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Challenges in Global Affairs Specialization

Important Global Trends

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  • Specialization via Coursera, Leiden University and University of Geneva
  • $196 for 4-6 months
  • 4-8 hours a week of effort
  • 3 courses + capstone project
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Challenges in Global Affairs
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Important global trends
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4-8 hours a week
4-6 months
This course series brings together three key dimensions in global affairs: International Political Economy, Global Security and International Organization Management.These themes will guide the capstone project where students are challenged to apply elements from various perspectives in global affairs to a practical case of their own choice (suggestions will be provided). The Specialization concludes with a Capstone project that allows you to apply the skills you've learned throughout the courses.
★★★★☆ (6) 6 weeks 23rd Sep, 2019
How are international power relations changing and how can global peace and stability be maintained? This course familiarizes you with some main theories of international relations, shows how the global order is gradually changing and discusses how selected international and regional organizations contribute to the maintenance of global peace and security. You learn what research findings tell us in terms of the capacity of international organizations and actors to help prevent or stop violent conflict, what tools are used to negotiate agreements and how foundations for sustainable peace are best created. We will also focus on the role of the European Union in terms of diplomacy and efforts to prevent conflict, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the contribution of organizations such as the African Union to the prevention of conflict and war. We will study the United Nations Security Council and see in which ways its membership could be adapted to more accurately reflect the power relations of the current global order. Through quizzes and exercises testing your knowledge of these subjects, you will understand crucial concepts and get insights into how the academic study of international relations and international organization contributes to the search for global stability and peace in practice.
★★★★☆ (5) 8 weeks 21st Aug, 2017
In today’s world, politics and economics are interconnected, but what is the nature of this connectivity? What are the power relationships that shape the world economy today and create new challenges for international institutions facing globalization? What makes some countries wealthier than others? Do we face cultural diversity or fragmentation? Does the type of governance effect economic development and social change or is it the other way around? How do we measure it and how trustworthy is the data? These issues and many more will be examined in this course along with a wide library of sources and a biting criticism.
★★★★☆ (8) 5 weeks 9th Aug, 2015
International and not-for-profit organizations present an increasingly complex environment to work in and therefore require for their successful management an unprecedented level of managerial skills on top of a deep understanding of the socioeconomic and political context they operate in. This course is designed to provide students with (1) basic notions of the practice of international relations (2) a general overview of the management challenges international and not-for-profit organizations are faced with as well as key theoretical frameworks and practical tools for managers to excel in this environment. Key areas of management will be reviewed, from strategy setting to implementation through marketing &amp; fund raising, and assessment. (3) Given the growing interaction between public and private sectors, this course also touches upon the management of public/private partnerships. <br> <br>This course is coordinated by <b>Dr. Gilbert Probst</b>, Professor, Organization and Management, and Co-Director of the Executive-MBA program at the University of Geneva. <br>A panel of instructors, all visiting professors at the University of Geneva’s International Organizations MBA, will be invited to give you a general overview of international and not-for-profit organizations. Among them are: <br> <br> <ul> <li>Dr. <b>Sebastian Buckup</b>, Director and alumnus of the Global Leadership Fellows Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, with previous experience at the ILO, UNDP and the private sector.</li> <li><b>Julian Fleet </b>has experience and training in both public health and in law. Recently retired from his former post as Director of the Department of Human Resources Management in the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). </li> <li><b>Claudia Gonzalez</b>, Head of Public Advocacy, UNICEF NY and former Head of Marketing for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and malaria, with more than 18 years leading marketing, PR, branding, social media and communications for international organizations like the World Economic Forum and UNHCR.&nbsp; </li><li><strong>Cassandra Quintanilla</strong> is a Communications consultant at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She has been working as a teacher and research assistant for Claudia Gonzalez in the Marketing and Fundraising course at the International Organizations MBA since 2011 after graduating from the program herself.<br></li> <li><span>Dr. <b>Bruce Jenks</b> served as Assistant Secretary General at UNDP until 2010 and in 2013 he was appointed by the Secretary General to be a member of the Council of the University for Peace. In his career, he served as Director of the Office of Strategic Planning (1997-99), as Director of the UN Office in Brussels (1995-97) Director of Budget and Chief of Staff (1990-95). Since 2010, Dr. Jenks has consulted with a number of Organizations.</span> Dr. Jenks is an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and lectures at the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and at the University of Geneva.</li> <li><b>Stephan Mergenthaler</b> is Associate Director, Strategic Foresight at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, as well as Non-resident Fellow with the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin (GPPi).</li> <li>Dr. <b>Lea Stadtler</b> is Research Fellow at the University of Geneva, DHEC, as well as Visiting Scholar at INSEAD and has previous work experience in the private sector. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; <br> </li> <li>Prof. <b>Gilbert Probst</b> is Managing Director, Leadership Office and Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Global Leadership Fellows Program at the&nbsp;World Economic Forum. He is also a full professor for organizational behavior and management and Co-director of the Executive-MBA program at the University of Geneva.&nbsp;Professor Probst is an award-winning author and editor of a number of books and articles in prestigious journals (Organization Science, Academy of Management Executive, and European Management Journal). He served as a consultant for various major companies such as Kuoni, Holcim, Hewlett Packard, Siemens, Winterthur Insurance, Deutsche Bank, DaimlerChrysler or Swisscom, and has been a board member for Holcim, Kuoni and several SMEs.</li> </ul>
☆☆☆☆☆ (0) 7 weeks 16th Nov, 2015
<div>This Final Project of the Specialization &ldquo;Challenges in Global Affairs&rdquo; brings together the knowledge, insights and skills you have learned in the three MOOCs: The Changing Global Order (Leiden University), Configuring the World (Leiden University) and International Organizations Management (University of Geneva). You will integrate your knowledge and skills by way of a Final Project. In this Peer Reviewed Assignment, you will reflect on a critical international issue.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Some of the professors you came to know during the course will join forces and will be present in this capstone. During a number of Google Hangout sessions (live video chats), the course team will respond to your discussions in the forum and guide you along the way to write your Final Project.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Upon completing this project, you can show that you have successfully understood today&rsquo;s main challenges&nbsp;and that you are able to critically evaluate this and come up with creative solutions. Integrating these different approaches and showing creativity will be much appreciated for tomorrow&rsquo;s world leaders.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div>
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