Core electives The Master's programme offers attractive core electives such as specific courses, research methods and practical projects. Our core electives allow students to choose and refine their areas of specialisation, developing a professionally relevant profile of their own. By choosing your specific courses and practical projects adequately, the following informal specialisations are possible: Foreign Policy and Security Politics International Political Economy Democratisation and Development Public Management/ Public Affairs Energy and Resources Regional Integration Public International Law and Organization Research methods Students take one to two research methods courses. You can chose from courses offered by MIA (Social Science Methodology courses) as well as by other programmes. Research methods Course ECTS Language Semester Democracy and Research Methods 4 EN Autumn Social Science Methodology: Network Analysis 4 EN Autumn Statistics (MiQE/F) 4 EN Autumn Social Science Methodology: Intermediate Statistics 4 EN Spring Empirical Policy Evaluation 4 EN Spring Specific courses Students select specific courses minimum worth 16 ECTS. While some specific courses are multidisciplinary in nature and examine complex problems from several disciplinary angles, others address questions and challenges characteristic of one particular subject area. One or more of the MIA's core disciplines is always involved. The following specific courses are planned for the academic year 2017: Specific courses Course ECTS Language Semester Asia-Pacific Security in Focus: The South China Sea 4 EN Autumn Managing Defence – Management im Verteidigungsbereich 4 DE Autumn International Security 4 EN Autumn Foreign Policy Strategies: Theories and Cases 4 EN Autumn The Bilateral Relations between Switzerland and the EU (MIL) 4 EN Autumn Political Science Fundamentals of International Relations 6 (!) EN Autumn MA Thesis Lab 4 EN Autumn Direkte Demokratie in Diskurs (MLaw) 4 DE Autumn Practical Leadership in Development Cooperation 4 EN Autumn Public Policy in the Middle East: Political, Organizational, Legal, and Business Aspects 4 EN Autumn Corporate Social Responsibility (MIA) 4 EN Autumn Internet Governance 4 EN Autumn Politik und Medien 4 DE Autumn The Business of Sport 4 EN Autumn Economic Fundamentals of International Relations 6 (!) EN Autumn The Political Economy of Regional Development Banks 4 EN Autumn The Law and Economics of International Trade (MLE) 4 EN Autumn Economics of European Integration (MEcon) 4 EN Autumn Economics of Central Banking (MEcon) 4 EN Autumn Debt and Fiscal Policy (MEcon) 4 EN Autumn Selected Topics in Swiss Public Finance (MEcon) 4 EN Autumn Financial Business Planning und Controlling (MOK) 4 DE Autumn The Global Leader and Managerial Effectiveness 4 EN Autumn International Criminal Law 4 EN Autumn Organized Crime, Corruption and Money Laundering (MIL) 4 EN Autumn The Politics of Electoral Systems: Political Conflict and Representation 4 EN Spring EU External Relations 4 EN Spring Democratization and Security Sector Reform (SSR) 4 EN Spring The Second Nuclear Age: Sorting Out What's New and What's Not 4 EN Spring The Economics, the Law, and the Politics of Migration 4 EN Spring Internationale und schweizerische Migrationspolitik 4 DE Spring Global Environmental Politics 4 EN Spring Standortfaktoren und internationaler Standortwettbewerb 4 DE Spring Corporate Governance (MLaw) 6 (!) DE Spring Public Management und Governance - Fallstudien 4 DE Spring Economic Development 4 EN Spring WTO Seminar 4 EN Spring International Trade (MEcon) 4 EN Spring Structural Changes in International Politics: Trump, Brexit and Digital Innovation – is there a future for free trade agreements? 4 EN Spring The Law of Central Banks and International Monetary Order (MIL) 4 EN Spring Public Economics - The Economics of Taxation (MEcon) 4 EN Spring Economic and Social Policy (MEcon) 4 EN Spring Legal Fundamentals of International Relations 6 (!) EN Spring International Dispute Settlement 4 EN Spring Small States in International Affairs EN EN Spring Additional specific courses can also be taken as independent elective subjects. Practical projects Students also select one or two practical projects. The second practical project is accredited on account of the independent electives and does not reduce the required credits of specific courses. Concrete socio-political issues are used to develop your ability to take a solution-oriented approach to practical problems, at the same time promoting the necessary social skills for effective action. The following courses are planned for the academic year 2017: Practical projects Course ECTS Language Semester Practical Project: International Public Affairs Management 4 EN Autumn Practical Project: Analyzing Political Risk 4 EN Autumn Practical Project: Public Affairs in the Aviation Industry 4 EN Autumn Practical Project: Negotiating Successfully in International Politics and Development Cooperation 4 EN Autumn Moot Court International Law: International Criminal Court - Part I (Partl II: Spring) * 15 EN Autumn Praxisprojekt in Entwicklungszusammenarbeit 4 DE Spring Practical Project: The Governance of Money in Europe 4 EN Spring Practical Project: Conflicts of Interest in International Financial Markets 4 EN Spring Practical Project: Responsibility in Politics and the Economy: Classical Concepts, Current Cases 4 DE Spring *Please read the pdf under "downloads" regarding the Moot Courts. Note: this overview reflects current planning. Courses may occasionally be cancelled or rescheduled.