MSFS Learning Goals
Goal I: To understand the historical, political, social, cultural, and economic context of contemporary international relations
- a) To understand the historical, social, and cultural development of the contemporary international system and the forces that govern its ongoing evolution
- b) To help students develop the ability to explain and contextualize change over time
- c) To distinguish between types of sources and between evidence-based conclusions and unfounded statements; to use sources to formulate questions and construct original arguments; to develop the ability to support conclusions with evidence and appropriate documentation; and to identify, evaluate, and compare different interpretations of the past
- d) To understand the implications of the historical development of the international system for contemporary policy issues
Objective- Political Science:
- a) To gain a basic understanding of the dominant theories of international relations
- b) To be able to assess the explanatory power of these theories in the study and practice of international politics
- c) To engage with the most pressing contemporary policy debates in international politics
- a) (International Trade) To understand the fundamentals of the economic analysis of international trade, its causes, the consequences of opening to trade, and the consequences of restricting trade flows; and to develop the ability to analyze economic (and political) issues involving international trade
- b) (International Finance) To provide an analytical framework for understanding macroeconomics in open economies that are linked by trade, capital flows, and exchange rate policies; to develop theoretical tools that can be used to analyze the economic performance of open economies and to evaluate alternative policy options for macroeconomic management
Goal II: To gain specialized understanding of a specific area within international affairs found in one of three Concentrations (International Relations and Security, International Development, International Commerce and Business)
Objective – International Relations and Security Concentration
By the end of their program, IRS students will have a thorough understanding of:
- a) drivers of change in international relations, for instance, the distribution of power; values and nationalism; and forces of globalization;
- b) actors such as states, international institutions, non-government organizations and the private sector; how they inter-relate and partner; and means each can bring to bear;
- c) challenges (1) in U.S. and comparative foreign policy, (2) in security and conflict management, and (3) transnational in nature, and the means for addressing them; and
- d) how to apply theory to practice, including normative decision-making about ends and means, and professional techniques.
Objective – International Development
By the end of their program, IDEV students will have a thorough understanding of four key areas:
- a) major development theories and paradigms, including economic, social and political development;
- b) key actors and institutions implementing development programs, and their distinguishing modes of operation;
- c) specific operational tools and techniques necessary for successful program design, management and assessment; and
- d) in-depth knowledge of a specific technical field or sector.
Objective – International Commerce & Business
By the end of their program, ICB students will have a thorough understanding of:
- a) the fundamentals of accrual accounting, financial statement analysis and the capital budgeting process;
- b) financial decision-making and corporate strategy within a global context;
- c) how global businesses assess, mitigate and manage risk;
- d) the international political and social contexts of business;
- e) the dynamic relationships between businesses and governments; and
- f) the drivers of change of global industries and their political and social environments.
Goal I: To engage in interdisciplinary and integrative analysis of international problems
Goal II: To develop the ability to better engage in critical Thinking, Writing, and Speaking
Goal III: To obtain Proficiency in Quantitative Methods of Analysis
Goal IV: To obtain Oral Proficiency in a Second Language
Goal I: To develop leadership skills for the public, private, and non-profit sectors of international affairs
Goal II: To understand how to apply ethical reasoning to decision-making
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