Name of the Educational ProgramInternational Relations 0706
Program Coordinator

Ivanna Machitidze

Candidate of Sciences (in Political Science), Associate Professor

E-mail: imachitidze@ibsu.edu.ge.

Contact Telephone: +995 32 2595005 (121)

Advanced Academic Education LevelBachelor (higher education level I)
Language of InstructionEnglish language
Type of the Educational ProgramAcademic, Major
Volume of the Program in ECTS CreditsAcademic program consists of 240 credits, including the following:

 

  1. 115 ECTS – Obligatory Component of Major Specialty (including Internship/Bachelor Thesis, 10 credits each);
  2. 15 ECTS –  Specialty Elective Courses;
  3. 30 ECTS – Foreign languages;
  4. 5 ECTS – Information Technology;
  5. 5 ECTS – Academic Writing;
  6. 10 ECTS –  Free Credits;
  7. 60 ECTS – Minor Program (students are entitled to selecting Minor program according to their field of interest from any Bachelor’s program in the relevant language of instruction)/ Free Credits.
Academic degree AwardedBachelor of Social Sciences in International Relations
Programme Admission PreconditionApplicant can be enrolled in the International Relations Bachelor’s program if s/he holds a state certificate of full general education or an equivalent degree, has passed the Unified National Examinations and obtained the right of study in an HEI in accordance with Georgian law.  Foreign citizens enroll in the program according to the Georgian legislation without passing the Unified National Examinations. Apart from all the requirements envisaged by Law, in order to enroll in the first cycle of educational program, foreign citizens are obliged to pass a placement test in English Language that proves their ability to study in English. Passing grade of the proficiency test is determined in accordance with program requirements.
Purpose of the ProgrammeThe International Relations Bachelor Program aims at providing a modern multidisciplinary knowledge of the international relations with essential input from political science, economic and legal disciplines relevant to the field. The Program helps foster critical thinking and leads to a natural connection between theory and practice in compliance with increasing demands towards modern standards of education, ensuring  graduates’ employability within the country as well as abroad. With the view to establishing excellence of the education process, the Program aims at providingstudents with comprehensive knowledge of the Professional and Academic English. Studying world history, basics of philosophy and sociology builds a solid foundation for the Major Specialty courses.

The Program’s core courses cover essential issues of history of political thought and the questions it raises on the design of the political and social order, traditional and modern political ideologies which serves as the basis for studying essentials of political science and comparative politics. The core part of the Program introduces the students to such essential disciplines as history and theory of international relations, international organizations, negotiations and conflict resolution, geopolitics. Furthermore, special focus is made at understanding the economic aspects of modern international relations as well as resilient issues that shape contemporary international politics. Rigorous attention is paid at learning basic elements of research design. Finally, special place is assigned to covering Georgia’s foreign policy priorities as well as politics of the European Integration. Based on the knowledge obtained throughout the study process, students are entitled to write BA thesis or pass Internship.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and understanding 

  1. The graduate has a whole grasp of political sciences, international relations and general spheres of economics; he/she possesses a critical understanding and attitude towards theoretical aspects of the field;
  2. Knowledge of basic principles about the functioning of various political institutes (state structures, political parties, political movements, etc.) on domestic and foreign political and economic arena;
  3. Awareness of ongoing political processes in the world politics. This will create a strong fundament for the specialists in the field of international relations to construct and develop theoretical knowledge as well as other professional skills;
  4. Knowledge of relevant terminology concerning political sciences and international relations as well as economic terms;
  5. Ability to analyze key events of different historical periods of world politics as well as knowledge of core statistical data;
  6. Complex knowledge that includes understanding of theories and principles.

 

Depending on whether a BA thesis or Internship is chosen, one of the following competences is developed:

  1. Knowledge of the core theories and concepts related to the topic of BA thesis, its subject matter, the way of interpreting empirical material utilizing theoretical framework, giving opinion and, if applicable,  predictions in a brief and precise manner;
  2. Knowledge of the task range, general character of the responsibilities at the Unit of Internship; the way of task prioritizing, apply creative approach towards responsibilities assigned, collect information and prepare documents of analytical and recommendatory character, analyze and explain specific situations, gather data relevant to them, formulate relevant decisions, understands how to determine career goals on the grounds of acquired working experience and professional abilities.

 

Ability to use the knowledge in practice:

  1. Students are able to implement practical or research projects in the fields of international relations, adhering to the instructions given by the scientific supervisor. These kind of projects can be presented at various student scientific conferences and other events;
  2. Students are able to apply the theoretical knowledge received throughout the studies while passing internship in the organizations with which the university has memoranda concluded;
  3. Students can easily use the knowledge and abilities, received during study process, with a view to identify and solve specific problems in the field of international relations, politics and economics; for this purpose they can search and apply the relevant academic sources;
  4. Students have mastered the skill to draw up field-specific documents;
  5. On the basis of received knowledge students have an ability to anticipate and define the essence of the problem;
  6. In order to resolve the problem, students can search for the necessary information, project the plan and back it with appropriate reasoning,
  7. The students can identify and use any necessary abilities for particular circumstances.

