Country Studies

Educational qualification - Bachelor

1. Introduction to university studies (3.0)

Academic discipline shapes the students' knowledge of the fundamentals of the country studies as a science. It introduces them to the object and the subject of the country studies in the system of education and professional training in international, country-study methodology, specific instances of influence of regional factors on foreign policy and international relations.

2. Modern information systems and technologies (2.0)

The course involves the study of modern information and communication technologies that can be useful for future experts in country studies.

3. Health and Safety (2.0)

The course is required for the formation of a holistic view of the students concerning the characteristics of human communication with the environment and the rules by which it is governed.

4. Foreign language (40.0)

Program of the required foreign language course provides a comprehensive study of a foreign language according to the profile of the Institute and graduates' future praxis.

5. Regionalization of the world (3.0)

The course examines common approaches to the regional division of the world, the main criteria and typological schemes, the characteristics of the regions selected using different criteria. The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the basic principles of regionalization of the world, which will be useful in future country studies research.

6. Political history of the world (4.0)

The course deals with the history, trends, specialities of the political development of the nations and the world, the influence of historical factors on foreign policy and international relations.

7. Ukrainian language (for professional purposes) (3.0)

The course examines the official business style of modern Ukrainian literary language, improving the culture of writing and oral communication, and provides mastering the principles of speech etiquette, promotes the development of practical skills for taking official papers, documents genre varieties of diplomatic communication, types, nature and purpose of the documents of diplomatic correspondence.

8. History of Ukraine (3.0)

The course "History of Ukraine" is adapted to the training program in international relations with a focus on the study of diplomatic history of Ukraine. The object of the proposed discipline "History of Ukraine (Ukraine Diplomatic History)" is evaluation of efforts of national diplomacy to ensure favorable conditions for the full development of the nation state and the analysis of the foreign service institutes in different situations and at different times.

9. International information (4.0)

The discipline includes the study of international relations in a globalized communication specifics, trends and prospects of international information policy, information and analysis of the impact of IT on the global economy and global development;

10. Basic Research Writing and Style (2.0)

The discipline introduces students to basic theoretical concepts related to the understanding of science and scientific research, its methodology and information management, organizational logic and experimental stages of scientific inquiry.

11. Actual Global and Regional Environmental Problems (2.0)

The course involves the study of global and regional environmental problems of the modern world. Students get the idea of anthropogenic impact on geoecological space and its components, anthropogeny in natural systems, international cooperation on the environmental issues at global and regional levels.

12. Economic History of the World (2.0)

The aim of the course is to reveal basic phenomena and processes, trends and patterns of economic development of leading countries of the world using civilizational approach to the study of history of formation and development of human civilization.

13. Physical Geography of the World (3.0)

The course involves the study and analysis of the general laws of geographical spatial differentiation, features of their manifestation within the oceans, continents and separate physiographic regions, the study of natural features of continents and physiographic regions.

14. History of Political Ideas (3.0)

The course focuses on the learning and comprehension of sense and patterns of evolution of world political thought, especially in matters of foreign policy and international relations, contributing to a deeper understanding of current political problems of the past and present. Mastering of the course raises the theoretical level and broadenes students' world view, assisting them in learning the culture and methods of political analysis. It improves the skills of creative and critical conceptualization of processes and phenomena in world politics as well.

15. International organizations (4.0)

The course provides a study of the basic concepts, terms and categories that constitute the essence of the theory of international organizations and the principles of the functioning of international organizations as well as statutory rules and practice of universal and regional organizations as subjects of international relations.

16. Political Science (2.0)

The purpose of "Political Science" course is to give students a deep scientific knowledge about the place and role of politics as a means of managing modern society, to teach them how to orient in politics correctly, to influence the formation of national identity and active citizenship as factors enhancing their future participation in improving the political process of Ukraine.

17. Philosophy (3.0)

The subject of the course "Philosophy" covers consideration of philosophy as a social and cultural phenomenon, analysis of structures, methods and functions of philosophy, definition of the categories of philosophy, their contents and functions, definition of key stages in the development of philosophical thought, the basic questions of ontology, anthropology, epistemology, phenomenology, axiology, etc.; understanding the basics of practical philosophy.

18. International Business (4.0)

The course involves the study of types and forms of modern international business. Particular attention is paid to the organization and management of international business, technology policy, multinational companies, diplomatic mechanism to ensure the interests of Ukrainian business in foreign markets.

