AIS5049 - International Organisations

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Department of Asian and International Studies
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Course Duration
One semester
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Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to ground students in the theories, practices, challenges, and possible futures of international organisations, and relate these debates to the most important developments of the changing contemporary world order. The course pays attention to both the alphabet soup of specific organisations both past and present (ADB, AIIB, APEC, ASEAN, EU, G7, G20, G77, GATT/WTO, IMF, NATO, NDB, OECD, UN, WB, and others), as well as the broader context of shifting dynamics from the creation of the post-1945 world order to the global financial crisis of 2007/2008 and beyond. The course is divided into four themes, with three weeks devoted to each theme: 1) Theories of International Organisations (Realism & Liberalism, Marxism & Constructivism, Unipolarity vs. Multipolarity); 2) International Organisations in Focus (Global Governance, International Trade & Monetary Regimes, International Organisations and East Asia); 3) International Organisations and Global Challenges (War, Trade, Climate Change); and 4) the Future of International Organisations (the Post-2008 World Order, the Rise of China-Centered International Organisations, NGOs and International Organisations from Below).

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Continuous Assessment: 100%
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