International Organizations – Prof. Seung Ho Joo

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Title International Organizations
Field of Study Business
Type Academic course
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Course code ISS1102
Course number

This course is intended for any student who wishes to learn about international organizations (IOs), while honing their negotiation skills and deepening their understanding of global issues. The United Nations (UN), which is the most prominent of IOs, will be the main focus of the course. An array of issues is on the agendas of IOs. This course, however, will focus on peace, collective security, arms control, peacekeeping, peaceful settlement, human rights, environment, and economic development. A main pedagogical tool of the course will be simulation. Through a series of simulated UN meetings and conferences, students will learn and appreciate the functions and workings of IOs

Week 1
The Nature and Types of International organizations (IOs)
– What is IOs?
– Types of IOs
Day 2
History and discipline
– The evolution of IOs
‐‐ The League of Nations
‐‐ The European Union
Day 3
The United of Nations
– The genesis of the UN
– The UN Charter
– The UN System
Day 4
The General Assembly
– Model UN
‐‐ Guidelines & Parliamentary Procedures

Week 2
Day 1
Simulation 1: General Assembly
‐ General Debate
Day 2
The Secretariat
‐‐ The Secretaries‐General
‐‐ Peacekeeping operations
Day 3
Peacekeeping operations
‐ R2P
Day 4 Mid‐term Exam

Week 3
Day 1
The Security Council
– Collective security
– Arms control
Day 2
North Korea’s nuclear crisis
UN Sanctions
Day 3
Simulation 2
Security Council: Emergency Session
Day 4 UN Programs & Specialized Agencies

Week 4
Day 1
The Economic and Social Council
– Environment
– Sustainable development
Day 2
The Economic and Social Council (Cont’d)
– Human rights
Day 3
Simulation 3:
Social and Economic Council: Human rights
Day 4 Final Exam

Objective The course objective is three‐fold: 1) to learn about the goals, structure, and operations of international organizations; 2) to improve negotiating skills through role‐playing simulations; 3) to acquire critical thinking skills to understand and analyze current international issues.
Preparations Textbook: United Nations, United Nations at a Glance (2013) available for purchase (Kindle edition $5.00) at amazon.com. Pre‐knowledge: No prerequisite. * Anyone, regardless of their major or academic background, should be able to successfully complete the course.
Materials HISS Syllabus_ International Organizations_Seungho Joo
Midterm exam
Final exam
Last Updated January 23, 2020