Course Details

Title International Organizations
Field of Study International Studies
Professor Seung-Ho Joo (joos@morris.umn.edu)
Type Academic course
Delivery Type Online Track (100% online course): Real-time
Credits 3
Contact hours 45
Schedule Morning
Course code ISS1102
Course number 18006

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


The course objective is three-fold:
1) to gain knowledge of the goals, structure, and operations of international organizations;
2) to strengthen negotiating skills through role-playing simulations;
3) to enhance critical thinking skills while analyzing current international issues.


Pre-knowledge – No prerequisite.
* The course is open to any student who is interested in international organizations and/or global issues, regardless of their major or academic background.

Materials: United Nations, United Nations at a Glance (2013)
available for purchase (Kindle edition $5.00) at amazon.com , https://www.amazon.com/United-Nations-at-Glance-ebook/dp/B009OU5Y8K/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1607052225&sr=8-2
* Additional materials will be available online or in PDF format.

Lesson Plan
Class 1: The Nature and Types of International organizations (IOs) – What is IOs? – Types of IOs
Class 2: History and discipline – The evolution of IOs -- The League of Nations -- The European Union
Class 3: The United of Nations – The genesis of the UN – The UN Charter – The UN System
Class 4: The General Assembly – Model UN -- Guidelines & Parliamentary Procedures
Class 5: Simulation 1: General Assembly - General Debate
Class 6: The Secretariat -- The Secretaries-General -- Peacekeeping operations Peacekeeping operations - R2P
Class 7: Mid-term Exam
Class 8: The Security Council – Collective security – Arms control
Class 9: North Korea’s nuclear crisis UN Sanctions
Class 10: Simulation 2 Security Council: Emergency Session
Class 11: UN Programs Specialized Agencies
Class 12: The Economic and Social Council – Environment – Sustainable development
Class 13: The Economic and Social Council (Cont’d) – Human rights
Class 14: Simulation 3: Social and Economic Council: Human rights
Class 15: Final Exam
Last Updated April 15, 2021
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