Semester Two 2012
International Organizations: The United Nations and International Security
An advanced undergraduate course examining international security cooperation, with a focus on the United Nations Security Council
This course provides an overview of the events and ideas that determined the evolution of the world community’s understanding of international security following the end of the Cold War and up to the “war on terror” and the current popular uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa. It focuses on the various reasons that justified the use of force by the United Nations Security Council and other international intergovernmental organizations, the politics of the “use of force” and the way it affected the UNSC perspective on the object of international security.
Topics covered include: the UN system, the tension between the protection of human rights and the obligation of non-interference in internal affairs of states; the war on terror and the US doctrine of “pre-emptive war”; and the significance of recent UNSC-mandated military interventions in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire.
(1) students will learn about the inner workings of the UNSC
(2) students will have a clear understanding of the politics of international security
(3) students will learn to synthesize the arguments of the various authors studied, examine them critically and present them in public
15 points in POLS at 200 level for one course; 30 points in POLS at 200 level for two or more courses. Students without 15 points at 200 level in POLS but with at least a B average in 75 points in appropriate courses may be admitted to any one POLS course at 300 level with the approval of the Programme Director.
For further information see
School of Social and Political Sciences.
All POLS319 Occurrences
Semester Two 2012