Education and Development (sp17)

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The United Nations (UN), the quintessential international organization, with its mandate of “maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations and promoting social progress, better living standards and human rights,” is often at the center of world debate on how this dynamic should be developed. Since its inception in 1945 following the Second World War, the UN has been among the most entrusted, most criticized, most ambitious, most amorphous of man’s organizations. The challenges facing the UN system today are enormous and understanding its structure, function, role and potential has never been more important.

This course presents an overview of the UN structure, agencies, programs, activities, functions, partnerships and governance systems. Major issues of common global concern in this environment—such as human rights, democratic governance, international trade, education and capacity development, climate change and natural disasters, national and citizen security, conflict, nuclear proliferation, peacekeeping, and UN reform, among others—will be discussed in terms of both theory and practice. Throughout the semester, we will examine and analyze the evolution, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to different aspects of the UN system, especially as they relate to current events and international development. We will also consistently approach our analysis from the perspective of relevance and how the UN system may continue to evolve in a way that heightens its pertinence and global contribution. 

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