Spring 2022

Power and Relevance of International Organizations. The Case of the UN and Other IOs.

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-122

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Gustavo Salcedo (Section 01)


This course provides an introduction to the role and impact that international organizations (IOs) have on modern world politics. Since their proliferation in the twentieth century, IOs have become an essential part of the global economic and security commons. Much has been discussed about their relevance in bringing peace and stability, and whether they challenge the supremacy of the nation-state in international relations.

Through carefully selected readings and numerous audio and video documentaries, we will study the key concepts and theories that make up the main academic literature on IOs today. Special focus will be given to the United Nations System: its history, structural organization, and impact on a wide variety of areas, including decolonization, economic development, conflict management, human rights, and the environment. Other IOs examined more briefly will be the Organization of American States, and the European and African Unions. Finally, some thoughts will be given to the rise of international non-governmental organizations.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Salcedo.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to Political Science majors.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2022