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DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, MASTER

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SEMESTER OVERVIEW

1ST SEMESTER

INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, LAW AND DEVELOPMENT

  • International relations (5 ECTS)
  • International organizations and international law seen in a refugee perspective (5 ECTS)
  • Political change and development theories (5 ECTS)
  • Methodology course (5 ECTS)
  • Project work (10 ECTS)

2ND SEMESTER


REFUGEE- AND DISPLACEMENT ISSUES

  • International political economy (5 ECTS)
  • Politics, culture, identity (5 ECTS)
  • Globalization, forced migration and refugees seen in a developmental, historical and political perspective (5 ECTS)
  • Applied methods for humanitarian and development work (optional)
  • Project work (15 ECTS)

3RD SEMESTER


INDIVIDUAL STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM INTERNSHIP OR MOBILITY SEMESTER

  • Further studies at a foreign university (30 ECTS)
  • Internship in an institution or organization in Denmark or abroad (30 ECTS)
  • Mobility Semester (courses and project work (30 ECTS)

4TH SEMESTER


MASTER THESIS

  • Project work (30 ECTS) 

Pedagogical Method

 The teaching at Aalborg University is based on research and is organized at two levels which are both related to the framework of the specific semesters:

  1. Lectures, seminars and courses
  2. Group-oriented and problem-centred studies

The pedagogical model at AAU is based on problem-centred studies organized around written projects with the students working in groups of 2 to 6 members from the study program. As the starting point of a project, the group, in cooperation with a supervisor, formulates a problem/topic of a theoretical or practical nature within a given framework. Under tutorial supervision students then collect, collate and analyze data and discuss possible solutions. The end product is a well-designed project-report written by the group members.

Project work generally accounts for 50% of the study time while the other 50% is devoted to lectures, seminars and workshops. The main courses are related to the themes of the semesters while others serve as a direct input to support the project work.

At the end of each semester, the project report is evaluated by the supervisor of the group together with an external or internal examiner at an oral exam. The project presented is a comprehensive report, the number of pages depending on the number of group members. 

Read projects written by students at the Global Refugee Studies

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.
 

learn more about Pbl at aau