Executive Master in International Politics


The Executive Master is aimed at professionals working in an international environment ...

The Executive Master in International Politics is awarded after nine months of coursework. The curriculum, which consists of  60 credits ECTS (based on different parameters, such as student workload, learning outcomes and contact hours), relates conceptual frameworks and contemporary realities of today’s international politics. This objective is pursued through the complementary methodologies of lectures, discussions, seminars in small groups, presentations by participants and self-study from the reading materials available. The programme of lectures is reviewed every year and adapted to the rapidly changing international scene. In order to qualify for the Executive Master in International Politics participants are required to attend all twelve modules of the programme (20 ECTS) Academic Tutoring (2 ECTS), twelve Seminars & write two seminar essays (10 ECTS), produce an original dissertation or Master thesis   (20 ECTS) and pass an oral examination (8 ECTS)The Executive Master in International Politics 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) are agreed by ARES (Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur) and is aimed at professionals working in an international environment who would like to acquire specific skills relating to the analysis of International Relations issues. The classes are held in English and French every Friday night (6.00 pm – 7.30 pm) and Saturday morning (9.30 am – 12.30 am) from October to May

Curriculum : Modules & Seminars

Module 1: Power Politics & International Relations

Introduction to International Relations Theories

The Impact of modern technology on International Relations

Rethinking Middle Powers

World (Dis)Order? Rising Powers,

World (Dis)Order? Global Governance

Multilateralism and Regionalism

BRISCAM States and Problems of Global Governance

  • Seminar 1: Future Trends & World Geopolitics

Module 2: World Economy in the Area of Globalization

The International Monetary System

World Debt & Structural Adjustement Polices

Regionalisation, Globalisation & Trade Issues

The Role of Multinational Companies

Economic Development & policy perspective

  • Seminar 2: Geoeconomy

Module 3: Conflit Management, Arms Control & Cyber Security

War, Peace & Security Issues

Disarmament & Arms Control


Geopolitics of Internet

Cyber War & Cyber Security

Peacekeeping & Conflict Management

United  Nations Peacekeeping

  • Seminar 3: Geopolitics of Terrorism

Module 4: Geopolitics of Energy & Climate Change

Geopolitics of Energy

European Energy Security

Politics of Climate Change

Climate Change & Development

Climate Change & Developing Counties

  • Seminar 4: Perspective on Sustainable Development

Module 5: Issues of international Law

Current Status of International Penal Law

Politics & International law

The Question of Humanitarian Intervention

Case Study: Darfour, Rwanda

International Court & Tribunal ICC, ICTY, ICJ

The Court of Strasbourg and the EU dealing with Refugees & Asylum

  • Seminar 5: Culture, Identity, Ideology & Nationalism

Module 6: USA Foreign Policy & Transatlantic relations

US Foreign Policy (political constraints)

US Foreign Policy (decision-making process)

US Foreign Policy (international Priorities)

Euro-US Relations

The Atlantic Alliance & its Future

  • Seminar 6: Nato Operations & lessons learned

Module 7: Geopolitics of Russia & Central Asia

Russia (political spectrum)

Russia (economic transition)

Russia (international Priorities)

The New International politics of Central AsiaCentral Asia Issues

  • Seminar 7: Russia Versus West, Nato & Europe

Module 8: The Future of European Union

European common Foreign & Security Policy (CFSP)

European common Security & Defence Policy 

European Enlargement to the East

Franco-German couple & new central Europe

The Mediterranean

  • Seminar 8: European Security & Defence Policy

Module 9: Geopolitics of Maghreb & Middle East

Geopolitics of Persian Gulf

Geopolitics of Iran

USA in the Middle East

Israel-Arab Relations

Maghreb Geopolitics

  • Seminar 9: Consequences of Arab's Uprisings

Module 10: South & East Asia the new epicentre of global politics

India Sub-Continent in the world Perspective

China in the International System

Japan in the International System

South & North Korea

South East Asia & the Asean

Asian Issues

  • Seminar 10: Economic Cooperation & Security in Asia

Module 11: Latin America in the International System

EU/Latin America Relations

US/Latin America Relations

China’s influence in LAC

Regional Integration

Foreign Policy in comparative Perspective

Latin America in the International System

  • Seminar 11: Hegemony & Global Governance in LAC

Module 12: Sub-Saharan & East Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa in the International System

Political & Economic Development

China’s influence in Africa

West & Central Africa

The Horn of Africa

Regional Conflicts

  • Seminar 12: African Governance & Development Challenges

“I followed the lectures on International Politics at the CERIS-ULB Diplomatic School during the academic year 2017-2018. They gave me access to broad information on current political situations worldwide, including their history and their impacts.”

Sanja Mijic, European Parliament

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