Specialisation Tracks

The Master in International Affairs offers three specialisation tracks:

The Environment, Resources and Sustainability specialisation is offered in both the Master in International Affairs and the Master in Development Studies,  which is a reflection of the Institute’s strong resources in these areas, as well as of the great urgency environmental questions have for the future of humanity. 

Each specialisation track consists of two core courses and a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary electives specific to the specialisation. Students also participate in a Capstone Project respective to their selected specialisation.

In addition to the specialisation tracks, the Master in Development Studies offers two specialisation clusters in Global Health and Gender.

 

SPECIALISATION COURSES FOR 2019-20

Global Security

 

This specialisation 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 training. 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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Trade and 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 students to modern trade theory and key recent development, such as the emergence of global value chains, allowing them to 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 elective courses will provide other perspectives on international economic integration, in particular from history and anthropology.

The course will also cover specialised 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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Trade and International Finance

Environment, Resources and Sustainability

 

Environmental issues are becoming more salient for international relations and are critical now in livelihood and for framing of development programmes at all scales. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals chart this vision for international relations, but innumerable local, regional and nation state programmes 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 specialisation students are required to take a core course of the track, which introduces them to multidisciplinary debates and concepts, related to these questions. Elective courses are organised in thematic clusters. However, students are free to choose electives either within one of the four clusters, if they are interested in developing a specific type of expertise, or across the clusters offered in the track.

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Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Global Health

 

Global health has emerged as a central concern in development and international affairs. The relationship between health and development is at least threefold: health has an intrinsic societal goal, health as a necessary input for human and economic development, and health as an indicator of society's progress toward sustainable development. Health is also a fundamental aspect of international affairs: health is a central component of human security, an outcome of global governance processes in and outside the health sector (e.g. security, trade, investment, migration, environment) in an increasingly interdependent world, and a potential threat to international peace and economic stability.

Studying global health also sheds light on broader aspects of development and international affairs: global health has been a site of growing investment, comprising a tenth of the global economy; social and technological experimentation that has generated innovative approaches to addressing public challenges; and an area filled with a dense network of institutions, states and non-state actors. Although health has traditionally been framed as a medical or technical issue, it is increasingly recognised that protecting global health requires also taking into consideration governance, politics, culture, history, law and economics.

This specialisation track will provide students with an understanding of global health, from the "micro" level of individuals and communities, the "meso" level of countries and organisations, and the "macro" level of the global system. The track will train students to analyse and address global health challenges through courses that explore the historical development of global health, its legal and normative frameworks, the actors and policy processes that govern it, and the social and technological developments that drive it.

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