International Organizations

lspri2045  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

International Organizations
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
Ait-Chaalal Amine; Hellendorff Bruno (compensates Ait-Chaalal Amine);
Main themes
The major themes of the course are : the theory of international organisations, the United Nations Organisation (main organs, peace-keeping missions and specialised institutions), politico-military organisations and regional organisations.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the issue of this course, the students will be able to understand the politico-institutional working structures and to analyse the main modes of action of contemporary international organizations.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content : The part on " the theory of international organisations " raises the question of the definition and clas-sification of international organisations. We then turn on the means of the organisations (competencies, legal entity, organs, finances, international officers). The part on the UN will be divided in three chapters: 1) the insti-tutional approach : history and UN Chart, aims and principles of the UN, admission and members, analysis of the main organs (General Assembly, Security Council, Social and Economic Council, Secretariat, International Court of Justice; 2) questions related to international peace: peace-keeping operations; 3) specialised institutions (UNESCO, WHO, ILO, financial and economic institutions). The part on politico-military organisations deals with the NATO and the part on regional organisations in the Organisation of American States / OAS and of the African Union/AU (the organisations selected may change). Method: lectures (open to discussion), analysis and discussion of a collection of readings and, if possible, organisation of conferences with international experts.
Evaluation methods
Synthesis questions via an oral or written exam.
Other information
Essential foundations of the analysis of international relations.
  • Syllabus avec dossier de lectures.
Une bibliographie sur les différents sujets traités sera fournie lors des premières séances.
Teaching materials
  • Syllabus avec dossier de lectures.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Multilingual Communication

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General