Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of the role and activities of Regional organizations (ROs) in the early 21st century. The focus, therefore, is on the philosophy and principles of ROs as well as issues that they try to deal. This course is consisted of two different parts. The first part tries to examine the rationale of RO by dealing with the origins, the nature, theory and methods of them. The second part is about Regional organizations especially the Shanghai Cooperation Organizatio (SCO), South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 

Learning Outcomes

By finishing this course, the students are expected to:
1. Understand and appreciate the basic concepts, principles, approaches, and practices ofinternational relations as a body of knowledge in understanding relationship(s) amongstates.
2. Define and correctly use the core vocabulary and concepts relevant for Regional Organizations and global governance.
3. Identify and describe the major intergovernmental, non-governmental and transnationalorganizations that are participants in global relations.
4. Discuss the ROs’ effectiveness with respect to addressing global issues.
5. To be able to demonstrate, in both oral and written forms, a knowledge andunderstanding of theories and concepts in international relations and to be able to applythese to particular situations.6. To be able to demonstrate and apply research skills in both oral and written form.

Assessment Criteria;

  • Attendance and Class Participation: 10%
  • 75% of attendance would be mandatory to take the final term exams. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussion and ask questions. Students are expected to come to class well prepared, having read the assigned reading for each class. Please come to class on time. Habitually coming to class late will be penalized. Cell phones must be turned off. If your phone rings in class on more than one occasion, I will ask you to leave class.
  • Short Term Paper: 4%
    Each student is required to submit a short-term paper of ranging 2000 to 3000 words on  the assigned titles. Similarity Index would be evaluated by using Turnitin Software.
    Presentations: 4%
  • Map Quiz: 2%
  • Mid Term Examination: 30%
  • Final Term  Examination: 50%​

Class Days and Timings
Monday-Tuesday 0800 Hrs to 930 Hrs

Recommended Books

The Foundations of International Organizations
(Bennett, Chapter 1, pp. 1-26; Ziring, Chapter 1, pp. 8-13; Karns, Chapter 3, pp. 63-68; Buzan and Lawson, Chapter 3, pp. 67-96)

Course Material