School of Arts and Sciences ILIA STATE UNIVERSITY

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: EUROPE AND NEAR EAST

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: EUROPE AND NEAR EAST

Study language: Georgian

Amount of allocated ECTS: 240 ECTS

Awarded qualification/degree: BA in International Relations

Code in NAEC registry: 0100102

Admission Type: Unified admission

About the program

International Relations - The Europe and Near East Undergraduate Program was developed in 2016 and is updated at the beginning of each academic year to improve the learning process.

The program is focused to prepare a professional, who has a broad knowledge of the basic concepts, theories and research methods of international relations. In addition, the program provides the student with knowledge about current international events and processes in Europe or the Near East.

 Aim of the program

International Relations - Europe and Near East Undergraduate Program aim to equip students with the broad knowledge of:

  • Basic concepts and theories of International Relations;
  • Development history of international relations and basic theoretical and methodological debates;
  • Basic methods of social science research (examination, experiment, content-analysis, test, survey, questionnaire, interview, focus groups)
  • The role of international institutions in world politics, their organizational structure, decision-making mechanisms and objectives;
  • Foreign policy basic theories and approaches;
  • Basic norms of international relations and obstacles and opportunities of the legal regulation of international relations
  • Modern challenges of international and national security
  • Basic concepts, theories and problems of international economic relations
  • Historical, political, economic, social and legal aspects of the processes and events in Europe and Near East regions
  • One of the foreign languages of the region

Besides this, the program develops the skills to use the knowledge in practice, deduction and communication.

Main areas of the study program

The main area of the program is that the student is able to study and critically understand current issues of modern international politics. In addition, the student realizes the importance of the scientific study of international relations and the interrelationships of the discipline with related fields such as political science, history, economics, and international law.

Learning outcomes    

Knowledge and understanding:

The graduate has a broad knowledge of:

  • Basic concepts and theories of International Relations;
  • Development history of international relations and basic theoretical and methodological debates;
  • Basic methods of social science research (examination, experiment, content-analysis, test, survey, questionnaire, interview, focus groups)
  • The role of international institutions in world politics, their organizational structure, decision-making mechanisms and objectives;
  • Foreign policy basic theories and approaches;
  • Basic norms of international relations and obstacles and opportunities of the legal regulation of international relations
  • Modern challenges of international and national security
  • Basic concepts, theories and problems of international economic relations
  • Historical, political, economic, social and legal aspects of the processes and events in Europe and Near East regions
  • One of the foreign languages of the region

Incorporation of the knowledge into practice:

The graduate can:

  • Study and analyze the behavior of state and non-state actors in international relations using relevant concepts, theories and methods;
  • Investigate and evaluate current issues/issues of modern international politics in accordance with pre-defined guidelines within the framework of the research project;
  • Study and evaluate the current events and processes in Europe or the Near East from the perspective of international relations and related disciplines (politics, economics, law)

Deduction skills:

The graduate can:

  • Formulate reasoned conclusions based on the analysis of current issues in international relations based on reliable and valid sources;
  • Obtain, define and interpret sectoral information under minimal supervision;

Communication skill:

The graduate can:

  • Create an oral and written analytical product on sectoral issues in Georgian and foreign languages;
  • Adherence to academic standards in communication;
  •  Effectively use modern information and communication technologies in communication.

Learning skill:

  • The graduate can assess his/her learning process and define future learning needs.

 Values

  • Has the understanding of the norms of professional ethics in the field and has developed civic values. At the same time, student strives to establish these values in society.

Teaching methods

  • Written and verbal method;
  • Presentation;
  • Discussion/Debates;
  • Group work method;
  • Demonstration method;
  • Practical work method;
  • Case study analysis;

Employment Opportunities:

The graduate can be employed at:

  • Governmental organizations (ministries and other bodies of the executive branch);
  • Non-governmental and private sector organizations of the relevant profile;
  • International organizations;
  • Mass Media;
  • Research organizations of the relevant profile.

Structure of the Study Program

To receive the Bachelor’s academic qualification in International Relations, the student must:

  • General Module of the University Bachelor level – 60 ECTS
  • From the sectoral module of International Relations: Mandatory courses - 36 ECTS; Elective courses- 18 ECTS
  • Selected concentration (Europe or Near East) of mandatory courses - 30 ECTS
  • One of the practical courses in foreign languages of the selected concentration – 36 ECTS
  • Free component or additional specialization – 60 ECTS
Title of the Module  ECTS 
 General University Module  60
 Major Program  120
 Minor program or free credits  (elective courses)                                               60

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