Curriculums

  • Small State Foreign Policy

    The aim of the course is to offer a comprehensive introduction to small state foreign policy to postgraduate students. No knowledge of small states or small states studies have been assumed, but it is an advantage to have some basic knowledge of politics and international relations prior to the course. The topics of the course have been mapped onto a 12-week course comprising approximately 2 hours of lectures/seminars per week. However, course leaders should feel free to amend, extend, compress or omit sections to suit the background and needs of the student body.

 

  • International Law and Small States

    This course is designed to introduce postgraduate students to the study of small states and international law. No previous knowledge of international law, international relations or small states studies has been assumed. The course has been designed so that course leaders may adapt elements of the course to the particular background and needs of the student body. A multi-disciplinary approach is encouraged. An attempt has also been made to explore the position of small states in different areas around the world such as Europe, the Pacific, and the Caribbean.

 

  • Governance of Small States

    The course is designed to introduce postgraduate students to the realm of small state governance. In many areas of life, small states face different problems than larger states, both in terms of the nature of problems (e.g. size of the market) and in potential solutions (e.g. limited human capital). Globalization and regionalization add new complex challenges to this. The distinct economic, international and policy context of small states thus demands special attention just as the specific characteristics of small public administrations do.

 

  • Small States and Migration
    Several disciplines are now engaged in the study of migration and inter-disciplinary approaches abound. Today we know much more about this phenomenon then was the case a decade ago. However, there is one area of interest to us in this project which remains undeveloped: the study of migration from a small state perspective. What is intended here is not to develop a completely new theoretical approach to migration based entirely on a novel set of theories, but to start looking at the way small states handle migration with an eye to populating the literature vacuum and also encourage comparative analysis of experiences.