BSc in International Relations & Security

PROGRAMME INFORMATION

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4 YEARS

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240 ECTS

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ENGLISH OR GREEK

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FULL TIME

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AWARDED BY NEAPOLIS UNIVERSITY

OBJECTIVE OF THE BACHELOR (BSc) IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS & SECURITY

The BSc in International Relations and Security offers students the opportunity to acquire extensive and in-depth knowledge about a wide range of issues related with the development of international affairs and its security implications. Theory and practice of international relations and diplomacy, international organization and international law, security and strategic studies, as well as politics and economics, constitute the hard core of the Program’s content. The Programme aims at providing students a rigorous understanding of international relations and politics, and of conflict and security issues, globally and regionally across the world. It focusses particularly on recent and contemporary processes, trends and problems: examining efforts to respond to international and regional challenges in the spheres of policy and practice. The Programme combines in-depth academic training in key concepts, theories and case-studies, alongside a structured process of engagement with contemporary debates and experience.

Graduates of the Programme are expected to have a thorough understanding of international political, security and economic issues, which will enable them to pursuit careers in the diplomatic corps, in international organizations, in NGOs, as well as in both the public and the private sector as policy and security advisors.

ADVANTAGES OF THE PROGRAMME

  • The international prestige and recognition of Neapolis University Pafos.
  • Excellent academic staff with strong expertise in the taught subjects.
  • International collaborations with many Universities.
  • The flexibility of distance learning.
  • The use of advanced technology and resources.
  • The dynamic choice between synchronous and asynchronous distance education.
  • The adjustment of the Programme to current academic trends and market requirements.
  • Competitive tuition fees.

TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT METHODS

The BSc in International Relations and Security teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments, case-study applications and independent research. In addition, it is designed to provide an academic experience going beyond that of the traditional classroom, in which the flow of information is primarily from the instructor to the student. The intention of the Programme is that each participant will contribute to the education of the entire class though active participation in the learning procedure. This will establish the understanding that an BSc in International Relations and Security requires a holistic and interdisciplinary approach.

The interactivity and formative assessment form part of the learning and teaching methodology. 30% of the students’ final grade in each course corresponds to their performance in the midterm assessment, whereas 70% corresponds to their performance in the final exams. In order to secure a passing grade in a course, students need to secure a passing grade (i.e. 50% or higher) in both the midterm assessment and the final exams.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

SEMESTER 1

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS111Introduction to International RelationsCompulsory6
IRS112Diplomatic History, 1815-1945Compulsory6
IRS113Research Methodology in International RelationsCompulsory6
NOM160Political ScienceCompulsory6
ΝΟΜ158Political EconomyCompulsory6

SEMESTER 2

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS121International Relations TheoriesCompulsory6
IRS122Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches, Contemporary and Emerging IssuesCompulsory6
IRS123The World since 1945Compulsory6
IRS124Introduction to Modern DiplomacyCompulsory6
ECON205MacroeconomicsCompulsory6

SEMESTER 3

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
ISR131Geopolitics and Geo-economics in the Eastern MediterraneanCompulsory6
IRS132Security DiplomacyCompulsory6
IRS133International Political EconomyCompulsory6
IRS134The EU as a Global ActorCompulsory6
NOM129Public International LawCompulsory6

SEMESTER 4

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS141Economic DiplomacyCompulsory6
IRS142Strategic StudiesCompulsory6
IRS143Political Economy of National SecurityCompulsory6
IRS144Terrorism, Asymmetric Threats and International SecurityCompulsory6
NOM380International Economic LawCompulsory6

SEMESTER 5

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS151Economic Sustainability and SecurityCompulsory6
IRS152Risk Analysis and ForecastingCompulsory6
IRS153Conflict ResolutionCompulsory6
IRS154International OrganizationsCompulsory6
PSYC308Political PsychologyElective6
IRS155Foreign Policy in the 21st CenturyElective6

SEMESTER 6

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS161China as a Global ActorCompulsory6
IRS162Energy, Security and Foreign PolicyCompulsory6
IRS163Environmental Sustainability and SecurityCompulsory6
IRS164EU Neighborhood PolicyCompulsory6
IRS165Foreign Policy AnalysisElective6
IRS166PeacebuildingElective6

SEMESTER 7

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS171Political Economy of EnergyCompulsory6
IRS172European Security and DefenseCompulsory6
IRS173Risk ManagementCompulsory6
IRS174Security in the Eastern MediterraneanCompulsory6
IRS175International Development CooperationElective6
IRS176Practical DiplomacyElective6
IRS177Human SecurityElective6

SEMESTER 8

CodeCourse titleCourse typeECTS
IRS181Nuclear Weapons and International SecurityCompulsory6
IRS182Global Governance and SecurityCompulsory6
IRS183Security in the Middle EastCompulsory6
IRS184Cyber SecurityCompulsory6
IRS185Migration, International Relations and SecurityElective6
BUSN405Project ManagementElective6
IRS186PlacementElective6
For the successful completion of their studies, students need to sum up in total 240 ECTS.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In order to be admitted to the Program, candidates must possess a Secondary School Certificate with grade no less than 14/20 or equivalent, or an International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 26 points, or any other equivalent secondary education diploma. The general admission criteria are based on the type and quality of previous studies, the grade obtained in previous studies and the suitability of the candidate for the program of study that has been applied for. In any case, the file of each applicant will be considered on its own merit.

Satisfactory knowledge of English is essential. The minimum language requirement is a grade C on a First Certificate in English or any other equivalent degree. In the absence of such a certificate/degree, candidates will be asked to sit English language exams in order to prove their satisfactory knowledge. After admission, candidates may be required to take additional instruction in English language.

DISCLAIMER

The University reserves its right to define the electives offered on an academic year basis.

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FACULTY & STAFF OF THE PROGRAMME

Giorgos Georgis

Professor of History

Head of the Department of History, Politics and International Studies

Coordinator of the Master in History and MA in Modern and Contemporary Greek and European History (Distance)

Giorgos Georgis is Professor at Neapolis University Pafos, Member of the Board and Director of the Postgraduate Programs in History at the same University.

Pantelis Sklias

Professor of International Political Economy

Rector of Neapolis University Pafos

Coordinator of the BSc in International Relations & Security, MSc in European Politics and Governance (conventional and distance) and MSc in International Relations, Strategy and Security (Distance)

Pantelis Sklias (1969) is a Professor of International Relations and International Political Economy (IPE) and since September 2018 Rector of the University.

Marios Leonida Evriviades

Professor of International Relations and Security

Deputy Head of the Department of History, Politics and International Studies

Marios L. Evriviades is Professor of International Relations and History at Neapolis University Pafos. He is also Senior Fellow and Director of Resources at ERPIC-European Rim and Investment Council, Larnaca.

Christos Christodoulou-Volos

Associate Professor of Economics and Finance

Head of the Department of Economics and Business

Dr. Christos N. Christodoulou-Volos is an Associate Professor of Economics and Finance and the Head of the Department of Economics and Business...

Thomas Nektarios Papanastasiou

Assistant Professor in Law

LLM Coordinator (conventional and distance)

Thomas-Nektarios Papanastasiou is an assistant professor of public international law. He holds a doctorate (PhD), specialized in International Investment Law and a Master’s degree (MA) in International Relations...

Mersilia Anastasiadou

Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Relations

Assistant Coordinator of the BSc in International Relations & Security, MSc in European Politics and Governance (conventional and distance) and MSc in International Relations, Strategy and Security (Distance)

Mersilia Anastasiadou is a Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Relations at the Department of History, Politics and International Studies, Neapolis University Pafos...

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