Course Information

The objective of this course is to provide the students with a comprehensive understanding of the role and activities of international organizations (IO) in the early 21st century. The focus, therefore, is on the philosophy and principles of IO as well as issues that they try to deal. This course tries to examine the rationale of IO by dealing with the origins and the nature of them, as the introductory part of it. After analyzing the aims and the failures of the League of Nations, the United Nations (UN) system will be investigated in detail. In this part, the genesis of the UN, the principles, structures and its operations will be discussed. Moreover, some agencies of the UN such as UNECSO, ILO, WHO, FAO, IMF, etc. will be the subjects of this part. The course will also deal with regionalism and trans-nationalism by emphasizing the importance of some institutions such as NATO, EU, OECD, and OPEC, etc. The other important part of the course will cover economic and social activities of IO and discuss examining interdependent economic development, managing global resources, and promoting social progress. The course will end by discussing the future of IO.