature of the syllabus contents, the methodology planned is the most appropriate for achieving the learning objectives of the unit. Together with the lectures, aimed at presenting the fundamental concepts and introducing the syllabus elements to the students, a minimum of five debates are planned, based on the information provided by the teachers and the research carried out by the students. The students, under the supervision of the teachers and after mastering the basic concepts, will be encouraged to develop a research on one of the topics included in the syllabus and, for the purposes of assessment, must handle a final essay.
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BARNETT, M., FINNEMORE, M. (2004). Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics, Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
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HURD, I. (2014). International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice. 2nd ed., Cambridge University Press.
KARNS, M. P., Mingst, K.A. (2010). International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.
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