19. Financial Systems of the World (3,0)

The academic discipline studies the system of theoretical concepts and factual set of processes that characterize the development of modern financial systems. The course discusses the nature of finance, financial institutions and financial markets, providing the study of basic elements and structure of the financial system, given the basics of corporate finance.

20. International Relations Theory (4.0)

The course involves the study and the disclosure of the matter of key concepts, methodological approaches and conceptual foundations that underpin the study of international relations, introducing students to the theoretical areas and schools that exist in the world science.

21. NGOs and Lobbying in International Relations (4.0)

Academic discipline "International NGOs and lobbying" provides study of theoretical basis and practical aspects of international non-governmental organizations, the evolution of their role in international relations.

22. Foreign Policy of Ukraine (2.0)

The discipline introduces the main stages of Ukrainian statehood and related foreign policy issues, analyzes the doctrinal legal documents defining the main directions and instruments of foreign policy of Ukraine, studies the basic principles, policies and processes shaping the foreign policy of Ukraine, tools and implementation mechanisms; the key foreign policy issues in Ukraine and ways to solve them.

23. Ukraine in World Politics (2.0)

The course presents knowledge on international political environment where Ukraine creates and implements its foreign policy, Ukraine's place and role in world and regional political processes, including integration, examines the interaction of Ukraine at the international level with the world's leading actors and associations of countries, analyzes the mechanisms and ways to promote and protect the interests of Ukraine in bilateral and multilateral relations.

24. Cultural Studies / Culturology (3.0)

The course provides the study of the historical development of world culture, identifying its place and role in the global historical process, reviews the theoretical principles to understand culture as a phenomenon and methodological approaches to its study (conventional scientific concepts, basic methodological principles of research).

25. Logic (3.0)

The purpose of discipline is to familiarize students with the basic laws of logic and categories, forms and rules of logical thinking, practical skills of logical thinking, reflective analysis, structuring their thoughts in terms of their compliance with the logical form, constructing arguments and evidence to refute certain ideas during the discussion.

26. Public International Law (4.0)

The course focuses on the study of international law, law-making and law enforcement by subjects of international law, as well as study of such international legal sectors as territory in international law, international maritime law, international air law, international space law, international criminal law, methods of solution of international disputes, international environmental law and so on.

27. International Economic Relations (4.0)

The course includes coverage of theoretical and practical aspects of modern international economic relations; emphasis is made on review and analysis of the theories of international trade and modern forms of world economic ties between countries in terms of economic globalization.

28. Theory and Practice of Negotiations (3.0)

The discipline envisions to familiarize students with a scientific approach to the negotiation process, the basic strategies and tactical methods of negotiation.

29. Ukrainian and Foreign Culture (4.0)

The course discusses spiritual and material culture created and recorded for centuries in various forms. They are covered according to historic continuum as a holistic phenomenon, but also on a regional basis, taking into account the interdependence between the cultural achievements of different peoples. The influence of cultural factors on foreign policy and international relations is analysed ass well.

30. Ethnology (3.0)

The course provides students with information on ethnic groups, nations of the world, their culture and way of life, functioning and interaction of ethnic communities, ethnic stereotypes and processes that create them.

31. Psychology (3.0)

The objective of the course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts and methods of psychology, to present different perspectives on the essence, the nature and mechanisms of psychological phenomena and formations, to form a system of ideas about the basic modern psychological schools and trends, to boost students' understanding of the features and capabilities of their own psyche.

32. Religions of the World (2.0)

The course provides a study of the causes of emergence of world religions and of their characteristics. The courses allows students to gain knowledge about the most prevalent religions, and helps to form an idea of the influence of the religious factor in the political, economic and cultural processes taking place in the world.

33. Religion Studies (2.0)

The aim of the course is to study the fundamental problems of philosophy, sociology and history of religions, maintenance and operation of the world's major religious systems, the role of religion in social and political processes and international relations. We study the stages of development of religions and religious thinking, provisions and tradition of major global and local religions, rules of religious etiquette. Attention is paid to interfaith dialogue and tolerance.

34. Political Geography of the World (4.0)

The course provides the basics of the theory of political geography and its general concepts, structure of politosphere as multifaceted social phenomenon.

35. Tourist Country Studies (4.0)

The discipline studies the main theoretical and methodological bases of tourist country studies and examines major regions, countries and individual tourist centers of the world in terms of tourist potential and existing tourist infrastructure, place of individual countries and regions in the global tourism market.

