Crisis Management

The concentration of Crisis Management, enables students to comprehend and evaluate current and future processes that constitutes a crisis. Students learn and apprehend how to become efficient and resilient in security led affairs whether operational or tactical; How to create effective skillsets, in a constantly challenging environment that require preparedness and efficiency. The concentration is of practical value. It identifies current and potential threats and challenges. The concentration operates within the framework of preventive anticipation methodologies against multilayered and level crises. In line with the UAE vision on security resilience, the concentration takes into account multidisciplinary approaches to crisis management actions and required actors for which a combination of efforts evidently assures protection and safety.

  1.  Recognize the Concepts, Principles, Implementation of Security Strategic Studies, Intelligence and International affairs
  2.  Demonstrate critical analysis in the trends of global terrorism.
  3.  Analyze the economic and political impact of international and domestic political conditions.
  4. Interpret the various elements of the theory of war and state’s behaviors in the affects in conflict situations
  5. Contribute to the continued development of academic and professional field in security and strategic studies.


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41 Courses | 120 Credit hours

General Education
Courses (12)
Credit Hours (36)
Core Course
Courses (19)
Credit Hours (54)
Courses (5)
Credit Hours (15)
Free Electives
Courses (5)
Credit Hours (15)


  • Tuition (One Semester)

    Approx. 23,000 AED
    One academic year is two semesters
  • Admission (One Time)

    3,150 AED

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A: Languages and Communication Studies

The student selects 12 credit hours (4 courses) from the list below

The purpose of this course is to facilitate the process of transition into new academic and cultural environment for the new students enrolled in the AUE. Furthermore, it aims to promote their confidence so that they could succeed and meet the academic requirements.
The course assimilates academic content with interactive in class activities to ensure understanding of curricular options and begin to develop a future career plan through self-reflection.

This course focuses on improving students’ basic critical reading and writing skills in English so that they can successfully write free-error varied sentences and paragraphs. The course also focuses on contextualized mechanics instructions and sentence skills.

The intent of this course is two-fold. First, it introduces students with the basic research terminologies. Second, it familiarizes them with the process of research from choosing a topic to writing the proposal. Students will be immersed in hands on experience where they will be introduced to research concepts that will help them understand, interpret, and critique a scientific research. Contents to be covered include the language of research, types of research, elements of scientific research proposal, writing an academic research proposal using APA style, research ethics, crafting data collection instruments, and interpreting data.

This course is designed to enable students to analyze multiple texts in various fields of knowledge. In order to be able to distinguish between texts despite their difference of contents, it also enables student to simulate those texts in a correct way, and to transform the information into skill and behavior. And since writing is an integrated building process, and that the building is affected by its parts, therefore student needs models, linguistic laws, planning, cohesion and goals including: news and inquiries, demand and influence of the recipient.

This course is based on the principle that "Education" is an accumulative task especially when it comes to language learning. This process undergoes specific stages to assist the non-Arabic speakers to reach the ultimate goal which is to acquire the required skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing) easily and accurately. To achieve this aim, text-based dialogues are provided as a head start for the non-Arabic speakers to continue to the higher levels. The course also provides basic elements for reading, writing, dialogues, and listening to assist the learners to confidently interact with the Arab community.

This course is designed to enable the Arabic-speaking student with the necessary language skills, especially focusing on the steps of writing reports, official letters and systematic research. To achieve this, and to develop the student's abilities to understand correctly what he reads and listens, and to gain the ability to write articles, reports, meeting minutes and recommendations of conferences and seminars in a sound manner, the course was concerned with training the student in basic writing skills; such as multiple spelling rules, punctuation marks, paragraph system, and essay writing progressively.

B: The Natural sciences

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

The natural science course incorporates a wide range of subjects of sciences such as astronomy, geology, biology, chemistry, and environmental science. The course will present the scientific facts of astronomy, the Earth and its weather, water, and environment, biology, and nutrition with the chemicals of life. The course emphasizes understanding the core principles of different branches of science and their effects on our lives. Moreover, the course explores the scope of natural phenomena, changing environment conditions, general health rules of nutrition, and the variety of living organisms. The course helps the students to acquire skills in observation, critical thinking, analyzing, interpreting, understanding and discussing scientific terminology and facts.

