bachelor of arts in international relations ans diplomatic studies

1.0 Programme desription

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.

This situation is especially relevant to most parts of the world fraught with chronic tension, domestic and international conflict, and which face several acute social and economic issues.

Against this backdrop, the programme in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies is intended to elucidate the role of cooperation, collaboration, foreign policy, international law and diplomacy among others as the main vehicles and mechanisms for systematically addressing the broad cluster of issues that affect the entire world and in particular the most troubled hotspots with regional consequences. This means that the international agenda encompasses scientific, technological, cultural and humanitarian concerns, as well as the more traditional area of diplomatic activity.

The Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies (BAIRDS) of Cavendish University Uganda (CUU) 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, not-for-profit, corporate or academic environments.

The BAIRDS programme of Cavendish University Uganda (CUU) is a six semesters, 3 year academic full-time bachelor’s degree. 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. The pillars of the programme’s teaching and training philosophy hinges on the theoretical and practical knowledge in international relations with a multidisciplinary approach.

It aims to equip candidates with theoretical and practical skills and knowledge to address the concerns of public and private institutions that deal with but not limited to the fields of: Diplomacy, Peace Studies, Security Studies, International Law, International Relations, Conflict Management, International Economics and Developmnent Studies.

2.0 Objectives

  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the core theories and perspectives underpinning international relations, including liberalism, realism, marxism and constructivism.
  • 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 detail specific aspects of international relations that feature significantly in the international relations and engagements of various actors in the contemporary world (including security and conflict, development, globalisation, international law, area studies and foreign policy).
  • To identify the major actors in the international system on the macro, mezzo, and micro levels of analysis and their function and interaction in interstate relations.

3.0 Learning Outcomes

By the end of the teaching and training process, the students are expected to exhibit ability to:

  • Identify, recognize, mention and interpret the core theories and perspectives underpinning international relations, including liberalism, realism, marxism and constructivism.
  • Explain the political, social, economic, historical, and cultural contexts of the international system and its institutions shaping world affairs.
  • Identify, analyse and explain the specific aspects of international relations that feature significantly in the international relations and engagements of various actors in the contemporary world (including security and conflict, development, globalisation, international law, area studies and foreign policy).
  • Identify, recognize and mention the major actors in the international system on the macro, mezzo, and micro levels of analysis, and explain their functions during interactions in interstate relations.

4.0 Programme structure

year one

semester one
course code Module 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 Module 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 Module 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 Module 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 Module 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 Module 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