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Carleton University
Department of Political Science

Winter 2016

PSCI 3600B
International Institutions
Thursdays - 11:35am to 2:25pm
Please confirm location on Carleton Central
Office hours:

James Milner
Loeb A629
Thursdays, 3-4pm and Fridays, 10-11am (or by appointment)
(613) 520-2600 x2211

Please use your Carleton e-mail address or the e-mail function of cuLearn to send an email to the instructor or TA and always include the course code in the subject line.
First class:
Last class:

7 January 2016
7 April 2016


No class meeting on 18 February 2016 due to Reading Week

cuLearn: On-line components of this course will be managed through cuLearn. Please visit the cuLearn site at least once a week to receive the most current information pertaining to the scheduling of the course and required readings.
Course objectives:
International institutions have come to play an increasingly important role in global politics in the last century. Arguably the most prominent of these institutions is the United Nations (UN).
Established in 1945 and in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, the UN’s Charter set out the rights and obligations of Member States, and pledged to: “save succeeding generations from the scourges of war”; “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights”; promote
“respect for the obligations arising from treaties”; and “promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom”.
A brief review of the state of the international system 70 years later, however, has led many to conclude that the UN is incapable of realizing its Charter ideals, and that the organization itself, and the very promise of global governance, is irrelevant. Indeed, challenges in peace and security, development and human rights have repeatedly underlined the challenges of global governance and the furtherance of a global common good. Given these shortcomings, do we still need the UN?
The purpose of this course is to critically engage with the notion of global governance and the functioning of international institutions through an applied consideration of the origins, development and functioning of the UN system. While the UN system engages with a broad range of global and regional issues, this course will engage with a select number of areas linked to the core objectives of the UN Charter. The course will draw on the global governance literature to provide a conceptual framework for understanding the challenge of international cooperation and the tensions between the interests of states and the ideals of a common good.
Through a series of lectures, readings, discussions and presentations, this course will examine the constraints of the UN in today’s international system, while considering its future role.

Course outline:
The course is divided into two sections:
Section 1 will provide a historical, conceptual and structural foundation for our study of the UN system and international institutions more generally. We will begin with a consideration of the
UN’s ancestors and the historical circumstances within which the UN was established. We will then consider different conceptual approaches to the study of international organizations and how these perspectives can be used to focus our examination of the UN system. The section will then delve into the murky world of the UN system to outline the complex interaction between its various elements and the challenges of management and accountability of such a system, before outlining the challenges faced by the system today. This section will conclude by considering the challenges associated with implementing global decisions in local contexts.
Section 2 will build from this background to consider five of the most prominent issues on the
UN’s agenda today: security, development, trade, the environment, and human rights and humanitarian action. We will examine the background and history of each issue before considering how the UN is able and unable to engage with these issues today. Each theme will then be explored in more detail through case studies presented by students on examples of the
UN’s efforts to promote global standards in diverse local contexts.
Reflection papers:
Reflection paper 1 (5% - due on 21 or 28 January)
Reflection paper 2 (5% - due between weeks 8 and 12)
Mid-term (25 February):


Individual research:
Essay proposal (5% - due 11 February)
Group presentation (10% - according to theme between weeks 8 and 12)
Essay (30% - due 7 April)


As per early feedback guidelines, the first reflection paper must be submitted on or before 28
January 2016. Critiques will be returned to students the following week.
Late penalties: Reflection papers submitted after the start of class will receive a mark of 0%. All other assignments submitted after the due date will be penalized by 5% of the 100% assignment grade per 24 hours. Exceptions to this policy will only be made for academic accommodations, as outlined below, or for medical or personal emergencies substantiated by official documentation.
Late papers must be submitted via the drop box in the Department of Political Science, as outlined below. The departmental drop box cut off time is 4pm. Any assignments submitted after 4pm will be date stamped for the following weekday.
There is no final exam for this course. Instead, students are required to actively engage in reading, writing and participation throughout the term through four elements:

