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POL2015 : Regional and International Organisations

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Richard Dodgson
  • Lecturer: Dr Jocelyn Mawdsley
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       Understand the main theoretical approaches to the study of regional and international organizations (e.g. UN, EU, ASEAN, WHO, WTO, OAS, AU, IAEA)
•       Examine the governing structures and processes of regional and international organisations and the politics inherent in their make-up
•       Analyse the effectiveness, limits and challenges of regional and international organizations and the ways in which they respond to these

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics may include:
•       historical development of regional and international organisations.
•       theoretical and conceptual approaches to the role of regional and international organisations in international politics and policy making
•       the structure and governing processes of regional and international organisations
•       issues of power, authority, and legitimacy in the relationship between regional and international organisations and state actors
•       range of case studies of issues in which organisations address (e.g. the environment, aid and trade, migration, security, territorial disputes, health)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Pre-recorded, non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00PiP lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00PIP Seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities107:0070:00Wk1 will be intro to module. Preparation for 10 seminars (3 readings and 3-5 questions per seminar).
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study196:0096:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online; preparation for assessment, no opportunity to discuss in lectures and seminars.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide essential content on the theory and practice of regional and international organisations as well as the wider policy/academic debates surrounding their effectiveness and relations with state actors. Seminars draw upon specialist readings related to lecture content and give students the opportunity to discuss the issues, thus informally testing their understanding and views.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination991A401500 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. Specific, detailed guidance on the assessment will be given in a scheduled 1-hour module talk. In completing the assignment, it is expected that students will show understanding of the range of material taught during the semester and across the module as a whole.

Reading Lists