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Course module: 410129-B-6
International Organizations
Course info
Course module410129-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences; TSB: Organization Studies; Organization Studies;
Is part of
B Organization Studies
B Organization Studies: Global Management of Social Issues 
mr. A.R.P. Massella
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J. Raab
Other course modules lecturer
dr. N.A. Rathert
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R.P.J.H. Rutten
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. J.M.M.L. Soeters
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
Course mode
Registration openfrom 13/08/2019 up to and including 21/08/2020
After completing the course, students
  1. are able to summarize the historical antecedents and trends in the growth of international governance and organizations;
  2. can describe and discuss the most important international organizations and international non-governmental organizations with regard to their structure and functioning, their potential and current shortcomings;
  3. can describe and discuss related policy dilemmas at different levels of governance (e.g. national and supranational) on a basic level;
  4. are able to apply different theoretical perspectives from political science, international relations and organizational sociology to explain the structure and functioning of international governance and organizations;
  5. can discuss and evaluate the role of international organizations in dealing with complex global policy issues and wicked problems such as global warming, migration and refugees, conflict resolution and peace keeping on a basic level;
Part of the course is a day trip to the Hague to visit the the International Criminal Court. Participation is voluntary. Students will be asked to register beforehand. More information will be available in the course manual one week before the start of the course via Canvas.
A considerable amount of the world’s current big policy issues (many of which can be qualified as ‘wicked problems’), whether civil wars, drug trafficking, global warming, migration and human trafficking or poverty and inequality need an international or even global response. During the last century, many international or supranational organizations were founded and global governance systems developed to tackle these problems. In addition, international non-governmental organizations developed as part of an emerging international civil society and global governance systems. But as international organizations have proliferated, expanded the range of their practices, and arguably increased the level of their influence, major questions remain about their role, relevance and capacities to successfully deal with these global policy challenges and wicked problems. In addition, the international liberal order and multilateral collaboration which forms the basis for international organizations is increasingly coming under pressure. The course is designed to enable the participants to better understand and assess the evolution and functioning of international organizations and international governance systems as approaches for coping with or even solving global problems. The course will take a broad theoretical perspective in this endeavor but will especially discuss international organizations from an organization sociology perspective. The course has two parts. In the first part, the course will give an introduction to international organizations such as the United Nations (UN), the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), economic organizations such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF), and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) or regional organizations such as the European Union (EU). In the second part, we will discuss, how international organizations attempt to cope and tackle global complex policy issues and wicked problems such as global warming, migration and refugees or conflict resolution and peace keeping. The course encompasses a field trip to international organizations in The Hague (see below).
Type of instructions
Lectures, Working Groups. Study trip to The Hague (participation voluntary)
Type of exams
 Three hour written exam (60%), Individual Assignments for Working Groups (10%) and individual paper (30%)

Compulsory Reading
  1. Karns, M.P, Mingst, K.A. and K.W. Stiles., International Organizations, 3rd edition, Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2015, ISBN 978-1-62637-151-4. In addition, students will be asked to read a series of journal articles and newspaper articles
  2. A few journal articles will be selected for each topic and listed in the syllabus. They are accessible via the TiU library website.
Course available for exchange students
Conditions of admission apply
Contact person
dr. J. Raab
Timetable information
International Organizations
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 1117-10-2019
Schriftelijk / WrittenEXAM_01BLOK 2208-01-2020
Required materials
The authors provide a comprehensive, in-depth examination of the full range of international organizations. New features of the book include attention to a broader range of theoretical approaches, to the increasing importance of regional organizations, and to emerging forms of governance. And new case studies highlight the governance dilemmas posed by the Libyan and Syrian civil wars, human trafficking, LGBT rights, climate change, and more. In addition, articles from scientific journals and quality newspapers will be assigned.
Title:International Organizations
Author:Karns, M.P, Mingst, K.A. and K.W. Stiles
Publisher:Lynne Rienner Publishers
Recommended materials
Next to the book by Karns et al. International Organizations, articles from academic journals and quality newspapers will be assigned.
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