This course gives a thorough introduction to sustainable energy, conservation, and energy efficiency within the UAE and the world. It will explore the relationship between energy, environment, economy and ecological well-being. It will discuss energy production from the biology, natural science, environmental science and social sciences perspectives.
A variety of topics will be introduced including global warming, climate change, sustainable food production, solid waste management, environmental and natural resources laws. The course includes the growing challenges of climate change and energy crisis and proposes solutions to overcome them.

The ‘Principles of Environmental Science’ course is designed to introduce the fundamental concepts of Environmental Science to undergraduate students. It includes topics from different areas of study such as ecology, biology, soil science and atmospheric science. The course aims at raising environmental awareness among students and providing them with the scientific knowledge and skills to identify, prevent and solve environmental problems. Additionally, it deals with ecological concepts, organism interactions, communities and ecosystems. The course focuses on key areas of population dynamics, biodiversity, human activities and the environment managed ecosystems, air quality, water and solid waste management.

General Physics course introduces the basic concepts, theories and the terminologies of the scientific method in the context of the science of physics. Students will reinterpret and express ideas and views from the study of physics, and differentiate between the various multitudes of energy and momentum.

C: The social or behavioral sciences

The student selects 6 credit hours (2 courses) from the list below

An introduction to the science of psychology, its theories and foundations. The course is focused on principles and research methodologies, including the following topics: history of psychology, the biology of mind, memory, learning, child and personality development, psychological disorders and therapy. The aim of the course is to introduce the basis of psychology, provide the foundational knowledge to pursue the subject in more depth in the future, and build an ongoing interest in the application of psychology in everyday life.

Innovation is the engine of opportunity and, acting as a catalyst, this course is intended to ignite an interest in innovation and inspire entrepreneurial action. At the core of innovation and entrepreneurship is a commitment to experiential learning that will encourage students to engage in critical thinking, creative problem solving while also equipping them with the soft skills needed in their pursuit of academic and professional endeavors. Students will discuss the relevance and role of innovation and entrepreneurship in work and life situations; determine opportunities for creative disruption and design a strategy for its implementation; develop a practical understanding of innovation through thoughtful debate and exercises; and demonstrate critical thinking and individual insight with a personal mastery portfolio.

This course serves as an introduction to the interdisciplinary and multifaceted social sciences. The content on the course covers the range of different disciplines that social sciences consists of, namely: anthropology, sociology, psychology, political science, economics and to a lesser extent also history and geography. The secondary aim of the course is moreover for students to develop their critical thinking skills by engaging actively with material about social issues, social change and social institutions.

This course will introduce the students to the key concepts of Political Science and its principle tools. The course will discuss the role of main political actors in the field of politics and their function.

This course introduces the science of Sociology. Students will examine Society, Institutions and the relationships that make up a social context. The scientific methodology used to study social interactions, stratification and other elements of sociological enquiry will be discussed to emphasize the core concept of sociology as a systematic study of societies and social structures.

This course introduces the student to the development of the human race. You will study a Four Field introduction to Anthropology wherein you will gain an understanding of Human Development and how both ancient and modern humans are studied. An understanding of Anthropology, the study of culture and human development is an important pillar in a degree which aims to develop educators in multi-cultural and economically diverse settings.

This course will provide the students with a comprehensive overview of geography. Emphasis is on concepts that are necessary to understand global, regional and local issues. This course also includes topics on both human and physical geography.

This course introduces basic human rights philosophy, principles, instruments, and institutions. It examines the major sources of international human rights and fundamental freedoms, including treaties such as the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights, and on Social, Cultural, and Economic Rights. It studies their protection in the regional institutions such as the European Convention on human rights, the American Declaration on Human Rights and the African Charter of Human Rights and Peoples. This course also analyzes the mechanism of protection and enforcement of human rights in these regional institutions. It also seeks to interpret the guarantees of enforcement of human rights in international law, and in UAE Constitution.

