Insegnamento a.a. 2019-2020


Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
BEMACS (6 credits - I sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/07)
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Classes: 31 (I sem.)

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Mission & Content Summary


International organizations, supranational organizations and transnational networks are becoming increasingly important actors to explain stability and change in the global economy. Besides acting as negotiation arenas between Member States, international organizations are complex organizational arrangements whose functioning depends on an efficient application of management systems and tools. The course aims to provide an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of international and supranational organizations, discussing conceptual models and empirical techniques to effectively manage them from a strategy and policy perspective.


The outline of the course is as follows:

  • The changing environment of international organizations. Globalization and governance.
  • Models of decision-making and negotiation in multi-level governance; managing interdependence at the international level; partnerships and regimes; coordination in international policy management.
  • Basic concepts, models of analysis and tools of management of international organizations. Innovation and change in international organizations.
  • The United Nations system: governance, management systems and change processes.
  • The European Union: governance, management systems and policy processes.
  • Global policy networks and transnational actors.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)


At the end of the course student will be able to...

Upon completing the study program, students acquire knowledge related to the:

  • Analysis of strategies related to international regimes (globalization and the limits of the nation-state) and regional integration (supranational organizations).
  • Economic and political behavior of international and supranational organizations and their distinguishing features: organizational models, change management processes and innovation processes.
  • Functioning of the United Nations through the study of the institutional setting, the policy-making processes and the business functions.
  • Functioning of the European Union through the study of the institutional setting, the policy-making processes and the business functions.
  • Institutional setting, the policy-making processes and the management of other IOs (OECD, international development banks) and transnational actors.


At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Use the fundamental concepts and the language of management to the study of international and supranational organizations.
  • Evaluate the institutional and political environment and how it affects the overall sustainability of international and supranational organizations.
  • Understand the interdependence between public, private and non profit actors in order to maximize the efficacy of global and transnational action.

Teaching methods

  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Group assignments
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)


The learning experience of this course includes, in addition to face-to-face lectures, case discussions, role playing, real examples and interactions with guest speakers from international organizations. Over the course, students have the opportunity to be engaged in al group project, where the conceptual models, tools and techniques discussed in class are applied to the analysis of an existing international organization.

Assessment methods

  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
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  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)


Due to this teaching methodology, heavily based on interaction, case discussion and class participation, attending is highly recommended.

  • Two written exams: partial (50%) and partial final (50%) or one general exam (100%) . The exam is based on a mix of multiple choice and open questions related to the contents discussed in class.
  • Attending students have the opportunity to complete a group project. The assessment of the project enables students to add up to 2 points to the average mark of the two written parts. Participation in the projects is optional.


General written exam (100% of the final grade) based on a mix of multiple choice and open questions related to the reference list of readings, which aims to assess the student’s learning level of the theoretical models, the understanding of key concepts elaborated in the course readings, and the ability to summarise narrative interpretations from the course readings.  

Teaching materials


  • Class notes.
  • Course slides uploaded on the Bboard platform.
  • Selected readings made available on the E-Libray online course reserve.



  • List of readings made available on the E-Library online course reserve.
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