International organisations

This module provides an advanced introduction to the central issues of international organisations in global diplomacy.

The contemporary international system is a complex network of diplomatic actors. The nation state has been considered the most important actor since the inception of the institution of the Westphalian system after the 1648 Treaties, but since the mid-nineteenth century a raft of international and intergovernmental organisations have emerged, evolved and shaped global politics. These organisations have brought with them an array of different terminology and modes of operations leading to an ‘alphabet soup’ of different inter-governmental non-governmental and non-state organisations. In essence module focuses on the international organizations that comprise the framework of modern international diplomacy.

Topics covered

  • The U.N
  • Economics: RCEP, World Bank & World Trade Organization 
  • Humanitarian: International Committee of the Red Cross, Oxfam, MSF
  • International Religious Organisations 
  • Third Sector Organisations
  • International Sporting Federations: International Olympic Committee 

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an in-depth critical understanding of the nature of international organizations.
  • demonstrate a sound grounding in both theoretical and empirical approaches and tools to debates in international organisation.
  • demonstrate detailed knowledge of issues in the diplomacy and politics of international organisations historical and contemporary contexts with implications for global policy and governance developments.
  • show a clear understanding international organisations, by showing a command of the reading in both formative and summative assessments.


  • E-tivity 1 – Access and Socialisation 0%
  • E-tivity 2 – Library Information retrieval 5%
  • E-tivity 3 – Literature critique (directed) 5%
  • E-tivity 4 – Essay Proposal 15%
  • E-tivity 5 – Literature critique (bespoke) 5%
  • E-tivity 6 – An essay to be electronically submitted as final assessment 70%