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International administration and global governance

  1. 1. GÖTEBORG UNIVERSITYFaculty Board of Social Sciences PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION Programme description for the Master programme inInternational Administration and Global Governance 120 higher education credits Second cycle Confirmed by the Faculty Board of Social Sciences 2010-08-23, 2010-12-20
  2. 2. GÖTEBORG UNIVERSITY 2(6) Faculty of Social Sciences Programme description for Master Programme in International Administration and Global Governance Advanced Level1. ConfirmationThe syllabus of the programme description for the programme in InternationalAdministration and Global Governance, 120 higher education credits, was approved by theFaculty Board of Social Sciences, University of Gothenburg, 2010-08-23 and 2010-12-20. Itis valid from the fall of 2011.2. ObjectivesThe overall aim of the programme is to provide advanced knowledge and analytical skillsrelevant to International Administration and Global Governance, an interdisciplinary fieldthat seeks to understand contemporary and historical developments in international issuesand policies, and the complex interrelations among domestic and internationalgovernmental, inter-governmental and nongovernmental actors. The programme willprovide students with the knowledge and skills needed for both professional careers in andpost-graduate research related to international administration and global governance.International administration encompasses the activities of both international organizationsbut also local or national organizations that seek to influence or collaborate withinternational organizations. Research shows that work in international administration andinternational organizations differs substantially from national administration and domesticorganizations, and requires skills and knowledge not provided by existing educationalprogrammes. The programme explores the architecture of the international system andequips students with the analytical skills to assess the international but also local levelimplications of international policy, as well as to formulate strategies to operate effectively inthe international arena.Special emphasis is also placed on independent work methods, critical assessment and theability to solve problems.After completing the programme, students will: • Have knowledge and insights regarding international administration and global governance, and have proficiency in both substantive issues of international relevance as well as administrative aspects of global governance; • Have specialized knowledge of specific issues in the field of international administration and global governance, including the most recent research on those issues; • Have advanced knowledge of methodological approaches relevant to the field of international administration and global governance; • Have the ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and analyze, assess and understand complex phenomena, matters of inquiry, and situations even when complete information is lacking;
  3. 3. GÖTEBORG UNIVERSITY 3(6) Faculty of Social Sciences Programme description for Master Programme in International Administration and Global Governance Advanced Level • Have the ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate research questions, to plan and apply appropriate research methods to complete advanced assignments in a specified timeframe and be able to assess one’s own work; • Have the ability to communicate research findings and the empirical basis and theoretical premises that support those findings both orally and in writing to national and international audiences; • Have the necessary skills to contribute independently to research and development or in some other professional capacity in the field of international administration and global governance; • Have the ability to make judgements regarding scientific, societal and ethical aspects of the field as well as being aware of the ethical aspects relevant to research and development in international administration and global governance • Have insight into the limitations and potential contributions of science, as well as society’s responsibility for its use; and • Be able to identify one’s own need for additional knowledge and take responsibility for one’s own continued professional development.3. Programme structureInternational Administration and Global Governance is a two year degree programmeconsisting of core courses, a course in research methodology and policy analysis, electivesthat allow students to pursue a functional or regional specialization, an internship andmasters thesis. Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Theoretical and Module 1 historical Semi-elective Internship/Elective 15 hp perspectives on course course 15 hec Master thesis global governance 15 hec 30 hec ( 15 hec core (in-depth course) course) International Module 2 administration and Internship/Elective Research methods 15 hp policy course 15hec 15 hec ( 15 hec core course)4. ContentsThe programme is inter- and multidisciplinary and addresses a broad range of topics withinthe field of International Administration and Global Governance. Disciplines that make upthe programme are: Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Global Studies,and Development Studies and International Development Cooperation.