D: Information Technology or Quantitative

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 courses) from the list below

This course is designed to develop a good understanding of the fundamental concepts of mathematics. It also stresses on crucial cognitive transferable skills such as the ability to think logically and concisely. Mastering this course will give students the confidence to go on and do further courses in mathematics and statistics.

The General Statistics course is designed to develop good understanding of the basic concepts of statistical theorems, and applications. The course covers topics such as data collection methods, organization of data, analysis and interpretation of results. A software package will be used to analyze the statistical data.

The purpose of this introductory course is to study computers and data. It gives an establishment to utilizing computers in different courses and educational module for research, correspondence, and writing. Students will be exposed to the fundamentals of hardware and its associated software and systems improvement. The course will show how the computer automates the processing of information.

E: The Humanities or Arts

The student selects 6 credit hours (2 courses) from the list below

This course explores Arab art and aesthetics from the beginning of the twentieth century till date. The students will learn about the contemporary art and design movement in Arab countries, the expression of cultural identity, as well as the factors involved and changes in aesthetics from Islamic to Arabic art. They will also study and analyze the role of pioneer artists from various generations with emphasis on their influence on contemporary Arab art.

This course will introduce the students to the key concepts of philosophy and its principle tools. The course will discuss the schools of philosophical thought, and will apply philosophical analysis to the topics of knowledge, religion, mind, freedom, responsibility, and ethics.

This course provides an overview of Middle-Eastern History, including the sources of Middle Eastern History. The course will conclude with discussions about perspectives on Middle-Eastern History.

This course provides an overview of World / General History. The course will conclude with discussions about perspectives on World History.

This course will provide the students with a comprehensive overview of English literature in the United States. It will familiarize the students primarily with early Anglo-American writers and the different literary movements that took place in the United States. Today American literature includes many minority literary works, but the historical matrix remains Anglo-Saxon if we are to consider the dominant culture as the starting historical point.

This course aims to focus on the evolution of Islamic Art through a chronological overview of various ​trends and approaches throughout history. Students will explore and analyze the rise and influence of ​Islam leading to the formation of a new artistic culture the world over.​

F: Islamic Studies

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

This course will offer students’ knowledge to enable them to understand the Islamic culture. The course offers a review of the history of Islam and how it is currently the fastest growing religion in the world.

The course is designed to give an in-depth understanding of the Islamic civilization. It deals with the universal principles that went into the making of the Islamic civilization. It examines the basic ideas of Islamic civilization besides exploring their contemporary relevance and challenges. The course seeks to effectively address the notion of the ‘clash of civilizations.

G: UAE Studies

The student selects 3 credit hours (1 course) from the list below

The course is designed to introduce the UAE and GCC society with its historical background and uniqueness. It is aimed at enabling students to understand the specific features of the society along with its customs, traditions and lifestyle. The course will introduce the processes and the challenges of development as well as the future aspirations of the UAE and GCC Society.



This course is designed as a broad survey of the contemporary Security and Strategic Studies and has two interrelated objectives: The first is to familiarize students with the theoretical foundations of the Security and Strategic Studies. The second objective is to encourage students to link the theoretical debates in the discipline to empirical observations in Global Politics.

Research is one of the most crucial objectives within a BA Program. Getting to accustomed and developing on conducting a research, firstly in social sciences, specifically in Strategic topics in the world, is the main objective of this program and course. Conducting the research and especially orchestrating a social survey, problem of objectivity in strategic research, cultivating a specific formula on research problems and most importantly propound a right hypothesis on a deep subject are the assets of this course. To ensure and develop above mentioned processes and steps, scanning current articles, books and different studies in a specific area and pursuing selective reading techniques are cardinal elements to be studied. Preparing extended outline in accordance with hypothesis assembled in Security Studies, extending and transformation techniques, data collection, and research writings are the steps which will be learnt in this course. Some research topics are included into study such as security history, strategic geography, modern phenomena of peacemaking and peacekeeping, disarmament, counterinsurgency, important military strategists, types of strategies, effect of military and industrial complexes on the conflicts.

