Máster Universitario en Dinámicas de Cooperación, Conflicto y Negociación en Relaciones Internacionales y Diplomacia / Dynamics of Cooperation, Conflicts and Negotiation in international Relations and Diplomacy

International Relations Program

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En la Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio acogemos el Máster Universitario en Dinámicas de Cooperación, Conflicto y Negociación en Relaciones Internacionales y Diplomacia / Dynamics of Cooperation, Conflicts and Negotiation in international Relations and Diplomacy desde un proyecto educativo comprometido en formar profesionales de alta calidad.

Study the Postgraduate Program Dynamics of Cooperation, Conflicts and Negotiation in international Relations and Diplomacy en la UAX

Alfonso X University & Berg Institute, a postgraduate program for professionals and the international diplomatic community

Alfonso X University and the Berg Institute offer a postgraduate program, as either a Master or a diploma (12 or 4 months), for professionals and the international diplomatic community residing in Spain. The program, conducted in English, has been developed to be both flexible and practical, conducted within a framework that offers participants the chance to balance their work commitments with the opportunity to further their education and understanding of international affairs.
The faculty members of the Program will be a combination of experienced diplomats, professors, professionals, civil servants, military personnel, and politicians.

Thanks to an academic agreement signed between the Berg Institute, Alfonso X University and the United Nations University for Peace- Human Rights Centre-, professors from the University for Peace will also form part of the Masters degree.

Participants in both Master and post-graduate diploma programs will also have the option to complement their studies with one of the four summer programs in Europe, the Middle-East and/or the United States.

Both held in January and June, "Otzenhausen 2014- Human Rights in Context" is a study tour of 7 European countries and is currently in its 11th year. The tour includes visits to institutional and historical sites of relevance to European and International Relations. More information about this year’s program can be found at www.berg-institute.org/home/programas
“Human Rights in Context: Israel and Palestine” allows the students to experience the situation of Human Rights in field at Israel, Palestine and the Occupied Territories. This is an unique experience for students to renew their commitment and will consist in an alternation of guided visits with academic activities in both Israel and Palestine.
Information about the program will be found at

Alternatively, the relationship between the academic partners and the American University-Washington College of Law allows students to participate in this university’s study program on International Relations, Law and Diplomacy in either Washington D.C. (May 29- June 15, 2014) or in Geneva, Switzerland (June 19- July 6, 2014). More information can be found at www.wcl.american.edu/internationalorganizations/index.cfm

International Relations Program Advertisment (Arabic)

Alfonso X Arabi Rector´s welcome (Arabic)
Brochure Master in International Relations
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*La apertura de este programa queda supeditada al número mínimo de alumnos establecidos por la Universidad para su impartición. 





Plan de estudios 2013

*Carácter: FB:Formación Básica, Ob: Obligatorio, Op: Optativo



Target Audience

This program is addressed to the Diplomatic Community and professionals in International cooperation living in Spain as well as to students and professionals interested in this field of study.






The main subjects of this program are organized into 3 core modules, distributed by its topics:

The first module (Peace and Conflict Studies) includes the following subjects:

Foundations of Peace and Conflict Studies

Designed to engage students in an examination of the major contemporary challenges to peace, sources of conflict and violence as well as several key non-violent mechanisms for conflict transformation and prevention.

During the course, an understanding of the complex and interconnected challenges to peace will be developed, as will an understanding of the need for multi-faceted approaches to meeting these challenges. Students will also engage critically with theories of conflict, developing an understanding of the theoretical resources available in the area. Globalisation and the Transformation of Political Community will also be examined.

Security Studies and International Terrorism

The Concept of Human Security; International Terrorism and co-operation; Organized International Crime and International Cooperation; NATO: Goals and Strategies; Key policies in Spanish Security issues; Human Rights in International Law- The UN International Criminal Court.

International Negotiation and Geo-strategy

International negotiation; Strategy and cultural elements; The process of negotiation; Proposals and resolution of crises; Conflict prevention and resolution; International geo-strategy; Geopolitics and Geo-economics- Concept; Strategic Theory- Tactic, Strategy and Logistics; Geo-policy; Geo-economics; International Contract Negotiation; International negotiation and protocol; Media and conflict management (including spokesperson interviews techniques).

