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International organisations with practicum

Mednarodne organizacije s praktikumom

Course credits:

8.00 ECTS / 240 (30 hours of lectures, 30 hours of exercises, 0 hours of seminars, 180 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Zlatko Šabič


  • Asst. Prof. Jure Požgan






Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations


Students are allowed to participate in the course provided that they have completed the enrolment procedure. A general knowledge of the basics of International Relations is desirable.

Objectives and competences

The aim of the course is to provide general knowledge about international organisations, to further students' expertise in institutional aspects of studying international relations, acquired in the 1st and the 2nd year of study. The competences acquired by the student in this course are as follows: a) ability of written and oral expression b) ability to read and interpret primary sources (such as treaties constituting international organisations) c) ability to analyse the design and implementation of policies of international organizations d) ability to write short clearly articulated critical policy contributions, modelled according to policy papers written in international think-tanks, on activities of international organizations. e) ability to make informed decisions f) negotiations and verbal skills

Content (Syllabus outline)

I. Introduction: putting International Organisations in Context: Globalisation, Global Governance and the Rise of IGOs II. History or International Organisation III. How to study international organisations (terminology, theories, methodologies) IV. Normative level of studying IGOs V. The United Nations and its specialised agencies VI. Regional international organisations VII. International organisations and non-state actors VIII. Simulation exercise: how international institutions work in practice

Intended learning outcomes:

Limits encountered by international organisations in pursuit of their mandates; essentials of decision-making processes of international organizations; the role of various actors which co-operate with international organisations in different forms (e.g. the relationship of NGOs with the UN system via the ECOSOC, the Global Compact, etc.).

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, Individual/group work.


Written exam 50 %, group project work 20 %, simulation exercises 30 %. The completion of the assignments is subject to a successful passing of the exam.

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Davies, Michael; Woodward, Richard
Title: International organizations : a companion »
Publishing: Cheltenham ; Northampton : E. Elgar, cop. 2014
ISBN: 978-1-78100-457-9; 1-78100-457-9
COBISS.SI-ID: 27972099 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Karns, Margaret P.; Mingst, Karen A.; Stiles, Kendall W.
Title: International organizations : the politics and processes of global governance »
Edition: 3rd ed.
Publishing: Boulder ; London : L. Rienner, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-62637-423-2
COBISS.SI-ID: 29745411 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

3. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Klabbers, Jan
Title: An introduction to international organizations law »
Edition: 3rd ed., 3rd printing
Publishing: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-107-08050-8; 978-1-107-43971-9; 978-0-511-80101-3
COBISS.SI-ID: 22755843 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

1. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Organizacija združenih narodov
Title: Basic facts about the United Nations 2014 »
Edition: Rev. ed.
Publishing: New York : United Nations, Department of Public Information, cop. 2014
ISBN: 978-92-1-101279-8; 92-1-101279-1
COBISS.SI-ID: 80581889 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
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2. Unit of additional literature:

Author: Polak Petrič, Ana (ur.); Jager Agius, Irena (ur.)
Title: Ustanovna listina Organizacije združenih narodov, in Statut Meddržavnega sodišča »
Publishing: Ljubljana : Fakulteta za družbene vede, Založba FDV : Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve Republike Slovenije, 2015
ISBN: 978-961-235-748-1
COBISS.SI-ID: 281369344 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

Hot to aquire credits:

For full study

  1. Lectures, seminars and individual consultations
    Short seminar paper or short assignments - 1.
    Research paper, research project or seminar (exam) paper
    Written exam, oral exam, written/oral exam or 2 midterm exams

Curriculum was last modified on: 01.04.2022