36. Sports Country Studies (2.0)

The course explores the history of world sport, main regions of the world are studied in terms of their sports infrastructure, public policy in the field of sports, the popularity of different sports. The geography of the most important national and international sportive events, activities of international sports organizations, the principles of transfer policy in the field of sport and its place in the inter-state and international relations are given.

37. Foreign language specialty (12.0)

The course aims at training students on the basis of communicative needs in their future careers. The purpose of the course considers the formation and development of communication skills in professionally meaningful communication sectors; primarily in professional and improvement of linguistic competence in the social and political sphere.

38. Theory and Practice of Translation (12.0)

The course includes promotion of students' skills of professional translation, summarization and annotation of texts with a degree based on the notion of translation as a valuable means of transferring information from one language formulated by using another language.

39. Modern Legal Systems (4.0)

The aim of the course is mastering basic knowledge of the legal world map, placing her legal families and thereby facilitate the perception of the legal system specifically single country, given its membership of a particular legal family.

40. Fundamentals of International Tourism (4.0)

Objectives of the course consists in revealing the nature and character of the system of international tourism, identifying linkages with other forms of international relations, an analysis of its structural characteristics, identifying current issues and trends.

41. Theory of State and Law (2.0)

The purpose of discipline is mastering the fundamentals of jurisprudence, mastery of basic legal terminology and conceptual apparatus. Discipline reveals the general theoretical principles of law and the state.

42. Sociology (2.0)

The course "Sociology" provides an opportunity to get acquainted with the basic laws and forms of regulation of social behavior, to analyze the characteristics of social groups and communities, to learn the basics of sociological research, to acquire skills of sociological thinking. Studying sociology will enable students to analyze their lives in the context of social phenomena and events, see theor individual problems as part of general social processes.

43. Economic Development of the World (2.0)

Within the course students are introduced to the classification of countries according to their level of economic development, the distribution of natural resources and productive forces, the location of countries and regions in the world division of labor and international trade of goods and services. It considers approaches of key countries to implement macroeconomic policy, international trade, investment and regional integration, cooperation, etc., analyzes the key macroeconomic indicators and trends in economic development nowadays and in history.

44. World Economy (2.0)

The course involves the study of the history of the world economic system, economic development in a global context, market based, industry structure, key actors, global problems of the world economy and economic policy. The course introduces the functional structure of the world economy, major trends, problems such as the global economic balance, the current economic globalization, the nature and factors of economic development, transnationalization and more.

45. History of Science and Technology (2.0)

The aim of the course is to study the major historical stages of development of science and technology for the formation of students' scientific outlook, they obtain a holistic view of the development of science and technology as a historical and cultural phenomenon and expand their general erudition. Knowledge of the history of science and technology informs students of historical analogies, thus allowing to properly assess the direction of technological progress. Mastery course reveals the common techniques of scientific knowledge and creative thinking patterns.

46. International Relations and World Politics (5.0)

Discipline introduces students to the evolution of world politics and international relations in the period from 1945 to the beginning of 21 century, basic theories, doctrines and concepts of world politics, common international issues, the provisions of international instruments, fundamental political and international legal research on world politics and international relations, and provides prospective of acquiring knowledge on  major trends and issues of international relations, development of skills of analysis of patterns and features of world politics.

47. Economic Geography of the World (2,0)

The course provides the basics of regional economic and social geography of the world, social and geographical terminology, social and geographical complexes of foreign countries, patterns of territorial organization of society.

48. Political Development and Political Systems (4.0)

The course focuses on the study of trends in political development and political characteristics of countries in a comparative context and on a regional basis. It's based on the allocation of the leading factors in the political process in a given region.

49. Civilizations of the World (2.0)

The course examines the main stages of formation and primary characteristics of world civilizations. Particular attention is paid to the problem of dynamics and interaction of civilizations, the nature of their influence on contemporary international relations, revealed different models of the world in the concepts of domestic and foreign civilizations theorists, students are provided with explanation of the principles and limits of comparative civilization studies.

50. Private International Law (4.0)

The course focuses on the study of institutions and the general concepts of private international law providing skills and some practical experience working with documents in the field of international private law.

51. Basics of Labor Protection (2.0)

The course provides students with a review of national and international legal framework of labor safety management, as well as with measures to comply with safety regulations.

52. Tourist business in world politics (3.0)

The academic discipline aims to study the impact of tourism on world politics, the role of the countries in the world of tourism and the fight for the tourist flows and earnings, the impact of tourists on the domestic and foreign policies of the host country.

