POSC 33013: United Nations Institutions and Processes
Fall 2010: T/R 12:30-1:50
Name: Eric Cox
Office: Scharbauer 2007
Office hours: M: 1:30-2:30; W 10:30-11:30, by appt.
This class is designed for students participating in TCU’s Model United Nations program. It will examine the
historical foundations of the United Nations, the structure of the UN, contemporary issues facing the global
community, and the nature of representation in the United Nations. The class will have a heavy emphasis on
research on both an individual and group basis in addition to clear and succinct writing.
Every week will begin with a discussion of current events, and then proceed to a lecture / discussion of that week’s
topic. Some weeks, we will have student led discussions of topics; others will be led primarily by the professor. As
this is a 2 ½ hour class, it will get rather boring unless you actively participate.
To qualify for the New York Model UN Team, students must make a grade of B or higher!
1) To develop an understanding of the United Nations’ historical and current role in the international
2) To examine the UN structure in detail, and to understand the roles of the various UN bodies.
3) To understand the causes and nature of major questions in the international system (e.g., economic
development, conflict, the environment, human rights).
4) To examine global questions from the perspectives of other nations.
5) To study the policies of other nations and groups of nations to better understand the process of policy
making at the United Nations.
6) To prepare students for participation in a Model United Nations conference.
Two books are available for purchase at the bookstore. They are:
Jean E. Krasno, ed., The United Nations: Confronting the Challenges of a Global Society (Boulder: Lynne
You should also already have purchased Linda Fasulo’s An Insider’s Guide to the United Nations. We will have
some readings out of that book later in the semester.
Additional readings will be made available on eCollege.
Finally, students are expected to stay abreast of current events, particularly international events. I highly encourage
you to read the UN News website daily.
Attendance for this class is recorded each week. A pattern of absences could lead to your exclusion from the Spring
Model UN team. I expect to be notified of all absences in advance or, if you are ill, as soon as you are able to
contact me. As a rule, missed work will need to be made up in advance.
Students will have three 600-750 word papers for this class and one 1250-1400 word paper. These papers serve as
the primary basis for students’ grades. In addition to the papers, students will complete one in-class presentation
and one exam.
Three short papers: 45%
Final longer paper: 20%
In class presentation: 10%
The due dates for your short papers are in the syllabus below. You will be given an open-ended prompt that will
require you to do a small amount of independent research. All papers (including the final paper) will be turned in
using the drop box function on eCollege. All papers for this class must be double spaced. Use an appropriate font.
Your first page should include a title block at the top left-hand side that looks like this:
Your papers do not require a title. For citations, use FOOTNOTES. I will go over them in class. If you do not use
footnotes, or use them incorrectly, you will lose 10 points off the paper. In terms of sources, you should use care
when using web sources. You may use U.N. websites, journals and newspapers with a corresponding print medium,
and websites that I’ve preapproved. If you use sources from the web that do not meet the above description, you
Final Grades are determined on a 100 point scale as follows:
A: 93.5 and above B+: 86.5-89.4 C+: 76.5-79.4 D+: 66.5-69.4 F:59.4 and below
A-: 89.5-93.4 B: 82.5-86.4 C: 72.5-76.4 D: 62.5-66.4
B-: 79.5-82.4 C-: 69.5-72.4 D-: 59.5-62.4
Statement on Disability Services at TCU:
Texas Christian University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973 regarding students with disabilities. Eligible students seeking accommodations should contact the
Coordinator for Students with Disabilities in the Center for Academic Services located in Sadler Hall, 11.
Accommodations are not retroactive, therefore, students should contact the Coordinator as soon as possible in the
term for which they are seeking accommodations. Further information can be obtained from the Center for
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(Sec. 3.4 from the Student Handbook). Any act that violates the academic integrity of the institution is considered
academic misconduct. The procedures used to resolve suspected acts of academic misconduct are available in the
offices of Academic Deans and the Office of Campus Life. Specific examples include, but are not limited to:
Cheating: Copying from another student’s test paper, laboratory report, other report, or computer files and
listings; Using, during any academic exercise, material and/or devices not authorized by the person in
charge of the test; Collaborating with or seeking aid from another student during a test or laboratory
without permission; Knowingly using, buying, selling, stealing, transporting, or soliciting in its entirety or
in part, the contents of a test or other assignment unauthorized for release; Substituting for another student
or permitting another student to substitute for oneself;
Plagiarism: The appropriation, theft, purchase or obtaining by any means another’s work, and the
unacknowledged submission or incorporation of that work as one’s own offered for credit. Appropriation
includes the quoting or paraphrasing of another’s work without giving credit therefore.
Collusion: The unauthorized collaboration with another in preparing work offered for credit.
August 24: Introduction to the Course Syllabus and Model UN
August 26: Overview of the UN System
Readings: Krasno Chapter 1
Fasulo Chapter 1
August 31: LABOR DAY HOLIDAY
September 2: International Organizations: What purpose do they serve?
Readings: Mingst, Chapter 1*
Mearsheimer, “The False Promise of International Institutions”*
September 7: UN History Part One: Historical Background
Readings: Krasno Chapter Two
September 9: 60 years of the United Nations (in 1 hour and 20 minutes or less)
Readings: Krasno Chapter Two reprised
September 14: International Law Introduced
Readings: Slomanson Chapter One*
September 16: International Law Continued: The UN and Norms
Readings: Krasno Chapter Three
September 21: UN Institutional Overview Reprised: Why all these institutions?
Readings: Fasulo Chapter 15
PAPER ONE DUE AT 5:00
September 23: International Peace and Security
Readings: Suzanne Werner and Amy Yuen, “Making and Keeping Peace”*
(rec) Bellamy, “The Responsibility to Protect Five Years On”*
Fasulo Chapter 5
September 28: The UN & Disarmament
Readings: Jessica Tuchman Mathews, “Weapons of Mass Destruction and the United
Krasno Chapter 7
September 30: UN Peacekeeping (Part One)
Readings: Krasno Chapter 8
October 5: UN Peacekeeping (Part Two): peacebuilding and democracy promotion
Readings: Gwinyayi Albert Dzinesa, “A Comparative Perspective of UN Peacekeeping in
Angola and Namibia” (packet)
Krasno Chapter 5
PAPER TWO DUE AT 5:00
October 7: Human Rights: Background
Readings: Krasno Chapter 4
October 12: FALL BREAK
October 14: Human Rights: UN Institutions
Readings: Cox, “State Interests and the Creation and Functioning of the United Nations
Human Rights Council”
October 19: The UN and Development
Readings: Krasno Chapter 6
October 21: The Environment
Readings: Fasulo Chapter 11
Carin and Mehlenbacher, “Constituting Global Leadership”
October 26: Global Health
Readings: Taylor, Allyn L. "Governing the Globalization of Public Health."
October 28: The Millennium Development Goals
Readings: 2010 Millennium Development Goals Report (see:
This is a really, really cool resource: http://www.mdgmonitor.org/ . Use the
PAPER THREE DUE AT 5:00
November 2: Diplomacy at the UN
Readings: Krasno Chapter 10
Fasulo, Chapter 7 & 8
November 4: UN Reform (student presentations)
November 9: UN Reform (student presentations)
November 11: Exam Review
November 16: Exam
November 18: Committee Assignments
November 30: Our Country Assignment – how to research
December 2: Work groups / research
December 7: Student Speeches & Wrapping up
December 8: FINAL PAPER DUE BY 5:00 ON ECOLLEGE