Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Fall 2015



Course Number

DIPL 6105

Course Description

This course explores the history and nature of international institutions as they address particular issues confronting the global community, with a focus on the creation and the meaning of an "international civil service" and staff of international organizations (“IOs”), international governmental organizations (“IGOs”), and non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”). Questions to be explored concern the way a secretariat is involved with member states in the creation and implementation of international law, global governance, and relations between states and non-state actors. Other questions consider how international organizations like the UN system work; what authority in the UN Charter exists as the basis of current practices; the selection process for staff and leadership roles, including the executive heads of international organizations; and recommendations for reform of the process.