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IR3006   International Regimes and Organisations

Academic year(s): 2024-2025

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Tuesday 12 noon - 1pm

This module covers: regime theory and international relations; the rise of international organisation; international conference diplomacy and rise of multi-lateralism; the UN system and its growth after 1945; complex cases of multi-lateral diplomacy; politicisation and financial issues in the UN system, the post-cold War reform of the UN.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass IR2006

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 1-hour lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 x 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks), 2 consultation hours with Coordinator (x 12 weeks). 2 hours examination feedback in week 1 of following semester.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr F Costa Buranelli
Module teaching staff: Dr F Buranelli

Intended learning outcomes

  • Develop their understanding of multilateral diplomacy in the contemporary international political system especially changes in the UN-system in the last two decades.
  • Develop from the 2000-level, a more comprehensive understanding of IR theory relating to the international organizations.
  • Acquire empirical knowledge of UN, its security role, current problems of global governance and the legitimacy of the UN system.
  • Be assessed on their ability to research and write essays and by examination.
  • Develop their oral and presentational skills in tutorials.