|授業題目||International Organizations I|
|授業の概要||This is an introductory course to international organizations (IOs). Its focus is primarily (though not entirely) on the United Nations system, covering the period roughly from the establishment of the League of Nations to the present. Students will understand the political and historical context and evolution leading to the creation of some key IOs, their general modus operandi and structures, as well as the nature of the global problems they were created to solve.|
|学習の到達目標||By the end of the course students should have a theoretical and practical understanding of what International Organizations are, why and how the most important or enduring among them came into existence, and how they continue to function today. Students will learn to read (including current affairs) critically, acquire a mental map of the legal and institutional identity of some IOs (how their governing bodies are composed, how they are funded and staffed, etc), develop a broader understanding of the global problems IOs were created to tackle and have an overview of the major challenges IOs are facing/addressing today.|
Introduction to International Organizations (IOs)―Were International Organizations inevitable? From past empires to the nation-state concept to trans-national governance
World Wars and IOs, part I―WWI, the killing fields of Europe, the 1919 Paris Peace Conference and the creation of The League of Nations
World Wars and IOs, part II―WWII, Genocides, the death camps of Europe and Asia, Hiroshima and Nagasaki: From the Atlantic Charter to the establishment of The United Nations
World Wars and IOs, part III―The history and theory behind the post-WWII financial architecture: An overview of the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)/World Trade Organization (WTO)
The workings of the United Nations, part I―The General Assembly and the Security Council
The workings of the United Nations, part II―The UN Secretariat: How does it work: who decides, who funds, who implements, who assesses?
The practice of the United Nations―What kind of ‘global’ challenges’?
Tentative: A study session with the Hiroshima Office of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
The United Nations System―Specialized Agencies: The case of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The question of Security Council reforms―The case of Japan
Peace and Security, part I―Collective security and the evolution of UN Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO)
Peace and Security, part II―The Arms Industry; The work of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
The global commons, part I―Environment, Energy and the Climate Change ticking clock
The global commons, part II―From the 1972 Stockholm Summit to the present: Assessing the work of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Whither the post-WWII international architecture, or dawn of a new age? Some possible directions for the future
|授業外学習の課題||Students will receive a reading list before term starts. They will be required to follow current affairs/news, read at least one related journal article in advance of each class, and are encouraged to participate in class discussions. Students will be asked to form teams and ’assigned’ an international organization throughout the term, on which they will make a short presentation at term end. We will ensure that most of the journals, magazines and newspapers related to international affairs and organizations will be available at the Library in print or otherwise in digital form. Please consult me for more reading requirements. The term will include a study visit to a Hiroshima-based IO.|
|履修上の注意事項||For students who want to deepen their study of international organizations, it is advised that they take this course (IOs I, Summer 2017) before taking the more advance-level IOs II, in the Fall of 2017.
【This subject is also designed for the 2014～ Global Course students. ※ただし、一部の学部・学科では配当されていない場合があります。】
|成績評価の方法・基準||Students will be assessed on the basis of regular class reflection comments (15%), class participation (10%), end of term exam (60%), and at least one project work or team presentation (15%)|
|Every Thursday, after class; Monday afternoons, on appointment|