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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

MODL5028M International Organisations: Context, Theory and Practice

15 creditsClass Size: 26

Module manager: Gary Hernandez
Email: g.hernandez@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module aims to equip you with a broad understanding of the history, theory, and practice of International Organisations (IOs). It is designed to enable you to develop your ability to both analyse the nature of IOs and discuss knowledgeably the topics that lie at the heart of their work, all with a view to enhancing your professional aptitude to work within such organisations in your future career. Key topics and case studies typically cover issues of security, trade, development and human rights, as well as working practices within IOs, with a particular focus on language policy and the work of professional linguistics within such organisations.

Objectives

This module aims to equip students with a broad understanding of the history, theory, and practice of International Organisations (IOs). It is designed to enable students to develop their ability to both analyse the nature of IOs and discuss knowledgeably the topics that lie at the heart of their work, all with a view to enhancing the professional aptitude of students to work within such organisations in their future careers.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a sound understanding of, and critical approach to, contexts, concepts, and key topics in this field
- demonstrate a grasp of the working practices and issues of professionalism within IOs.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- make use of technical IO-related vocabulary and IR-related concepts


Syllabus

After an introduction to the history and contemporary context of IOs, students will be introduced to the four main theoretical approaches to IOs offered by the discipline of International Relations. They will then go on to explore key topics in the work of IOs, looking at pertinent case studies for each topic. Such topics will typically include issues of security, trade, development and human rights. The module will also consider working practices within IOs, with a particular focus on language policy and the work of professional linguistics within such organisations.The module will consist of interactive lectures and seminars that will encourage students to take an active role in all aspects of their learning.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture101.0010.00
Seminar51.005.00
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Reading and preparation for seminars: 70 hrs
Preparation for seminar presentation: 20 hrs
Researching and writing the module essay: 45 hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored through in-class discussion.
For the in-class assessed presentations, groups of students will be encouraged to consult with the tutor in advance to ensure that their plans are suitable.
Equally, students will be encouraged to discuss essay plans with the tutor in advance of the Christmas break to ensure that they are on the right track before submission.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2000 words70.00
Oral Presentation15 minutes, in small groups (2 - 3 students)30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/03/2018 17:22:54

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