International Organizations

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    International Organizations

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    International Relations, International Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    International Organizations
    Bachelor in International Studies
    ECTS Credits: 6.0
    Semester: 2



    Knowledge of the main elements of International relations and international society. Knowledge of the role of International organisations in International society. There is an analysis of the transformations, features, subjects and actors of the International society. The central element of analysis is the role that International organisations play in international relations. We make a deep examination on the role, characters and elements of International organisations. We seek to understand fully the phenomenom of International organisations, in a general perspective

    CB1 Be able to show that they possess and comprehend facts and contents in an area of study which, based on a previous general secondary school level, have been extended to those included in advanced textbooks and in some aspects proceed from the most advanced studies in this area.
    CB2 Be able to show that they have learned how to apply their knowledge professionally to their future jobs or tasks and that they possess the competences needed to develop and defend arguments and solve problems in that area of study.
    CB3 Be able to show that they are capable of collecting and interpreting the relevant data (normally within their area of study) needed for formulating judgments which require critical thought on social, scientific and ethical topics of relevance.
    CB4 Be able to show that they are able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions both to specialized and non-specialized publics.
    CB5 Be able to show that they have developed the learning skills required to perform further studies with a high degree of self-dependence.

    CG1 Understand social, political, legal and economic realities from a comparative perspective.
    CG2 Be able to approximate and analyze the intrinsic values contained in equal opportunities, multi-cultural society, political ideological and cultural pluralism, human rights, and the international community.
    CG4 Be able to manage information: identify, organize and analyze relevant information critically and systematically within the context of international relations.
    CG5 Be able to debate and formulate critical reasoning, using precise terminology and specialized resources, when analyzing international and global phenomena, employing both the concepts and knowledge from different disciplines as well as the methods of analysis, paradigms and concepts pertaining to the Social Sciences.

    CT1 Acquire the capacity to communicate knowledge in oral and written form, both to specialized and to non-specialized publics.
    CT2 Acquire the capacity to establish good interpersonal communication and to work both in interdisciplinary and international teams.
    CT3 Acquire the capacity to organize and plan workloads, taking correct decisions based on the available information, collecting and interpreting relevant data in order to provide assessments in that area of study.
    CT4 Develop the motivation and capacity to perform independent continuous learning for life, with an endowment to adapt to change and new situations.

    CE2 Be familiar with and understand the processes of political, social, economic and cultural change in society and contemporary policy.
    CE3 Be familiar with the system of origins of Law.
    CE4 Be familiar with public freedoms and fundamental rights in both Spanish and international legal codices.
    CE12 Be able to formulate and solve basic economic, social, political problems in an international context.
    CE14 Be able to design and evaluate viable and sustainable political and socio-economic programs designed for social advancement.

    · Know the main international orgnaizations, the objectives and aims
    · Know the role of international cooperation within the framework of organizations on a cultural, economic and environmental level
    · Identify which are the traits, functions and characteristics of the most important international organizations
    · Be able to understand the different decsision making procedures in international organizations
    · Be able to analyse the main international organizations on an organizational and institutional level and their functioning both within the universal United Nations system as well as on a regional American, African and Asian level



    I. International organizations and International society. 1. Historical evolution of International society. 2. International society Structure and International Organizations. 3. International society fragmentation and International Organizations. 4. I.O. and subjects of International law. 5. Globalization and International organizations.
    II. International organizations Origins and evolution. 1. Intellectual history. 2. First organizations. 3. International organizations in the twentieth century. 4. I.O. current perspectives.
    III. League of Nations. 1. Characters and achievements. 2. Peace-keeping. 3. Human rights and minority protection. Mandate system
    IV. Proliferation and features of IO. 1 Proliferation. 2 Definition and elements. Classification. 3 International organizations, international corporations, non-governmental organizations, international civil society. 4. Power and law. Governance. 5. National sovereignty and International organizations
    V. Spain and IO. 1 Spain in the League of Nations. 2. Spain and the NNUU. 3. Spain and European integration. 4. Spain and others International organizations

    PART TWO. INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. VI. International Organizations functions in International Community. 1. Introduction and main functions. 2. Conflict resolution. 3. International economic regulations. 4 Human rights protection. 5. Creation and aplication of International law. 6. Others.

    VII. International organizations legal order. 1Constitution. 2. Attribution of powers. 3. Classifying international organs. Advisory and supervisory organs. 4. Decisions. Interpretation, settlement of disputes, supervision and sanctions.
    VIII. International organizations legal status. 1. Status in International law. 2. Participation and Succesion of IL. 3. Manifestations of International personality. 4 External relations: relations with States, and other International organizations. 5 Instruments of external relations


    IX. The United Nations. 1. Creation, purposes and principles. 2. Admission (art. 4). The rise of universal organizations. 3. Functions. 4. UN Structure: a) Major organs: General Assembly. Security Council. Economic and social Council. International Court. b) Subsidiary organs. Others. 5. Main achievements of the United Nations. 6. The reform of the UN.
    X. Specialized agencies of the UN. 1. General characteristics. 2. The role of Specialized agencies in the scope of cultural and social affairs (World Health organization. UNESCO. International labor organization). 3. The role of specialized agencies in the economis field (World Bank. International monetary Fund. Others). 4. The role of specialized agencies in communications field (Universal postal Union. International telecommunication Union. International maritime organization International civil aviation). 5. Others (Worlds intelectual property organization; World tourism organization...)
    XI European Organizations. 1. Historical background. 2. General considerations. 3. European organizations and European changes. 4. Organization for security and cooperation in Europe. 5. The Council of Europe 6. Organization for economic cooperation and development. 7. Others.
    XII. European Unión. 1. Origins. 2. Main stages in the integration process. A) European communities. B) The Maastricht treaty and the European Union. C) The constitucional process. D) The LIsbon treaty and European integración. 3. Main Institutions and rules. 4. The European Union at present.
    XIII. American Organizations. 1. General features. 2. Organization of american States. 3. American system of human rights. 4. American Integration processes. 5. Others I.O.
    XIV. African and Asian organizations. 1. General features. 2. Main International organizations. 3. Main fonctions. 4. African integration processes.


    The techniques used will the best adapted, taking into account the Schedule. In the theoretical class we use the tradicional methology consisting of a oral exposure of knowledge. Classes in relation to the other techniques will follow their own methodologies. Teachers will follow the Schedule. They can adapt to changes in the course. In short, students must submit case Studies, class Works and other types of elements as self control, written essays, participation in collective activities and assistance to Schedule activities.


    -The final exam is a theoretical test. The student must choose three questioning of four selected by professor, between the sections of the official program. The rating of this is the 60% of the final grade of the subject. The student must obtain 4/10 for aproval
    -The continuous assesment will have the value of 40%, to be divided:
    -Written and class presentation of a work, according to the professor´s guidelines (20%)
    -Other activities established by professor (class presentation, recommended readings, cases, workshops, proceedings..): 20%


    Alvarez, J.,. International organizations as law makers. Oxford. 2005
    Amerasinghe, C. Principles of the institutional law of the United Nations. Cambridge Universuty Press. 2005
    Kennedy, P. The Parliament of man: The past, present and the future of the United Nations. Paperback. 2007
    Schermers, H. Blokker, N.,. Interntional institutional law. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. 2003 (2013)

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