Reflection papers: Students are required to write two reflection papers over the course of the term. The first is due on or before 28 January. The second should be submitted between weeks
8 and 12 of the course but not on the week you are giving your presentation. Reflection papers should be 1-2 pages long, single-spaced and referenced. Reflection papers should summarise the key arguments of the readings, raise questions about the readings, and relate them to a current event in global politics. Critiques must be submitted at the start of class.
These requirements will be discussed in more detail in class on 14 January.
Mid-term: Students will be required to write a 2-hour mid-term during class on 25 February. The mid-term will cover material from the first half of the course, and will include some multiplechoice, short answer and essay answers. The structure and format of the mid-term will be discussed in class on 11 February.
Individual research: Within the first two weeks of the course, every student will identify within which of the five thematic areas of the course they would like to focus their individual research.
These areas are:
Trade and Global Finance
The Environment and Climate Change
Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues
Within these thematic areas of focus, students will be required to work on a case study of a UN agency or program working in a particular context, and the factors that contributed to the ability or inability of that agency to fulfil its mandate in that context. For example, if a student is interested in peacekeeping, she may want to consider the factors that explain the ability or inability of the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations from fulfilling its mandate in the
Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). If a student is interested in the question of refugees, he may examine the factors that explain the ability or inability of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to fulfil its mandate for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
The process of selecting a case study will be discussed in class on 28 January.
Students will then be required to submit a 2 to 4 page, single spaced, essay proposal, inclusive of a bibliography, on their selected issue at the start of class on 11 February. Starting on 3
March, each student will be required to contribute their case study to a group presentation in the second half of the class that examines one of the five core thematic areas of the course.
Requirements of the presentations will be discussed in more detail at the start of the course.
Class time will be devoted to the group aspects of the presentations.
Building from the proposal and the presentation, each student will be required to write a 12 to 15 page final essay. The paper should be double-spaced and fully referenced. The paper is due at the start of class on 7 April.
Students should begin their research by consulting the “Further Reading” section of Jussi
Hanhimäki (2008). The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University
Press. (Required text for the course, see below)


Students are also strongly encouraged to consult: Thomas G. Weiss and Sam Daws (eds.), The
Oxford Handbook on the United Nations, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007. (On reserve in the Carleton Library)
Participation: 15% of the final grade is for participation. Students are expected not only to attend class meetings, but engage in class discussion, small group discussions, and in response to the presentations in the second half of the course. To support this, students are expected to follow international news.
To this end, students may wish to subscribe to the daily news updates from the BBC
(, Al-Jazeera English ( or a similar news service. The role of Teaching Assistant (TA):
The Teaching Assistant (TA) will play an important role throughout the course. The TA will be primarily responsible for receiving and grading essay proposals and final essays, in addition to a portion of the mid-terms. The instructor will be primarily responsible for running the course, delivering the course material and facilitating class discussions, grading reflection papers, and sharing responsibility with the TA for grading a portion of the mid-terms and some of the final essays. The instructor is also available to students to discuss their ideas for their essays.
Together, the TA and the instructor form the teaching team for this course.
Readings and required texts:
Several readings for this course are available electronically through the Carleton University
Library system at no cost to the student.
On-line journals and e-books may be accessed through the Carleton Library portal: Other readings will be available through the Ares function in cuLearn.
There are, however, two required texts for this class:
Kelly-Kate Pease (2012). International Organizations, 5th edition, Toronto: Pearson.
Note: There are many used copies of this text in circulation, but be sure to use the 5th edition.
Jussi Hanhimäki (2008). The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford
University Press.
These books will be available for purchase from the University Bookstore and for 2-hour loan from the Reserve Collection in the Library.
Provisional outline of course topics:
Below is a tentative weekly breakdown of the course and core readings. Please consult cuLearn regularly for updates to this list of weekly topics and readings, in addition to information about the course.


Week 1
7 January 2016: Introduction: The challenge of international institutions and global governance
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “Introduction”, International Organizations, Toronto: Pearson: Chapter
1 (p. 1-14)
Week 2
14 January 2016: The history and evolution of international institutions
Skills session: How to write a reflection paper
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “International Organizations: Nuts and Bolts”, International
Organizations, Toronto: Pearson: Chapter 2 (p. 15-42)
MacKenzie, David (2010). “The League of Nations”, A World Beyond Borders: An Introduction to the History of International Organizations, Toronto: University of Toronto Press: Chapter 2 (p.
9-32) (available on Ares via cuLearn)
Students will be arranged into thematic groups and have their first discussion topic based on short supplementary reading (to be posted on cuLearn)
Week 3
21 January 2016: The study of international institutions and global governance
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “Mainstream theories”, International Organizations, Toronto: Pearson:
Chapter 3 (p. 43-75)
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “Critical Theories and Approaches”, International Organizations,
Toronto: Pearson: Chapter 4 (p. 76-110)
Discussion topic based on short supplementary reading (to be posted on cuLearn)
Week 4
28 January 2016: The case of the United Nations: Functions, structures and reform
Skills workshop: How to pick a case study and write an essay proposal
Due: Deadline for reflection paper 1
Hanhimäki, Jussi (2008). “The best hope of mankind? A brief history of the UN”, The United
Nations: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press: Chapter 1 (p. 8-25)
Hanhimäki, Jussi (2008). “An impossible hybrid: the structure of the United Nations”, The United
Nations: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press: Chapter 2 (p. 26-49)
Hanhimäki, Jussi (2008). “Reform and challenges: the future of the United Nations”, The United
Nations: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press: Chapter 7 (p. 135-148)
Discussion topic based on short supplementary reading (to be posted on cuLearn)

