Learning about International Organizations
The course aims at familiarizing the students with the struggles over global, regional and state power, international conflicts, and global issues by providing a variety of historical, political, social, cultural and economic factors.
- To provide an overview of the main stress factors affecting the world community and of the main characteristics of international relations;
- To analyze the role of international organizations and NGOs in this evolution;
- To familiarize the participants with recent endeavors to define and promote new norms to protect the life and dignity of individuals and, inter alia, the concept of human security;
- To raise the awareness of the relevance and relative importance of cultural and political factors in the different approaches to those issues;
- To shed light on the evolution of the key concept of state sovereignty and on the opportunities, obstacles, and dilemmas linked to the implementation of human rights norms.
- Introduction to IGOs (international governmental organizations) and INGOs (international non-governmental organizations);
- IGOs and INGOs in conflict resolution and sustainable development;
- International relations at the beginning of the 21st century;
- International actors and the challenge of global governance;
- Developing new norms in the field of human security: the role of states, international organizations, and NGOs
- Challenges of global and state security frameworks.
- The clash of civilization
- Universalism and cultural relativism in practice, The promotion of human rights and human security values: opportunities, obstacles, and dilemmas