Science, Technology and Global Affairs

First Semester Credits Second Semester Credits
Methods and Theory in Global and International Studies 6 Science, Technology and International Studies 6
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving 6 Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 6
History of International Relations 6 International Organizations and Trade 6
Global Migration 6 Multiculturalism in the Contemporary World 6
Negotiation: Theory and Practice 6 Global Security 6
Third Semester Credits Fourth Semester Credits
Internships, Professional Experience, and Job Searches 3 Master Thesis 24
International Project Management 3 Global and International Studies Research Colloquium 3
Science Business and Cultural Diplomacy 6 Tutorial (Meetings with Advisors) 6
World Public Opinion 6 Internship or Fieldwork (optional)
Global Health, Energy and Environment 9

Courses and workshops are taught in English. Instruction is offered in residence only for the first two semesters. The third and fourth semester are offered as a mix of online and in residence.  Students have a wide array of options to design their own program.  


Traditionally, development studies have focused on economics, institutions, politics, culture, degrees of dependency, levels of industrialization, and the availability of natural resources. Scholars have long acknowledged that the creation of new technology shapes developmental strategies, the construction of intentional power, and the structure of the global system. Yet for a long time the specific study of technological innovation and the production of science in connection to development and international relations was not a key component of intentional relations theory and globalization studies. This has totally changed. The profound transformations  occurring in the international system over the past 25 years have  created new rules and world patterns. This has made  apparent that the production of innovation and technology shapes developmental strategies  and the global hierarchy of power. It has also alter the way we look at international relations. Therefore, one of the most important topics in the current global agenda is the outstanding role that Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) play in the International System. Science, technology, and innovation is  an activity that generates economics richness, political power, leverage, business, and levels of development. It is a key force  that shapes the New World Order in the Post-Cold War period.

This Masters seeks to better understand the mutual and profound interaction that links technological advances with globalization/international relations and governance. Global change is generating a needed theoretical, methodological and practical debate on how scientific innovation affects the global hierarchy of power. The ownership of science and innovation technology on the part of some actors of the global system and the dependence that it creates on others is only one among other important aspects. International legislation on intellectual property rights, medical research, advances in communication technology, nuclear power, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and so fourth are others. These factors also shape social structures and affect inclusion and exclusion, domestically and internationally.

Both the scientific and social science communities recognize that a number of important problems in international relations and the increasing pace of globalization cannot properly be understood without an appreciation of the scientific and technological issues involved. It is evident today that neither the development nor the impact of these new processes of production of science, technology and innovation are confined within the boundaries of a single state. The overlap and intersection between topics on Science, Technology, Innovation and the structure of the global system as well as the relations amongst countries allows exploring a new and expanding agenda of topics that includes:

  • The rise of what has been called “Science Diplomacy” and Science & Innovation Policy
  • The impact of Science, Technology and Innovation on security policy and defense
  • The geopolitical and geo-economic impact of new areas of science
  • The multi-level governance of Science and Technology
  • The impact of Science, Technology & Innovation on economic development and opportunities to overcome poverty
  • The impact of scientific advances in technology and innovation upon global trade and networks
  • The role of ST&I in conflict and war among countries or groups within countries

The relevance of this new area of study is increasing. In the last decades it has become a necessary point of departure to our in depth understanding of the nature of the global transformations that shape the ways countries relate to each other and the international institutions (World Bank, United nations, IMF, etc.) that negotiate those dealings. Its importance in security and military affairs is apparent. The Masters, however, also focuses on less obvious issues that are directly affected by the development of ST&I, such as social engineering, cultural conflict, conflict resolution, negotiation, and diplomacy.

The Masters takes as its point of departure salient issues at the intersection of ST&I with global and international studies and tries to address them theoretically, methodologically, and practically. This is an interdisciplinary Masters that offers students the tools that they will need to understand and address complex issues related to science and technology (environment, health, energy, security, and development) as they interlink with different historical, political, economic, social, and cultural problems.

The first semester students develop an integrated understanding of global challenges in the international systems through coursework across different topics in the area of international studies (International Relations Theory, Peace & Security, Economics, Conflict Resolution, and Global Studies). In the second semester, participants start their specialization in ST&IR.

The second year, students specifically focus on the intersection of science, technology, innovation and international studies and develop in-depth knowledge in their chosen area of interest (Security, Economy, Public Policy, Social Engineering, or Environmental/Regional Studies).

For those students choosing to take our Global Internship Program, a series of practicums and hands-on programs in different firms and institutions, public and private, will enhance their professional experience and provide a professional network of support and possible employment.

The GIS-STI program provides a specialization opportunity for students with backgrounds in Social and Hard Sciences, as well as Law, and/or different branches of Science and Technology. Students with fieldwork experience and practitioners will find that this Masters provides the needed tools to succeed in an academic career. Students with an academic background will find that this Masters is ideal to learn from practitioners and acquire experience through the selected practicums.