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United Nations Studies
Course: POS180

First Term: 1995 Fall
Lec + Lab   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Historical origins, structural makeup, political and operational characteristics, and legal activities of the United Nations. Analysis of the overall institution`s ongoing utility, productivity and creativity

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the historical origin of the United Nations. (I)
2. Describe the purposes and principles underlying the creation of the United Nations. (I)
3. Describe the structure and major functions of the primary organs of the United Nations. (II)
4. Compare and contract Confederal and Federal forms of governance and explain the structural weakness in the organization of the United Nations. (II)
5. List and describe major concerns and issues dealt with by the United Nations on an ongoing basis. (III)
6. Write a policy statement on a topic considered by one of the United Nations specialized committees. (IV)
7. Produce a draft resolution for a current topic before an assigned committee of the General Assembly of the United Nations. (IV)
8. Describe research procedures necessary to secure information on United Nations topics from A.S.U. libraries. (V)
9. Demonstrate the use of United Nations parliamentary rules of procedure in a class simulation exercise. (VI)
10. List major accomplishments of the United Nations since 1945. (VII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Origin, Purposes and Principles of the United Nations
   A. Background and similarities and differences when compared with the League of Nations
   B. Purposes and principles as described in the Charter of the United Nations
II. Structure and Functions of Major Organs of the United Nations
   A. Security Council
   B. General Assembly
   C. International Court of Justice
   D. Secretariat
   E. Economic and Social Council
   F. Specialized agencies
III. Major Concerns and Issues of the United Nations
   A. International peace and security
   B. Economic and social development
   C. Human rights
   D. Decolonization
   E. International law
   F. Disarmament
   G. Budgetary issues
IV. United Nations Procedural Techniques
   A. U.N. rules of parliamentary procedure
   B. Form and style for writing policy statements and resolutions
V. Research on Country Represented at Model U.N. Far West
   A. Overview of country`s economic, political, social and environmental posture in the world community
   B. Committee assignment based on topics from provisional agenda for upcoming MUNFW conferences
   C. Research procedures at A.S.U. library
   D. Writing policy statements and resolutions
VI. Simulation of United Nations committee debate
VII. Evaluation of the United Nations as an Institution
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  5/23/1995

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