Gamma Essay #2 Topics


Write an essay based on one of these topics. The essay is due at the start of class on 8 Mar.

  1. Criticize or defend this assertion: “Barnett & Finnemore’s discussion of UNHCR is seriously flawed. Rather than showing pathologies at play, UNHCR is an IO that succeeds as a bureaucracy. The human rights plight for refugees who are repatriated is generated by states, not UNHCR.”
  2. Criticize or defend this assertion: “The issue-area of human rights shows the triumph of IOs over states. IOs have established an international regime to which states comply most of the time. Those that do not are considered pariahs, like Sudan.”


The essay should be 1400-1600 words in length. Essays must be typed or machine-printed and stapled (no paper clips or folders). Do not use colored paper. Keep a copy of your submitted essay. Use fonts no smaller than 12 points. Use a serifed font, like Times New Roman and not sans serif fonts, like Verdana or Arial. (While sans serif fonts, like this one, are easier to read on monitors, they are harder to read, for me at least, on printed paper.) Have a separate title page with 1) your name, 2) your student ID number, and 3) the group and essay number printed on it. Do not put your name or ID number on the pages of text (I grade “blind”). Number the pages of text. Put the number of the topic you are answering or the first phrase of the topic at the top of the first page of the essay text so that I know what topic you are answering.

There are two margin and line-spacing options:

a) Text may be double-spaced and have 1-inch margins, or

b) Text may be single-spaced but with a 2-inch left-hand margin and 1-inch right-hand margin.