Bachelor in International Relations - Concentrations

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Concentrations

IE University takes an applied, student-centered approach to education, making you and your career our priority.

We identify your unique strengths and give you the chance to build your own career path, providing support every step of the way.

In your third and fourth years, choose from a range of electives that make up one of the three concentrations offered, entitling you to an additional diploma.

These concentrations include:

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, ECONOMICS, AND DEVELOPMENT

Gain a holistic understanding of international business, with topics such as country risk analysis and sustainable development.

GEOPOLITICS AND DIPLOMACY

Identify solutions to the complex global challenges and discover key factors that drive political and social struggles.

GOVERNANCE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATION

Grasp how technological transformation is shaping our societies and international politics, analyzing phenomena such as big data.

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INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS, ECONOMICS AND DEVELOPMENT

This concentration covers a wide range of disciplines, providing tomorrow’s leaders with a holistic understanding of international business. Students learn about challenges faced by international companies, including global economic trends, regulatory frameworks, and diverse cultural contexts. They also build informed perspectives on international development issues, before taking a critical and innovative approach to identify solutions and propose effective plans. Topics such as strategic management, micro and macroeconomics, country risk analysis, sustainable development, human rights and new technologies will offer students a comprehensive outlook on what it takes to successfully operate at an international level.

This track prepares impact-focused professionals who are ready to succeed in a variety of internationally oriented careers in multinational companies, international organizations, NGOs, local firms involved in international activities (trade, licensing, financial arrangements, etc.), public relations and communication, development banks and more. These professions span a variety of sectors such as marketing, operations, commerce, economic development, public health, immigration and refugee services, human resources and cross-cultural relations.

 

GEOPOLITICS AND DIPLOMACY

This concentration is for students who want to identify solutions to the complex global challenges. You will get an introduction to the conceptual framework needed to manage international negotiations. Discover key factors that drive political and social struggles, diplomatic conflicts, security challenges and the dynamics of global political stability.

Our multidisciplinary approach allows students to explore current political climates and sources of conflict at the national, regional and global levels. Students will the develop negotiation techniques required to manage and resolve conflicts, and identify and prevent threats. This concentration offers a wide range of career possibilities with government and state agencies, international and multilateral organizations, think-tanks and research institutes, international non-profit organizations, consulting firms, the IT industry and specialized journalism, to name a few.

GOVERNANCE OF EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATION

In this concentration students gain a comprehensive understanding of how technological transformation is shaping our societies and international politics. Students will analyze phenomena such as big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, digital media and social networks. Drawing on this, they will explore the many ways developments in these fields are radically changing the way we work, consume information, express our political views and even conduct war.

Students in this track will be offered a wide range of courses on technology studies, public policy, digital transformation, strategic forecasting, management, law and regulation, cybersecurity and applied ethics. This track prepares students to lead innovation and transformation across organizations that need to understand the interaction between technology, innovation, states and international organizations.