Course Description

Course Name

International Organizations

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


This course is an introduction to the study of Intergovernmental Organization and Institution with real world examples. The importance of International Organizations (IOs) in the world has increased. Therefore, a solid understanding of international politics requires a close examination of these organizations as well as states. In this course, the internal structure, working practices, organizational philosophy of these organizations, and their impact on states will be addressed in detail.

This course consists of three major sections. First, the theoretical understanding of IOs from the various perspectives of International Relations will be examined. In addition, historical background of IOs will be also introduced. Second, detailed information about the primary responsibilities, structure, and influence of real world IOs such as the United Nations, the UN?s specialized agencies, the World Trade Organization, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the European Union will be introduced. Each class will focus on specific IOs in terms of their practical functions and activities. Third, other IOs focusing on various issues of the world along with Nongovernmental Organizations will be studied.

The class provides an excellent opportunity for students to expand and develop their views of selected international organizations. Through a practical approach to IOs, students will be able to incorporate their theoretical understanding into real world organizations.

*Course content subject to change