Specialization Tracks

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As part of the curriculum, students choose one major and one minor out of three specialization tracks. They can choose among  Power, Conflict & Development, Mobilities, Spaces &Cities, and Environment, Resources & Sustainability. The Environment, Resources & Sustainability track is also offered as part of the Master in International Affairs, which reflects the Graduate Institute’s expertise in this area and the thematic relevance of this topic. 

The specialization tracks consist of a core course and several disciplinary and interdisciplinary electives specific to the track. Students must achieve 24 credits in the major and 12 credits in the minor.

 

Mobilities, Spaces & Cities

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This specialization track will expose students to the multiple and crosscutting challenges associated with the global movement of people and goods, capital and information, and how these movements structure the spaces they affect. A core course will introduce students to the history and critical theories of capitalism and globalization, as well as the conceptual frameworks and methodological tools to critically assess its fundamental logic.

Drawing on faculty from the various disciplines represented at the institute and visiting faculty from computer technology, environment, urban design and geography departments, the course will advance student’s technical knowledge of the multiple drivers of the global flow of people, goods and capital, such as global warming, international migration, demography, and the communication revolution, and the complex ways in which rural and urban spaces intersect to structure the material life of individuals. The disciplinary courses and the electives will further deepen this knowledge, while a case-based teaching course will acquaint students with a number of concrete urban and rural settings that can facilitate social contestation and political revolution. During the capstone projects, students have the opportunity to conduct field-based research at sites that are affected by mobility, thereby developing a sense of the social life of such spaces, and the effects of spatial dynamics on questions of identity and social practice.

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1 COMPULSORY COURSE IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK

 

ELECTIVE COURSES IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK

 

CAPSTONE

 

Power, Conflict & Development

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 This specialization track focuses on the issues of power, conflict and development, and the interactions among them. Examining the nature of power and the origins and effects of armed conflict and their implications for development, the track surveys the historical and contemporary manifestations of these processes with a view to endow students with the ability to critically understand them and practically map their evolution and transformation. Specifically, students are introduced to the role of the state and non-state actors, real and symbolic power structures, the multifaceted drivers of violence, the complexity of humanitarian challenges and the politics of collective responses to them, peacebuilding issues and contexts, and regional and international conflict.

The interlocked nature of these questions, considered at the level of the individual and the community, is delved into against the background of their cross-cutting relations to contemporary international governance and their impact on socioeconomic and human development. The range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses offered seeks to develop the capacity of the students to become fully acquainted with the articulation of power dynamics analytically but equally in relation to concrete situations and environments that are affected by perpetuating, protracted or recurring armed conflict. Built as an integral part of the track, a capstone project further exposes students to key actors and institutions involved in the prevention, mitigation and management of armed conflict.

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1 COMPULSORY COURSE TO BE CHOSEN IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK

 

ELECTIVE COURSES IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK


CAPSTONE

  • Capstone, Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou (9 ECTS)

 

 

Environment, Resources & Sustainability

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 Environmental issues are becoming more salient for international relations and are critical now in livelihood and for framing of development programs at all scales. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals chart this vision for international relations, but innumerable local, regional and nation state programs structure their development strategies through environmental policies and practices. The advancement of those visions depends critically on knowledge, cutting-edge policy development and innovation at all levels.

The track offers an opportunity to focus on the emerging questions of governance, environment, resources and sustainability/resilience. As part of their specialization they are required to take the core course to the track, which introduces them to multidisciplinary debates and concepts, related to these questions. The additional three and six-credit courses (or equivalent) can be taken either within one of the four specialized areas, if students are interested to develop a specific type of expertise, or across the courses offered in the curriculum track.

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1 COMPULSORY COURSE IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK

 

ELECTIVE COURSES IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK

Cluster: The Global Framework


Cluster: Climate Change

 

Cluster: Resources, Economics, Governance and Politics


Cluster: Agrarian Environments and Food Systems


CAPSTONE

 

Master in
International
Affairs

Master in
Development
Studies