UNSA Discussion Paper

"UN Studies: Foundations for an Emerging Field of Study"

A joint article by Kirsten Haack, Julia Harfensteller and Henrike Paepcke. We developed this discussion paper to trigger a discussion on the scope and content of UN studies.

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In this discussion paper by the UN Studies Association we critically review current UN research and teaching, and offer a vision for a new field of studies: UN Studies. We claim that new research and education conventions, structures and contents need to be developed that place the UN - and not subject disciplines (e.g. international law, politics, international relations, organizational sociology) - at the center of inquiry. Consequently, we argue that it is timely and necessary to conceptualize “UN Studies” as a stand-alone field of interdisciplinary studies about the UN. This article proposes a creative common of UN Studies, demonstrating why an integrated field of studies is needed, and defining core features and methods of teaching.