Carnegie Mellon University

International Organizations and International Law Graduate Seminar

Course Number: 84-725

intl-organizations-law.jpgThis course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the role and function of international organizations and international law in global affairs. In this course, we will consider the historical development of the international legal system and theories and sources of international law. We will examine the dynamics of key international organizations within the United Nations system, the emergence of regional organizations and their role in global governance, and the relationship between international law and domestic law. Throughout the course, students will be asked to analyze current events through the lens of international law. Students will learn to read and analyze primary legal sources and gain familiarity with current research in the field. By the end of the course, students should be able to assess the record of international institutions in promoting international security, facilitating and regulating the use of emerging technologies, influencing the conduct of war, protecting human rights, and addressing global environmental concerns.

Required/Elective: Required
Units: 12
Location(s): Pittsburgh

Learning Objectives

This course provides a theoretical framework for understanding the origin and evolution of international organizations and law in contemporary times. Students will understand the drivers in the sharp increase in the number and reach of international organizations in the past few decades. Students will be able to think critically about politics, make persuasive arguments using theoretical tools to explain historical events, and make up your own mind on these issues.

Fall 2021
7-9:50 PM 

Required course for the following IPS degree:
Master of Science in International Relations and Politics