Fall 2023

Power and Relevance of International Organizations. The Case of the UN and Other IOs.

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-122


Gustavo Salcedo (Section 01)


This course provides an introduction to the role and impact that international organizations (IOs) have on modern world politics. Since their proliferation in the twentieth century, IOs have become an essential part of the global economic and security commons. Much has been discussed about their relevance in bringing peace and stability, and whether they challenge the supremacy of the nation-state in international relations.

Through carefully selected readings and numerous audio and video documentaries, we will study the key concepts and theories that make up the main academic literature on IOs today. Special focus will be given to the United Nations System: its history, structural organization, and impact on a wide variety of areas, including decolonization, economic development, conflict management, human rights, and the environment. Other IOs examined more briefly will be the Organization of American States, and the European and African Unions. Finally, some thoughts will be given to the rise of international non-governmental organizations.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor Salcedo.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to Political Science majors.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Group work, readings, written work, and oral presentations.

POSC 122 - LEC

Section 01
W 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM CONV 207
F 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM CONV 207


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023