Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2011



Course Number

DIPL 6002 BB

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to identify the main characteristics and functions of intergovernmental international organizations and to assess their operation from a multidisciplinary public policy/management perspective. The focus will be on the United Nations system with due attention given to other appropriate international organizations such as the Bretton Woods institutions, the European Union, the Council of Europe, the Organization of American States, the African Union and other regional entities.

Against this background, the course first reviews theories of international organization and administration with a view to determining the internal and external parameters and roles of the actors involved in shaping the governance and management of international organizations. The second part of the course is devoted to a discussion of policy-making case studies drawing from the experience of international organizations in regard to the maintenance of peace and security, humanitarianism, human rights and development. Particular attention will given to such matters as goal and policy setting, financing, budgeting, staffing and program development, monitoring, evaluation and control. The final and concluding part of the course takes stock of the theoretical implications of the case studies considered earlier and assesses the controversies over the legitimacy of international organizations.