53. Workshop on Country Studies (3.0)

The discipline is intended to teach students to apply previously acquired knowledge in their practice, to collect and to analyze information, to prepare reports, policy papers, expert opinions, principles and methods of country studies in various fields of practice.

54. Features of the historical development of the region (the post-Soviet space, Europe and North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, Latin America (special seminars) (3.0)

The academic discipline is studied using specialized seminars and individual work that involves teacher and student depending on the latter's regional specialization. The aim is to share to the students a holistic understanding of the history of countries of their particular specialization, history of state development process, the formation of foreign policy orientation.

55. Features of the political development of the region (the post-Soviet space, Europe and North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, Latin America (special seminars) (2.0)

The academic discipline is studied using specialized seminars and individual work that involves teacher and student depending on the latter's regional specialization. The aim is to have students developed a holistic understanding of the features of political processes in countries of the selected region.

56. Features of productive forces distribution and economic development of the region (the post-Soviet space, Europe and North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, Latin America (special seminars) (2.0)

The academic discipline is studied using specialized seminars and individual work that involves teacher and student depending on the latter's regional specialization. The purpose of discipline is an in-depth study of the nature and characteristics of productive forces distribution, of the economic development of selected countries, and of the impact of these factors on foreign trade.

57. Diplomatic protocol and etiquette (2.0)

The course involves the study of the legal framework governing the diplomatic protocol and etiquette, principles of diplomatic protocol and ceremony, the basic rules of etiquette; specifics of individual countries in terms of protocol and etiquette.

58. Professional ethics (2.0)

The course examines the categories such as morals and ethics in the professional field; behavior as a moral category, the concept of ethics and its types, the legal framework and principles of official conductin business and in government, administrative ethics as a form of training, conflict of interest and mechanisms for its prevention and resolution, ethical and professional issues of civil servants and employees of private companies.

59. Ethics and Aesthetics (2.0)

The aim of course is to enhance students' interest in issues of ethics and aesthetics, the need for moral assessment of surrounding events and processes shaping their own moral principles, professional culture of communication, aesthetic taste. As part of the course examines the history of moral customs of different eras and nations as a part of world culture, the main achievements of world culture.

60. The geopolitical and geo-economic interests in world politics (5.0)

The course focuses on theoretical and applied analysis of the impact of geopolitical and geo-economic factors on the politics of the world, contributing to a deeper understanding of current political and economic problems of the past and present in different geographic regions.

61. Humanitarian factor in world politics (3.0)

The course aims to familiarize students with the complex problems of political processes and international regimes are associated with so-called "Humanitarian dimension" of political relations, domestically and internationally.

62. Theory and Practice of Translation (translation and interpretation business conferences) (4.0)

Teaching course involves the formation of students' language competence according to their profession. The program aims to train future professionals, taking into account their communication needs in respect of the translation of texts for business entities and the involvement of translation work at international conferences.

63. Fundamentals of diplomacy and diplomatic work (3.0)

The course examines the set of political, social, managerial, organizational and legal relationships that develop in the formation and operation of the apparatus of state power to regulate international relations and trends in the diplomatic and consular service as a special socio-legal mechanism .

64. Features of civilization development and humanitarian relations in the region (the post-Soviet space, Europe and North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, Latin America (special seminars) (2.0)

The academic discipline is studied using specialized seminars and individual work that involves teacher and student depending on the latter's regional specialization. The purpose of discipline is an in-depth study of the nature and characteristics of cultural and civilizational development of the region and their impact on local humanitarian, cultural and educational component in their domestic and foreign policies of states, their relations in the humanitarian sphere. Discipline is intended to facilitate the development of skills of analyzing the political aspects of humanitarian, cultural and educational interstate cooperation.

65. Ethnic development of the region (the post-Soviet space, Europe and North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, Latin America (special seminars) (2.0)

The academic discipline is studied using specialized seminars and individual work that involves teacher and student depending on the latter's regional specialization. The purpose of discipline is to develop students' understanding of basic concepts of ethnic policy, in particular, specific linguistic, ethnic and cultural features of different regions, features of territorial localization of ethnic minorities and ensuring rights in respective countries.

66. Cultural and spiritual traditions of the peoples of the region (the post-Soviet space, Europe and North America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, Latin America (special seminars)(2.0)

The academic discipline is studied using specialized seminars and individual work that involves teacher and student depending on the latter's regional specialization. The purpose of discipline is to develop  students' understanding of the customs and traditions of the peoples, cultural role of religions, specifics of artistic crafts in respective countries.