Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

SPOL1215 - International Organizations


Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory.

Timetable :
Second term
Tuesday from 15:45 to 17:45 at Ommegang Om30

Language of instruction :

Learning outcomes :
This course aims at providing basic knowledge on the functioning of inter-governmental organizations (IOs), and on their impact on the international scene.

Prerequisites :
For the Bachelor in Law :

For the Bachelor in History :

For the Bachelor in Information and Communication :

For the Bachelor in Political Sciences: General :

For the Bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology :

Co-requisites :
Course contents :
The course is divided into three distinct parts:
- Definition, history and evolution of the main inter-governmental organizations
- The role of IOs as structures of international relations
- The role of IOS as agents of international relations

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Description of the ex-cathedra lectures:
Each class starts with a common activity (role-playing, games, videos, etc.). It then exposes particular theories/concepts linked to IOs and gives concrete illustrations. These illustrations are taken from the United Nations system but also from several specialized institutions such as the WTO, IMF or NATO.
Description of the additional activity (AA impliquante):
Each student will have to study a textbook, complementary to the ex-cathedra lectures : Gutner, T. International Organizations in World Politics, Sage, 2017.

Assessment methods and criteria :
The evaluation of the course is done by a written exam organised in three sections:
- three questions of definition (3/20)
- a MCQ (multiple-choice questionnaire) (5/20)
- three questions of reflection including one question on the textbook (12/20)

Recommended or required reading :
In addition to the compulsory textbook, a list of useful handbooks is provided at the beginning of the course.

Other information :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory.
The slides are given to the students right after each session. A syllabus is available at the beginning of the course.