International Institutions

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
04 May 2023


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 institutions 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 institutions (IIs) 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 IIs. 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 institutions in world politics; (iv) demonstrate analytical and critical thinking skills when analyzing political phenomena.

Module aims

The main aim of this module is to teach students to think and write critically about International Institutions using theories and methods of political science. Students will develop the ability to think and make reasoned arguments using positive theories and supported by the best available empirical evidence. These aims, and objectives are achieved through a variety of teaching and learning strategies such as lectures, in-depth seminar sessions, reflective presentations and independently produced assignments.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, the students should be able to:

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

This module will be taught over 2 hours per week


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   II Presentation    30% 
Coursework   Moodle Test    35% 
Coursework   Report on Contributions to the Study of IIs    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
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Zorzeta Bakaki, email: zbakak@essex.ac.uk.
Dr. Carolina Garriga
Module Supervisor: Dr. Carolina Garriga -carolina.garriga@essex.ac.uk / Module Administrator: Lewis Olley - govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Stefano Pagliari
City, University of London
Senior Lecturer in International Politics
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 18 (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), module, or event type.


Further information

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