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Joannie Tremblay-Boire
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

This course introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, empirical cases, and cutting-edge debates in the field of international organizations (IOs). In the first part of the course, we cover different theoretical approaches to understanding international organizations, including realist, liberal, constructivist, and critical theories (Marxism and feminism). In the second part of the course, we examine the history and contemporary status of international organizations as well as several problems that these organizations face. In the third part of the course, we look at examples of successful and failed international institutions in various issue areas (such as international security, economics, environment, and human rights) and analyze the prospects for international organizations in the future.

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Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on pop quizzes (10%), a group presentation (15%), an in-class midterm (20%), a paper (15%), a final exam (25%), and participation in class discussions (15%). Make-up exams will not be given without permission from the instructor prior to the exam or without official documentation (e.g. doctor's note, mechanic's work order) for the missed exams.


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 Joannie Tremblay-Boire
Date: 05/13/2013