International Organisations

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
21 May 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC L222 Politics and International Relations,
BSC L223 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L224 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BA L212 Global Politics,
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BA L214 Global Politics (including Year Abroad)

Module description

This course offers a comprehensive overview of the role of international organisations in promoting international cooperation. The course assumes and builds upon students' prior understanding of theories of international relations and of international politics.

The module is designed around the following question: Do international institutions promote international cooperation? In particular, the course analyzes the main challenges to international cooperation, and how international organisations (IOs) can help to overcome them. To answer this question, the module relies on three pillars: First, it introduces a set of theories to help understanding cooperation among states. Second, it applies these theories to the analysis of some of the most important IOs. Finally, the last part of the module reviews the effects of IIs both on the behaviour of states, and on international markets.

By the end of the module, the students should be able to: (i) understand and identify the central problems for cooperation in an anarchic world; (ii) identify and explain key concepts for the analysis of international institutions; (iii) use theories to analyze the role of international organisations in world politics; (iv) demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills when analyzing political phenomena.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To teach students to think and write critically about International Organisations using theories and methods of political science.

  • To develop the ability to think and make reasoned arguments using positive theories and supported by the best available empirical evidence.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Identify the main approaches, concepts, and methods employed in the study of international organisations.

  2. Use theories to explain the causes and effects of international cooperation.

  3. Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills when analysing political phenomena.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will be delivered via:

  • 2 hours per week

Through a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as lectures, in-depth seminar sessions and reflective presentations.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Moodle Test     35% 
Coursework   IO Presentation     30% 
Coursework   Report on Contributions to the Study of IOs    35% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Zorzeta Bakaki, email: zbakak@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Zorzeta Bakaki
Module Supervisor: zbakak@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Nicole Hicks govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Stefano Pagliari
City, University of London
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Available via Moodle
Of 24 hours, 24 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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