Changing World Order

Open Academy

Micro-degree from the International Relations master's programme of the School of Governance, Law and Society


Registration deadline

Credits 15 ECTS

Price 735 €

Document issued upon completion of training Tallinn University microcredential certificate

Trainers Matthew Crandall, Tiina Pajuste, Mika Aaltola

The aim of the course is to help the participants understand the primary structures and instruments of global governance. The graduates will be able to analyze the formation of the global order and the role of small states in the changing world, analyze the creation of international norms and regimes, and understand the forces which are behind the changing world order.


Who are welcome to come to study?

Required degree:

Bachelor’s degree

Target group:

Public sector employees; foreign affairs specialists and people interested in applying for international relations MA programme.

Aim of the studies

After the course the participant

  • understands how global governance functions;
  •  is able to analyze the role of small states in the contemporary world; is able to analyze the formation of global governance within a political and legal framework;
  •  understands factors that produce stability and consensus as well as factors that produce anarchy and conflict in the world and is able to implement the acquired knowledge.


Form of study:

Contact study, workdays from 4.30 pm 


15 ECTS, contact learning 105 hours


Course code


Matthew Crandall

Small states in the changing world order


spring, timetable



Tiina Pajuste

Formation of global norms and international regimes


spring, timetable



Mika Aaltola

World politics and global governance


spring, timetable



Academic staff


Matthew Crandall

Matthew Crandall (USA) is an associate professor of International Relations at Tallinn University and the International Relations master's programme administrator. He completed his PhD from Tallinn University and his Master's degree from the University of Tartu. His research interests include small state security and soft security threats. He has published in Contemporary Security Policy, Defence Studies, East European Politics, and Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe.

Tiina Pajuste

Tiina Pajuste, PhD, is an Associate Professor of International and European Law at Tallinn University.  Dr. Pajuste received her PhD from the University of Cambridge on “Accountability Mechanisms for International Organisations”.  Before her doctoral studies, she completed a Diploma in International Law at Cambridge, on the accountability of international territorial administrations. She also holds a LLM in Public International Law from the University of Helsinki (Finland) and a BA in Law from the University of Tartu (Estonia). Her research interests focus mainly on the activity and impact of international organisations, examining both practical and theoretical issues. 

Tiina Pajuste - What is the Role of Law in Peace Negotiations?

Mika Aaltola

Mika Aaltola (Finland) is a professor of International Relations European studies at Tallinn University. In addition, professor Aaltola works as the Director of the Global Security Programme at the Finnish Institute of International affairs. Previously, he was an Academy of Finland Research fellow (2008-2010), Visiting professor at the University of Minnesota (2006-2008) and a University lecturer at the University of Tampere (2006-2008). His international monographs have examined the US foreign policy culture (Brill 2008), the relationship between power politics and humanitarianism (Palgrave 2009), global pandemic security and politics (Routledge 2012), and global connectedness, flows and geopolitics of interdependence (Ashgate 2014). He has been a visiting researcher at Johns Hopkins, Cambridge University.

Conditions and registration

Required degree:

Bachelor’s degree

Graduation conditions:

All courses passed

Price of the course:

735 € (AKJ 1 ECTS is 59; RIR 1 ECTS is  44 euros), paid once per semester



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