International Relations

Education qualification level – Bachelor’s Degree

1st year of study

1. INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIALTY "INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS" (4.0)

The course focuses on disclosure, based on modern theoretical and methodological approaches, of the nature and essence of international relations, as a phenomenon of social life, historical and political category, independent science.

2. HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3.0)

The course includes the review of key periods in the history of international relations and diplomacy up to 1789.

3. BASICS OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (3.0)

The course is focused on general principles and models of organization of scientific research. This course introduces the requirements of academic studies and prepares students to performing numerous scientific tasks.

2nd year of study

4. HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (1789-1917) (3.0)

This course deals with studying the historical forms of diplomacy and foreign policy in the period from 1789 to 1917.

5. HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (1917-1945) (4.0)

The course deals with revealing the major trends in world politics development and features of new post-war system of international relations, established on the basis of the construction of the international community with the help of the universal organization for peace maintenance.

6. BASICS OF WORLD POLITICS (2.0)

The course deals with disclosure of theoretical and practical aspects of world politics, revealing of the contents of specific notions and approaches used by world science for study of political interactions at the international stage.

3rd year of study

7. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND WORLD POLITICS (1945-1979) (3.0)

The course focuses on the study of the evolution of world politics and IR in the period from 1945 to 1979, basic theories, doctrines and concepts of world politics, general international issues, regional specifics, provisions of international instruments, fundamental political and international legal research on issues of world politics and international relations.

8. CONFLICT STUDIES AND NEGOTIATIONS THEORY (3.0)

The course includes a review of the main theoretical approaches to the study of international conflicts; research methodology in conflict studies, problems of conflict management and negotiations theory. The course addresses problems of current conflict situation in the world; typology of contemporary conflicts and the means of their prevention.

9. FOREIGN POLICY OF UKRAINE (up to 1991) (5.0)

The course focuses on familiarizing students with the basic steps of Ukrainian statehood and associated foreign policy problems.

10. ECOLOGICAL PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2.0)

The course identifies specific ecological features problems in international relations. The particular focus is made on the principles of ecological security, international environment regime (Kyoto, post-Kyoto, etc) and its alternatives, ecological conflicts, struggle for resources and transport routes, water resources, etc.

11. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND WORLD POLITICS (1980-2013) (4.0)

The course focuses on the study of the evolution of world politics and IR in the period from the end of the 20th to the beginning of the 21st century, of basic theories, doctrines and concepts of world politics, general international issues, regional specifics, provisions of international instruments, fundamental political and international legal research on issues of world politics and international relations.

12. FOREIGN POLICY OF UKRAINE (1991 – 2013) (2.0)

The course deals with the modern development of Ukrainian foreign policy, assessment of the latest trends of its formation and development, reveals the content of its regional and substantive dimensions, attempt to determine Ukraine's role and place at the world stage in the 21st century.

13. FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (4.0)

The course focuses on getting students acquainted with concepts and doctrines of American foreign policy.

14. FOREIGN POLICY OF RUSSIA (2.0)

The course deals with revealing of key trends and peculiarities of the CIS members' foreign policy formation and implementation. It considers the main elements of foreign policy, structure of IR at the post-Soviet space.

15. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS ON POST-SOVIET AREA (2.0)

The course studies trends of development of international relation on post-Soviet area, the particularities of development of inter-governmental bodies and cooperation of new independent states, role of CIS region in modern international relations. It also focuses on legal documents, fundamental political and legal researches on world policy and international relations on post-Soviet area.

4th year of study

16. FOREIGN POLICY OF eUROPEAN STATES (5.0)

The course deals with the study of foreign policy of the three leading states – Great Britain, France and Germany. This is explained by the special role of these states in European politics as well as in international relations.

17. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY (3.0)

The course involves the study and disclosure of the meaning of key concepts and conceptual approaches, which are the base of international relations study, aims to get students acquainted with the theoretical trends and schools that exist in world science.

18. CURRENT PROBLEMS OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN AFRICA AND LATIN AMERICA (2.0)

The course deals with the study of nature and patterns of international relations development in Africa and Latin America at the present stage, determination of the place and the impact of these regions on the trends of modern international relations.

19. FOREIGN POLICY OF ASIAN STATES (4.5)

The course studies foreign policy of the most powerful Asian states (Japan, China, India, Turkey, etc). Its importance is caused by sharp increase of the influence of Asian countries over modern international relations.

20. THE EUROPEAN UNION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3.0)

The academic course is aimed at disclosure of the scientific meaning of integration processes in the European Union to study the problems of international relations and world politics.

21. MODERN TRENDS IN WORLD POLITICS (2.0)

The course deals with the study of current situation in IR, separation of patterns and trends in their development, evaluation and forecast of the possible course of events at the world stage for the foreseeable future.

