3 ECTS credits
75 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 8020279GNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (G) Postgraduate - preliminary level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Social Sciences & SolvayBusinessSchool
ES Academische eenheid
Educational team
Decaan ES (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
9 contact hours Lecture
15 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

This course will present examples and discuss private sector contributions in support of:

  • U.S. diplomacy
  • The intelligence community
  • National defense
  • The Economy

Students will review case studies of the public-private partnership within industry specific categories such as:

  • The High-tech, IT industry
  • The Energy Sector
  • Banking and Finance
  • STEM
  • Multinationals and Foreign Investment in the U.S.

Particular attention will be given to understanding the various opportunities for prudent statecraft to advance the public-private partnership and to secure the nation.

Course material
Course text (Recommended) : Corporate Statecraft
Additional info

Study material

The Syllabus, plus an electronic reader comprised of selected readings will be provided.

Complementary study material

Professor will provide a list of additional recommended and suggested readings as needed.


(!) The teaching and assessment format of this course is subject to change if the minimum number of students isn’t reached.

Learning Outcomes

General competences

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the extensive and indispensable relationship between the private sector and those elements of the U.S. government responsible for the nation’s security. This relationship is referred to today as the ‘Public-Private Partnership’. Students will examine the crucial public-private partnership and how it has evolved, especially since World War II, as well as the sometimes competing and even conflicting interests that have emerged in an ever-globalizing world.

A broader and deeper understanding of the public-private partnership will prepare tomorrow’s strategic thinkers to operate more effectively on a global scale.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Practical Assignment with a relative weight of 100 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

Additional info regarding evaluation

Each student will prepare a ‘case study’ on one company/organization and present in a PowerPoint briefing.

(!) The teaching and assessment format of this course is subject to change if the minimum number of students isn’t reached.

Allowed unsatisfactory mark
The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.

Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Postgraduate Certificate Economic Diplomacy: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate International Trade and Investment: Standaard traject
Postgraduate Certificate Flagship Programme in Economic Diplomacy and International Business: Standaard traject