Upcoming Master Programme: International Organizations & Crisis Management

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More information can be found in the official website for the new IOCM programme http://www.iocm.uni-jena.de/.

The number, membership, tasks, offices and employees of international organizations have exploded since the 1960s. Currently, there are worldwide more than 250 international governmental organizations and over 25.000 international non-governmental organizations. They play a major and increasing role in world politics, across of policy fields. Organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group, the World Trade Organization or the many multilateral development banks shape the global economic and financial order. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Office of Migration and the hundreds of NGOs operating in refugee affairs coordinate to provide assistance to the forcibly displaced people worldwide, which exceed by now the population of France. Others fight terrorism, re-build war-torn societies, offer development aid or fight corruption and money laundering. Many intervene in crises of all sorts, be it armed conflict, humanitarian catastrophes, financial crises or pandemics.

At the Institute for Political Science in Jena we have gathered considerable expertise in researching how international organizations contribute to manage crises worldwide mainly in peace and conflict, but also beyond. Disposing of three professorships with a long-standing tradition in researching and teaching international organizations and crisis management one on International Relations in general, one on International Organizations and one on European Studies and further strengthened by numerous professors at our University offering classes on topics such as organization theory, the law of international organizations or international financial organizations, we decided to unite our expertise and offer this new Master programme, which is supposed to start in fall 2020. The organizational turn in International Relations and the rise of Peace and Conflict Studies further inspire our planning, which has already proceeded substantially.

We aim at a full four semester Master of Arts programme with 120 credits for a group of excellent students not exceeding 20 at the beginning. The programme will be taught in English and internationally advertised in order to attract a student body ideally composed of 50 per cent international and 50 per cent national students. It builds on our Bachelor in Political Science and allows further specialization for those envisioning a career in international organizations, the European Union, national political administrations, parties and NGOs, journalism, academia, think-tanks or other relevant institutions.

The study programme is highly innovative. Not only is there no other Master programme focusing on the role of international organizations in crisis management worldwide; there is also no programme on international organizations in Germany at present. Furthermore, we will offer an attractive study programme providing both academic and practical skills. Thus, students will learn a second language of choice throughout their studies in consecutive language classes (international students usually German), go on regular study trips to the headquarters of international organizations (such as Brussels or Geneva), complete an internship at an international organization that we provide, participate in a summer school on topics such as ethics of peace, reconciliation or minority rights or take part in simulations of real-world negotiations, and attend classes by practitioners coming from international organizations and governments. International students will get an introduction to German politics, society and culture. All can choose a set of transdisciplinary electives.

Furthermore, our study plan provides for a window of mobility which obliges students to spend one semester at another university, preferably in a country the language of which they learn and in combination with their internship. For international students, this might also be a partner university of us in Germany. We are in the process of institutionalizing cooperation with a number of highly esteemed universities worldwide, which offer programmes and classes ideally complementing our course programme, ranging from the USA to Israel, South Africa, France and Switzerland. We invite these partner universities to send their students also to our university, be it as a full-time student or as participants in selected classes, based on cooperation agreements, which are individually negotiated and tailor-made to the specific needs of our partners.

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