International Relations (Taught in Portuguese)

Contemporary affairs has brought us an evidence: political, economic and social processes are increasingly internationalized. Therefore, one cannot be surprised by the growing importance of the studies of international relations, studies that have established themselves as a scientific area of ​​their own in the context of university education.

The Master in International Relations (MRI) consists of 4 semesters (120 ECTS) where it intends to develop the knowledge and skills for the understanding and autonomous analysis of complex globalized interactions. For this purpose the master’s degree:

  1. a) Articulates the central theme of International Politics (International Relations) with the disciplines of Law and Economics;
  2. b) Is structured with two areas of specialization, a specialization in Contemporary International Politics and a specialization in Studies of Security, Peace and War;
  3. c) Has a strong component of epistemology, research methods and techniques.

 

The curricular structure in the 1st semester is common to both specializations, focusing on a set of theoretical references of the discipline, originating in the scientific areas of International Relations, Law and Economics, and in the acquisition of scientific research skills.

The specializations at the Master in International Relations come to fruition in the 2nd semester.

  1. A) Specialization in Contemporary International Politics

This specialization deepens the analysis of international relations in terms of the characteristics of its agency (state, multilateral organizations and non-state actors) and regional specificities.

  1. B) Specialization in Security, Peace and War Studies

This specialization makes the connection between security, strategic reflection and the promotion of peace.

In the second semester, the skills for carrying out scientific research in an autonomous manner are also developed, including with regard to the preparation of the research project for the dissertation.

In this way, the Master in International Relations is structured with five theoretical-practical curricular units common to both specializations in the first semester and five theoretical-practical curricular units specific to each specialization in the second semester.

In the third and fourth semesters, research for the dissertation is carried out. This research project may be linked to the research lines of the OBSERVARE research center, UAL’s International Relations research unit.

 

Recipients:

This course is aimed at diplomats, international officials, journalists, specialists in International Relations, even recent graduates, as well as the military and elements of the security forces.

 

Tuition exemption scholarships:

Offer of 4 tuition exemption scholarships to be awarded to candidates for the Master in International Relations in any of the specializations (first criterion: students who have taken courses at Autónoma).

 

Schedule:

Classes normally take place from October to February (1st Semester) and from March to June / July (2nd Semester). Classes usually take place on three days a week, with at least two consecutive days of classes, between 6:30 pm and 10:30 pm.

 

The Master in International Relations is made up by the announcement nº 31/2021 – 2nd series – Nº 39 – February 25 of the Diário da República. The Master’s is accredited by the Higher Education Assessment and Accreditation Agency (ACEF / 1819/1200151).

    Course Structure

    • Provide students with theoretical and methodological tools that allow them to investigate, analyze, interpret and further reflect on the international / global reality in a scientific way.
    • Identify, select and evaluate sources of documentary and bibliographic information from authors of International Relations.
    • Deepen the knowledge of ideas, central concepts and interpretations of the main theories in IR.
    • Understand the emergence of IR theories in their historical context.
    • Acquire the ability to produce and communicate a scientific work in writing and orally.

    • Deepen the knowledge about current trends in International Law;
    • Develop the capacity for critical reflection on the subject, as well as acquire specific research methodologies in the context of a legal-international approach;
    • To be able to apply the knowledge acquired in a perspective of multidisciplinary research, involving International Relations and Public International Law;
    • Apply the acquired knowledge to contemporary concrete issues.

    • Acquire the theoretical and methodological framework appropriate to the analysis of international issues from the perspective of geopolitics;
    • Develop an attitude of critical reflection on the main geopolitical dynamics that affect the international agenda and that of certain regions;
    • Understand the metamorphoses of the world power structure, the framework of interactions and the political options and strategies of the main actors today;
    • Understand the changes in international security and the ability to reflect on the strategic environment and main geopolitical challenges.

    • Understand the current situation of the main economies, their growth patterns and the challenges that arise;
    • Identify the rotational movements of the engine of world economic growth towards the east and emerging economies;
    • Describe the rise of the economies of the Western Hemisphere and East Asia;
    • Recognize the challenges facing the euro area;
    • Identify the structural problems of the North American economy.

    • Knowledge and competence in the main research methodologies;
    • Understanding the scientific method and the research perspective;
    • Ability to search, read and organize scientific information;
    • Ability to communicate scientific knowledge in writing and orally.

    • Familiarize the master students with concepts, central problems and fundamental practices inherent to the research process in Social Sciences;
    • Provide an understanding of the scientific procedure and the fundamental dimensions of the research process in International Relations;
    • Promote the development of an ethical and critical awareness around the activities of research and production of scientific knowledge bearing in mind the defined objectives and the field of study;
    • Train the student to develop research practices based on formulating a problem, rationally and logically elaborated arguments, research, systematization and organization of information;
    • Provide the student with instruments oriented towards structured and clear written and oral communication of the objectives, methods, results and sources used.