  4. 4. GÖTEBORG UNIVERSITY 4(6) Faculty of Social Sciences Programme description for Master Programme in International Administration and Global Governance Advanced LevelCourses:Module 1: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives on Global Governance, 15 higher education credits,compulsory core course.The course lays the theoretical foundation for a broad interdisciplinary and problem-orientedapproach to international organizations and global governance. The course explores andanalyzes historical developments and contemporary currents in international issues such asinternational trade, international aid and development, security, and a relative newcomer tothe international arena, international environmental protection. In addition, the course willidentify and critically analyze the principal institutions, organizations and regimes that makeup the international system.Module 2, International Administration and Policy, 15 higher education credits, compulsory corecourse.The course analyzes in depth the organizational structure and behaviour of internationalorganizations, as well as strategies for effecting change in the international arena. It seeks toyield practical knowledge of and the skills necessary both to analyze and contribute to thework of international organizations. Case-based learning complements academic literature inorder to explore selected and illustrative experiences of international organizations seeking tobring about change in accordance with their own objectives. The course will analyze centralaspects of international organizations such as decision making in the presence of economicand political constraints, the instruments available for influencing global regimes, theirrelationship to national law and national economic systems, their relationship to localpractice and public opinion, questions of representation and accountability, and howinternational organizations shape the international arena and affect national and localcontexts in the long and short term.Module 3, Semi-elective course, 15 higher education credits.This is the in-depth course on the programme. Students can choose from among a list ofapproved courses within the programme’s constituent disciplines: Political Science,Economics, International Relations, Global Studies, and Development Studies andInternational Development Cooperation.Module 4, Internship or Elective, 15 higher education credits.Internship: Students will do an internship in an organization (public, private or non-profit)active in the field of international administration relevant. Students are responsible foridentifying, contacting and making arrangements with the organizations. Internshipplacements require final approval by the course coordinator in order to qualify for highereducation credits. Students who elect not to do an internship can fill the requirement with anelective course.
  5. 5. GÖTEBORG UNIVERSITY 5(6) Faculty of Social Sciences Programme description for Master Programme in International Administration and Global Governance Advanced LevelElective: Students may select from a list of courses deemed relevant to the field ofinternational administration and global governance. Exceptions will be decide on a case bycase basis.Module 5, Internship or Elective course, 15 higher education credits.See information under Module 4.Module 6, Methodology Course, 15 higher education credits.This course concentrates on epistemology, research design, research ethics, and an overviewof research methods. Particular emphasis is given to various quantitative and qualitativemethodological approaches that are needed for working and conducting research in the fieldof International Administration and Global Governance.Module 7, Master Thesis, 30 higher education credits.Students will write a Master thesis with theoretical and empirical relevance to and thatcontributes new knowledge to the field of International Administration and GlobalGovernance. The student will independently formulate an original and well delineatedresearch question, identify, survey and synthesize knowledge pertinent to the researchquestion, choose suitable analytical methods, select or collect appropriate data, analyse thematerial and to draw well-founded conclusions. The course also expects students to assessthe validity of their own conclusions, communicate the results to different audiences, andcomplete the work within the specified timeframe. The thesis writing will be supervisedindividually. Students will also be required to defend the thesis in a final examinationseminar, as well as act as an opponent on another student’s thesis.5. PrerequisitesThe requirement for admission to the programme is a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of60 higher education credits in a social science discipline. Priority will be given to applicantswith 60 higher education credits in one of the following disciplines: Political Science,Economics, International Relations, Global Studies, and Development Studies andInternational Development Cooperation. Students with an additional 15 higher educationcredits in a second of these disciplines will be given precedence.In addition, admission requires fluency in English. This requirement is filled if the languageof an applicant’s undergraduate studies was English, or through English B level or Englishproficiency equivalent to current IELTS- or TOEFL-test, see DegreeAfter the completed programme of 120 higher education credits, the student will obtain aTwo-year Master of science in International Administration and Global Governance.
  6. 6. GÖTEBORG UNIVERSITY 6(6) Faculty of Social Sciences Programme description for Master Programme in International Administration and Global Governance Advanced Level7. Additional information• A minimum of 15 higher education credits in core courses at advanced level will give admission to in-depth courses (unless otherwise is specified in the separate syllabus description). Completed in-depth courses give admission to the methodology course, and the Master thesis course.• Students will be required to pay their own travel expenses in relation to the internship.• The internship may involve location outside Göteborg.• Student evaluations of each module as well as of the programme in general will be performed regularly and taken into account in the evaluation and development of the Master programme.