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Advanced Study Course: International Organisations and Global Politics

Public Administration / global studies / International Development Studies / Politics and Administration / International Public Administration and Politics
master course
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Tilmelding sker via stads selvbetjening indenfor annonceret tilmeldingsperiode, som du kan se på Studieadministrationens hjemmeside

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Registration is happing through stads selvbetjeningwithin the announced registration period, as you can see on the Studyadministration homepage.

When registering for courses, please be aware of the potential conflicts between courses or exam dates on courses. The planning of course activities at Roskilde University is based on the recommended study programs which do not overlap. However, if you choose optional courses and/or study plans that goes beyond the recommended study programs, an overlap of lectures or exam dates may occur depending on which courses you choose.

Detailed description of content

International organisations and multilateral cooperation are essential elements of global politics and key to understanding the current world. They govern the globe, bringing prosperity and peace, yet are increasingly being questioned: Great Britain voted to leave the European Union, the US administration is skeptical about multilateral institutions and free trade agreements, including NATO and the North American Free Trade Agreement.

South Africa and Burundi announced their withdrawal from the ICC, and Venezuela has left the Inter- American Court of Human Rights. In this course, we develop an in-depth understanding of the structures and work of international organisations as well as the challenges they face.

In the seminar, we will apply various approaches to the study of international organisations, going beyond mainstream IR theories to include critical, legal, historical, administrative and sociological perspectives. We will analyse the history, structures, work and challenges of global cooperation and international organisations. The course has three parts. The first part studies the research field, history, structure and bureaucracy of international organisations, giving us an understanding of the foundational structure of international cooperation and conflict. The second part focuses on particular areas of global regulation and problem-solving, such as trade, health, conflict, humanitarian crises, development. The third part focuses on different constituencies that relate to international organisations, particularly the UN.

This part studies diplomacy, lobbying and NGO advocacy. Here we shall meet practitioners (a lobbyist from a Danish multinational company and a former Australian diplomat) and visit the UN City in Copenhagen to get a first-hand impression of the work and structures of the main global organisation, the UN.

Expected work effort (ects-declaration)

Class teaching: 26 hours

Other (for example student presentations, exercises, peer-review): 50 hours Preparation: 160 hours Examination: 40 hours

Hours - total: 276

Administration of exams
ISE Studyadministration (ise-studyadministration@ruc.dk)
The responsible course lecturer
Klaas Dykmann (dykmann@ruc.dk)
Line Engbo Gissel (lgissel@ruc.dk)
Type of examination

Individual oral examination.

The examination is based on one or more randomly drawn questions from a list of questions that the students have been made familiar with beforehand.The student will begin the examination with a brief presentation, after which the examination is conducted as a dialogue. During the examination, questions can be asked regarding the entire syllabus.

Preparation time, including drawing the question: 30 minutes. Time allowed for examination including time used for assessment 30 minutes.

Permitted support and preparation materials: Course material and own notes.

Assessment: 7-point grading scale.

Moderation: Internal co-assessor.


Same as ordinary

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria
  • Specialised knowledge and understanding of a particular topic within one of the three pillars in Global Studies

  • Advanced knowledge of academic and methodological debates related to the subject

  • Skills in selecting and critically applying relevant theories and methods

  • Skills in choosing relevant theories in order to investigate a problem area

  • Skills in communicating and discussing theories and empirical results

  • Competences in assuming responsibility for and reflecting on own learning and that of fellow students by actively participating in group work, presentations and discussions

  • Competences in critically, independently and creatively selecting and utilising academic literature relevant to a specific research question

Overall content

The objective of the advanced study course is to provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding within a specific research area covered by one of the three pillars in Global Studies: Global Politics, Global Sociology and Global Political Economy. At least two advanced study courses will be offered per semester. The courses offered will change every semester within the following subjects:

Global Politics:

  • International public sector organisations and global governance
  • Regionalisation and regional integration in international politics
  • International security
  • International law and human rights

Global Sociology:

  • International Mobility and information flow
  • International political movements and social change
  • International civil society, law and defence
  • Contentious identities and new global actors

Global Political Economy:

  • Work and globalization
  • Natural resources and geopolitics
  • Trade, investment and global production networks
  • International Financial Economics
Prerequisites for participation
Currently no data from curriculum.
Prerequisites for participation in the exam
Currently no data from curriculum.
Teaching and working methods

The courses are based on lectures, but will also include other teaching and working methods such as group work, exercises, student presentations, peer feedback and field trips or guest lectures as well as other practical activities.

Type of course

Optional course

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U40862
Last changed 14/02/2020

lecture list:

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Friday 14-02-2020 08:15 - 14-02-2020 10:00 in week 07
International Organisations and Global Politics

Friday 21-02-2020 08:15 - 21-02-2020 10:00 in week 08
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Friday 28-02-2020 08:15 - 28-02-2020 10:00 in week 09
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Friday 06-03-2020 08:15 - 06-03-2020 10:00 in week 10
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Friday 13-03-2020 08:15 - 13-03-2020 10:00 in week 11
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Friday 20-03-2020 08:15 - 20-03-2020 10:00 in week 12
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Friday 27-03-2020 08:15 - 27-03-2020 10:00 in week 13
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Friday 03-04-2020 08:15 - 03-04-2020 10:00 in week 14
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Friday 17-04-2020 08:15 - 17-04-2020 10:00 in week 16
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Friday 24-04-2020 08:15 - 24-04-2020 10:00 in week 17
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Friday 01-05-2020 08:15 - 01-05-2020 10:00 in week 18
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Monday 11-05-2020 10:15 - 11-05-2020 12:00 in week 20
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Friday 15-05-2020 08:15 - 15-05-2020 10:00 in week 20
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Wednesday 10-06-2020 09:00 - Friday 12-06-2020 17:00 in week 24
Exam: International Organisations and Global Politics

Wednesday 26-08-2020 09:00 - Thursday 27-08-2020 17:00 in week 35
Re-exam: International Organisations and Global Politics