Specialization Tracks



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


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.

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Trade & International Finance


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. 

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Environment, Resources & Sustainability


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.

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Social Movements and the Environment
Programme: TESt Course type: TESt
Faculty: Jorge E. Viñuales Professor Course destination: TESt
Track: Jorge E. Viñuales Professor Credits: TESt
Cluster: 6 Semester: TESt


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