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 Term Democracy and Research Methods 4 EN Autumn Empirical Policy Evaluation 4 EN Autumn Quantitative Text Analysis 4 EN Autumn Social Science Methodology: Research Design 4 EN Spring Data Tools for Social and Policy Research 4 EN Spring Data Analytics: Applications and Visualization 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. Additional specific courses can also be taken as independent elective subjects. Specific Courses Course ECTS Language Term Asia-Pacific Security in Focus: The South China Sea 4 EN Autumn Managing Defense - Management im Verteidigungsbereich 4 DE Autumn Foreign Policy Strategies: Theories and Cases 4 EN Autumn Political Science Fundamentals of International Relations 6 (!) EN Autumn Practical Leadership in Development Cooperation 4 EN Autumn Public Policy in the Middle East: Political, Organizational, Legal, and Business Aspects 4 EN Autumn Managing Corporate Responsibility 4 EN Autumn Politik und Medien 4 DE Autumn Business and Public Policy 4 EN Autumn The Business of Sport 4 EN Autumn Economic Fundamentals of International Relations 6 (!) EN Autumn Management of International Financial Relations 4 EN Autumn The Political Economy of Regional Development Banks 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 and Controlling (MOK) 4 DE Autumn The Global Leader and Managerial Effectiveness (SIM) 4 EN Autumn International Criminal Law 4 EN Autumn Energy Governance and Management 4 EN Autumn Ecological Economy 4 EN Autumn Democratization and Security 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 Energy Transition Foreign Policy 4 EN Spring Standortfaktoren und internationaler Standortwettbewert 4 DE Spring Politics of Financial Regulation 4 EN Spring Corporate Governance (MLaw) 6 (!) DE Spring Geschäftsmodelle zur Erfüllung öffentlicher Aufgaben - Public Private Partnership 4 DE Spring Economic Development 4 EN Spring WTO Seminar 4 EN Spring International Trade (MEcon) 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 Legal Fundamentals of International Relations 6 (!) EN Spring International Dispute Settlement 4 EN Spring Small States in International Affairs 4 EN Spring 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. Practical Projects Course ECTS Language Term 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 (Part 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 Praxisprojekt: Verantwortung in Politik und Wirtschaft: Klassische Positionen, aktuelle Fragen 4 DE Spring Praxisprojekt: Digitalisierung und Customer Experience in der Verwaltung 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.