Barcelona, Spain

Contemporary Challenges in International Relations

online course
when 22 June 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 840

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course will be taught virtually in 2020.

Contemporary Challenges in International Relations is composed of three complementary subjects:

1. Subject: “Europe and the challenge of international terrorism”.

Analyses the evolution of Islamic terrorism in the European Continent, starting with Al Qaeda in 2001 and finishing with the cells and lone wolves inspired by ISIS in 2019. Students will familiarize with theoretical concepts and with the concrete dynamics and dimensions of this complex phenomenon. The subject will also analyze the role of Social Media and Internet, especially it role in radicalization of young people.

2. Subject: “The world food production system and the problems of hunger, poverty, inequality and migration around the world.”

Even though there has been a great deal of progress on some of the issues that affect people around the world, such as hunger and poverty and inequality, the challenges are significant. The world food production system has a close relation to the strategies to finally overcome these issues. In sum, in this course students will be able to examine the role of different actors on a specific sector (food production) and the potential of contributing to solving problems and issues associated with them. In a rapidly changing and interconnected world, this course provides some useful tools to better understand how the world food production system impacts on current key issues of the world development agenda.

3. Subject. “The Sustainable Development Goals: development, peace and security challenges”.

On 2015 General Assembly of the United Nations approved the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Its implications are not only focused on the international dimension. It is a call for a substantial change on public policies at all levels. The subject will analyze the origins of the 2030 Agenda and then will make an overview of how SDG’s are being implemented. Furthermore, a process of building indicators of concepts such as Development, Peace or Security has been done, and will also be reviewed.

4. Subject: “Sub-Saharan Africa: current political, economic and security challenges”.

This module will introduce students to three different (but interlinked) aspects necessary to understand the current complex situation of the continent: politics, economics and security. From the political aspect, the crisis of the African state model will be analysed to understand the current social protests; from the economic side, the erratic evolution of the several Regional Economic Communities towards an Africa Continental Free Trade Area will also be assessed; finally, an approach to the characteristics of African military conflicts will also be considered.

Course leader

Alessandor Demurtas, Carlos Martín, Pablo Aguiar and Federico Guerrero
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Target group

The UAB Barcelona Summer School is open to standing local and international undergraduates and graduates students. International students who have been accomplished the first year of their undergraduate or at least the 50% of their first year credits at their home university could also be enroled at the programme. A working knowledge of the language instruction is highly recommended.

Course aim

Contemporary Challenges in International Relations is composed of three complementary subjects:

1. Subject: “Europe and the challenge of international terrorism”.

Analyses the evolution of Islamic terrorism in the European Continent, starting with Al Qaeda in 2001 and finishing with the cells and lone wolves inspired by ISIS in 2019. Students will familiarize with theoretical concepts and with the concrete dynamics and dimensions of this complex phenomenon. The subject will also analyze the role of Social Media and Internet, especially it role in radicalization of young people.

2. Subject: “The world food production system and the problems of hunger, poverty, inequality and migration around the world.”

Even though there has been a great deal of progress on some of the issues that affect people around the world, such as hunger and poverty and inequality, the challenges are significant. The world food production system has a close relation to the strategies to finally overcome these issues. In sum, in this course students will be able to examine the role of different actors on a specific sector (food production) and the potential of contributing to solving problems and issues associated with them. In a rapidly changing and interconnected world, this course provides some useful tools to better understand how the world food production system impacts on current key issues of the world development agenda.

3. Subject. “The Sustainable Development Goals: development, peace and security challenges”.

On 2015 General Assembly of the United Nations approved the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Its implications are not only focused on the international dimension. It is a call for a substantial change on public policies at all levels. The subject will analyze the origins of the 2030 Agenda and then will make an overview of how SDG’s are being implemented. Furthermore, a process of building indicators of concepts such as Development, Peace or Security has been done, and will also be reviewed.

4. Subject: “Sub-Saharan Africa: current political, economic and security challenges”.

This module will introduce students to three different (but interlinked) aspects necessary to understand the current complex situation of the continent: politics, economics and security. From the political aspect, the crisis of the African state model will be analysed to understand the current social protests; from the economic side, the erratic evolution of the several Regional Economic Communities towards an Africa Continental Free Trade Area will also be assessed; finally, an approach to the characteristics of African military conflicts will also be considered.

Credits info

6 EC
The subject is accredited with 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) that your university might transfer to you own degree programme (depending on your home university’s regulations), especially if it has a mobility programme in place with the UAB.

Fee info

EUR 840: Full course's registration fee.

Scholarships

No.