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International Organisations (9561.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society



    Students begin this unit by studying the fundamental issues of international organisation by exploring some conceptual frameworks pertaining to governance dynamics. This will be followed by investigating the three primary ways in which the participants in global affairs, both state and non-state actors, organise themselves: intergovernmental, nongovernmental and transnational organisations. The United Nations will be given special attention due to the truly global scope of its activities and impact.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Define and correctly use the core vocabulary and concepts relevant for international organisations and global governance;

    2. Discuss various theories of international governance as they pertain to regional and global contexts;

    3. Identify and describe the major intergovernmental, non-governmental and transnational organisations that are participants in global relations;

    4. Describe and discuss international regimes distinct from international organisations;

    5. Compare and contrast various IGOs, NGOs and transnational organisations with respect to their structures, functions and activities;

    6. Discuss the United Nations effectiveness with respect to addressing global issues such as armed conflict, human rights and environmental crises; and

    7. Evaluate the conceptual material in light of global realities through the exploration of case studies.

    Contact Hours

    150 learning hours in online self-paced mode.


    675 Politics and Democracy OR 9548 Introduction to Politics OR 8296 Introduction to Politics and Government OR 9549 Introduction to Western Political Thought



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