Bachelor of International Relations and Security Studies

Rationale

The links and interactions between key players in an increasingly globalised world – state actors and international institutions, but also non-state actors such as multinational companies, NGOs, or transnational terrorist groups and other criminal structures – have become extremely complex and are felt at the international, regional and local levels. Some of these actors pursue common goals by forming international and regional alliances; others choose non-cooperation or to wage war. Contested issues in global affairs include: international and regional integration and nationalist counter-reactions; disparities between the global north and the global south in the context of global trade; gross violations of human rights by state actors, state sovereignty and the international community’s responsibility to protect; different approaches to dealing with global refugee flows; or disagreement on the ways of addressing climate change and other global environmental threats – to mention but a few.

The study of international relations with a strong focus on international peace and security provides indispensable knowledge needed for finding solutions to global challenges for present and future generations – as stipulated by the UN General Assembly’s Sustainable Development Goals of 2015, “a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity” (UNDP 2019).

Programme Decsription

International Relations and Security Studies are closely intertwined interdisciplinary fields of study drawing upon Political Science, Economics, History, Sociology, Law, Psychology and other disciplines. The focus of International Relations is on the interaction of states and non-state actors in the international system. Topics include: foreign policy; international conflict, war, terrorism and international peace and security; international trade and finance; global poverty, hunger and development; global environmental degradation; human rights and global ethics among others. Security Studies focus on territorial and state security as much as on the security of people or human security, considered as economic, food, health, environmental, personal, community and political security.

Objectives of the Programme

The programme objectives are to enable students to:

  1. To explore, understand and explain the complexity of international affairs and security concerns in a globalized world by focusing on the following:
  2. To impart the ability to undertake scientific work in a systematic, skeptical and ethical way, and to develop analytical and academic writing skills.
  3. To engage in critical thinking and creativity, and to develop problem-solving skills in the face of global challenges.

Expected Learning Outcomes

After completion of this programme, the graduate who is able to;

  1. Understand and analyse the dynamics of an increasingly globalised world and the drivers of change in the relations between states, intergovernmental organisations and non-state international, transnational and global players concerning political, economic, social and cultural affairs.
  2. Demonstrate substantive knowledge and analytic skills needed to critically assess the relevance and merits of specific approaches for understanding international relations, peace and security; and to find practice-oriented solutions to address international peace and security challenges.
  3. Think and act in the spirit of tolerance, interdependence, multiculturalism, and empathy.

Admission Requirements and Eligibility

For admission to a course leading to the award of the Bachelor of International Relations and Security Studies, a candidate must satisfy the general minimum entrance requirements of Gulu University. In addition, the following regulations shall hold:

  1. Direct entry: Direct entry to the Bachelor of International Relations and Security Studies is for those students direct from A-level. The candidate must have obtained the following:
    a. Sat the Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) or its equivalent examination with passes in five approved subjects, one of which must be English language.
    b. Must have obtained at least two Principal Passes, in any subject for their Uganda Advanced Level Certificate of Education (U.A.C.E.) obtained at the same sitting.
  2. Diploma Holders Entry Scheme: Admission under the diploma scheme may be granted if a candidate possesses a National Diploma or its equivalent of at least a Second Class standing or its equivalent in a relevant field obtained from a recognized institution.
  3. Mature Age Entry Scheme: For admission to the course under this scheme, a candidate must fulfill the University requirements for mature age entry.

Programme Matrix: Summary of the Courses offered, Year and Semester

YEAR I SEMESTER I
CODE COURSE NAME LH TH PH CH CU
BIS 1101 Introduction to International Relations 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 1102 Introduction to Security Studies 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 1103 Introduction to Governance and Democracy 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 1104 Basic Communication and Computer Skills 20 40 60 60 4
YEAR I SEMESTER II
CODE  COURSE NAME LH TH PH CH CU
BIS 1201 Theories of International Relations 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 1202 Political Philosophy 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 1203 Globalization of World Politics 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 1204 State building and Politics in Africa 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 1205 Academic Reading, Writing and Presentation Skills 45 NIL 45 60 4
YEAR II SEMESTER I
 CODE COURSE NAME LH  TH PH CH CU
BIS 2101 Gender in International Relations 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 2102 Military and Non- Military Humanitarian Intervention 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 2103 Refugees and International Migration 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 2104 International Law 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 2105 Security in the Great Lakes Region 30 15 NIL 45 3
BIS 2106 Peace Keeping Operations 30 15 NIL 45 3
YEAR II SEMESTER II
 CODE COURSE NAME LH TH PH CH CU
BIS 2201 International Humanitarian Law 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 2202 War Crimes and International Justice 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 2203 Fragile States and Insecurity 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 2204 Research Methods 45 NIL 45 60 4
BIS 2205 Transforming Violent Conflicts 30 15 NIL 45 3
BIS 2206 Transitional Justice and Post- war Reconstruction 30 15 NIL 45 3
 CODE COURSE NAME LH TH PH CH CU
BIS 3101 International Community, Regionalism and Diplomacy 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 3102 Human Security and Development 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 3103 Ethics and Integrity 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 3104 Entrepreneurship Development 45 NIL 45 60 4
BIS 3105 Media in International Relations 30 15 NIL 45 3
BIS 3106 Culture in Global Affairs 30 15 NIL 45 3
 CODE COURSE NAME LH TH PH CH CU
BIS 3201 Nationalism in Global Politics 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 3202 Global Terrorism 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 3203 Global Trade and Finance 45 15 NIL 60 4
BIS 3204 Global Environmental Issues 45 NIL 45 60 4
BIS 3205 Research Project 45 NIL 90 75 5

 

 

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