Module Identifier IP38420  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Brian Schmidt  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours 16 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminar   8 Hours 8 x 1 hour Seminars  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours 1 x 2 hour exam   70%  
  Essay   1 x 1,500 - 2,000 word essay   30%  

Brief description
With the end of the Cold War the United Nations has become an increasingly important actor in international politics. This module will focus on the United Nations in particular, and international organization and inter-state cooperation in general. With respect to the United Nations, the module will address the creation, evolution, organizational structure, and activities of the United Nations. The module will examine the wide array of contemporary issues, such as human rights, the natural environment, development, disaster relief, international refuges, international security, and international trade, that the UN deals with on a daily basis. The examination will emphasize the point that the United Nations is a dynamic organization that is greatly impacted by the will of the Member States.

The aim of the module is to provide an in-depth understanding of the United Nations system as well as the issues that the organization has struggled to deal with since its creation in 1945 to the present day.

By the end of the module you should be able to:

10 ECTS Credits

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Thomas G. Weiss et al. The United Nations and Changing World Politics.
Boutros Boutros-Ghali. An Agenda for Peace.