The Sustainability Systems Track reflects the need for future managers and leaders to understand the complex interplay of political, economic, environmental and social systems as they strive to build and manage the organization of the future. This is particularly critical when designing business or not-for-profit practices within systems that vary greatly in their dynamics around the globe. In addition to your track-specific requirements, you have the opportunity to participate in the Sustainable Development Practicum in Auroville, India, and expand the scope of your study into areas relevant to sustainability management through elective choices.

Core Courses: 

BA5001 Accounting And Management Control

Management accounting and control entails the processes managers use to make decisions based on costs and organisational performance and to exert influence other members of the organisation in order to accomplish organisational strategies. The course aims at providing an understanding of the issues around that goal, presenting the main managerial accounting and control tools and systems. We will discuss their implementation in concrete organizational settings. A particular emphasis will be put on human dynamics, motivation, recognition, goal congruence, etc. The course will be a combination of cost determination and management analysis with focus on both traditional and contemporary concepts. We will begin by examining how product and customer costs are estimated and the impact this information has on the organization’s strategy formation and decision-making. The focus will be on cost behavior and will help develop your ability to use cost information in decision-making. We will then proceed to an in-depth examination of cost information for decision-making in both short and long term situations, highlighting some of the potential traps for managers in using management accounting information and control systems out of context or inappropriately. The course will conclude with a discussion of various methods managers use in performance evaluation, illustrating how managers may use some of the tools we learned in the course.


BA5025 Organizational Analysis & Human Resources

This course offers an in-depth overview of Management & Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources concepts, including conventional and critical management studies, sociological and psychological approaches. Focus on understanding of structure and work organization; the impact of technology; organizational culture; managers and decisions; power and organizational control; human resource management and the future of work.


BA5035 International Financial Management

The course will focus on the international and multinational aspects of Corporate Finance decision-making in the context of global financial markets and capital formation.


BA5060 Sustainable Business

In the last decades, the market economy has started an evolutionary journey that has now reached a level requiring fundamental changes in corporations. This course is designed in response to these changes. It introduces business students to sustainable business management practices and to the role of the private sector in global sustainability development and environmental initiatives.



Sustainability Systems Track Courses:

Choose four courses (16 credits) among approved listings of available graduate offerings, two must be among BA offerings, two are selected among approved available graduate offerings in CM or PO:

BA5012 Management, Ethics, And Theory

This course concentrates on the role of the manager as an agent for efficient and ethical decision making in modern organizations. Classical and modern philosophical views (variants of the utilitarian, deontologist, and Marxist views) of ethics are presented and applied to a variety of business case studies set in various locations and industries worldwide. The course also explores the deontological variations and interaction with different legal contexts around the world.


CM5053 Development Communications

This course provides an introduction to ‘Development Communications’ and to the communication practices that promote development, material change and social justice. The course explores the historical development of the field and the fundamental theories and figures and disciplines- from international development to mass communications-that have defined it as a distinct area of communications study and practice. Through numerous case studies, students explore intercultural and interpersonal communication on local, regional, national and global levels and examine numerous examples of development communications campaigns and civic media focusing on issues of public health, education, women’s empowerment, fair trade, and environmental, economic and cultural sustainability.


CM4063 Sustainable Development Practicum

How does communication work as local government bodies, civil-society actors and NGOs put together sustainable development initiatives? How can communication be made to work better? Cutting across disciplines, this practicum allows students to see individuals, groups and communities in collaboration (and sometimes conflict) in a South Asian context marked by the 2004 tsunami. Based in the international eco-community of Auroville (Tamil Nadu, south-east India), students will explore substantive areas including micro-credit, health care with special reference to HIV/Aids, socially responsible business and environmental management. On-site visits and team-work are central to the course, leading to the production of multi-media reports on the interface between communication, development and sustainability. This course has an extra course fee - to guage an estimated cost, the fee was approximately 1600 euros.


LW5080 Women, Conflict Res., & Internat'l Law

This course will examine the existing international legal framework for the protection of women’s rights and contrast the law with the nearly universal perception that the world of women is a private sphere, one where laws made in the public realm have less weight, or are more difficult to implement due to lack of witnesses, or worse, community acceptance of certain types of gender-based violence. But activists are making progress across the globe in combating insufficient implementation of women’s rights. This course will explore their remarkably innovative strategies to achieve conflict resolution and the protection of women in challenging circumstances.


PO5012 Civil Society: Internat'l & Comp. Persp.

“Civil society” is one of the more elusive entries in the social science lexicon, and not a few have argued that we could do well without it. In a critical but appreciative spirit, this seminar introduces to the various meanings and uses that have been attributed to, or made of, civil society across time and national contexts. A constant in its various meanings is the reference to an elementary capacity of social self-organization beyond states and markets. This has made civil society an attractive alternative to diminished states and unfettered markets in the era of globalization, interestingly for the political left and right alike.


CM5026 Politics & Economics Of Global Media

This course examines the dynamics of the global media system. Students will gain a critical awareness of how international flows of information, entertainment and lifestyle values play a powerful role in shaping cultural and political realities. The concept of "soft power" is key in examining the influence of Western pop culture, whether as "imperialism" or as "globalization". The course examines soft power in various forms: Hollywood movies, television series, pop music, Disney cartoons, fast food such as Coca-Cola and McDonalds, and social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The course also analyzes the influence of non-Anglo-American pop culture — from Turkish soap operas to Latin American "telenovelas".


BA/PO/LW/CM 5091 Topics (as relevant to management or one of the tracks)

Core Module

Choose one module from the second/third semester elective course offerings.


Thesis/Internship & Seminar: 

End-level completions are either a thesis or internship. Students choose between:

BA5095 Thesis

At the end of the course work students have the option of completing a thesis or Internship. Additional paperwork available in the office of the Registrar is MANDATORY for registration of the thesis.

BA5099 Thesis Methodology Seminar


BA5098 Internship

Internships are commonly pursued in organizations with sustainable business management, corporate social responsibility, or cross-cultural management initiatives. They are subject to the Program Director’s approval and can be completed in a variety of institutions depending on students’ interests and initiative. The University cannot guarantee placement in an internship but will provide assistance with the internship search. Students must have completed their first semester of MA studies and should contact the Internship Office early for registration purposes.



Credit Model


Core Courses 4 4 16
Elective 4 4 16
Elective Module 2 1 2
Thesis/Internship Seminar 2 1 2
Internship/Thesis 4 1 4



2 core courses 2 core courses 1 elective module
2 elective courses 2 elective courses Thesis/Internship
Thesis/Internship Seminar
16 credits 18 credits 6 credits


**Please note that U.S. Federal regulations state that AUP students receiving federal loans cannot do their Internship or write up their thesis in the United States. However students can do an internship in the US when it is not in pursuit of their studies.

See the tuition and fees for this program.