This is the introductory course on international relations which is a foundational one for all students who wants to major in international relations and security studies. This course is also interesting and useful for students in business, trade, and economics. We will introduce students with the basic theories, concepts, methods, and principles used in the field as well as with the formation, evolution and expansion of the modern state system and its challenges and difficulties. The course will also focus on major issues and events in world politics like the World Wars, Cold War, diplomacy, North-South debate, global war on terrorism, global trade and so on. Special attention will be given on the analysis of the formation and evolution of global and regional organizations like the UN system and the EU. The concepts of power, security, war, and conflict will also be analyzed in the class. It is expected that after finishing the course students will not only be familiar with the international system, the mechanism of its functions and activities but will also be able understand and analyze them from their own views and perspectives based on acquired knowledge and informed interests.

The course will help the students develop and understanding about various schools of thoughts of strategic studies. Furthermore, it will bridge the gap between theory and practice of strategic studies through the study of different works by classical and contemporary experts of this field. The course will help the students understand various themes of strategic studies to develop strategic thinking. The course will create a balance between mindboggling theories and their applications.

This course identifies public international law, its sources, jurisdictions and states’ rights and obligations. Special topics to be addressed will include law of the sea, international criminal law, environmental law, human rights, and humanitarian international law. In addition, this course will provide a conceptual framework for the analysis of international law, contemporary debates and future trends.

The link between International security and environmental politics is centuries old. Increased pace and frequency of conquests and annexations, supported by mechanized and well developed equipment’s (an outcome of industrial revolution), were responsible for making the relation more explicit. This basic fact apart, throughout human history, we see a trend of ignorance towards environmental issues as greater importance always remained associated with apparatus and procedures which were considered a pre-requisite for ensuring security. These problems finally caught human attention and focus in the mid twentieth century. Since then a vast discourse has emerged to solve environmental problems by attempting to reduce the conflict between environment and International security endeavors. The main objective of designing this course is to make students familiar with this intricate web existing between security and environment. The particular discourse introduced in this subject is based primarily on liberal and feminist approaches towards International Relations as well as International Security; the approach similar to that held by Peace studies.

The study of geopolitics involves the analysis of relation between state’s geography and its political power and position in regional and international system. Geopolitics combines anthropology, demography, economics, geography, international security, military policy, natural resources policy, and political science with reference to state’s foreign policy. In this course particular emphasis will be put onto political geography, states’ strategic choices and geopolitical constraints in modern international relations.

This course introduces a sub-field of Politic Science which concerns itself with the study of political relationships and processes within particular countries (e.g. China). Comparative politics identifies the principal similarities and differences among these cases and answers why certain countries (e.g. the USA) are administered in a particular way.

Weapons of mass destruction are a form of modern monstrosity. The different views of these kind of weapons have one common ability – they are all very dangerous to men and the environment, because the impact of such weapons would cause catastrophic casualties, and those who are in possession of these weapons must work on their safety.
This course will discuss the development of Weapons of mass destruction in the beginning of the 21st century in the rise of globalization and complex international relations. Today, WMDs are needed for different purposes, especially because of their role to completely stop a potential aggressor from using chemical weapons. However, with the further development of WMDs throughout the world, potential hazards are created for the entire Earths population. Therefore, we can conclude that Weapons of mass destruction are still being produced today, and the arms race is completely shrouded by the improvement of nuclear weapons from the strongest forces, which are being held in order to protect these forces from the aggression of the others. Also, different viruses and bacteria, created in laboratories are a certain danger for mankind and the environment.