22. FOREIGN POLICY OF THE CENTRAL EASTAND SOUTH EAST EUROPE STATES (2.0)

The course deals with disclosure of the specific features of international relations in Central East and Southeastern Europe at the present stage.

Selective part

4th year of study

23. National and ethnic problems in international relations (3.0)

The subject of the course is history of national and ethnic movements, theories, doctrines and concepts of modern ethnic policy and ethnic sociology, regional specifics of manifestation of the ethnic factor in European and American politics.

24. RELIGION FACTOR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3.0)

The course studies theoretical and practical aspects of the impact that religion factors make on international relations. The particular focus is made on comparison of the role of different religions in world policy, analysis of specific features and influence of Islamic factor over international relations.

25. MILITARY AND POLITICAL PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2.0)

The subject of the course is the category of "power" in international relations, means and methods of power politics, military and political aspects of international relations.

26. POLITICAL HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE (2.0)

The course has a problem and chronological nature and aims to give students basic information about the main trends of political processes in Europe: changes in political systems, the reasons of such changes, goals and means of political forces.

27. MODERN EUROPEAN POLITICAL THEORIES (2.0)

The course deals with the disclosure of content of key concepts and conceptual approaches, which are the base for the study of international relations by European researchers, getting students acquainted with theoretical achievements of European science on international relations.

Education qualification level – Specialist’s Degree

1. UKRAINE IN WORLD POLITICS (3.0)

The course studies trends and mechanisms of shaping and implementation of foreign policy of Ukraine, defines the place of Ukraine in modern world politics, studies the prospects of fulfillment of foreign policy tasks in the modern system of international relations.

2. METHODOLOGY AND ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3.0)

The course is focused on presentation of basic principles and methods of scientific research in social and political sciences and disclosure of specifics of international relations scientific study.

3. INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN SECURITY (2.0)

The course aims at study of general patterns, trends, specific features and characteristics of the formation, functioning and development of the international and European security systems in the post-bipolar period.

4. FOREIGN POLICY ANALYSIS AND FORECAST (3.0)

The course aims at getting students acquainted with the basic methodological principles of foreign policy analysis, typical approaches to its programming, elaboration and implementation etc., mastering by students of the notions and categorical apparatus as a tool for forecasting and analyzing foreign policy.

5. PROTECTION OF LABOUR IN THE SECTOR (2.0)

The course shall provide professionals-to-be with knowledge of main aspects of labour protection in the sector of international relations, learning safe and healthy working conditions according to effective legislation.

6. STRATEGIC PLANNING AND NATIONAL SECURITY OF UKRAINE (5.0)

The course studies methods, models and paradigms of strategic planning in international relations, reviews basic notions related to strategic planning and system of national security of Ukraine.

7. GLOBAL POLITICAL STUDIES AND NON-PROLIFERATION OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (5.0)

The course studies global dimension of world politics, political structures and relations that are developing in global society, problems of global power, leadership and management, and current global problems, including the problem of weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation.

8. CURRENT PROBLEMS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION PROCESSES (2.0)

The course is aimed at disclosure of scientific meaning of European integration processes to study the problems of international relations and world politics.

Selective part

9. MODERN CONFLICTS AND THEIR MANAGEMENT (2.0)

The course deals with the overview of modern international conflicts, determination of their basic types and forms.

10. ASYMMETRIC RELATIONS AND ASYMMETRIC STRATEGIES (2.0)

The general course task is to give students a meaningful understanding of the asymmetrical relation as a type of international relations, conceptually asymmetric nature of modern international relations, introduction to elaboration and principles of asymmetric strategies application in foreign policy field.

11. REGIONALIZM AND REGIONAL SECURITY SYSTEMS (2.0)

The subject of the course is regional systems of international relations and the process of regionalization in interstate relations.

12. PROBLEMS OF MILITARY AND POLITICAL INTEGRATION (2.0)

The subject of the course is inter-state relations in the military and political sphere and forms of their institutionalization.

13. EUROPEAN POLICY OF UKRAINE (1.0)

Course dealt with in-depth study of role of Ukraine in European political space, Ukraine’s policy towards European, Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian regions.

14. NATIONAL AND ETHNIC PROBLEMS IN EUROPE (2.0)

The subject of the course is history of European national and ethnic movements, theories, doctrines and concepts of modern ethnic policy and ethnic sociology, regional specifics of manifestation of the ethnic factor in European politics.

Education qualification level – Master’s Degree

1st year of Master studies

1. GEOPOLITICS AND GEOSTRATEGY (2.0)

The course aims at disclosure of scientific meaning of geopolitical and civilisational approach to the study international relations and world politics problems research. Basic geopolitical concepts and traditions, stages and principles of geo-strategy elaboration are considered.

2. METHODOLOGY AND ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (3.0)

The course is focused on presentation of basic principles and methods of scientific research in social and political sciences and disclosure of specifics of international relations scientific study.

3. INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN SECURITY (2.0)

The course aims at study of general patterns, trends, specific features and characteristics of the formation, functioning and development of the international and European security systems in the post-bipolar period.

4. Foreign policy analysis and forecast (3.0)

The course aims at getting students acquainted with the basic methodological principles of foreign policy analysis, typical approaches to its programming, elaboration and implementation etc., mastering by students of the notions and categorical apparatus as a tool for forecasting and analyzing foreign policy

5. PROBLEMS OF WMD NON-PROLIFERATION (3.0)

The course aims to get students acquainted with the basic historical problems in the field of weapons of mass destruction non-proliferation.

6. CURRENT PROBLEMS OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION PROCESSES (2.0)

The course is aimed at disclosure of scientific meaning of European integration processes to study the problems of international relations and world politics.

7. INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS IN THE BALKANS AND BLACK SEA REGION (3.0)

The course studies particularities of international relations in the Balkans and Black Sea Region. It analyzes main trends and problems of international relations in this region. The particular focus is made on security and self-proclamation problems in the region.

2nd year of Master studies

8. INTERNATIONAL SYSTEMS AND GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT (5.0)

The course aims at study of international systems, their structure, functions, historical forms and contemporary post bipolar structure. The course considers key trends of global development, world politics and civilizations interaction.

9. NATIONAL SECURITY OF UKRAINE (2.0)

The subject of the course is the complex of aspects and factors of Ukraine's national security provision, specific features of security strategy of Ukraine and its conceptual foundations, practical work of Ukraine in security field.

10. STRATEGIC PLANNING IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2.5)

The course is focused on development of skills of strategic planning of international processes. With this view, the students learn key concepts, methods of planning and elaboration of strategies and solve typical problems related to strategic planning.

11. INTERNATIONAL CONFLICTS (2.0)

The subject of the course is the notion, content and concepts of political conflict studies, development trends and methodology of modern international conflicts management, forecasting of their run.

12. MIGRATION PROBLEMS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2.0)

The course studies evolution, causes, driving forces and direction of international migration in 20th-21st centuries, the influence of migration flows on regional and international security, activities of international organizations in migration area.

Selective part

1st year of Master studies

13. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AND ASYMETRIC RELATIONS (2.0)

The general course task is to give students a meaningful understanding of the asymmetrical relation as a type of international relations, conceptually asymmetric nature of modern international relations, introduction to elaboration and principles of asymmetric strategies application in foreign policy field.

14. NUCLEAR FACTOR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2.0)

The subject of the course is a nuclear factor and its influence on international politics, its place and role in IR system, the impact of nuclear weapons on the formation of bipolar and unipolar world structure, the concept of nuclear policy, formation and evolution of nuclear strategies.

15. FOREIGN POLICY STRATEGIES AND DOCTRINES (2.0)

The subject of the course are specifics of foreign policy strategies and doctrines formation and implementation, essence of modern scientific views on the nature of foreign policy strategies and doctrines, their compliance with national interests, the impact of the international situation and the processes taking place in different countries and regions, on them.

16. MODERN CONFLICTS AND THEIR MANAGEMENT (2.0)

The course deals with the overview of modern international conflicts, determination of their basic types and forms.

17. TRANSNATIONAL ACTORS IN WORLD POLITICS (3.0)

The course studies the activities of transnational actors in world politics. It analyzes the activity of specific transnational actors – international businesses, Diaspora, terrorist organizations, etc. Fundamental international researches on transnational relations are analyzed.

18. REGIONALIZM AND REGIONAL SECURITY SYSTEMS (2.0)

The subject of the course is regional systems of international relations and the process of regionalization in interstate relations.

19. EUROPEAN POLICY OF THE USA (2.0)

The course deals with the study of the nature and components of American foreign policy on the European dimension, the principles of its formation.

20. EUROPEAN POLICY OF RUSSIA (2.0)

The course deals with the study of the nature and components of Russian foreign policy on the European dimension, the principles of its formation.

21. EU FOREIGN POLICY (2.0)

The course aims to study the EU Common foreign and security policy, definition of its principles for the development of integration processes in the European Union.

2nd year of Master studies

22. WORLD ARMS MARKET AND CONVERSION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2.0)

The course aims to reveal the main theoretical and practical aspects of the role and place of demilitarization and conversion problems in international relations, of diversity of demilitarization and conversion problems depending on the political and systemic evolution of international relations and current domestic political situation, the patterns of these phenomena in specific international and political systems.

23. EUROPEAN POLICY OF UKRAINE (2.0)

Course dealt with in-depth study of role of Ukraine in European political space, Ukraine’s policy towards European, Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian regions.

24. NATIONALISM IN WORLD POLITICS (2.5)

The course deals with nationalism, its routes, evolution, forms and manifestations. It reveals theoretical approaches to study of nationalism, in particular of its influence over international relations.