The second core module (international Law and Human Rights) includes:

International Law

The International Community; Sources, Subjects, International responsibility; the UN Charter; Soft Law at the UN General Assembly; UN Security Council Resolutions; Emerging regional and global powers within the UN; The UN system, agencies and programs; International cooperation dynamics.

Human Rights Protection and International Relations

State sovereignty and Human Rights; The 21st Century and the opportunity for Human Rights policies; United Nation System for Human Rights Protection; Regional systems- Europe, America, Africa; Gender in World politics; Minorities and self-determination political processes.

Functioning of International Organizations

Participation in intergovernmental conferences (political and treaty conferences); Legal aspects of international organizations; A practical approach to the European Union.

Finally, the third core module, Globalisation, includes:

International Relations and Globalisation

International relations: Concept, History and Content.; International society; The actors of International Relations; The determining factors of International Relations; The International dynamic; Ethics in International Affairs.

Economics, commerce and globalisation

Concept of Globalisation; The history of Globalisation; Globalisation and growth; Inequality, poverty and globalisation; Work, Capital and globalised markets; Technology and the comprehensive process; International institutions, economic policy and governments’ relationship to globalisation; International exchange; The common trade policy of the European Union; GATT and the World Trade Organization (WTO); Special consideration of the industrial products and goods agreements protected by intellectual property rights (TRIPs); Foreign trade Policy in Spain: Instruments for export promotion.

An Intercultural Approach

Arab and Western Interaction;Ethics and Civilisations; Human rights; A resource to war; Ethical interpretation; International consensus; Tolerance and multiculturalism; Minorities: socio-historic perspective and legal protection; Migration; Globalisation; The Environment and sustainable development; Global inequality; Development and Globalisation.

Development and Sustainability

Regional concepts and Urban structure; The Neoclassical model of regional growth; The theory of accumulative causation; The theory of the poles of growth; The potential of regional development (Dieter Biehl); The Industrial District; Indigenous development; The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank; From general agreement on tariff and trade (GATT) to the World Trade Organization (WTO); International Cooperation; Globalisation and International Economic Institutions; United Nations Development Program. Sustainability Environmental Law; Case Analyses.


The Master consists of 60 ECTS of which 44 ECTS are mandatory lectures, 4 ECTS for optative lectures, 6 ECTS for internships and 6 ECTS for the Master Thesis.

Taking a practical approach, the program will also provide a sophisticated and solid theoretical background in each module. The central idea is to apply a theoretical and practical framework to the way participants think and work within the field of International Relations. The program is structured in 10 core modules and is complemented by optional institutional visits and academic fieldtrips in Spain, the European Union, the United States and Israel/Palestine.

For each module, participants will receive a seminal work chosen by their respective professor. This will not only provide an enduring tool for future reference but will also contribute to the participant’s ability to critically engage with the relevant academic literature.

Visits and engagement in Spain.

The course is complemented with several activities giving a cultural, historical and political dimension with visits to important institutions including the Supreme Court, Congress, museums, and historical sites in Madrid, Salamanca, Granada and Santiago de Compostela.

Optional Academic activities.

Programmed Visit: Poland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Luxemburg and Belgium. In a ten-day trip the group will visit European and International Institutions including Krakow (Auschwitz), The Hague (Europol and the International Criminal Court), Brussels (European Commission, EU Parliament and EU Council and NATO Headquarters), Luxembourg (EU Court of Justice), and Strasbourg (European Court of Human Rights).

  • Programmed Visit: The United States. In cooperation with American universities the program includes a seven-day tour with visits to financial institutions in New York and important economic and politic institutions in Washington. Organized meetings at the Pentagon, World Bank, IMF, U.S Congress, and the OAS headquarters form part of the optional US Academic activities.

  • Programmed Visit: Israel, Palestine and the Occupied Territories. A deep insight to the conflict in Israel and Palestine with visits to both sides of the frontier (including the Wall), the Israeli Museum, the Kneset, Al-Qus and the Death Sea among others, alternating with an academic lectures program.


The central objective of the Program is to provide participants with a theoretical and practical approach to international issues relevant to professionals working within the international relations area and diplomacy. The subject material will be taught by academics, professionals and diplomats from various countries (there are more than 30 nationalities on the faculty), enabling them to share their expertise and practical approach to international issues in English, French, Arabic and Spanish.


Post-Graduate Institute
Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio

Av. Comandante Franco 10Bis, Madrid 28016
Metro Pío XII (Linea 9)



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