Diploma (DAS) Structure

The Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) can be completed over 1 to 3 academic years, through a flexible and accessible schedule.

Participants choose 10 modules from the list below:

1. Introduction to the IO & NGOs
This course introduces IOs and NGOs from a historical perspective. It then focuses on legal structures, decision-making processes and the implementation of different organizational mandates. In the second part students visit 4-5 organizations based in Geneva.

Julian Fleet, Permanent Observer representing the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) to the United Nations

Fri 9 Sept 2016; Mon 12 Sept 2016; Tue 13 Sept 2016 (9am-6pm)

2. Governance and Management Challenges in the UN System
The course provides a conceptual framework and an empirical basis for examining governance and management practices in the UN system. The course focuses both on the specific characteristics of intergovernmental decision making and on the practical aspects of management. The method of work will focus on group work and case studies.

Dr. Bruce Jenks, Columbia University

Thu 15 Sept 2016; Fri 16 Sept 2016; Sat 17 Sept 2016 (9am-6pm)

3. Practice of International Relations
The growing intensity, and velocity of global interactions requires new approaches to studying the practice of international relations. This course combines theory and case study practice to make sense of an increasingly complex global actor and issue landscape. The course is based on highly interactive and participatory group learning and puts an emphasis on presentation and discussion skills.

Dr. Sebastian Buckup, World Economic Forum and Dr. Stephan Mergenthaler, World Economic Forum

Mon 19 Sept 2016; Tue 20 Sept 2016; Wed 21 Sept 2016 (9am-6pm)

4. International Law and its Effects on IOs and NGOs
This course focuses on the effects that international law has on the creation and functioning of international intergovernmental organizations. It deals with how IOs operate in this system of law, as well as with their influence on the legal aspect of international relations. The emerging role of NGOs and their impact on intergovernmental organizations is also considered.

Dr. Drazen Petrovic, International Labour Office

Mon 3 Oct 2016; Tue 4 Oct 2016; Wed 5 Oct 2016 (2pm-6pm)

Mon 10 Oct 2016; Tue 11 Oct 2016; Wed 12 Oct 2016 (2pm-6pm); Sat 15 Oct 2016 (am)

5. Sustainable Finance
Get ready to dive into the world of credit, savings and insurance in their “bottom of the pyramid” incarnation. Bring along an open mind and your critical-thinking hat, and get ready to be an active participant in an eyeopening, myth-debunking journey into one of the development sector’s fastest growing and most contentious areas.

Dr. Iddo Dror, International Livestock Research Institute

Mon 31 Oct 2016; Tue 1 Nov 2016; Wed 2 Nov; Thu 3 Nov 2016 (9am-4pm)

6. Risk Management
The aim of this course is to give students a basic understanding of the principles of risk management and their application. By the end of this module, students should have a broad understanding of the risk management function in an organization, be able to define its risk and to develop a risk policy.

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Fragnière, Geneva Business School (HEG) & Jean-Bertrand Helip, eBay

Thu 17 Nov; Fri 18 Nov 2016 (9am-4pm)

Thu 15 Dec; Fri 16 Dec 2016 (9am-4pm)

7. Leadership and Strategic Change in the UN system
The course provides a conceptual framework for understanding the concept of leadership in the UN System. It analyses the practice of leadership by successive Secretaries General and explores the experience with different leadership models. The course examines current and past efforts at reform in the UN.

Dr. Bruce Jenks, Columbia University

Mon 28 Nov 2016; Tue 29 Nov 2016; Wed 30 Nov 2016; Thu 1 Dec 2016 (9am-4pm)

8. Designing Development Projects
This course provides an overview of the international development landscape and how different approaches to delivering development assistance have evolved through time while combining theoretical knowledge with practical hands-on training.Using detailed case studies of existing and hypothetical projects, the course explores essential tools for planning and implementing development projects.

Dr. Taylor Brown & Karen Iles, the IDL Group in Development

Tue 10 Jan 2017; Wed 11 Jan 2017; Thu 12 Jan 2017; Fri 13 Jan 2017 (9am-4pm)

Exam: Fri 20 Jan 2017 (9am-1pm)

9. Leadership and Management in NPOs
This course module complements academic work on non-profit organizations (NPOs). It aims at providing students with a practical understanding of how international NPOs are set up, governed, led and managed based on some defining factors such as their mission, guiding principles, history and stakeholders, as well as the environment they are operating in. It will walk students through some of the key features of leadership and management of NPOs, both in terms of management frameworks and of leadership and management practices.

Susanna Swann, Deputy Director General, Médecins Sans Frontières Switzerland

Thu 26 Jan 2017; Fri 27 Jan 2017; Sat 28 Jan 2017 (9am-6pm)

10. Communication, Fundraising and Advocacy
What are the basics of communication processes? How to conceptualize, plan, execute and monitor a communication strategy? How to develop and establish appropriate strategic fundraising solutions? What can advocacy achieve? And how are all of these connected to each other?

Mr Gregor Henneka, UNICEF & Prof. Dr. Jurgen Seitz, Stuttgart Media University

Mon 30 Jan 2017; Tue 31 Jan 2017; Wed 1 Feb 2017 (9am-6pm)

11. Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting
The course is designed to expose students to the theory and practice of selecting and analyzing financial and managerial accounting information for decision-making, planning, directing and controlling purposes. It focuses on the understanding and questioning of accounting numbers and of underlying assumptions behind those numbers, and on the need to integrate accounting reports with nonfinancial performance measures and effective tools of analysis.

Antonio Vegezzi, Capital Italia Fund and Università della Svizzera Italiana

6-17 February; 9-10 March; 23-24 March (9am-1pm) 2017; Exam: 8 April (9am-1pm)

12. Performance and Resource Management in NPOs
This ‘practitioner course’ takes the students in six thematic sessions through the resource management functions in Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs). The course examines the constituent elements and boundaries of NPOs, their embedded incentive systems, and challenges to manage NPOs for results. It also provides the students the tools and analytical framework for an assessment of a NPO of their choice.

Achim von Heynitz, Consultant at IFAD, AfDB, ILO, OPCW

Mon 27 Feb 2017; Tue 28 Feb 2017 (9am-4pm)

Mon 24 Apr 2017; Tue 25 Apr 2017 (9am-4pm)

13. Social Entrepreneurship
The course examines how social entrepreneurial ventures tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. How are they different from charitable non-profits or from mainstream businesses? What leadership role do they play in society? How does the context in which they are spawned influence the problems they address, their approaches, business models, and partnerships?

Dr. Pamela Hartigan, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Thu 27 Apr; Fri 28 Apr; Sat 29 Apr 2017 (9am-6pm)

14. Cross Sector Partnerships
Cross-sector partnerships are increasingly becoming mainstream in areas where societal actors detect own boundaries, sense efficiency gains through collaboration, or recognize opportunities behind interdependencies. This course explains the global evolution of partnerships and the manifold types that emerged, it zooms-in on the management of partnerships, and provides guidelines as to when partnerships can and should be utilized. At the heart of the course, study-groups together with the actual partnership managers critically study, analyze, and compare a suite of globally successful partnerships.

Dr. Valérie Federico-Weinzierl, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance

Thu 4 May; Fri 5 May & Mon 29 May; Tue 30 May 2017 (9am-4pm)

Given the modular structure of both programs, participants can plan their classes in advance, around their work schedule. Each module involves 24 hours of classroom time, as well as an assessment (a variety of methods will be used, such as take-home exams, essays, presentations or class-based exams).