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Current Issues in International Affairs


Meneguzzo M.

Course director

Villeneuve J. P.

Course director

Barreca M.



This course aims at exposing students to a series of key challenges presented and contextualized by those directly tackling them in the international arena. This course aims at providing both a conceptual overview of issues but also at providing a glimpse into the practical and concrete difficulties linked to policy development and policy implementations at the social and institutional levels. This course will expose students to some of the most pregnant issues in international affairs as they related to the public sector as understood and defined in the PMP programme. A number of speakers will intervene in this course. Note that given the position and responsibilities of the speakers, their presence is always conditional on the numerous other priorities on their agenda. But, this has the corollary benefit of allowing us to take advantage of last minute visiting experts.

The course is given through frontal lectures of 4 hours. Teaching method combine lectures, meeting, and exchanging with global leaders in public affairs (national and international). Class Participation is considered essential in order to develop a critical understanding of the concepts presented. A focus will be put on interactivity and active exchanges.

A final written assessment is used to evaluate students in order to determine course grade. The final paper should address one of the issue raised by one or more of the guest speakers.