International Organisations: Theory and Practice, 7.5 credits

International Organisations: Theory and Practice, 7.5 hp


Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Course type

Single subject and programme course


Per Jansson

Course coordinator

Per Jansson

Director of studies or equivalent

Carl-Johan Sommar
ECV = Elective / Compulsory / Voluntary
Course offered for Semester Weeks Language Campus ECV
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - First and main admission round 3 (Autumn 2021) 202139-202143 English Linköping, Valla E
F7MER International and European Relations, Master´s Programme - Second admission round (open only for Swedish/EU students) 3 (Autumn 2021) 202139-202143 English Linköping, Valla E
F7MSF Master's Programme in Political Science with specialisation in Public Administration 3 (Autumn 2021) 202139-202143 English Linköping, Valla E

Main field of study

Political Science

Course level

Second cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Master´s Programme in International and European Relations
  • Master's Programme in Political Science with specialisation in Public Administration

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen in one of the following subjects:
    - political science
    - international relations
    - economics
    - history
    - geography
    - philosophy
    - law
    - sociology
    or equivalent
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B)
    (Exemption from Swedish)
  • 30 ECTS credits passed from the programme year 1

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to

  • display deeper understanding of the role and significance of international organizations and international institutions;
  • relate the phenomenon of international organization to current theories of international relations, as well as to understand general aspects of organizational behavior and organizational change;
  • identify the types and expressions of international organization in the contemporary world;
  • display in-depth knowledge of a particular case of international organization and/or the organization of a particular issue area in international relations.

Course content

The course covers the following areas:

  • theories of international organisation and international institutions;
  • international regimes;
  • international norms and norm formation;
  • the significance of international organisation in global politics.

Teaching and working methods

The course offers lectures which introduce and develop the content of the course. Lectures are complementary to the literature. Seminars and workshops are important aspects of the learning process and provide opportunities for mutual, critical discussions which develop attitudes and skills. Students are expected to be well prepared for lectures and to have completed assigned preparations for seminars. Students are expected to read and take in the literature independently and/or in self-organized reading groups. Language of instruction is English.

Activities which constitute elements of examination are mandatory.


The course is examined through a combination of mandatory seminars, seminar papers, and an individual project (case study).

Detailed information about the examination can be found in the course’s study guide.

If the LiU coordinator for students with disabilities has granted a student the right to an adapted examination for a written examination in an examination hall, the student has the right to it. If the coordinator has instead recommended for the student an adapted examination or alternative form of examination, the examiner may grant this if the examiner assesses that it is possible, based on consideration of the course objectives.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course twice are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.



Other information

Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus. 

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.


Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling
Code Name Scope Grading scale
SEM1 Seminars 2.5 credits EC
PROW Project Work 5 credits EC


Barnett, Michael N., Finnemore, Martha, (2004) Rules for the world : international organizations in global politics. Ithaca, N.Y. Cornell University Press, 2004

ISBN: 0801488230, 0801440904, 9780801465161

Claude, Inis L, (1967) Swords into Plowshares: The Problems and Progress of International Organization New York: Random House“Introduction”, pp. 3-14, available as pdf on Lisam, Course documents.

Rittberger, Volker, Zangl, Bernhard, Kruck, Andreas, Dijkstra, Hylke, (2019) International Organization. third edition London : Red Globe Press, 2019

ISBN: 9781137610041


Claude Jr., Inis L., Collective Legitimization as a Political Function of the United Nations. International Organization (00208183) Vol. 20 Issue 3, pp. 367-379.
COLLINGWOOD, Vivien, Non-governmental organisations, power and legitimacy in international society. Review of International Studies July 2006 32(3):439-454.
FINNEMORE, Martha, SIKKINK, Kathryn, International norm dynamics and political change. International Organization Autumn 1998 52(4):887-917.
Franck, Thomas M., The Power of Legitimacy and the Legitimacy of Power, International Law in an Age of Power Disequilibrium The American Journal of International Law Vol. 100, No. 1, (2006), pp. 88-106.
JINNAH, Sikina, Overlap management in the World Trade Organization: secretariat influence on trade-environment politics. Global Environmental Politics May 2010 10(2):54-79.
REUS-SMIT, Christian, The constitutional structure of international society and the nature of fundamental institutions. International Organization Autumn 97 51(4):555-589.
Xu, Y., & P. Weller, 'To be, but not to be seen': exploring the impact of international civil servants Public Administration Vol. 86(1), (2008), pp. 35-51.

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