Course Objectives
The objective of this course is to provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of the role and activities of international organizations (IO) in the early 21st century. The focus, therefore, is on the philosophy and principles of IO as well as issues that they try to deal. This course is consisted of four different parts. The first part tries to examine the rationale of IO by dealing with the origins, the nature, theory and methods of them. The second part is about global organizations and especially the United Nations (UN) system. In this part, after discussing the first global IO, the League of Nations, the United Nations, as one of the core issues of the course, will be investigated in detail. In this part, some functional and specialized institutions of the UN such as WHO, ILO, FAO will also be explained. Moreover, in this part, important global effective organizations, such as the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, IMF, and International Criminal Court will be discussed. 

Learning Outcomes
Successful completion of this course will enable students to trace the genesis of efforts that led to the development of Interntaional Orgaanizations. It will enable students to understand the role of major powers in the development of international organizations. Theories e.g. realist school and libera school of thought will be applied to understand the role and the development of IOs, their success or failure in international system.


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
Tuesday-1100 Hrs to 1230 Hrs
Friday- 0800 Hrs to 0930 Hrs

Self Support

Wednesday- 1400 Hrs to 1530 Hrs

Thursday- 1530 Hrs to 1700 Hrs
Recommended Books
International Organization: Theories and Institutions By J. Samuel Barkin

An Introduction to International Relations By M Cox Chapter 12

(E- Book) An Introduction to International Relations By Richard Devetak, Anthony Burke, Jim George Chapter No. 32

The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations By John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens
International Law By Malcolm D. Evans Chapter *, International Organizations By Dapo Akande

Course Material