Bachelor in International Relations - Study Plan

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A Unique Bachelor in International Relations

The study plan for the Bachelor in International Relations at IE University has been designed with the prestigious academic experience at its core, our academic faculty’s expert knowledge and research in each area, and the linkages between the University and the professional world.

The Bachelor in International Relations aims to teach young ambitious individuals to build the proper skill set to become professionals capable of facing real-world challenges.

Through our hands-on teaching methodology, students from the Bachelor in International Relations will find the perfect ideal balance between what is studied throughout their degree and the projects that are applied based on real-world scenarios.

This will aid them to develop profiles that are able to adapt to new trends happening now in the 21st century.
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BACHELOR IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS STUDY PLAN

Year 1

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS UP TO 1945
Type Core
ECTS 6
INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
Type Core
ECTS 6
POLITICAL THEORY
Type Core
ECTS 6
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMICS
Type Core
ECTS 6
ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS SINCE 1945
Type Core
ECTS 6
APPLIED ECONOMICS
Type Core
ECTS 6
INTERNATIONAL UNPLUGGED I
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
HUMANITIES (IE MODULE)
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
ETHICS (IE MODULE)
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
LANGUAGES
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3

Year 2

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
INTERNATIONAL UNPLUGGED II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
LANGUAGES
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
RESEARCH METHODS IN IR
Type Core
ECTS 6
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY I
Type Core
ECTS 6
COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Type Core
ECTS 6
AID, DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Type Core
ECTS 6

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
LANGUAGES
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
INTERNATIONAL UNPLUGGED III
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
TOPICS ON FOREIGN POLICY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
INTERNATIONAL LAW
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PUBLIC OPINION AND POLITICAL COMMUNICATION
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6

Year 3

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
LANGUAGES
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
MANAGEMENT OF THE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
PROFESSIONAL DEONTOLOGY (IE MODULE)
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
LANGUAGES
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
INTERNATIONAL UNPLUGGED IV-V
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY II
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
Type Mandatory
ECTS 6
ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3

Year 4

1st semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
LANGUAGES
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
INTERNATIONAL UNPLUGGED VI
Type Mandatory
ECTS 3
ELECTIVES
Type Elective
ECTS 24

2nd semester

Courses
Type
ECTS
Syllabus
ELECTIVES
Type Elective
ECTS 18
FINAL PROJECT
Type Mandatory
ECTS 12
Components
Credits
Basic Courses
60
Core courses
126
Elective courses
42
Final Project
12
Credits needed to graduate
240

LANGUAGES

Languages are essential to a career in international relations. As a Bachelor in International Relations student, you will participate in a mandatory language course that lasts for six full semesters, consisting of 18 ECTS credits. In addition, we provide further opportunities to widen your linguistic ability, and you will have the option to learn Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Arabic, or Chinese.

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FIRST YEAR

Your first year will begin with a broad introduction to International Relations as a whole. You will become acquainted with the main periods and events that have shaped its history since the 16th century. We will provide you with the methodological and practical tools to understand and evaluate arguments about contentious issues in international affairs, and you will also be given the opportunity to complete an internship, contribute in one of the many IE labs, or both. By the end of the year you will be able to apply economic theories to your daily work, and understand important social and political phenomena, as well as different forms of international governance and organizations.

What’s more, you will have the opportunity to participate in the “Leading and Mobilizing People” workshop. This is aimed at first-year students in Segovia and Madrid, who are brought together for two days to engage in this exciting and informative event.

SECOND YEAR

In your second year you will continue deepening your understanding of International Relations from the perspectives of international law and international political economics. You will also start looking into the world of NGOs, and learning about international development and aid. You will also be exposed to a wide array of tools and methodological approaches used by political scientists. By the end of the year you will be more confident discussing scholarly articles and embarking on your own research projects. In order to practice and apply what you’ve learnt, you will be able to join an IE lab or complete an internship.

Also, we offer you the opportunity to put in practise everything you have learnt during your first two years in an amazing two-week journey in which you will visit different countries with your classmates whilst making an impact and learning.

SECOND YEAR JOURNEY

THIRD YEAR

During your third year you will focus on topics such as international trade, macroeconomics, international finance, multinational corporations, human rights and the implications they have on international development. You will not only deepen your knowledge in general purpose organizations like UN, but also in specialized institutions, such as NATO, WTO, the IMF and the International Criminal Court. You will continue developing your organizational skills and studying peace and conflict resolution to establish the most important competencies related to leadership. This year you will be required to choose an exchange program with one of our prestigious partner institutions around the world.

You will also have the chance to participate in a one-day mock debate, where you will discuss and negotiate on a range of issues related to international trade between the EU and the US.

EU Simulation Debate

FOURTH YEAR

Your fourth and last year is mainly focused on your final project, where you will apply all of the knowledge gained throughout your subjects, internships, IE Labs, and exchange programs. You will also keep on specializing in the areas of your interest by choosing electives, and you will continue to improve your language skills. In addition, the second semester features the Capstone Project, a group-based, consultancy-oriented final project conducted in collaboration with external partners from the public and private sectors.

Each project is unique, and conceived as a fulfilling alternative to the academic-oriented thesis which students complete individually. It is a career-building exercise representing the culmination of your academic journey, and offers you the opportunity to put everything you have learned throughout your course into practice. You will test out your skills and knowledge in a realistic work environment, collaborating closely with your teammates to produce original and impactful research and policy recommendations, and deliver these to your client.

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