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1 International Organizations (PO 433 section 1) Dr. Marni Berg Spring 2009 Clark C-332 491-3446 e-mail: [email protected] Office Hours: Mon. 12 – 12:50 pm, Wed. 9 – 9:50 am, or by appointment Overview: The purpose of this course is to familiarize you with the study of international organizations—we will examine why they are created, how they are organized and what they try to accomplish. The study of international organization focuses on the question of how members of the international community organize themselves cooperatively to address issues of mutual concern. This course explores both the theory and the practice of international organization. We will look at formal institutions (intergovernmental and non-governmental) created to facilitate cooperation as well as more informal arrangements such as norms, rules and practices and evaluate the effectiveness of these cooperative arrangements. By the end of the semester, students should be familiar with the role of international organization in the world system as well as the analytical tools used to analyze them. This course is divided into two major sections. The first section introduces the student to the study of international organization. We begin with an historical overview of the field and then turn to an examination of two formal international organizations (IGOs), the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), focusing on their historical origins, organizational structures and decision-making processes. Additionally, we will survey the major theoretical approaches in the field. The second part of the course looks at the role of international organization in a number of issue areas within broad categories of international security, international political economy, and social welfare. We will conclude the course with an examination of the strengths and weaknesses of international organization, both as a field of study and as it is practiced in the world today. Expectations: This course, which combines lecture, seminar, group presentations, and individual research, relies heavily on student participation. All students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to discuss the assigned readings and participate in class discussions and debates.
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