Learning Goals

General Subject Knowledge

  • Ability to compare and contrast historical and contemporary schools of thought in International Relations
  • Ability to apply IR theories to explain international policy decisions and outcomes
  • Understand the process of developing and implementing global public policy from development through implementation
  • Ability to analyze how international institutions, norms and structures of governance affect and shape global, international, regional and domestic policy
  • Knowledge of contemporary global issues, including security, trade, development, gender, human rights and the environment

Specific Subject Knowledge

  • Ability to describe the scientific underpinnings of global environmental problems
  • Ability to apply principles of economic analysis to global environmental problems
  • Ability to apply international legal standards and principles to global environmental problems
  • Ability to describe the range of institutional actors involved with global environmental issues, and their shared politics.
  • Ability to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a particular global environmental sub-topic

Professional Skills

  • Ability to form, work in, and lead a team towards the completion of a common project.
  • Ability to synthesize complex ideas
  • Written communication skills
  • Ability to present orally, argue, and debate
  • Ability to understand and use the concepts and language of international economics
  • Ability to grasp and utilize the concepts and structure of research design
  • Ability to use basic tools of data generation, including survey research, interviewing, case studies directed studies
  • Utilize statistical software, such as SPSS
  • Interpret basic statistics
  • Comprehend the multi-level institutional arenas in which policy analysis takes place: multilateral, regional, national, local
  • Acquire competence in the writing of policy memos and other professional writing instruments
  • Competence in executing policy analysis individually and collectively, through team work
  • Grasp the concept and practice of intercultural competence

Language Competencies

  • Ability to understand complex communication in target language
  • Ability to convey complex ideas in writing in target language, particularly in field of professional expertise
  • Ability to convey complex ideas verbally in target language, particularly in field of professional expertise