International Organizations

Mednarodne organizacije

Course credits:

5.00 ECTS / 57 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 27 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

prof. dr. Zlatko Šabič






Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of International Relations


Completed enrolment procedure. The course is recommended for students who have already mastered courses International Relations or similar, International Law or similar, and have skills, or have taken courses focusing on negotiation techniques.

Objectives and competences

The purpose of the course is to deepen the knowledge of international organizations from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The students learn about the environment in which international organisations emerge and develop, how to negotiate in IGOs and how decisions are made. Competences: improved knowledge of law and politics of international organizations, better understanding of decision-making processes, ability to argue and negotiate in a foreign language.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course’s main purpose is to provide students with the theoretical and practical aspects of International Organization in general and international organizations in particular. The course includes topics such as: History of International Organization; Theories of International Organization; Anatomy of International Organizations; The United Nations and the United Nations’ System; Analyses of the Main Regional Organizations in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Southeast Asia; Discussion of Selected Issue-areas and their Management by International Institutions; and The Role of Non-Governmental Institutions. The course typically includes the simulation of an “event” which is designed to encourage interactive, problem-based learning. An example of such an event: a simulation of the decision-making process in an international organization. Subject to funding and organizational constraints, an excursion to an international organization could become part of the course.

Intended learning outcomes:

Understanding of International Organization and international organizations. History and development of international organizations. Comparative analyses of the functioning of international organizations.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures, moderated discussions, individual research projects, simulation practical classes, workshops, field work (excursions-visits of international organisations headquartered abroad), joint sessions with practitioners.


The methods of grading will vary according to the final structure of the course in a given year. The course may consist solely of lectures, an exam and other form of guided participation. Alternatively, the grading may consist of the total number of points accumulated from testing the knowledge from the contents of the course, active participation in an “event” (such as a simulation of the work of an international organisation, a study trip etc.), or other form of guided participation, and active participation in class. A 10% bonus may be added to the total number of points accumulated for exceptional work during the course.

Obligatory literature

1. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Pease, Kelly-Kate S.
Title: International organizations »
Edition: 5th ed., International ed.
Publishing: Harlow : Pearson Education, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-205-17999-2; 0-205-17999-1
COBISS.SI-ID: 30565469 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »

2. Unit of obligatory literature:

Author: Rittberger, Volker; Zangl, Bernhard
Title: International organization : polity, politics and policies »
Edition: English ed.
Publishing: Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, cop. 2006
ISBN: 0-333-72129-2; 978-0-333-72129-2; 0-333-72128-4; 978-0-333-72128-5
COBISS.SI-ID: 28548957 - Record/s in the catalog ODKJG »
All obligatory literature in catalog ODKJG »

Additional literature

All additional literature in catalog ODKJG »

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