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1 POLS 433 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION Spring 2008 TR 12:30-1:45; NARS 108 Dr. Michele Betsill Contact Info: Clark B350; 491-5270; [email protected] * Office Hours: T 2-3:30; W 10:30-12; by appointment *I will regularly respond to class-related e-mails between the hours of 12pm and 3pm Monday through Friday. You may receive a reply at other times but you should not depend on it. If you have an emergency, call my office phone. Course Description and Objectives The twenty-first century is characterized by many complex challenges, such as HIV/AIDS, weapons proliferation, large-scale poverty, environmental degradation, and terrorism, which can only be addressed through cooperative efforts that transcend state borders and involve actors beyond national governments. This course examines the various ways members of the international community organize themselves to address such problems, a process increasingly referred to as “global governance.” According to Margaret Karns and Karen Mingst, global governance is the “collection of governance-related activities, rules, and mechanisms, formal and informal, existing at a variety of levels in the world today” (2004, p. 4). Specifically, we will examine the role of international organizations (intergovernmental and nongovernmental) in global governance. Following an introduction to the study of global governance, we will conduct detailed studies of two inter-governmental organizations: the United Nations and the European Union. We will then look at governance arrangements around the issues of humanitarian intervention, poverty alleviation, and the environment and assess the roles of international organizations in governing these issues. The course will conclude with a multi-day simulation of multilateral negotiations. This course will rely heavily on active student participation. Formal lectures will be kept to a minimum. Instead, students will work as a community of individual learners seeking to develop and communicate knowledge and understanding of global governance. Course sessions will often consist of interactive discussions, reflection activities, simulations, etc. designed to enhance students’ comprehension of course concepts as well as oral and written communication and critical thinking skills. Required Texts Michael Barnett. 2002. Eyewitness to a Genocide: The United Nations and Rwanda . Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Paul F. Diehl, ed. 2005. The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World, 3rd edition . Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. Margaret P. Karnes and Karen A. Mingst. 2004. International Organizations: The Politics and Processes of Global Governance . Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. John McCormick. 2005.
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