The course is designed to provide the students with deeper insight and perspectives towards national security and the arms race in the era of globalization. After the WWII, the dominant actors in the world politics have spent major portion of their national budget pursuing missile defense system, transnational threats, proxy wars, and star wars to shield against the threat of nuclear attacks, thus, provoking new arms races among nations and states. The emergence of 21st century is experiencing the most critical concerns of national security, which reflects the balance of power politics and the global arms race. The rapid changes emanating from the susceptibility of the transnational threats observed after post 9/11 symptoms demands more dynamic thought process to examine pure military expeditions have resulted in further alienation and paralysis of statehood theory and to some extent the democratic apparatus system. The course looks more deeply into the national security, statecraft, emergence of faith based ideological aspects, conflict resolution and peacemaking. The present trends on the arms races has seen countries both developed and under developing to set their security strategies covering risk assessment, security analysis, and public policy to long-term strategic goals. The course will help students to understand responsibility of the governments to address these threats to national and international security. Students will learn basic terminologies and discusses strategic and policy debates about new forms of terrorism after the 9/11. The sessions are designed to stimulate interest and debate among the students, professionals, public and policy-makers, by providing solid facts and analysis. This also allows scientific, geopolitical, historical and strategic analysis of various components to critique the delusion of perfect national security.

This is an undergraduate course for students interested in pursuing their career in the sphere of international relations: it is for future diplomats of respective national Ministries of Foreign Affairs, those interested in working for international organizations, as well as for students interested in the day-to-day process of foreign policy making. The aim of this course is to give students an insight into the real-world practice of international relations. Lectures will introduce the most important facts and concepts about actors in the area of international relations and the basic knowledge necessary for diplomats. Other sessions will help students improve their writing and presentation skills in this area. This course will introduce students to the basic principles and techniques of modern diplomacy. The course will include discussions of international legal obligations, diplomatic policy and the role of publicity in diplomacy and different aspects of diplomacy including the public diplomacy.

This course is designed to provide students with a framework for understanding the role of strategic media planning in the overall context of marketing and advertising decision. The course will cover audience research as well as selection, evaluation, and planning of all major advertising media and consider various decisions and problems that arise in the media planning process. The knowledge gained in this course will be useful for those interested in any career that requires them to interact with the media industries, such as brand management, advertising, research, as well as the media and entertainment industry.

The Special Topics in Strategic Studies’ is intended to showcase the diversified areas of teaching that has wide relevance in local, regional and global context. The course stands as a cognitive learning tool and bridge between number of additional subjects for the students who seek to gain further in-depth knowledge on policy analysis, assessment and development in strategic studies. Students will learn about contemporary challenges to security such as terrorism, insurgencies, organized crime and new means of strategy and warfare. The course seeks to identify and address current and emerging strategic challenges, and to identify strengths and weakness of the newly emerged threats. ‘Special topics’ will offer a new outlook for the innovative interdisciplinary subjects in regional and international strategic studies, and of multidimensional security character.

ICM and negotiation is the science of securing agreements between two or more interdependent parties in international arena. The central issues of this course deal with understanding the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations in the context of competitive situations. This course ensures to understand and think about the nature of negotiation. This objective is paramount because many of the important phenomena in negotiation (such as interests, goals, and cooperation) are ambiguous and often do not have "right" answers we cannot teach a set of formulae that will always maximize your profit (although they might help). It also studies to gain a broad, intellectual understanding of the central concepts in negotiation. These concepts will be the building blocks from which we can systematically understand and evaluate a negotiation process. It explains how to develop confidence in the negotiation process as an effective means for resolving conflict in organizations process.

After 9/11 terrorism studies has emerged as a science and made a considerable number of social scientists and scholars write and debate about complex dynamics of terrorism. In all these debates paradoxes and controversies have divided scholarly approaches evidently. This course is designed to make the students understand Contemporary Debates on Terrorism in detail regarding number of key issues in contemporary studies on terrorism from both 'traditional' and 'critical' perspectives. A purely debate course is structured in such a way that covers two totally opposite positions for one controversy. These two perspectives represent two different schools of thoughts regarding same issues.

This course examines the defense policies of major world powers (e.g. the USA /Russia) in an effort to understand the policy-making issues with regards to national security. In addition, the inter-connection between strategy and defense will be briefly analyzed.

