Master of Global Politics and Transpacific Studies

Plan de estudios

The curriculum of the Master in Global Politics and Trans-Pacific Studies aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to adapt to the demands of the global society and labor markets. Its structure is divided into four learning areas: the Compulsory Common Basic Area, which includes theoretical subjects related to the global society, international relations and methodology; the Compulsory Particular Basic Area, which includes subjects related to Transpacific Studies; the Specialized Learning Area, which offers students the choice to specialize in one of three regional areas: China, Japan and North America.

 

These three areas deal with the political, economic and commercial interactions and dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region, which are of crucial importance not only for Mexico but for all the countries in the Latin American side of the Pacific. The fourth area, the Open Optative Area, includes courses on foreign languages of the Asia-Pacific region [1] and a course on the countries of the Pacific Alliance; the latter was incorporated in order to provide students with a broader perspective of the History, Culture and Society of these countries [2].

Students who choose to Specialize in China will have the option to study the specialized subjects of the third semester at the University of Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool (XJTLU) in Suzhou, Jiangsu, China.

The total number of credits required to obtain a Master degree is 110, allocated as follows:

 

 

 

 

AREAS

TOTAL UAG HOURS*

TOTAL IA HOURS**

CREDITS

PERCENTAGE
(%)

Compulsory Common Basic Area

384

352

46

41.82

Compulsory Particular Basic Area

192

96

18

16.36

Specialized Learning Area

256

128

24

21.82

Open Optative Area

128

64

12

10.90

Thesis

-

160

10

9.10

Credits required to graduate

 

 

110

100

 

*UAG Under academic guidance. **IA Independent activities.

 

 

Compulsory Common Basic Area:

 

LEARNING UNIT

TYPE

UAG HOURS

IA HOURS

TOTAL HOURS

CREDITS

PREREQUISITES

Theories of International Relations and Global Politics

C

64

64

128

8

-

Global Political Economy

C

64

32

96

6

-

Global Governance

C

64

32

96

6

Theories of International Relations and Global Politics

Global Politics and Society

C

64

32

96

6

-

Research Design and Method I

S

64

64

128

8

-

Research Design and Method II

T

32

64

96

6

Research Design and Method I

Research Design and Method II

T

32

64

96

6

Research Design and Method II

 

Compulsory Particular Basic Area:

 

LEARNING UNIT

TYPE

UAG HOURS

IA HOURS

TOTAL HOURS

CREDITS

PREREQUISITES

Trans-Pacific Politics and Society

S

64

32

96

6

Global Politics and Society

Trans-Pacific Security Relations

S

64

32

96

6

-

Trans-Pacific Economic Relations

S

64

32

96

6

Global Political Economy

 

Specialized Learning Area:

Specialization in North America

 

LEARNING UNIT

TYPE

UAG HOURS

IA HOURS

TOTAL HOURS

CREDITS

PREREQUISITES

North American History, Culture, and Society

C

64

32

96

6

-

North American Foreign Policy

C

64

32

96

6

Trans-Pacific Politics and Society

North American Contemporary Politics

C

64

32

96

6

North American Economy

C

64

32

96

6

Trans-Pacific Economic Relations

 

 

Specialization in China

  

LEARNING UNIT

TYPE

UAG HOURS

IA HOURS

TOTAL HOURS

CREDITS

PREREQUISITES

Chinese History, Culture, and Society

C

64

32

96

6

-

Chinese Foreign Policy

C

64

32

96

6

Trans-Pacific Politics and Society

Chinese Contemporary Politics

C

64

32

96

6

Chinese Economy

C

64

32

96

6

Trans-Pacific Economic Relations

 

 

Specialization in Japan

  

LEARNING UNIT

TYPE

UAG HOURS

IA HOURS

TOTAL HOURS

CREDITS

PREREQUISITES

Japanese History, Culture, and Society

C

64

32

96

6

-

Japanese Foreign Policy

C

64

32

96

6

Trans-Pacific Politics and Society

Japanese Contemporary Politics

C

64

32

96

6

Japanese Economy

C

64

32

96

6

Trans-Pacific Economic Relations

 

 

Open Optative Area:

 

LEARNING UNIT

TYPE

UAG HOURS

IA HOURS

TOTAL HOURS

CREDITS

PREREQUISITES

Language Specialization Seminar I

S

64

32

96

6

 

Language Specialization Seminar II

S

64

32

96

6

Language Specialization Seminar I

Pacific Alliance Countries History, Culture, and Society

S

64

32

96

6

-

S = Seminar T = Workshop C = Course

 

During the first semester, students will study theoretical subjects and they will begin to familiarize themselves with transpacific studies. In the second semester, after acquiring most of the required theoretical knowledge, students will study research methods and the last general subjects about the transpacific region.

The first specialization subject (History, Culture and Society) will also be taught during the second semester to help students define their object of study. In the third semester, the curriculum will focus on the specialization areas (Contemporary Politics, Economics and Foreign Policy in North America, China and Japan) and on the thesis of each student. In the fourth semester, students will have the option to participate as visiting research fellows in the region or country of their specialization.

The specialization seminars will require students to improve their English or to learn languages such as Japanese and/or Mandarin Chinese. The students whose native language is not Spanish will be able to study it as an optional subject.