Wells College
Political Science 267
International Organizations
Spring 1999

Instructor: Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo
Office Hours:
Monday 11:00a.m.-12:00 noon.
Tuesday and Thursday: 2:00 00-4:45 p.m.
Cleveland 108
Telephone 364-3220

Required Books

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

-Barry B. Hughes, Continuity and Change in World Politics: The Clashes of Perspectives, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1992. (on reserve in the Library).

-Clive Archer, International Organizations, (second edition), London and New York, Routledge, 1992.

-James N. Rosenau, The United Nations in a Turbulent World, Boulder and London, Lynne Rienner Publisher, 1992.

-Charles W. Kegley, Jr. Controversies in International Relations Theory:  Realism and the Neoliberal Challenge, New York, St. Martinís Press, 1995.

Recommended Book

-F. T. Liu, United Nations Peacekeeping and the Non-Use of Force, Boulder and London, Lynne Rienner Publisher, 1992.
 

Course Description

In this course we will critically examine the origins, goals, structures, and problems of international organizations with a specific focus on the role of the United Nations, its related agencies and programs.  The main objective is to understand how they function and their underlying political and philosophical assumptions.

Requirements:

-Attendance and active participation in all class activities are required.  They will count for 10 % of the total grade.

-Any unjustifiable absence will be penalized.

-A mid-term exam will be due on March 16, 1999.  It will count for 20 % of the total grade.

-Each student will write a critical review of four pages typed double space of chapters 3 and 4 of Charles W. Kegley, Jr.ís book on Controversies in International Relations Theory:  Realism and the Neoliberal Challenge, New York,  St. Martinís Press,1995.  The paper is due on April 1. It will count for 10 % of the total grade.

-Each student will write a short paper of between 10 and 12 pages typed double space including footnotes and bibliography.  It will count for 20 % of the total grade

The title of the paper is: Discuss the role of the United Nations and its constraints in trying to find solutions to the conflict in Bosnia.  Your claims and arguments should be supported by both the United Nationsí assumptions, data, and your own understanding.

-Each student will make a class presentation of about 10-15 minutes.  The topic of the presentation will be on any current issue of the role of the United Nations and its agencies that were not fully discussed.  We should agree on the topic in advance.  This will count for 20 % of the total grade.  Class presentations will be between May 4 and 6, 1999.

Final Exam is due on Thursday, May 14, 1999 (1:00-4:00 p.m.).  It will count 20% of the total.

SCHEDULE:

1/26 A General discussion: issues, requirements and books

1/28 International Relations at the end of the Cold War:  Issues and Predictions
Controversies in International Relations Theory, chapter 14.

2/2 Definitions and Concepts of International Organizations
International Organizations, (second edition), chapter 1.

2/4 Discussion on the Classification of International Organizations continues,
International Organizations, (second edition), chapter 2.

2/9 Various Views of International Organizations
International Organizations, (second edition), chapter 3.

2/11 Various views of International Organizations
International Organizations (second edition), chapter 3.

2/16 Role and Function of International Organizations
International Organizations, (second edition),chapter 4

2/18 The processes of the Global Institutions Building
Continuity and Change, chapter 8.

2/23 The processes of the Global Institutions Building
Continuity and Change, chapter 8.

2/25. The Emergence of the League of Nations
International Organizations by Bennett, chapter 2.
The instructor will be attending a conference out of the country; no class. Make a one-page summary  of the major arguments in the assigned chapter). This assignment will be counted as part of the class participation

3/2. Basic Issues and Principles of the United Nations
International Organizations by Bennett, chapters 4 and 5
The instructor will be attending a conference out of the country. Make a one-page summary of the major arguments in the Assigned chapters).  This assignment will be counted as part of the class participation.

3/4 Basic Issues and Principles of the United Nations
International Organizations by Bennett, chapters 4 and 5.

3/9 Varieties of regionalism
International Organizations by Bennett, chapter 8.

3/11 Midterm exam

3/16 Turbulence and Conflicts in World Politics
The United Nations in Turbulent World, chapters 3 and 4.

3/18 Turbulence and Conflicts in World Politics
The United Nations in Turbulent World, chapters 3 and 4.

March 20-28, Spring Holiday

3/30 Peaceful Settlements: Theoretical basis and some historical cases
(Film of 50 minutes on ďNo Place to HideĒ) and also read International Organizations by Bennett, chapter 6.

4/1 Peaceful Settlements and The United Nations Military Role: the cases of the Congo and Cyprus,
United Nations Peacekeeping, chapter 3

4/6. Discussion on Peaceful Settlements and The United Nations Military Role: the cases of the Congo and Cyprus,
United Nations Peacekeeping, chapter 3

4/8. The United Nations and the world economy
International organizations by Bennett, chapter 10

4/13. The United Nations and the world economy continues

4/15 The United Nations and the issues of Social Progress such as education, health, human rights, labor, science,
International organizations by Bennett, chapter 11

4/20. The discussion on the United Nations and the issues of Social Progress

4/22. The United Nations and Womenís issues (film facing Tomorrow: UN Womenís decade and the 1995ís Beijing Conference)

4/27. The United Nations As an Agent for Change
United Nations in a turbulent World, chapter 5

4/29-Conclusion

May 4 and May 6-Class Presentations

Final Exam May 14, 1999 (1:00 p.m.-4: 00 p.m.).
 
 
 
 
 
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