Methods which reflect interdisciplinarity
Most of the teaching staff on the programme have backgrounds in two, sometimes three different areas which encourages contacts and approaches of an interdisciplinary kind. The very nature of international relations makes them a field for interdisciplinary research, aided by various transnational networks.
Variety of teaching strategies (including e-learning)
Most of the teaching staff are familiar with new multi-media technology and innovations introduced by the University Teaching and Multimedia Institute (Institut de pédagogie universitaire et des multimédias - IPUM). The overall rhythm and workload of the programme is carefully coordinated each year.
The geographical and subject range of the optional courses reflects the outward looking nature of the course and the diversity of the teaching.
The seminars are designed to give students support in the methodology of their individual project, whether in the research or professional focus.
Different learning situations
Courses, seminars, exercises, lectures, competitive examination simulations and learning to work in academic networks are all evidence of the multidisciplinary nature of the programme.
The professional focus in Humanitarian Action is designed to develop a global approach to so-called humanitarian crisis situations and post-crisis situations. The teaching staff have different academic backgrounds e.g. political science, anthropology, law, health, management and development). There is emphasis on learning how to work individually and in groups as well as using e-learning. Students must also do a work placement during the second year of the Master.