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International Administration and Policy

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)


The course analyses in depth the organisational structure and behaviour of international organisations, as well as strategies for effecting change in the international arena. It provides you with an in-depth analysis of complex issues such as global trade, international politics and development assistance and how these affect economic growth, poverty reduction and political development.


The course provides you with the practical knowledge and skills required to both analyze and contribute to the work of international organisations. It will develop your understanding of how seemingly separate international issues interact and affect one another.

We will discuss what instruments exist for international organisations to influence global regimes and how they relate to national legislation and national economic systems.

In an attempt to understand the dynamic determinants of economic and political development, the course examines the implications of global trade in natural resources, specifically extractive industries and agriculture. You will also explore a number of relevant global policy approaches, such as development aid, anti-corruption and democratic development, each of which have had varying levels of success, as well as both intended and unintended consequences.

Prerequisites and selection


Students must have successfully completed the prerequisite course Theoretical and historical perspectives on global governance. The requirement for admission to the Master Programme in International Administration and Global Governance programme is a Bachelors degree with a minimum of 60 credits in a social science discipline. Priority will be given to applicants with 60 credits in one of the following disciplines: Political Science, Economics, International Relations, Global Studies, and Development Studies and International Development Cooperation. Students with an additional 15 higher education credits in a second of these disciplines will be given precedence.  


The Department of Political Science is located in Campus Haga, which lies right in the centre of the city of Gothenburg.

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