Course description

Fall Semester 2018: 17 September to 21 December

International Law: An Introductory Perspective, Prof. Fuad Zarbiyev, International Law


This course is intended to provide students with an overview of the legal framework of international relations. After introducing students to primary participants in international legal processes, the course will cover the making, enforcement and adjudication of international law as well as mechanisms of compliance with the latter. While the course will adopt a resolutely interdisciplinary perspective mindful of the social, political and economic environments in which international law applies, it will also place a particular emphasis on the distinctive nature of international legal discourse as universalizing discourse attempting to transcend politics.

28h (2h/14 weeks), equiv. 6 ECTS


Macroeconomic policy in open economies, Prof. Cédric Tille, International Economics

The course reviews the workhorse model of macroeconomics in open economies. Issues covered include balance of payments dynamics, exchange rate determination, transmission of economic policy across countries, and international crises. The course focuses on giving students the core intuition of the analytical framework and develops the policy implications and debates. After the course the students will be able to analyze international linkage and critically assess the current issues in the policy discussions.

28h (2h/14 weeks), equiv. 6 ECTS


Spring Semester 2019: 18 February to 31 May

Histories of Globalization(s): Themes and Issues in Humanitarian Responses to crises and development politics and practices, Prof. Davide Rodogno, International History

This seminar starts with a critical view on globalization(s) and its histories. It is articulated around themes and issues related to responses to humanitarian crises and development politics and practices. The seminar engages with the ideological and plural meanings of the term humanitarianism, and with the inherent tensions, contradictions and ambiguities of several humanitarian actors, their visions, politics, practices, campaigns and missions. It examines the roles of various actors, governmental and non-governmental, that shaped and continue to shape humanitarian actions. The seminar explores the nexus between humanitarian actions and development projects and colonial practices. It also examines the role of media, with a particular emphasis on humanitarian photography. The overall aim is to debunk a number of commonplaces in the standard historical narrative about globalisation through the prism of two prominent facets of it: development and humanitarianism.  

28h (2h/14 weeks), equiv. 6 ECTS



Security Challenges in the 21st Century, Prof. Ketih Krause, International Relations and Political Science

This core course will provide students an overview of the evolution of the global/international security system over the past century. The course will begin by exploring the evolution of the interactions – in peace and war – of sovereign nation states. We will then reach ‘above’ the confines of state-to-state relations by exploring the historical evolution of international and intergovernmental organisations (such as the UN) and various efforts at integration and cooperation. Lastly, the course will examine the evolution of so-called 'new security' by exploring the security challenges posed by various transnational phenomena (such as migration and the impact of non-state actors) and the rise of new technology. We will close with a simple question: how 'new' is 'new security' ?

28h (2h/14 weeks), equiv. 6 ECTS