INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

IR326 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

Course Code: 3140326
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. MELİHA ALTUNIŞIK
Offered Semester: Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

This course analyzes the evolution of international organizations. It also examines the potentials and limitations of these organizations in the modern international system. The major questions to be explored are: 1) Why do states create international organizations? 2) What is the role of international organizations in the performance of collective tasks? 3) How and why do international organizations change? 4) What is global governance? 5) What are the newer forms of global governance? These questions will be addressed through an examination of the activities of both global and regional international organizations in different issue areas.

Course Content

This course examines the evolution of international organizations in relation to the developments in the international system, undertaking a comparative study between the various pacts and systems prior to the foundation of the League of Nations, the League of Nations and the United Nations system. The course addresses the relevant international organizations of the post-World War II period and the post-Cold War international system.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the students will be equipped with an institutional framework to study international institutions.