The course aspires to introduce the students to the 21st century’s international system and, in particular, examine the causes and the processes behind the rise of new world powers such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

Pre-Internship is a one credit hour internship preparatory course designed for students seeking an internship. The course will prepare students to successfully plan their internship by researching and identifying potential internship opportunities, creating professional resume and letter of introduction, developing interviewing and networking skills as well as a portfolio per industry requirements. Students will go through different learning modules including experiences, team work skills, communication skills, leadership skills, problem solving, self-management and professionalism to be able to make the most of their internship.

This Internship course offers students a substantial industry placement. The Internship course intends to provide students the opportunity to apply and develop their classroom and academic learning in the workplace environment related to their study discipline and chosen specialization prior to graduation. Students typically enroll in this course in their penultimate or final semester. Employers increasingly expect university graduates and their graduate employees to have gained practical and vocationally specific experience as part of an undergraduate degree program. Employers increasingly expect graduates to behave with an accomplished professionalism and to have developed professional attitudes, skills and behaviors. Undergraduate students, likewise, wish to have the academic and practical skill set to be valued as a potential employee. Undergraduate students also seek knowledge about the various career possibilities and opportunities in security field. An internship allows current students to understand the relationship between their academic and career choices and build a personal portfolio to assist them to make their career ambitions become a reality. The AUE motto “Nothing is Impossible” takes seriously our commitment to assisting students ensure that their career aspirations are indeed possible. The academic advisor and the Internship supervisor will work with students enrolled in the Internship course to identify the right workplace placement for individuals. Host organizations and businesses will be chosen on their ability to provide specialized training relevant to Security Studies, such as Risk Management, Crisis Management, and Emergency Management.



This course offers students the basic s in identifying, preventing, and controlling crisis situations. It also helps students identify potential risks or situations that may precipitate a crisis or emergency and learn approaches on how to respond to such incidents..

This course is an introduction to crisis management and organizational continuity from private sector and public/private sector partnership perspective. Course topics and content reflect the changes in crisis management following the tragic events of September 11, 2001 and the lessons learned in recent disasters and catastrophes, particularly Hurricane Katrina and Tsunami. The topics include comprehensive emergency management, public and private roles and partnerships for emergency and crisis management, the risk management process, strategic crisis management, contingency planning, training and exercises, emergency response, business continuity and recovery, the role of the crisis management team, and crisis communication.

This course will help students to understand the way governments manage crises and security threats. Governments at all levels of society (from local government to federal or national governments, from local police to international organizations) are traditionally obliged and naturally eager to protect its citizens. This course is organized around two main issues: the nature of intergovernmental relations and the management of crises and emergencies. The course informs about the political system in which emergency managers navigate and provides an overview of key governmental agencies and actors involved the management of crises and emergency situations.

The informative and practical course on crisis mental health in theory and practice covers the psychology of the victim of crisis and disasters and discusses how to assist these victims of dramatic, life-changing events. The primary aim of this course is to support and empower those mental health practitioners and students who will be working in the trenches of disaster's aftermath. An ancillary goal is to arm disaster responders who are not mental health specialists with sufficient knowledge to consider the role of mental health and how it might be helpful. The course is a tool for disaster preparedness and planning. The course explains mental health interventions in a practical manner so that readers may obtain and develop additional skills in the wake of disaster.

Global Security and Strategic Studies students are required to take a three-credit hour course on the Capstone Graduation Project. To be graduated, students are requested not only to passing courses and earning required credits, but also, they need to show that they have developed proficiency in core-content knowledge and can demonstrate proficiency in applied learning skills in the four concentrations. It will be a challenging and rigorous journey but the reward for undertaking a meaningful experience are immense and will undoubtedly give AUE graduates a powerful start in career they may choose. In addition, English language and technology proficiency must also be demonstrated. The Capstone Graduation Projects should be in the form of field-based case studies. The Capstone Graduation Project is designed to give students a constructive working understanding of the requirements and expectations needed to graduate from AUE



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Student builds the schedule based on available offered courses in the registered semester

Weekday Morning Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Weekday Evening Classes

SUN – TUE | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
MON – WED | BETWEEN 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM


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Dr. Renny Castaneda

Assistant Professor / Department Chair of Undergraduate Program for the…