This course examines structures of global governance using analytical lenses developed by both political scientists and international legal scholars to understand the scope of international law and organizations and limits of global governance vis-à-vis state sovereignty. We will explore how international relations theories and legalization frameworks explain why state and non-state actors engage in international cooperation through both formal and informal organizations. We will compare institutional models and current case studies to analyze the effectiveness and legitimacy of international organizations in different policy arenas, including regulation of peace and security, human rights, economic development, trade and migration. We will also seek to better understand the relationships between international organizations (such as the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund) and regional institutions (including the EU, ASEAN and NAFTA). Finally, the transatlantic relationship will be discussed in detail as it has become a breeding ground for new institutional structures in the last decade.
Questions that we will seek to answer include:
Schoenbaum (2006) International Relations: The Path not Taken. Using International Law to Promote World Peace and Security.
Diehl (2005) The Politics of Global Governance: International Organizations in an Interdependent World
Other required reading will be posted on Blackboard under ‘course documents’. Please check announcements for new reading assignments. Please note, there is significantly more reading assigned for the first few weeks of the course as we will be ‘framing’ how to discuss and analyze international institutions throughout the semester. Later in the term class preparation will increasingly involve researching current case studies through media stories and policy reports.
The final exam will contain four essay questions designed to cover material presented throughout the entire semester. Well developed answers will need to contain specific references to arguments made by authors and events documents by factual case studies. The questions will be available in advance, and you are allowed to bring an outline to class to write the exam.
Papers should be between 10-15 pages double spaced, including at least 7 academic citations (journal articles, books, or working papers are acceptable) not covered by the course reading list. The assignment is to use scholarly arguments and case studies to develop an argument about the legitimacy and effectiveness of governance through international institutions in a policy arena of your choice. Late essays we will be penalized by 10% points (1 letter grade) per day.
Discussion will be a substantial portion of this course. Participation grades will be spilt into three categories.
· ‘Responsive and substantive’ in class discussion (15%). In order for participation to be substantive it must be consistent, relevant, informed by lecture or reading material and delivered respectfully. Debate is encouraged and expected, and everyone’s opinion is important.
· Short presentations (15%). These presentations will be opportunities to present specific country viewpoints or case studies. Short presentations topics will be assigned the week in advance. If you miss class, please check Blackboard for announcements.
ATTENDANCE POLICY Attendance is not mandatory, but students will lose participation points for non-attendance.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Cheating- which includes plagiarism- will not be tolerated in class. The NIU Undergraduate Catalog states that ‘Students are considered to have cheated if they copy the work of another during an examination or turn in a paper or an assignment written whole or in part by someone else. Students are guilty of plagiarism, intentional or not, if they copy materials from books, magazines or other sources without identifying or acknowledging those sources or if they paraphrase ideas from such sources without acknowledging them.’ Students who plagiarize will be reported to the Department of Political Science and be subject to further action by university judicial proceedings.
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Act of 1973, NIU is committed to making reasonable accommodations for persons
with documented disabilities. Those students with disabilities that may have
some impact on their coursework and for which they may require accommodations
should notify the Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR) on the fourth
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ADDITIONAL STUDENT RESOURCES Written work will determine a significant portion of your grade. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the University Writing Center http://uwc.niu.edu
(Please note: If more time is needed on any particular topic, the schedule will be amended accordingly. Check Blackboard regularly for announcements).
Topic: An introduction to the challenges of global governance and history of international institutions
Topic: What international institutions do according to scholars of IL and IR
Topic: States and the International Order
Topic: Actors and Institutions: Constraints, Consultation and Consensus
Topic: Sovereignty and Security
Topic: Security Council Decisions
CASE STUDY PRESENTATIONS
Topic: Human Rights and International Courts
Topic: Justice: Domestic Courts, International Tribunals, and the ICC
CASE STUDY PRESENTATIONS
Topic: Voluntary and Involuntary Migration
Topic: International Aid and Development
IMF Discussion Continued…
Topic: Introduction to the WTO
Topic: Trade Disputes
CASE STUDY PRESENTATIONS
Topic: Environmental regulation including the
Topic: Reforming International Organizations