INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT
Disciplinary field : Political Science (SPS/04)
Number of credits (ECTS): 3
Class hours: Tuesdays at 6.00pm
Classroom: BLU2 (Main Campus)
MEET link: https://meet.google.com/pte-dpqj-ubu
The course aims to provide the basic notions and an overview of international organisation and global governance, also through the study of specific institutions and organisations treated as case studies.
At the end of the course, the student 1) will have acquired the fundamental theoretical knowledge; 2) will have mastery of the basic conceptual apparatus of the discipline; 3) will be able to use the main theoretical knowledge to understand concrete cases; 4) will be able to recognize the main reference authors of the discipline; 5) will be able to systematically communicate the knowledge acquired to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors; 6) will have developed autonomous learning skills such as to make it possible to deepen, in a self-directed manner, advanced knowledge in the same disciplinary sector.
The course consists of twelve lessons divided as follows:
Lesson 1 - Foundations of international organization: introduction to the course
Lesson 2 - Global governance
Lesson 3 - Theories of the international organization
Lesson 4 - Classification, role and functions of international organizations
Lesson 5 - The United Nations
Lesson 6 - The European Union: the integration process
Lesson 7 - The role of the European Union in global governance
Lesson 8 - The European Union: institutional architecture
Lesson 9 - The policies of the European Union
Lesson 10 - Winners and losers of global governance: the mobilization of actors
Lesson 11 - How to write a review paper for the course: sources, methodology and assignment of topics to students
Lesson 12 - Future perspectives of the international organization
- Archer, C. (2014). International organizations. Routledge.
- Eilstrup-Sangiovanni, M. (2020). Death of international organizations. The organizational ecology of intergovernmental organizations, 1815–2015. The Review of International Organizations, 15(2), 339-370. Available at https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/bitstream/handle/1810/306292/11558_2018_Article_9340.pdf?sequence=4
- Lundgren, M., Squatrito, T., & Tallberg, J. (2018). Stability and change in international policy-making: A punctuated equilibrium approach. The Review of International Organizations, 13(4), 547-572. Available at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11558-017-9288-x
- Novosad, P., & Werker, E. (2019). Who runs the international system? Nationality and leadership in the United Nations Secretariat. The Review of International Organizations, 14(1), 1-33. Available at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11558-017-9294-z
- Schmidtke, H. (2019). Elite legitimation and delegitimation of international organizations in the media: Patterns and explanations. The Review of International Organizations, 14(4), 633-659. Available at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11558-018-9320-9
The teaching is carried out both through traditional lectures and through structured discussions on the main topics under study. The lectures help students to develop the "hard skills" in terms of knowledge and understanding of the main issues of international organization. Participation in open discussions serve to develop "soft skills" in terms of independent judgment skills, communication skills and learning skills on the main topics of interest of the discipline.
To pass the exam, the student must undertake the drafting of a paper consisting of a review of works (at least two journal articles, or a volume) of reference in the literature. The topic will be selected on the student's proposal with the teacher's agreement. The paper must be sent (in Pdf format) to the e-mail address of the instructor at least one week before the exam session. The test is passed if the student shows to have acquired at least a sufficient knowledge of the main topics covered.