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Michael H. Strausz
POL S 328
Seattle Campus

International Organizations

Explores historical, theoretical, and empirical aspects of the United Nations, its specialized agencies, and other international organizations, both governmental and nongovernmental. Recommended: POL S 203.

Class description

Why do states form international organizations? How do international organizations influence the behavior of states? What is the role of non-state actors in international organizations? This course will address these questions both theoretically and in light of the recent experiences of a variety of international organizations. This course aims to introduce students to the major theoretical approaches to international organizations, as well as the history and contemporary status of international organizations formed around security, economic, humanitarian, and environmental issues. This course also aims to encourage students to develop a more specialized understanding of a topic of their choosing related to international organizations.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michael H. Strausz
Date: 11/28/2007