United Nations

Required and Optional Reading Materials

The class schedule specifies which of the following material is required reading and specifies the date the reading assignment is due. Test questions are drawn exclusively from required reading. The other resources may be useful for term papers or senior seminar papers.

Required Text

Most assigned reading is from the following required book.

The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations. Thomas G. Weiss and Sam Daws, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Optional Text

The following book provides an alternative source and is entirely optional.

The Parliament of Man: The Past, Present, and Future of the United Nations. Paul M. Kennedy. New York: Random House, 2007.

Supporting Material

Supporting material can be found at the following URL.


Suggestions for Further Research

The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction. Jussi M. Hanhimaki. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

International Organizations and Their Exercise of Sovereign Powers. Dan Sarooshi. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

You, The People: The United Nations, Transitional Administration, and State-Building. Simon Chesterman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

The New United Nations: International Organization in the Twenty-First Century. John Allphin Moore, Jr. and Jerry Pubantz. New York: Prentice Hall, 2005.

UN Security Council: Practice and Promise. Edward C. Luck. New York: Routledge, 2006.

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