Course Description:


The great difference in wealth, living standards and quality of life between the countries usually considered as "the less industrialized South" and those labeled as "highly industrialized North" are significant for a comprehensive understanding of international relations. This course will help students understand the interdependence that exists between these two global regions and how official governmental development assistance and trade affect these relations. Students will be required study a specific regional dynamic that is either economic (for example: import and export agreements), social (migration and population pressures), or political (cultural exchange agreements, development assistance or humanitarian relief, etc.).

Course Outcomes:

  • The state-of-the-art regarding the existing knowledge about incentives and aid.
  • The theoretical propositions about the origins of institutional incentives among the different actors who operate within the international development agencies.
  • The interrelationship between international aids and financial, trade and political interest of different actors.

Course Description

The objective of this course is to provide students with a clear vision of the role that international economics plays in global politics. Students will examine how national economic policies and objectives, the international flow of capital and goods, and the economic role of international organizations are influenced by national and international political decisions. The course will focus on contemporary issues in the field, the historical background of these issues, and a discussion and examination of case studies highlighting theoretical and applied pragmatic differences in globalization.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand national and international decision-making and policy-making that affect economies and politics alike.
  2. Combine historical approaches to problem solving and day-to-day needs of global interdependence between economic and political realities.
  3. Use principles of interdependence between economy and politics to provide successful management strategy.
  4. Implement principles of Globalization to explain grounds of local and international affairs in both politics and economics.

Course Description

The course will introduce other international actors such as International Governmental Organizations (IGOs), inter-governmental organizations (INGOs) and international business associations that also play a role in international relations. An important part of the course will be to explore the nature of advocacy and its use in terms of "consultative status" within the United Nations system.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the main principles of global governance.
  2. Negotiate with various global actors, perform effective solutions and profitable projects.
  3. Understand the main patterns of global politics and global actors behavior.

Course Description

This course provides students with a clear vision of the role that international relations in the context of conflict and peace plays in global politics. Students will examine how national economic and political policies and objectives, the international conflict resolution and peace process and role of international organizations are influenced by national and international political decisions. The course will focus on contemporary issues in the field, the historical background of these issues, and a discussion and examination of case studies highlighting theoretical and applied pragmatic differences in globalization.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand better the challenges that conflict prevention and security represent.
  2. Understand and explain inter-group conflict across national borders and within individual countries.
  3. Understand the origin and the balance of power and World War I.
  4. Understand and explain the rise and fall of collective security.
  5. Understand and explain the origin of World War II, the subject of deterrence and containment, the approaches to the cold war.
  6. Understand and explain Ethnic conflicts, intervention and sovereignty, International Law and organization, the conflicts in Middle East.
  7. Understand and explain the dimensions of globalization, the concept of interdependence, the politics of oil, the power and the information revolution, the transnational actors.
  8. Understand and explain alternative designs for the future, a new world order, the concept of thinking about the future.
  9. Consider more effectively their own reactions to external violence, as well as the reactions to threats of policy-makers and politicians in their own communities and countries.