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Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Diplomacy



Some people are born diplomats. They can resolve any crisis and charm their way out of any tight situation. Fortunately, these are skills that can be acquired. Learn the silver art of international persuasion and open the door to a global career.

Political and economic problems today invariably transcend national and international boundaries yet the dynamics of the contemporary international environment, its complexity and interconnectedness, presents an array of challenges for policy analysts, decision makers and scholars alike.

The Programme is intended to elucidate the role of cooperation, collaboration, foreign policy, international law and diplomacy among others as the main vehicles for systematically addressing the broad cluster of issues that affect the entire world and in particular, the most troubled hotspots, with regional consequences.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies (BIRDS) is a 3 year-long, full-time undergraduate course of study. It is a multi-disciplinary programme which has been designed for those engaged in, or planning to embark upon, a professional career requiring international expertise in government, non-profit, corporate or academic environments.

It equips students with the knowledge, skills, competencies and exposure they need in order to pursue a life in government, business and journalism and at international organizations and law firms, or to continue with graduate studies in political science and international relations.

The programme covers the fields of international politics, international economy, international law, comparative politics, diplomatic history, as well as diplomatic theory and practice.



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Course Overview

COURSE CODECOURSE NAME
YEAR ISEMESTER I
IRDS112Introduction to Diplomacy
BJC116Basic Academic Writing Skills
IRDS111Introduction to International Relations
BIT110Introduction to Information Communication and Technology
BJC110Communication Skills and Learning skills for Employability
IRDS114Protocol and Etiquette
YEAR ISEMESTER II
IRDS121Introduction to Political Science
IRDS122Government and Politics in Africa
IRDS128The United Nations Systems
IRDS124International Law
IRDS125International Political Economy
IRDS129Terrorism and Related Global Issues
YEAR IISEMESTER I
IRDS211Africa and International Relations
IRDS217Religion, Conflict and Peace Studies
IRDS213Public Administration and Management
IRDS214Gender and International Relations
IRDS215Regional Integration and Globalization
IRDS216International Investment, Trade and Business Management
YEAR IISEMESTER II
IRDS227Advanced Theory of Diplomacy
IRDS222Foreign Policy Analysis
IRDS223Comparative Political Systems
IRDS224International Politics of the Environment
IRDS228Research Methods in International Relations
IRDS225Conflict Resolution, Management and Transformation
IRDS226Internship
YEAR IIISEMESTER I
IRDS311Security Studies
IRDS312Displaced Person and Forced Migration studies
IRDS313International Justice Mechanisms and International Criminal Justice
IRDS314International Politics, Media and Conflict
IRDS315International Development
IRDS316Global Geopolitical Analysis
YEAR IIISEMESTER II
IRDS321Ethics in International Relations
IRDS322Africa and Contemporary International Security
IRDS323Strategic Intelligence, Modern Warfare and Human Rights
IRDS324Cyber Security and International Security
IRDS325International Public Relations and Strategic Communication
IRDS326Research Project


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  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the core theories and perspectives underpinning international relations
  • To develop a clear and thorough knowledge of the political, social, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of the international system and its institutions shaping world affairs.
  • To equip candidates with skills necessary to address the concerns of public and private institutions that deal with: Diplomacy, Peace Studies, Security Studies, International Law, International Relations, Conflict Management, International Economics and Development Studies.


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Our Distance Learning platform provides a flexible, accessible and cost-effective mode of learning as an alternative to traditional classroom-based learning. This mode of study is suitable for those who have difficulty attending traditional classes for various reasons. It gives one the opportunity to study away from the classroom without interrupting their day to day activities.



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