In a much lauded, much maligned, much misunderstood environment, the United Nations System is being subjected to varying interpretations, about its structure, its role, its role, its challenges, its potential, and its essential work. Some believe it is a supra-national structure to be kept firmly under control;, others, that it is the forum for the solution of all problems. Students will come to appreciate its strengths and weaknesses.
The course will be a complement to the other courses on International Organizations being taught at the University. It will focus on the political aspects of negotiations at the United Nations system, including the Bretton Woods Institutions, and cover the different parameters of the debate about relevance and reform.
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
• build up a critical view of the United Nations system, in all sectors of its activities;understand the challenges, the potential, and the shortcomings;
• explain the role of governmental and non-state actors in international politics;
• identify the differing views of governmental and non-governmental actors;
• synthesize information and articulately ask questions and state positions;
• describe a variety of global topics and the roles and responsibilities of the relevant national, regional, and international actors involved in particular topics;
• be able to list the economic and political policy tools available to governments and international organizations, and how these tools are used to create alliances, resolve international disputes, maintain peace, or punish a nation;
• know the numerous global and regional issues today and as we move deeper into the twenty first century;