Elective Courses

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Electives for MAIA students are available from the course offerings throughout the different disciplines at the University of Miami.  Selection of these courses are based on the area of concentration each student has chosen to pursue. Course availability varies per semester and is contingent on meeting the MAIA Program requirements.

MAIA Elective Courses

  • IGS 644 - Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability

    Professor: Dr. Dina Moulioukova

    For long energy has been one of the major factors in formulating countries’ strategies, shaping international politics and defining security. Recent economic slowdown and revolution of unconventional oil and gas have reshaped global geopolitical landscape. This course will examine the intersection between energy, environmental sustainability, politics and international security. It will take energy security as a starting point and will explore how states meet their energy security and environmental sustainability needs and what implications this process has globally. This course will examine the concepts of environmental sustainability and energy security, stressing the importance of energy and mitigation of climate change in formulation of country strategies, advancement of national interests and shaping of the international system.

  • IGS 645 - Human Security: Prevention and Mitigation

    Professor: Dr. Dina Moulioukova

    Theoretical approaches and the major global threats to human security along with some of the most promising policy solutions will be explored. Some of these human security threats are well known, like genocide, and others, like cybersecurity, are newly emerging. Focus will be placed on key human security topics such as war, terrorism, human trafficking, climate change, famine, violence against women, and infectious and non-infectious diseases.

  • IGS 647 - Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance

    Professor: Ambassador Paul A. Trivelli & Dr. Bradford McGuinn

    This course examines the management of civil crises issuing from violent human actions. In the first section of the course, a framework will be developed that addresses the security of “civil space,” emphasizing actions threatening public order and individual safety. Emphasis will be placed on the burdens of “critical incident management” and the elements central to its success. These elements – planning and contingency, leadership and management, intelligence and analysis as well as operations and communication - will be engaged further in the second section. The final section of the course will examine specific threats to civil order and the management of systems designed to mitigate their effects. (Course is open to all students at the University of Miami)

  • IGS 647 - Disaster Response and Humanitarian Intervention

    Professor: Ambassador Paul A. Trivelli & Dr. Bradford McGuinn

    This course examines the management of disasters issuing from natural causes. It is focused primarily on the theory and practice of response. At the center of this investigation is a difficult question: how to help? The answers are not obvious. Through the vocabularies of practitioners and the frameworks offered by academic literature, we will explore the ways in which responders respond, the lessons learned and the best practices that have emerged in the field of disaster response and humanitarian intervention. (Course is open to all students at the University of Miami)

  • IGS 648 - International Business Finance

    Professor:  Michael Connelly

    International Finance provides a working knowledge of international financial issues, theories, concepts and practice. The first part of the course examines the mechanics of the foreign exchange market, reviewing spot, forwards, futures and options. The second part of the course constructs the four building blocks of international finance: interest rate parity (covered and uncovered interest rate arbitrage), purchasing power parity, the international Fisher (expectations) effect, and asset market equilibrium (money market and exchange market equilibrium). The role of the money supply in exchange rate and price level determination according to interest rate parity is stressed. The case for common currencies is reviewed. In the third part of the course, currency risk management is explored in detail. We then analyze Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent financial practices. We conclude with a review of financial leverage, moral hazard and the financial crisis of 2008-2009. (Course is ONLY available to students in the MAIA Program)


Non-MAIA students must obtain their home department advisors approval prior to registering. For more information on these courses or to register, please contact the MAIA Office at maiaprogram@miami.edu or by calling 305-284-8783.