This information is for the 2018/19 session.
Dr Ulrich Sedelmeier Room CLM.5.06.
This course is available on the BSc in International Relations, BSc in International Relations and History and BSc in Politics and International Relations. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
Students should have a background in International Relations. Prior familiarity with international relations theory is an advantage, but not necessary.
The course draws on theories of international institutions to explain comparatively key aspects of the role of International Organisations in international politics. These questions include why states create International Organisations, why states transfer certain powers to them, and what impact they have on the practice of international cooperation with regard to matters of concern to international society such as the maintenance of international peace and security, the management of international economic relations, the promotion of international environmental standards, or the protection of human rights. International organisations to be discussed include the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, NATO, and regional organisations like the European Union.
10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 2 hours of classes in the ST.
Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.
Students are expected to write two essays of a maximum length of 1,500 words. The first will be due in the Michaelmas Term and will provide the basis for feedback prior to the submission of the assessed coursework as well as preparation for the exam. The second will be due in the Lent Term and will provide the basis for feedback prior to the Summer Term exam. In addition, student will give at least one class presentation (introduction to discussion). Class teachers will mark the essays and provide feedback on student presentations.
Ian Hurd (2013): International Organizations: Politics, Law, Practice, 2nd edition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press);
Volker Rittberger, Bernhard Zangl and Andreas Kruck, International Organization: Polity, Policy, Politics, 2nd ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2012).
Exam (70%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
Essay (30%, 2000 words) in the MT.
The assessed essay will be from a fixed range of questions. The essay topics will be posted on Moodle before Week 9 of the MT and will focus on the theories and conceptual material covered in the first part of the course.
Student performance results
(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: International Relations
Total students 2017/18: 119
Average class size 2017/18: 14
Capped 2017/18: No
Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT & LT)
Value: One Unit