International Institutions

Lesson Plan and Readings: International Institutions

Lesson Plan: International Institutions

Topic: International Institutions

Week #: 5

Estimated Time: 150-180 minutes

 

Lecture Slides: Available

Required Readings:

  1. “International Organisations” by Shazelina Abidin in International Relations edited by Stephen McGlinchey. https://www.oercommons.org/courses/international-relations/view. CC BY-NC - 7 pages
  2. Kruck, Andreas, and Bernhard Zangl. 2019. “Trading Privileges for Support: The Strategic Co-Optation of Emerging Powers into International Institutions.” International Theory 11 (3): 318–43. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1752971919000101. CC BY
  3. Sections 1, 2, and 3 in Kaufmann, Wesley, Reggy Hooghiemstra, and Mary K. Feeney. 2018. “Formal Institutions, Informal Institutions, and Red Tape: A Comparative Study.” Public Administration 96 (2): 386–403. CC BY

Total Page Count: 39

Optional Resources:

  1. Keohane, Robert O. “International Institutions: Can Interdependence Work?” Foreign Policy, no. 110, 1998, pp. 82–194. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1149278.
  2. “Judges urge Security Council to serve interests of all UN Member States”
  3. “Why Japan’s Exit from International Whaling Treaty May Actually Benefit Whales.” 2019. Science | AAAS. January 10, 2019. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/why-japan-s-exit-international-whaling-treaty-may-actually-benefit-whales.
  4. Stern, Mark Joseph. 2018. “The Trailer for the New RBG Biopic Says ‘Freedom’ Isn’t in the Constitution. Wait, What?” Slate Magazine. Slate. July 18, 2018. https://slate.com/culture/2018/07/the-trailer-for-the-new-ruth-bader-ginsburg-biopic-says-freedom-isnt-in-the-constitution.html.
  5. Melber, Henning. 2019. “Freedom Day in South Africa -- a Reminder of Unfinished Business.” The Conversation, April 24, 2019. http://theconversation.com/freedom-day-in-south-africa-a-reminder-of-unfinished-business-115655.
  6. “Single Market Scoreboard – Trade in Goods & Services.” 2019. Single Market Scoreboard. May 6, 2019. https://ec.europa.eu/internal_market/scoreboard/integration_market_openness/trade_goods_services/index_en.htm.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  1. Remember the definition of terms related to the study of international institutions
  2. Understand how member states shape international institutions
  3. Apply principal-agent model to international institutions
  4. Analyze examples of withdrawal and non-compliance by member states

Misconceptions of Topic:

  1. International institutions must include all countries in the world (United Nations, World Trade Organization, World Bank, International Monetary Fund)
  2. International institutions operate without oversight from their members
  3. International institutions are powerless

 

Lesson Component

Ancillary(ies)

Lecture: Review learning objectives

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In-Class Activity: Why are states members of some international organizations, but not members of other international organizations?

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Lecture: Formal and informal international institutions

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Watch “The United Nations Conference on International Organization”

Homework: Applying the Principal-Agent Model

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In-Class Activity: What formal international organization are you interested in?

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View Open Yearbook by Yearbook of International Organizations

In-Class Activity: Think-Pair-Share with your nearest neighbor about Freedom

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In-Class Activity: “Why Japan’s exit from international whaling treaty may actually benefit whales”

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Read “Why Japan’s exit from international whaling treaty may actually benefit whales”

In-Class Activity: EU Single Market Scorecard

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Review Single Market Scorecard for Trade in goods and services

Required Readings: International Institutions

Required Readings:

  1. “International Organisations” by Shazelina Abidin in International Relations edited by Stephen McGlinchey. https://www.oercommons.org/courses/international-relations/view. CC BY-NC - 7 pages
  2. Kruck, Andreas, and Bernhard Zangl. 2019. “Trading Privileges for Support: The Strategic Co-Optation of Emerging Powers into International Institutions.” International Theory 11 (3): 318–43. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1752971919000101. CC BY
  3. Sections 1, 2, and 3 in Kaufmann, Wesley, Reggy Hooghiemstra, and Mary K. Feeney. 2018. “Formal Institutions, Informal Institutions, and Red Tape: A Comparative Study.” Public Administration 96 (2): 386–403. CC BY

Total Page Count: 39

Introducing the readings:

The unit's readings introduce students to international organizations, their use, and relation to formal and informal institutions. 

Shazelina Abidin's chapter on international organizations explains the difference between international governmental organizations (IGOs) and international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). She also provides a brief discussion about how international organizations have shaped international relations.

Kruck and Zangl's journal article seeks to answer the question: "When and how do international institutions adapt to underlying global power shifts?" They develop a theory of strategic co-optation that centers on how established states will trade institutional privileges for emerging states' institutional support. This article offers a concrete explanation of states behave within international institutions.

Kaufmann, Hooghiemstra, and Feeney's journal article describes how formal (written rules) and informal (cultural norms) institutions at the state/country level affect perceptions of red tape in the private sector. The prevalence of formal and informal institutions at the state/country-level can inform our understanding of them at the international level.