Managing International Relations 2017


There are two parts to the Managing International Relations course:
1) an introductory unit delivered via MOOC (Massive Online Open Course)
2) a full and complete E-learning course

Those who choose to take part only in Part 2 will be given access to all the materials delivered via MOOC in Part 1.

Part One (MOOC): The starting point

Dates:  June 9th – July 14th

Part One (MOOC) will provide:
a) a methodological basis to start moving in the “troubled waters” of analysis of international relations;
b) basic knowledge for managing the major geopolitical and geo-economic issues; ability to deal with data collection and analysis, and to be aware of the key elements of international negotiations.

Introduction – Managing international relations
What is the profile of a manager in international relations? What knowledge and skills are needed to manage international relations?

Module 1 - International scenario of the 21st century
How is the international system changing and what are the main challenges we are facing?

Module 2 - Managing complexity in a changing world
The Middle East as an example of complexity

Module 3 - Toolkit for the manager
The strategic role of information        

Module 4 - Bargaining in a complex world               
Strategies and tools for confronting complex situations with successful outcomes

a) Video lessons             
b) Reading and study materials               
c) Assignments and exercises
d) Discussion Forum

Part One (MOOC) will require an average of 12 hours of work/study in total.

Part Two (E-learning course): Analyzing and understanding the complexity of a changing world

Dates: September 15th – October 20th

The E-learning course, Analyzing and understanding the complexity of a changing world, is made up of 4 modules dealing with key aspects of analysis of international relations:
- Methodology and skills for analysis of international relations and subsequent dissemination of outcomes
- Open Source Intelligence on key international relations events and dynamics;
- Major current geopolitical and geo-economic issues;
- Fundamental elements in key international negotiation processes


Module 1 - International Relations Analysis
Primary instructor: Aldo PIGOLI – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Expert: Michael COX - LSE (“Key geopolitical developments and scenarios in the XXI Century”)

Module 2 - Open Source Intelligence
Primary instructor: Leonida REITANO –  Associazione di Giornalismo Investigativo (AGI)
Expert: Mark W. LOWE – Monact Ltd. (“The strategic role of OSINT in international relations management”)

Module 3 - Geopolitics and Geo-economics
Primary instructor: Aldo PIGOLI– Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Expert: Paul DEMBINSKI – University of Fribourg (“Major international economic and financial trends in the coming years”)

Module 4 - International Negotiations
Primary instructor: Manuela TORTORA – former UNCTAD officer
Expert: Paolo LEMBO – World Economy Green Organisation (“The role of environmental issues in international negotiations”)

The topics will be dealt with from both theoretical and practical perspectives, with exercises, analyses and a final simulation. There will be a primary instructor for each module and additional academics and experts will contribute opinions and analyses.

a) Video lessons
b) Experts’ views and analyses
c) Reading and study materials
d) Assignments and exercises
e) Final analysis
f) Discussion forum

The E-learning course will require an average of 25 hours of work/study.

Academic Year
Teaching period
June 9th – July 14th; September 15th – October 20th