Course Code: 3142555
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. MELİHA ALTUNIŞIK
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of international governmental organizations. Attention will be devoted to evolution of international organizations (IOs), their potentials and limitations in the contemporary global political 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. Particular attention will be given to the United Nations (UN) system. In addition, the course will focus on international economic institutions as well as regional organizations, particularly the NATO. Primary attention is addressed to the role of IOs in three areas: Security; Human Rights; and Development. The main theme of the course is change and adaptability. The internal and external challenges to the IOs will be identified and each organization’s response to these challenges will be discussed.

Course Content

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Learning Outcomes

This course is designed to introduce graduate students with undergraduate backgrounds in fields other than International Relations or Political Science to one of the core areas of the field of International Relations.