Course Plan


First Semester: Core Curriculum: The first semester provides all participants with a deep and broad foundation in global affairs that will serve them throughout their career and provide the basis for the more specialized course work  in the chosen concentration during the second semester. All students are required to take the following courses (360 h/c):


1.Democracy vs Rule of Law. (60 h/c)

  • Wealth and Poverty Nations.
  • The Rule of Law on the International Agenda.
  • Democracy vs Rule of Law.

 2.Economy and International Development. (60 h/c)

  1. Economic Globalization, International Economic Organization and Development Policies.
  2. International Integration and Economic Globalization.
  3. Economic Development and Social Cohesion.
  4. Poverty,  Inequality and Economic Development: Concepts and Indicators for Public Policies.

3. Globalization and International Organizations: Economic – Legal, and Policy Challenges. (60 h/c)

4. Regional Economic and Political Integration. (20 h/c)

5. Internationalization of Cities and Regions. (80 h/c)

  • International Action by Local and Regional Governments.
  • Traditional Models and New Trends in the Internationalization Process of the Local Territories.
  • Public Policies and Public Institutions Relevant for the Internationalization of Cities and Regions.
  • Cooperation in the Public Sector: the External Action on Local Governments Renewal.
  • The Real Impact of Cities and Regions in the International and Regional Agendas: the External Action of Local Governments.

6. The Council of Europe (60 h/c)

  • Systems to Protect Human Rights.

7. Diplomacy and Global Affairs.  (30 h/c)


Second Semester: Students are required to complete a minimum of five courses in any one of the available Concentrations. Each Concentration has one required capstone course and students can select the remaining courses from a list of designated Electives. Capstone courses in one Concentration are available as Electives to students in the other Concentrations (225 h/c). Additional requirements include 30 h/c of  Social Research Methodology and Thesis Writing, and 60 h/c if a student decides to write a Thesis, respectively 45 h/c if a student decides to complete the program with a practical report on his or her internship.



Elective Courses (not all courses are offered every year)

Behavioral Economics and Public Policy (45 h/c)

Business and Human Rights (45 h/c)

Challenges of Global Migration (45 h/c)

Civil Society at the Local, National, and International Level (45 h/c)

Comparative Competition Law (45 h/c)

Corporate Social Responsibility (45 h/c)

Council of Europe (45 h/c)

Democratic Theory (45 h/c)

Democracy and Rule of Law in Latin America. (45 h/c)

Doing Business in and with the Internal Market of the European Union (45 h/c)

Economic Integration in the Americas, Europe, and Asia Compared (45 h/c)

Ethics in International Relations (45 h/c)

European Union Law – Foundations (45 h/c)

Good Governance at the Corporate, National, and Global Level (45 h/c)

Human Rights in Europe (45 h/c)

Human Rights in Latin America (45 h/c)

Human Security (45 h/c)

International Commercial Arbitration (45 h/c)

International Criminal Law (45 h/c)

International Business Transactions (45 h/c)

International Energy Policy (45 h/c)

International Environmental Law and Policy (45 h/c)

International Intellectual Property Protection, Innovation, and Development (45 h/c)

International Investment Law and Practice (45 h/c)

Law and Economics of Energy Security (45 h/c)

Millennium Development Goals and Human Rights (45 h/c)

Political Economy of Transition – Post-Soviet Union and China (45 h/c)

Post-Conflict Peace Building and State Building (45 h/c)

Public Diplomacy Between Law and Policy (45 h/c)

Strategic Management of Nonprofit Organizations in Int’l Development (45 h/c)

The Council of Europe in the 21st Century. (45 h/c)

United Nations – Past, Present, and Future (45 h/c)

World Trade Organization (45 h/c)


Social Research Methodology and Thesis Writing (30 h/c).

Final Thesis (60  h/c) or Practicum Project (30 h/c).

Students will either prepare a final thesis of 50 pages (+/- 10%) under the supervision of one of the coordinators or faculty members. Alternatively, students can opt for a practicum project, working for a minimum of 3 months for an NGO or an international organization and preparing a final report of 25 pages (+/- 10%) about the practicum experience.


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