Regional and International Organisations and Policy

    Unit code: ASA5055 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Footscray Park


    This unit examines the roles and functions of organisations vis-à-vis international security, food, education, health, the environment, trade, economic development, human rights and the status of women. A comparative approach is adopted in examining operations of international organisations, states, the corporate sector and civil society. The roles, functions and operations of the UN’s specialised agencies are investigated vis-à-vis influence on their member nation's policies. Other programs of the UN are looked at from the point of view of their strategies and policy-making and competing philosophies between them. Various regional bodies and international financial and trade organisations are reviewed.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Critically review current debates and discussions relating to the role of international organisations and of international norms in tackling key cross-border social and economic development concerns;
    2. Conceptually map how the internationalisation of economic, political and cultural processes is redefining the role of nation states and communities;
    3. Exemplify interpretive skills with respect to approaches to tackling contemporary from the global to the local level, focusing upon community development programs in specific cultural settings; and
    4. Cogently advocate recommendations through corroborating evidence to a variety of audiences.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Review
    Grade: 25%
    Short essay discussing a key text in contemporary international relations.
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    In class group presentation and individual reflection
    Assessment type: Essay
    Grade: 45%
    Essay in response to one of a number of prompts examining a contemporary regional or global issue

    Required reading

    Students will be provided with an up to date text list via VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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