Wells College
Political Science 210
The United Nations Simulation
Fall 2000

Instructor:  Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo
Cleveland Hall 108
Telephone:  364-3220
Office Hours:
Office Hours: Monday: 11:00am-12:00 p.m.
  Tuesday: 11:00am-12:00 p.m.
  Thursday:  2:00-5:30 p.m.

Required Books

-A. Le Roy Bennett, International Organizations: Principles and Issues, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1977. (On reserve in the Library)

-James N. Rosenau, The United Nations in a Turbulent World, Boulder and London, Lynne Rienner Publisher, 1992. (On reserve in the Library)

-F. T. Liu, United Nations Peacekeeping and the Non-Use of Force, Boulder and London, Lynne Rienner Publisher, 1992.  (On reserve in the Library)

Course Description

This course is intended to familiarize students with the practical functioning of the United Nations in relations to how it achieves its objectives, the process of decision-making, and its possible or real constraints to achieve its mission are also analyzed.

Requirements and Organizations

This course is taught as an independent study.  There will only be two formal class meetings with the instructor and all students together. One is for Thursday September 7, 2000 at 2:00pm and the other is on Thursday, November 16.  The first meeting will be in my office (Cleveland 108). We will decide on November 16 when to meet for the class presentations.

I should meet once every two weeks with each student independently during my office hours to discuss the issues involved in the advancement of the research she is undertaking. All these meetings are required. The participation in all these meetings will count for 20 % of the total grade.

(I)-A student who has participated in the Model United Nations Club for a year or the one who is currently participating in the Club, will write a final paper of 15-17 pages typed and double-spaced, including the footnotes and references in the topic related to the countries that she has represented while being involved in the United Nations Club. A student who is currently involved in the club, may also choose a topic related to the current countries she represents. It will count for 60% of the total grade.

This is a research paper that deals with how the United Nations perceives and defines the problem that the student is dealing with; what resources were/are allocated to this mission, what social and political forces were/are involved in this case, and what have been or are its achievements? I urge students to choose two countries in order to contrast the United Nations actions. Out of this paper, student should understand and learn the process of decisionmaking within the United Nations and how the United Nations interacts with the host countries, if any.

(II)-Students who have not participated or are not participating in the Model United Nations will have to fulfil two written requirements:

(1) Students will write a bibliographical paper on “the structures and functions of the United Nations” of about 5-7 pages. They will identify 2 books and 2 articles written in journals on the United Nations and make a critical review of each book and each article.  The paper must have a topic. Student will have to put all these reviews in the form of a paper. That is to say that reviews must have logical relations among them. The documents to be selected and used must be written on some concrete cases (or empirical cases) on the United Nations mission. Review of books and articles should include objectives of the authors, their methods, their approaches and arguments. This will count for 20 % of the total grade. The paper is due on September 29.

(2)  Students will write a final research paper of 12-14 pages typed and double-spaced on two countries in where the United Nations have been involved. This will count for 40 % of the total grade.

Finally, each student will make a presentation of about 15 minutes on her research topic. This presentation will be done on Tuesday, November 30 between 2:00-4:00 PM. This will count for 20% of the total grade.

All the final papers are due on December 6, 2000.
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