Depending on whether a BA thesis or Internship is chosen, one of the following competences is developed:

  1. Carry out divided into stages research in accordance with the guidelines obtained; effectively organize and complete assignments of analytical type that are large in volume and limited in time; develop and apply the knowledge obtained while writing BA paper throughout further studies;
  2. Apply the competencies acquired while passing internship while performing tasks of similar character, design documents relevant to the field of economics; anticipate and define the problem on the basis of knowledge obtained; identify and apply necessary skills for resolving each particular task.

Ability to draw conclusions: 

  1. Students are able to collect materials within the sphere of international relations for the purpose of their further analysis;
  2. Students can receive and analyze information in the sphere of international relations, working out relevant recommendations, interpret the data;
  3. Define the alternative ways of problem-resolution, formulate and provide well-grounded arguments and defend them;
  4. Collect information concerning ongoing affairs and prepare documents of analytical and recommending character;
  5. Gather and explain the data referring to the field, analyze specific data and/or situations, formulate reasoned conclusion by means of standard or other methods;
  6. Figure out the sources of information; be aware of the ways of working on bibliography; search for the paper-based as well as internet-based information.

Depending on whether a BA thesis or Internship is chosen, one of the following competences is developed:

  1. Critically assess multiplicity of views, paradigms, traditions, approaches, interpretations and build own position as a result; identify complex problems in the field of international relations, use relevant skills and knowledge to solve them; make relevant conclusions and policy/issue recommendations;
  2. Sort out information relevant to the mission of organization of internship; draw career objectives and plans for career development; work under the Mentor’s guidance, make conclusions/judgements on the basis of received recommendations; make independent decisions while performing the duties.

Communication skills:

 

  1. Students are able to prepare detailed written reports and other documents in the native and English languages concerning the ideas, concepts, problems and their resolutions in the fields of politics, economics and international relations. They can make oral presentations concerning basic aspects named in the documents for those who have interest in the field;

In Foreign Language:

  1. Students have an ability to conduct a research on particular issues in English in the field of international relations (writing an article, analyzing problems of international politics, making speeches at conferences, etc.) and give relevant reasoning to their own opinions;
  2. Students are able to interpret information in one of the foreign languages (Spanish, Turkish, Russian, German) selected during the study process and present their worldviews in the process of interaction with their foreign partners; understand their ideas regarding different issues, consider and respect the positions of the discourse participants.

Verbal Communication:

  1. Students have ability to express their views distinctly, in a detailed manner;
  2. They have a capacity to take part in debates and back up their arguments with appropriate reasoning;
  3. They can orally present information given in written documents;
  4. They are skillful to point out important parts from obtained information, analyze and pass them orally;

Written Communication:

  1. Students are skillful to prepare analytical materials and written reports regarding different issues;
  2. They can effectively use standards of academic writing;
  3. They are able to formulate their reasoned opinions in a written manner;
  4. They can draw up documents using diplomatic, political and economic terminology;
  5. They have an ability to single out significant parts from the large volumes of information and translate them into the written format.

Information and communication technologies:

  1. Students know and easily use informational and communication technologies applying to modern international standards;
  2. They can work with electronic documents and tables, presentations and databases;
  3. They have capacity to use informational bases and programs existing in the sphere of international relations.

Depending on whether a BA thesis or Internship is chosen, one of the following competences is developed:

  1. Ability to prepare an extensive, structured research in a written form; manage a discussion during the thesis defense and respond to critical questions, make well-reasoned clarifications;
  2. Ability to deliver oral presentations, speeches in the framework of the responsibilities given by Internship Mentor; communicate position/arguments to the members of the team/co-workers/co-interns in order to resolve specific problem.

 

Learning skills:

  1. Students are able to adapt to the learning process; plan their further educational needs according to the courses during each semester;
  2. They can find proper literature independently, including electronic materials; work independently with scientific literature existing in the relevant discipline;
  3. Reading – students can read texts regarding various topics fluently and quickly in English (and another foreign language); use several sources of information;
  4. Writing – students are able to express their opinions and ideas on various issues in English (and another foreign language) in the written manner; they can prepare reports and other analytical papers.

Depending on whether a BA thesis or Internship is chosen, one of the following competences is developed:

  1. Approach the research topic from different standpoints; perform intensive research activity and its outcomes in the limited time; use modern applications, search engines, academic resources databases while conducting research and writing a paper;
  2. Evaluate own performance; search independently for the necessary information, project the plan and back it with appropriate reasoning in order to resolve the problem; draw the action plan of completing the given tasks, demonstrate self-organization skills; learn how to combine independent and team work throughout internship process.

Values:

  1. Students are competent to take part in the process of forming political, diplomatic and economic climate and create general ethical values; besides, they aspire to establish them in society;
  2. They are able to contribute to conflict resolution and negotiations in professional context, respect diversity; they are hardworking and possess strong sense of responsibility towards colleagues and society as a whole;
  3. Students have ability to take part in the decision-making process and compromise under specific circumstances;
  4. They recognize the ethical problems in the political and diplomatic realm, select and defend appropriate decisions regarding the problems;
  5. They realize the role of legal, ethical and cultural responsibility before the organization and society; possess professional responsibility;
  6. Students contribute to the process of forming the values and strive to establish them in society;
  7. They possess strong sense of civic self-consciousness and civic duties;
  8. They respect democratic values established in the modern world and act according to them.