    • To study the origin and development of globalization;
    • Identify theoretical contributions to the study of governance and multilateralism;
    • Analyze the role of States, International Organizations and other transnational actors (formal and informal) in the process of evolution of governance and multilateralism;
    • Identify the possibilities and the main obstacles to global governance and multilateralism in a prospective scenario.

    • To deepen the knowledge on different theoretical perspectives related to foreign policy and its processes of formulation and implementation;
    • Understand the ways and processes that international actors, States and non-state actors, adopt to formulate decisions and strategies in the relationship with other actors in the international community, including through the analysis of case studies;
    • Analyze, through case studies, the foreign policies of great powers and emerging countries, seeking to understand the impact of public opinion and the functioning of democratic and non-democratic political systems on foreign policy;
    • Develop the skills to communicate ideas and present arguments from a perspective of participation in the public debate;
    • Promote the acquisition of research skills on the themes of International Relations and the formulation and implementation of foreign policy.

    • To know the main processes of a transnational nature that occur in contemporary societies, both in their theorization and in their practices;
    • Understand the current importance of interaction between societies and the sociological dimension of interdependencies, with an emphasis on social movements;
    • Identify the cultural and informational flows that operate in a world without borders;
    • Understand the impacts resulting from the movement of people at the international level;
    • Seize the current debates around multiculturalism;
    • Understand the ways in which public opinions and social dynamics act on the centers of political decision;
    • Critically reflect new topical issues, such as “global civil society” or “cosmopolitan democracy”.

    • To know and understand the regional dynamics of international politics, namely: the American continent, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia;
    • Have an understanding of regional geopolitical dynamics and the main regional powers;
    • Understand the regional cultural specificities and their impact on international relations;
    • Reflect on Theories of Non-Western International Relations, with regard to their validity, complementarity and competition.

    • Familiarize the master students with concepts, central problems and fundamental practices inherent to the research process in Social Sciences;
    • Provide an understanding of the scientific procedure and the fundamental dimensions of the research process in International Relations;
    • Promote the development of an ethical and critical awareness around the activities of research and production of scientific knowledge bearing in mind the defined objectives and the field of study;
    • Train the student to develop research practices based on formulating a problem, rationally and logically elaborated arguments, research, systematization and organization of information;
    • Provide the student with instruments oriented towards structured and clear written and oral communication of the objectives, methods, results and sources used.

    • Deepen the theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary for the knowledge and criticism of knowledge regarding essential issues in the field of Security and its evolution;
    • Identify, evaluate and select sources of documentary and bibliographic information related to the study conceptual analysis of security issues;
    • To develop techniques, perceptions and behaviors based on learning capacities, as well as an attentive and reflective attitude about the multiple variables and dimensions of Security.

    • Understand the causes and dynamics of armed conflicts based on case studies and different theoretical perspectives;
    • Recognize and understand the importance of international regimes and institutions in preventing war and building peace, in particular the pillars of the collective security system provided for in the UN Charter;
    • Understand, comparatively, the logic of the processes of conflict prevention, peace-making, peace enforcement, peacekeeping and peacebuilding;
    • Develop the skills to communicate ideas and present arguments with a view to participating in the public debate;
    • Promote the acquisition of research skills on the themes of International Relations and international conflict management.

    • Acquire the theoretical and methodological knowledge necessary for knowledge and the criticism of knowledge regarding strategic thinking and its evolution;
    • Identify, evaluate and select sources of documentary and bibliographic information regarding the conceptual study of the Strategy;
    • Develop techniques, perceptions and behaviours based on learning skills, as well as an attentive and reflective attitude about the multiple variables and dimensions of strategic reasoning.

    • Acquire theoretical knowledge on the subject of recourse to force, adopting a legal-international perspective;
    • Develop the capacity for critical reflection on the subject, as well as acquire specific research methodologies in the context of a legal-international approach;
    • Apply the knowledge acquired in a multidisciplinary research perspective, involving International Relations and Public International Law;
    • Apply the acquired knowledge to contemporary concrete issues.

    • Understand the current situation of the main economies, their growth patterns and the challenges that arise;
    • Identify the theoretical framework around the issue of resources and conflict, their causes and consequences;
    • Identify the debate on the relationship between violent conflicts and the allocation of resources by countries;
    • Recognize the role of international economic transformations in the occurrence of conflict;
    • Describe the problem of energy resources in the face of the occurrence of violent conflicts;
    • Describe the possible relationship between diamond resources and conflict.