Week 5
4 February 2016: From the global to the local: The challenge of implementation
Betts, Alexander and Phil Orchard (2014). “Introduction: The Normative InstitutionalizationImplementation Gap” in Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard (eds.) Implementation and World
Politics: How International Norms Change Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press: Chapter 1
(p. 1-28) (available on Ares via cuLearn)
Betts, Alexander (2014). “From Persecution to Deprivation: How Refugee Norms Adapt at
Implementation” in Alexander Betts and Phil Orchard (eds.) Implementation and World Politics:
How International Norms Change Practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press: Chapter 2 (p. 2949) (available on Ares via cuLearn)
Discussion topic based on short supplementary reading (to be posted on cuLearn)
Week 6
11 February 2016: Case studies and the study of international institutions
Due: Essay proposal
Gerring, John (2004). “What is a Case Study and What is it Good For?” American Political
Science Review 98:2 (May): p. 341-54 (available through electronic journals via the Carleton
Library portal).
Milner, James (2014). “Can Global Refugee Policy Leverage Durable Solutions? Lessons from
Tanzania’s Naturalization of Burundian Refugees”, Journal of Refugee Studies, Vol. 27, no. 4: p.
553-573 (available through electronic journals via the Carleton Library portal).
Time for group work on presentations
Reading Week:

No class on 18 February 2016

Week 7
25 February 2016: In-class mid-term (2 hours: will start at 12h00)
Week 8
3 March 2016: Security
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “Security”, International Organizations, Toronto: Pearson: Chapter 5
(p. 111-156)
Hanhimäki, Jussi (2008). “Facing wars, confronting threats: the UN Security Council in action”,
The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press: Chapter 3 (p.
Hanhimäki, Jussi (2008). “Peacekeeping to peacebuilding”, The United Nations: A Very Short
Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press: Chapter 4 (p. 71-90)
Group presentations in second half of class

Week 9
10 March 2016: Development
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “Development”, International Organizations, Toronto: Pearson:
Chapter 7 (p. 185-226)
Hanhimäki, Jussi (2008). “Economic development to human development”, The United Nations:
A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press: Chapter 5 (p. 91-110)
Group presentations in second half of class
Week 10
17 March 2016: Trade and Global Finance
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “Trade”, International Organizations, Toronto: Pearson: Chapter 6 (p.
Ngaire Woods, “The United States and the International Financial Institutions: Power and influence within the World Bank and IMF”, in Rosemary Foote, Neil MacFarlane and Michael
Mastanduno (eds.), US Hegemony and International Organizations, Oxford: Oxford University
Press, 2003 (available as an e-book in the Carleton Library).
Group presentations in second half of class
Week 11
24 March 2016: Environment and Climate Change
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “The Environment”, International Organizations, Toronto: Pearson:
Chapter 8 (p. 227-262)
Michele Betsill and Elisabeth Corell, “NGO Influence in International Environmental
Negotiations: A Framework for Analysis”, Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 1, no. 4, November
2001 (available through electronic journals).
Group presentations in second half of class
Week 12
31 March 2016: Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues”, International
Organizations, Toronto: Pearson: Chapter 9 (p. 263-301)
Hanhimäki, Jussi (2008). “Rights and Responsibilities: human rights to human security”, The
United Nations: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press: Chapter 6 (p. 111134)
Group presentations in second half of class

Week 13
7 April 2016: The Future of Global Governance: A career path for you?
Due: Essay
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “Global Governance in 2025”, International Organizations, Toronto:
Pearson: Chapter 10 (p. 302-315)
Pease, Kelly-Kate (2012). “Finding Employment in International Organizations”, International
Organizations, Toronto: Pearson: p. 316-318
Academic Accommodations
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Learning Disabilities (LD), psychiatric/mental health disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), chronic medical conditions, and impairments in mobility, hearing, and vision. If you have a disability requiring academic accommodations in this course, please contact PMC at 613-520-6608 or for a formal evaluation. If you are already registered with the PMC, contact your PMC coordinator to send me your Letter of Accommodation at the beginning of the term, and no later than two weeks before the first in-class scheduled test or exam requiring accommodation (if applicable).
After requesting accommodation from PMC, meet with me to ensure accommodation arrangements are made. Please consult the PMC website for the deadline to request accommodations for the formally-scheduled exam (if applicable).
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Letter grade

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