Courses Catalogue

International & Regional Organization

COURSE CODE: IRD 7212
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: International Relations and Diplomatic Studies, Master
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

This course will provide students with basic understanding of the core concerns in international and regional organizations. Organizations of Universal and regional Character and their respective agencies/organs’ contribution to development will be highlighted. While international organizations are formed to help states solve global problems, their role is controversial. On one hand they are seen as useful and on the other hand they are perceived as instruments of powerful states. The course is designed for students aspiring for a career in international organizations/government offices and those who are already in these organizations which include journalists, critical citizens, scholars, decision-makers in companies, and NGOs. Students will examine the nature and effectiveness of international organizations in promoting global problem-solving from a theoretical and policy perspective.

COURSE OBJECTIVE(S)
Overall the course aims at equipping students with the knowledge:

  • To articulate and apply different theoretical perspectives to studying  international and regional organizations
  • To identify  major global challenges of International Organizations
  • To examine the role and significance of International Organizations in addressing major global problems
  • To identify the pathologies of International Organizations and contemporary debates on the reform of International Organizations and on the possibility of strengthening their policy performance
  • To evaluate and assess the effectiveness, impact and failure of key International Organizations
  • To document the contribution of international institutions to development
  • To undertake research in this important area of international development

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Articulate  and apply different theoretical perspectives to studying  international and regional organizations
  • Identify  major global challenges of International Organizations
  • Examine the role and significance of International Organizations in addressing major global problems
  • Identify the pathologies of International Organizations and contemporary debates on the reform of
  • International Organizations and on the possibility of strengthening their policy performance
  • Evaluate and assess the effectiveness, impact and failure of key International Organizations
  • Document the contribution of international institutions to development
  • Undertake research in this important area of international development