Course date

19 July - 6 August, 1999
Application deadline
15 February, 1999
Course Director(s): 

Roger Coate

Department of Government and Sociology, Georgia College & State University/ Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina, USA
Course Faculty: 

Riina Kuusik

Concordia International University, Tallinn, Estonia

Paula L'Ecuyer

University of South Carolina, Walker Institute of International Studies, Columbia, United States of America

Vladimir Lomeiko

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris, France

Donald Puchala

Walker Institute of international Studies, Department of Government and International Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, United States of America

James Rosenau

International Relations, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., United States of America

Mihaly Simai

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

This course is organized around one of the late twentieth century's most challenging intellectual and practical puzzles, a puzzle that challenges the core of the interstate legal order's foundations in state sovereignty. Initiating and sustaining effective international responses to threats to human security require the integrated engagement of nonstate entities with state entities at and across all levels.

Yet the foundation of the UN system in the principle of the inviolability of state sovereignty greatly constrains and inhibits UN agencies from engaging civic and subnational state entities constructively. In this context emerges an overriding challenge: how to generate and sustain effective cooperation both horizontally across differing autonomous organizational domains, legal jurisdictions, and sectors of society and vertically across time as well as across different levels of social aggregation from the micro level of individuals in their roles in groups, organizations, and communities to the macro level of representative governance in international forums.

The course will have six interrelated parts.

The course will be conducted in a mixed format, including lectures, discussion groups, a research concept paper, a syllabus construction project, an Internet exercise, two brief written reaction review essays on the readings and discussions for selected topics of the course, and a role playing/simulation exercise. Each participant will be assigned one or more faculty mentors with whom to work during the term.