The postgraduation course in International Relations aims to:

  • Provide a specialized training in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies for professionals of International Relations, Political Science, European Studies, History and correlated areas;
  • Contribute to build capacities for critical analysis of contemporary history, society and politics;
  • Promote theoretical skills and knowledge of regional social, political and economic realities in an integrated way, focusing on power relations;
  • Foster critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • Provide tools for scholars, politicians and practitioners to intervene in conflict transformation in the field.

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Joana Ricarte

Course Head

ISEIT — Ensino Universitário em Viseu

The postgraduation course in International Relations — The New World (dis)Order: regional approaches to peace and conflict provides a specialized training in the field of International Relations, grounded on critical perspectives to analyze the contemporary international relations from a regional approach. This course is divided into theoretical and empirical modules taught by specialists with internationally recognized merit. The analytical lenses will be provided by two introductory units dealing with International Relations theories and the Political Psychology of peace and conflicts, followed by five modules dedicated to regional perspectives on Africa, America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The postgraduation aims to contribute to strengthening student’s critical thinking and to provide analytical tools for better understanding the phenomena of war and peace, identities and conflict, radicalism and nationalisms in a global perspective.

Classes         Hours  ECTS
International Relations: theories and practice(s) 40 T; 10 TP 5
Political Psychology of Peace and Conflict 40 T; 10 TP 5
Africa 20 T; 20 TP 6
America 20 T; 20 TP 6
Asia 20 T; 20 TP 6
Europe 20 T; 20 TP 6
Middle East 20 T; 20 TP 6

Caption: T- Theoretical; TP- Theoretical/Practical, ECTS- European Credit Transfer System”

Academia (Masters or PhD in International Relations), Diplomacy, Practitioners in the field of Conflict Mediation/Transformation; International Organizations; Non-Governmental Organizations, Political Organizations.

Admission requirements

Holders of an undergraduate degree (BA or legal equivalent) in the fields of Social Sciences, Political Science, International Relations, History, Journalism, Law and similar are eligible to enroll in the postgraduate course.

Additionally, the candidates must present a recognized scientific or professional curriculum attesting their capacity to complete the course.

Obtenção de Diploma

A student must finish the course structure, with mandatory 40 ECTS credits, to conclude the postgradutation in International Relations – The New World (dis)Order: regional approaches to peace and conflict.

The postgraduate in International Relations – The New World (dis)Order: Regional Approaches to Peace and Conflict will be able to:

  • Apprehend and implement theoretical frameworks on the causes and effects of wars and conflicts of global impact;
  • Comprehend, differentiate and position themselves in the major theoretical debates of International Relations;
  • Identify the main actors and mechanisms of mediation and conflict resolution, including international organisations, diplomacy and peace operations;
  • Understand the phenomena of radicalism, nationalisms, international conflicts, was and peace;
  • Apply theoretical tools and psychosocial intervention mechanisms for the transformation of conflicts.