Caution Notice Master's in International Studies

Course Structure

The Master’s in International Studies is a composite academic course, which aims to provide students witha complete picture of the “international”.

International studies (IS) is an interdisciplinary course of study, with International Relations (IR) as a component of the subject, but not as the sole discourse underlying the field. The difference being- IS goes on to expand its scope of study to social, cultural, economic as well as political aspects in the international arena, while IR narrows its focus on purely political, diplomatic and legal relations among countries.

Given the nature of the subject, the programme is taught through a mixed pedagogical approach, combining exposure to both IR theory and praxis. Emphasis is laid on hands-on training in the workings of contemporary diplomacy and international negotiations through simulations, case studies and audio visuals. The courses are designed to nurture critical analysis skills (written and oral), soft skills, intercultural skills and e-competencies in students, to enable them to play professional, constructive or leadership roles at the national, regional and international level.

The transferable analytical skills from this programme have benefitted many of our students, who have gone on to pursue in-depth studies in the field or taken up professional careers at the public, private or non-profit sectors.

The MA in International Studies is a full-time programme, divided into four academic terms or semesters. Course modules for each semester and the respective course highlights are provided below:

SEMESTER 1: GENERIC COURSES

Course Title Course Highlights
Global Political Economy

- The interplay between economics, law and political theory

- Analysis of contemporary political and economic institutions at international, regional and national levels

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International Communication

- International Communication in influencing public opinions, foreign policies, corporate affairs and development policies

- The rise of New Media in influencing cultural, social, political and economic factors

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International Organizations

- Role played by International Organizations (IOs) in solving global issues and problems related to the environment, security, human dignity, trade and economic development

- Specific focus on IOs such as the United Nations, International Financial Institutions (the IMF and the World Bank), NATO, EU, the GATT/WTO as well as regional trade organizations

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International Relations:
An Overview

- General introduction to key concepts, theories and issues of IR

- Critical analysis of state and non-state actors in international politics

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Research Methodology

- Introduction to research methods, research design, data analysis and interpretation

SEMESTER 2: GENERIC CORE COURSES

Course Title Course Highlights
Diplomacy and International Governance

- Diplomacy as a state activity and its linkages with international governance

- Reconciliation of the national interests and objectives of different states with the principles of international governance

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International Security

- Analysis of traditional and non-traditional security risks

- Causes of war and changing nature of warfare, components of national security, the changing role of actors (instates and international organizations), as well as the emergence of new actors (including non-governmental organizations and transnational non-state armed groups)

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Advanced Research Methods

- Advanced course in social science research: descriptive statistics, data sources, data analysis and presentation

GENERIC ELECTIVE COURSES GROUP- AREA SPECIALIZATION

Course Title Course Highlights
Area Studies - Asia I

- In-depth understanding of the political processes and structures, political economy, culture and identity, foreign policy, security and global commons related issues in the Asia region and the impact they have on the international system

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Area Studies - Europe and North America I

- In-depth understanding of the political processes and structures, political economy, culture and identity, foreign policy, security and global commons related issues in the Europe and North America region and the impact they have on the international system

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GENERIC ELECTIVE COURSES GROUP- LANGUAGE SPECIALIZATION

Course Title Course Highlights
French I

- To develop basic written and communicative skills in the French language

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Spanish I

- To develop basic written and communicative skills in the Spanish language

Arabic I

- To develop basic written and communicative skills in the Arabic language

Chinese I

- To develop basic written and communicative skills in the Chinese language

SEMESTER 3: GENERIC CORE COURSES

Course Title Course Highlights
Internship

- 6-8 weeks of internship experience at international organizations, government agencies, the corporate sector, non-profit sector or research institutes

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International Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

- The structures, institutions, actors and processes involved in the international negotiations and conflict resolution mechanisms

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Role of International Law in International Relations

- The interface of law and politics at the international level and the increasing role that international law and international institutions are playing in influencing both international and domestic politics

-Roles of regional and international organizations as well as key conventions and their outcomes

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GENERIC ELECTIVE COURSES GROUP

Course Title Course Highlights
Area Studies - Europe and North America II

- An advanced understanding of the political processes and structures, political economy, culture and identity, foreign policy, security and global commons related issues in the Europe and North America region and the impact they have on the international system

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Area Studies - Asia II

- An advanced understanding of the political processes and structures, political economy, culture and identity, foreign policy, security and global commons related issues in the Asia region and the impact they have on the international system

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GENERIC ELECTIVE COURSES GROUP

Course Title Course Highlights
French II

- To develop basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the French language

Arabic II

- To develop basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the Arabic language

Chinese II

- To develop basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the Chinese language

Spanish II

- To develop basic reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in the Spanish language

SEMESTER 4: GENERIC CORE COURSES

Course Title Course Highlights
Dissertation

- Master’s Dissertation- Application of concepts and global issues learnt during the entire duration of the course to critically examine and analyse a narrow area of research

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Global Common Goods

- Key issues and concepts in the discourse on global commons and shared resources

- Major concerns, issues and the role of stakeholders that range from governments, NGOs and CSOs to citizens of countries in the discourse on global commons

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Human Rights and Peace Studies

- Theories about peace, violence and conflicts with a focus on structural mechanisms and processes involved in the protection of human rights and dignity.

- Developing an understanding of conflict mediation and peacekeeping efforts

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Geopolitics and Risk Analysis

- Different perspectives from the classical geopolitical theorists to the rising powers and their quest for resources and contemporary issue areas

-Risk analysis assesses the political environment for doing business abroad, country risk and opportunity assessments, strategic planning, and the challenges of compiling and interpreting intelligence data for government and business

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