Mar 31, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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POLS 4550 - International Law

Studies the contribution of international law to order, power, and justice in international politics. Explores historical origins and current problems in the field, with attention to classic debates over the sources, purposes, and interests associated with international law. Places formal aspects of law (centered on the United Nations and the International Court of Justice) within the wider context of global governance, including the influence of customary international law and the work of non-governmental organizations. Discussions and readings include critical perspectives on international law as a vehicle of power in a world of inequality.

Requisites: 6 hours in POLS (POLS 2500 recommended)
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Critically analyze the importance and effectiveness of international law in a variety of subject areas.
  • Evaluate the competing theoretical perspectives on what international law is, how effective it is, and which political interests are reflected in it.
  • Research, analyze, and discuss the context and significance of a specific case in international law.
  • Understand and explain the historical origins of, and contemporary problems in, international law.

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