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Module

POL2015 : International Institutions: Who Governs the Globe?

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Benjamin Faude
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To enable students to acquire

•       an understanding of the various roles international institutions play in international politics
•       an understanding of why international institutions are created, how collectively binding decisions are adopted within international institutions, and how (in)effective international institutions are in fighting global problems such as pandemics and climate change
•       the competence to apply theoretical approaches to empirical cases

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics may include

•       introduction to similarities and differences between three different types of international institutions: international regimes (such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change), formal international organisations (such as the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the International Labour Organization), and informal international organisations (such as the G7, the G20, and the BRICS group)
•       introduction to key theoretical approaches to the study of international institutions with an emphasis on three guiding questions: why are international institutions created? How are decisions within international institutions adopted? How (in)effective are international institutions in addressing global problems?
•       application of the acquired theoretical knowledge to a broad set of international institutions from a wide range of issue areas (such as environmental protection, global health, monetary affairs, human rights, and collective security/collective defence) which will be studied from the angle of the three guiding questions outlined above

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00PiP lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Synchronous online; wk1: intro to course requirements, working techniques and course ethos; Q&A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Synchronous online; week 11; lecture on essay (due in January assessment period) with Q&A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Synchronous online; wk 11: concluding lecture highlighting important cross-cutting points with Q&A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00PIP Seminars; no seminars in week 11; two synchronous online activities instead (see below);
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities117:0077:00Preparation for 11 seminars (2 readings and 2-3 questions per seminar).
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study190:0090:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide essential content on
•       theoretical approaches to the study of international institutions (first part)
•       a broad range of international institutions from various issue-areas of international politics

In both parts, lectures will be addressing three guiding questions:
•       Why are international institutions are created?
•       How are collectively binding decisions adopted within international institutions?
•       How (in)effective international institutions are in fighting global problems such as pandemics and climate change?


Seminars draw upon specialist readings (textbook chapters as well as journal articles) to contextualize and deepen lecture content. They offer an opportunity to explore theoretical and empirical issues in depth and to engage in discussion in a small-group context.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination991M401500 word, 48hr take home exam.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M602500 word essay.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Module assessment consists of (1) a 1500 word essay, which students will complete within 48 hours at home and (2) a 2500 word essay.

Questions for both assessment will be set by the module leader.

Detailed guidance on the 2500 words essay (worth 60% of the overall mark) will be given in a synchronous online lecture scheduled for week 11.

In completing the assignment, it is expected that students will show the ability to successfully apply theoretical approaches to empirical cases.

Reading Lists

Timetable