Specialization Tracks

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As part of the curriculum, students choose one major and one minor out of three specialization tracks:  Global Security, Trade & International Finance, and Environment, Resources & Sustainability. The track Environment, Resources & Sustainability is also offered within the Master in Development Studies, which reflects the Graduate Institute’s expertise in this area and the general thematic relevance of this topic. 

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

 

Global Security

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 This specialization track offers a variety of courses that will provide students with a systemic and critical understanding of the evolution of the global security architecture, as well as the transformations shaping it at the beginning of the 21st century.

The interlocked and evolving nature of state and non-state actors – as well as international institutions – in the international system will be at the heart of the track’s core course. The broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses – offered by a mix of Graduate Institute and visiting professors – will allow students to focus on more specific issues; from regional security dynamics (e.g. in the Middle East) to the role of business in shaping the evolving security environment. The students will also gain hands-on experience via a series of applied skills workshops, simulations and hands-on trainings. The overall aim of the track is to forge a mix of theoretical and practical skills that are necessary for effective participation for future professionals faced with security policy challenges. 

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1 COMPULSORY COURSE IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK


ELECTIVE COURSES IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK

CAPSTONE

  • Capstone, Achim Wennmann (9 ECTS)

 

Trade & International Finance

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 The Trade & International Finance track introduces students to core issues in international economic integration. Students can take a compulsory course either on Trade or International Finance. The Trade course exposes them to modern trade theory and key recent development such as the emergence of global value chains. Students will develop a critical understanding of trade policy and its enforcement at the global level.

The International Finance course introduces students to the basics of exchange rate dynamics, capital flow, balance of payments and international macroeconomic policy. Drawing on the disciplines of the Institute and the expertise of experienced policymakers, a range of electives courses will provide other perspectives on international economic integration, in particular from history and anthropology.

The course will also cover specialized topics such as international business, competition and industrial policy, Internet governance, international standard setting and the global governance of intellectual property rights. Through case-based teaching and the opportunity to develop a capstone project, students will be challenged by concrete problems.  

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1 COMPULSORY COURSE TO BE CHOSEN IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK

ELECTIVE COURSES IN THE SPECIALISATION TRACK

CAPSTONE

  • Capstone, Ugo Panizza (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

  • Capstone, Marc Hufty (9 ECTS)
 
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