Explore the possibilities and limitations of multilateral institutional cooperation to address critical global challenges through online coursework and field study in South Africa and Ethiopia.

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Your program will begin with an online course that critically evaluates the concept of global governance and the role that international organizations (both global and regional) have played in helping countries confront shared challenges. You will trace the development of the international political system since 1945 with an emphasis of the rise of liberal internationalism at the end of the Cold War and the critiques that have been leveled at the liberal institutional vision for global order. You will also explore how nationalism has recently eroded international organizations and whether liberal institutionalism can and should adapt to new realities.

Your two-week field program in South Africa, with an excursion to Ethiopia, will focus on the architecture of the African political landscape, constructed around the multi-lateral objectives of the African Union (AU). This class will provide you with experiential insights into the conflict resolution and peace building processes of the African Union. You will examine local approaches to conflict resolution by exploring of the role of local and regional civil society actors in peace formation and processes of dealing with conflict.


  • Examine how nations have worked collectively through international organizations at the regional and global level.
  • Explore the theories and debates surrounding the “liberal institutional” project.
  • Study different types of shared governance models from a variety of regions around the world.
  • Visit the African Union in Addis Ababa and learn about its internal structure and workings.
  • Develop an understanding of the AU in the context of global power blocks, such as BRICS, the UN, and others.

Syllabus coming soon

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Global Governance and International Organizations (online, 3 graduate credits)
African political landscape and multi-lateral objectives of the African Union (South Africa, 3 graduate credits)

Online Term Details

This online course can be taken during either the summer or fall semester. In this course you will examine global governance and the role of international organizations and critically evaluate the liberal institutionalism. The course will meet virtually for six weeks. You will spend the remainder of the term on a group research project which will be due at the end of the course. Class content will be provided on SIT’s Moodle online platform and include a mix of synchronous class discussions, pre-recorded lectures and interviews with global governance experts, discussion forums where students exchange ideas and experiences, and links to articles and documentaries. Topics explored in the class will include: theories of international order, liberal institutionalism, alternative approaches to collective security, and the European Union and African Union.

In-Country Term Details

Starting in Johannesburg, you will visit the Apartheid Museum, the Pan African Parliament, and Nelson Mandela’s home. In Durban, you will learn about South Africa’s liberation movement and transition to democracy and examine its post-apartheid dynamics and the role of conflict resolution institutions. You will engage with local civil society, NGOs, and academics, and visit sites of memory. At the end of your program, you will visit the African Union headquarters in Adis Ababa, Ethiopia, where you will meet with elected ambassadors, NGOs, and related continental stakeholders.

Program Components

  • 40 hours online
  • 3 weeks in the field (South Africa and Ethiopia)

SIT’s faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors.

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Dr. Bruce W. Dayton, Chair and Associate Professor Master of Peace and Justice Leadership

Dr. Imraan Buccus, Academic Director; Associate Chair, Diplomacy in International Relations


In Johannesburg students will stay at a motel for 2 nights. In Durban students will be accommodated in an apartment block along Durban’s iconic beachfront. In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, students will stay in a hotel.

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Possible Career Paths

Students in this program go on to work in the field in a variety of areas including study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies. Find out some of the career paths that may be open to you.

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  • Humanitarian affairs
  • International Security
  • Diplomacy
  • Development office

See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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The total cost for this program is $5,860.

  • $2,160 – online tuition (a 40 percent discount off of normal tuition)
  • $2,559 – in-country tuition
  • $1,141 – room and board in country

Contact your study abroad office or SIT Admissions for more information.