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Master of Arts in International Relations & Diplomatic Studies

International relations (IR) is both an activity and discipline that helps to understand the politics, nature, scope and systems in a world. The discipline represents the study and interaction of activities/issues that make up the basis of foreign affairs among states and non-state actors in international system for the survival of states in an anarchical world.

The subject continues to debate whether states or individuals should be the focus in international relations. International relations (IR) or international affairs, depending on academic institution, is either a field of political science, an interdisciplinary academic field similar to global studies, or an entirely independent academic discipline in which students take a variety of internationally focused courses in social science and humanities disciplines.

The study of International relations is a theoretical perspective; it attempts to provide a conceptual framework upon which international relations can be analyzed, predicted and explained to make meaning and help in crisis management. The mainstream theories include; idealism and realism. The theories set debate in international relations today. The critical theories used are; liberalism, Marxist, World System theory, modernization, dependency and constructivism among others that help to understand the world around us and separate facts from non-facts.

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Course Overview

The applicant for this course must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (second class lower) in any related field or its equivalent, from a recognized institution of higher education. International graduate student applicants whose native language is not English (non-English) are required to submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language with pass.

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  • Understand the major concepts of international relations and diplomatic studies, including: power, wealth, anarchy, the international system, balance of power, conflict; peace and cooperation, globalization and foreign policy.
  • Understanding the debate in past and current issues in international relations and global politics using the theoretical approaches;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the multi-disciplinary nature of international relations by establishing connections with the disciplines that have shaped and continue to influence international relations: politics, economics, society, culture, history, language, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality;
  • Understand the role of state and non-state actors in their integration in an anarchical world. Intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, transnational corporations, global civil society, and individuals and understand how these actors interact to give substance to international relations;
  • To demonstrate practical skills of critical analysis and written and oral communication and write out a dissertation in line with the subject

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MIR711Theories of International Relations
MIR712International Law
MSS712Security Studies
MIR714International Humanitarian Law
MIR715Democracy and Human Rights
MIR721Africa in International Relations
MIR722Foreign Policy Analysis
RSC002Research Methodology
MIR723International Organisations
MIR724International Political Economy
MIR811International Politics of the Environment
MIR812The Politics of Intervention
MIR813Complex Emergencies in the Global Arena
MIR814Theory and Practice of Modern Diplomacy
MIR815Conflict and Peace Studies

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  • Students will be able to accurately identify the major theories and dominant paradigms used in the study of international relations, diplomatic studies and foreign policy analysis.
  • To create awareness of the critical issues that underpin international relations and diplomatic practice thereby churning out graduates with the appropriate language and awareness of the key debates that shape international life, in its history, currency and its future possibilities.
  • Students will be able to identify the major actors in the international system and understand the levels of analysis.
  • Students will be able to identify and describe the major processes in the international system including globalization, politics of intervention, complex emergencies, peace and conflict.

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