International Organisations

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
06 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L150 Political Economics,
BA L151 Political Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L152 Political Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC L222 Politics and International Relations,
BSC L223 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L224 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year)

Module description

This course offers a comprehensive examination of the role of international organizations (IOs) in world politics. Besides teaching the basic theories and methods that are necessary for studying IOs, this course considers the application of those theories and methods to examine the consequences of IOs. More specifically, the first part of this course offers an introduction, before we will seek to explain how, if at all, IOs obtain some measure of authority in international affairs, i.e., why states delegate certain tasks to IOs instead of dealing unilaterally or multilaterally outside of an institutional context. The third part of the course focuses on the impact and effectiveness of international institutions. We assess whether and how IOs influence state compliance with agreements, and whether IOs socialize states to behave in certain ways. Over the course of this module, we also examine a special set of IOs such as international alliances and international (environmental) regimes, i.e., explicit principles, norms, rules, and decision-making procedures that define expected behavior in a specific problem field.

Module aims

The main aim of this module is to teach students to think and write critically about International Organizations 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

The objectives of the module are:
1. Introduce students to key concepts and models in international organizations/institutions research
2. Introduce students to different theories about the causes and consequences of cooperation.
3. Introduce students to critical perspectives on cooperation in the international system.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Two 50 minute classes weekly. Each session – except for the first one – will start with students' class presentations followed by discussions that deal with material from the required readings.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Class presentation 2 20%
Coursework Research Paper 12/12/2019 55%
Practical Participation 5%
Practical Class Presentation 1 20%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr. Zorzeta Bakaki email zbakak@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Lewis Olley govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (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).


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