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POL2015 : International Institutions and Organizations

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Richard Dodgson
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


- To understand the various roles that international institutions and organizations play in international politics.
- To understand the main theoretical approaches to the study of international institutions and organizations.
- To examine the governing structures and process of international institutions and organizations.
- To analyse the effectiveness of international institutions and organizations.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics may include

•       the historical development of international institutions and organizations.
•       theoretical and conceptual approaches to the role of international institutions and organizations in international politics.
•       the structure and governing processes of international institutions and organizations.
•       the power, authority, and legitimacy of international institutions and organizations.
•       case studies that illustrate the role, practice and contribution of international institutions and organizations to international politics.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00PiP lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion196:0096:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00PIP Seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities107:0070:00Preparation for seminars. 10 seminars (2-3 readings and 3-5 questions per seminar).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Additional timetabled opportunities to meet with the module leader to discuss the assessment for the module.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide essential content on the theory and practice of international institutions and organisations as well as the wider policy/academic debates surrounding their effectiveness and relations with state and non-state actors. Seminars draw upon specialist readings related to lecture content and give students the opportunity to discuss the issues, thus informally developing 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 Examination901A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502000 word essay.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written/unseen examination will assess the students knowledge and understanding of the ideas, debates and issues that are central to the module. The exam also provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to write succinctly and to time.

The 2000 word essay will provide an opportunity for students to explore one of the topics in greater depth. It will assess the student’s ability to place and synthesise the material gained from lectures and seminars in appropriate contexts and their ability to critically and succinctly evaluate the ideas, concepts and theories introduced in lectures and explored in seminars. In addition the essay will also assess the capacity and initiative of students to undertake independent study of published and electronic materials.

Reading Lists