BFS-30002 - International Organisation: Theory
Coordinator: Bulent Gokay Room: CBA2.002 Tel: +44 1782 7 33512
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 7.5
Study Hours: 75
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2021/22

This module of International Organisations offers a solid introduction to the theory and history of international organisations. This module has been created and will provide a clear understanding to you about when governments face transnational challenges, such as international and civil wars, humanitarian emergencies, flows of refugees, outbreaks of infectious diseases, climate change, financial market instability, sovereign debt crises, trade protectionism, and the development of poorer countries. This module is also about international cooperation / international collective action. This is essentially about how international organisations work for international collective action and cooperation.

To explore mainstream theories of international organisations and regimes;
To examine work of major scholars in the field of international institutions;
To allow students to participate in a critical engagement of an appropriate conceptual framework of international organisations.

Intended Learning Outcomes

explain and evaluate the nature of international organisations: 1,2
describe and evaluate a range of approaches to analysing the role and usefulness of international organisations: 2
independently research an individual international organisation, including its charter, role, and views about effectiveness: 1,2

Study hours

30 contact hours (15 hours of lectures + 10 hours seminars + 5 hours of one-to-one with the tutor)
10 lecture and seminar preparation
10 coursework preparation
25 exam preparation

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 30%
Coursework assignment (essay) - 1500-2000 words
A paper based on the class work and student's individual research of an international organisation, 1500-2000 words. Which international organisation will be provided by the tutor and the student will do his/ her research on this organisation by using guidelines provided in the module handbook.

2: Exam weighted 70%
2 hour Exam
Students sit a two hour exam at the end of the semester when this module is taught. This is an open-book exam, and there will be 8 questions, 6 of them requires short answers and 2 long essay-length answers.