Depending on whether a BA thesis or Internship is chosen, one of the following competences is developed:

  1. Respect the academic honesty standards as well as the diversity of scientific, methodological approaches;
  2. Contribute to the process of values formation and follows hem throughout professional development; respect corporate values established at the Unit of Internship as well as the diversity of opinions and positions at the working place and politics and following them throughout professional development.
Assessment SystemPrinciples of Assessment:

Transparency– information on the evaluation methods and criteria should be accessible to everyone. The student will be informed of evaluation criteria at the beginning of each academic semester;

Systematic character– assessment is a process that encourages student’s constant readiness to manifest his/her knowledge and skills whereby lecturer is able to monitor the process of acquiring knowledge;

Fairness– objective and unbiased approach to assessment of student’s performance.

Format and Method of Assessment:

The highest possible grade in assessing student performance is 100.

The passing grade for awarding credits is 51 points consisting of 60% of the midterm evaluation and 40% of the final evaluation.

The system of evaluation (assessment format, method and grade assigned to each evaluation component) is outlined in the related syllabus and is announced to students at the beginning of the semester.

Midterm, final, excuse and make-up exams can be held in a written, oral or mixed form.

Oral exams are conducted by a commission composed of three members, assigned by the Faculty Board. The commission should be composed of the lecturer of the relevant course and the lecturers of authorized higher educational institutions, who hold a degree in the same/adjacent filed. Oral exam is conducted in the instruction language of the Program. The Commission members assess each student individually, according to the evaluation criteria envisaged by the relevant syllabus. Final assessment (the average) is recorded through a minutes. Evaluation sheets are archived together with the minutes in the same manner as for the written exam papers.

Midterm Evaluation

Total midterm evaluation shall consist of at least 10% class participation i.e. the lecturer is free to determine the format of midterm evaluation in accordance with the course requirements. There may be maximum two midterm exams for each course.

Bachelor’s student has a right to take the first midterm exam in case he/she has not missed more than 6 hours of the corresponding study course, unless there is a documented excuse, which is approved by the Faculty Board.

Final Examinations

The final exam is conducted at the end of semester. The weight of the final exam is 40%. Written final examination is obligatory as long as the nature of the course allows.

Bachelor’s student is entitled to final exam in case he/she has not missed more than 6 hours of the corresponding study course after the first midterm exam, unless there is a documented excuse approved by the Faculty Board. In order to be allowed to enter final exam, the midterm evaluation for the relevant course must be at least 19.

For the purposes of the final assessment (awarding credit) taking the final examination is obligatory and the minimum mark required from the Final Examination is 40 out of 100 in order to pass the exam (16% out of 40%).

Excuse (Midterm/Final) Examinations

If a student misses an exam (midterm or final), s/he can take excuse exam in the time frame designated by IBSU Academic Calendar.

Students must present valid excuses for missed exams within 5 calendar days after the date of the midterm exam and 2 calendar days after final exam by submitting the proving documents to the Faculty.

Excuse exam grade is inserted in the place of the relevant midterm/final examination. No excuse exams are allowed for makeup or excuse exams.

Make-up Exams

A student is entitled to take a make-up exam if:

a) A student’s overall grade (weighed midterm evaluation plus weighed final exam grade) is between 41%-50%;

b) A student’s overall grade (weighed midterm evaluation plus weighed final exam grade) is at least 51% and he/she has failed the final exam – has received less than 40 points out of 100 (16% out of 40%)”.

The result (grade) of the makeup exam will replace the result of the final exam.

Evaluation of Success

The Grading system shall allow for:

Five types of positive evaluation:

(A) Excellent –91% of the maximum grade and above;

(B) Very good –81-90% of the maximum grade;

(C) Good – 71-80% of the maximum grade;

(D) Satisfactory – 61-70% of the maximum grade;

(E) Acceptable –51–60% of the maximum grade;

Two types of negative evaluation:

(FX) Fail – 41-50% of the maximum grade, implying that more effort is required for passing the course and the student is allowed to sit an additional examination after independent work;

(F) Fail –40% and less of the maximum grade, meaning that the student’s performance is unsatisfactory and he/she has to retake the course.

The final assessment (gross grade) is calculated based on the 60% of midterm evaluation and 40% of final evaluation.

Field of EmploymentEducational Bachelor program in International Relations aims at ensuring high level of graduates’ competitiveness, satisfying increasing demands of the employment market. With this objective, program content was designed with the contribution of the academic and administrative staff as well as the potential employees’ recommendations and evaluations. Upon receiving Bachelor’s degree, the graduate will possess necessary basic qualifications for being employed in international organizations, relevant public (e.g. profile ministries as Ministry of Foreign Affairs or other structures’ departments dealing with international relations, issues of European integration; embassies) and private sector (NGOs, think tanks, research centers) structures involved in various spheres of the international relations. International Relations Bachelor Program allows for continuing graduates’ academic development through studies at MA and PhD levels.