Managing International Relations


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
- Entroll till September 13th (noon)!

Those who choose to enroll in Part 2 (September) will be given access also to all the materials delivered via MOOC in Part 1.

Part One (MOOC): The starting point
Dates:  June 14th – July 18th

Part One (MOOC) will provide:

  • a methodological basis to start moving in the “troubled waters” of analysis of international relations;
  • 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 context 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 13th – October 25th (Enroll till September 13th)

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
Module 2 - Open Source Intelligence
Module 3 - Key Geopolitical and Geo-economics dynamics
Module 4 - International Negotiations

The topics will be dealt with from both theoretical and practical perspectives, with exercises, analyses and a final simulation under the guidance of academics and experts.

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. Each week the material of a module will be made available on the platform and students will have 2 weeks to complete the assignments/exercise. The materials will be online 24/7: students will thus have the possibility to organize their learning according to their own schedules and commitments.  

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