Proseminar: Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: International Organizations (IB) (HWS 2013)

Instructor: Anastasia Ershova


This seminar will introduce students to the main theories of International Relations, and their application to the International Organizations. The seminar is a complementary part to the lecture of “Introduction to International relations”. The seminar will consist of two main parts. The first one will provide a detailed introduction of the main theories, actors, and terms of the International Organizations. While in the second part of the course will be focused on the application of the theoretical foundation to the specific empirical examples.

Course Objectives

To become familiar with the main theoretical approaches to the study of International Organizations, and be able to identify weaknesses and strength of the existing studies.

To be able to assess and explain the functions IO,

To become familiar with the functions of the IOs in various areas and assess their impact on those areas


Robert D. Putnam (1988). Diplomacy und Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games. International Organization, 42 (3), pp 427-460.

Lisa L. Martin und Beth A. Simmons (1998). Theories and Empirical Studies of International Institutions. International Organization 52 (4), pp. 729–757.



Student presentations (on selected topic)

Final paper (10 pages on selected topic)

Dates and Times: Mondays 15:30-17:00 (weekly), Room: B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude) – A 102