The United Nations (UN) has been one of the most ambitious attempts to collectively address challenges to security. Marginalised during most of the Cold War, it has played a central role in addressing problems of war (both international and civil), development, terrorism, and the environment. This module examines the evolution of the UN and its key institutions (in particular the Security Council, the General Assembly, and the Secretariat), assessing the ways in which their roles have developed. It also analyses key issues and practices, such as decolonisation, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, peacebuilding, sanctions, and terrorism, and assesses the impact of the UN's involvement. This module requires a thorough understanding of the international system, and students without a background in international relations might want to consult the module convenor in advance. The module is divided into eight topics: Autumn Term: 1. Theoretical Approaches to the United Nations 2. Principal organs of the UN: The Secretary Council 3. Principal organs of the UN: The General Assembly and the Secretariat 4. The UN and the Use of Force Spring Term: 5. The UN and the Quest for Peace and Security 6. The UN and Development 7. The UN and Human Rights 8. The Challenges of UN Reform

Term(s) offered: Autumn/Summer term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 1.5
General Education: III B 4