International Cooperation and Development

Core Module C1140 International Cooperation and Development
Exam Code 1140
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Summer (as of 2019 summer term)
Module Coordination Prof. Dr. Johannes Hamhaber
Lecturers Prof. Dr. Kirk Junker, Dr. Mahsa Motlagh
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study


Prerequisites None
Intended Learning Outcome Upon completion of the module, the students shall be able to

  • Critically review the concepts and history of international cooperation
  • Compare the different models of sustainable, regional development and the corresponding paradigms of development cooperation
  • Understand the institutional architecture of the global economic, environmental and development regimes and analyze the relevant stakeholders
  • Discuss the fundamental principles, mechanisms and processes of international cooperation and international law

in order to position themselves as future change agents in such a conceptual and institutional framework.


The module introduces students to the basic theory, institutional architecture, and practice of international development and global cooperation. An applied approach to some of the core challenges od ‘development’ and selcted particular problems helps to broaden and deepen the students’ understanding of international development institutions, policies, and actors from a critical, reflexive and interdisciplinary perspective. Therefore, participants are provided with the fundamental knowledge and relevant concepts regarding legal economic and political aspects of international cooperation, principles of development economics and regional development models, concepts of evaluating international relations and the principles of international law, illustrated with the field of environmental law. Through field trips and invitations, some actors from international cooperation are contacted and introduced more deeply to foster a policy-science dialogue.

Regional Development and history of development paradigms

  • History of International Cooperation in Development
  • Conceptualizations of ‘development’, paradigm shifts and the development decades
  • Defining Development: theory and indicators
  • Economic geography models of regional development

Institutions and the Architecture of Global Regimes, Global System Governance

  • Institutions I: Typology of International Organizations and Institutional Architecture
  • Instititutions II: Forms and Rules of International Cooperation
  • Development strategies of selected international organizations:
    policies, programs, and implementation
  • Dynamics in the North-South relations and related discourses:
    Global change debates in the cultural and political context
  • Current global discourse: the SGDs and related current agendas
  • Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals: Case studies

International Law and International Environmental Law

  • Introduction to the concepts of Environmental Law
  • Introduction to the concepts of International Law
  • Introduction to the formation of International Water Law policy:
    Transboundary water and oceans
  • Analyzing the effectiveness of current legal solutions to solve identified environmental problems through international law rather than domestic law: particular case of “Climate Dialogue.”

A global transdisciplinary vision for the future, system transitions theory

Teaching Method Lectures, Classroom dialogue, Guided group work,
Visits to International Organizations, Self-study
Assesment Method 70% Written Exam, 30% Short Assignment
Recommended Reading

International Cooperation and Development

Alonso, J. A. and Glennie, J. 2016: What is development cooperation.

Bartenev, V. and Glazunova, E. 2013: International Development Cooperation. The World Bank, Moscow.

Boussichas, M. and Guillaumont, P. 2015: Financing Sustainable Development – Addressing Vulnerabilities. Paris: Economica. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD):

Chant, S. and McIlwaine, C. 2009: Geographies of development in the 21st Century. An Introduction to the Global South. Elgar.

Development Cooperation Forum, Policy Briefs, February 2015, 1.

Development Cooperation Forum 2016: New forms of cooperation and increased coherence to implement the SDGs. – In: Development Cooperation Forum Policy Briefs, March 2016, No. 15.

European Union (EU) n.d.:

OECD 2017: Development Co-operation Report 2017: Data for Development, OECD Publishing, Paris, 2017.

Potter, R.B., Binns, T. et al. 2008/2017: Geographies of Development – An introduction to development studies. Routledge.

Smith, S. C. and Todaro, M. P. 2012: Economic Development, 11th edition, New York.

United Nations (UN) n.d.:


International Environmental Law:

Birnie, P. and Boyle, A. 2009: International Law & the Environment. 3rd ed. Oxford.

Buergenthal, T. and  Murphy, S. 2002: Public International Law in a Nutshell. West

Guruswamy, L. 2012: International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, 4th ed, West

Hobe, L. 2002: The Era of Globalisation as Challenge to International Law. 40 Duq Law Rev 4

Junker, K.W. 2006: Ethical Emissions Trading and the Law. 13 University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law 149.

Mickelson, K. 2000: South, North, International Environmental Law and International Environmental Lawyers. Yearbook of Int. Env. Law, Vol. II, 52 – 92; Oxford Univ. Press

Sands, P. and Peel, J. 2012: Principles of International Environmental Law. Cambridge.

UN Environment Program 2005: Handbook of Environmental Law.

UN Treaty Reference Guide n.d.:

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