Cavendish Uganda

Bachelor of Arts in International Relations & Diplomatic Studies

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 (BAIRDS) 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.

Course Overview

Career objective

  • 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.

Program structure

year one

semester one
course code Course Name
IRDS 111 Introduction to Political Science
BBA 113 Business Administration
BBA 115 Financial Accounting
BIM 111 Communication Skills
BIT110 Information Systems and Technologies
IRDS 116 Political Psycho-Sociology
ENG 110 English 1
semester two
course code Course Name
IRDS 121 Introduction to International Relations
IRDS 122 Government and Politics in Africa
IRDS 123 International Organization
IRDS 124 International Law
IRDS 125 International Political Economy
IRDS 126 Political Economy of Globalised Organised Transnational Crime
ENG 112 English II

year two

semester one
course code Course Name
IRDS 211 Africa and International Relations
IRDS 212 Conflict and Peace Studies
IRDS 213 Public Administration and Management
IRDS 214 Gender and International Relations
IRDS 215 Regional Integration and Globalization
IRD 216 International Investment, Trade and Business Management
semester two
course code Course Name
IRDS 221 Diplomatic Theory and Practice
IRDS 222 Foreign Policy Analysis/td>
IRDS 223 Comparative Political Systems
IRDS 224 International Politics of the Environment
RSC001 Research Methods in International Relations
IRDS 225 Conflict Resolution, Management and Transformation
IRD 226 INTERNSHIP

year three

semester one
course code Course Name
IRDS 311 Security Studies
IRDS 312 Displaced Person and Forced Migration Studies
IRDS 313 International Justice Mechanisms and International Criminal Justice
IRDS 314 International Politics, Media and Conflict
IRDS 315 International Development
IRDS 316 Global Geopolitical Analysis
IRDS 317 Civil Military Relations
semester two
course code Course Name
IRDS 321 Ethics in International Relations
IRDS 322 Africa and Contemporary International Security
IRDS 323 Strategic Intelligence, Modern Warfare and Human Rights
IRDS 324 Cyber Security and International Security
IRDS 325 International Public Relations and Strategic Communication
IRDS 326 Research Project

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