International Relations and Development

Mission Statement

International Relations and Development Studies program aims at training broadly informed, globally minded,  socially and culturally sensitive, ethically and civically responsible and engaged political science bachelors.

Program Aims And Student Learning Outcomes

Program Aim 1: Provide students with theoretical knowledge needed to understand, explain, critically analyze and evaluate local, national, and international events, policies, ideas, the role of institutions and various actors, and their practices in international cooperation, especially the field of development.

 Students will be able to:

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge and a conceptual understanding of main political processes and events, theories of political science and international relations, the development and change of political thought.
  • Students will understand main issues and trends in international relations, conflict resolution, and social change.
  • Students will identify and assess different approaches to development, development cooperation policies, priorities and main actors.

Program Aim 2: Train competent graduates who are able to employ a range of tools and skills that are necessary in order to independently conduct research, successfully manage development projects, and formulate and implement international development policies.

 Students will be able to:

  • Students will be able to construct and evaluate arguments, write and present in a clear and effective manner.
  • Students will be able to devise basic research designs, choose appropriate research methodology and independently carry out studies.
  • Students will apply conflict-resolution and negotiation skills in professional and other every-day activities.
  • Students will master basic project management skills including scheduling, budgeting, and personnel management.
  • Students will be able to perform multidimensional analysis of political processes and events, conflicts, development contexts, and economic factors.

Program Aim 3: Develop a multicultural competence, the ability to evaluate political events and development issues in a global context through cultural and linguistic diversity on campus, intercultural education, a study semester and/or experiential learning in another country.

 Students will be able to:

  • Students will be able to communicate and act in a professional and culturally sensitive manner.
  • Students will develop cross-cultural awareness, including respect for their own cultural heritage, and a discerning appreciation of cultural diversity.
  • Students will understand the global dimensions of development issues and will be able to evaluate political events in a global context.

 Program Aim 4: Train ethically and civically responsible and engaged graduates.

 Students will be able to:

  • Students will be able to apply moral principles, Christian and professional ethics to contemporary political and social issues.
  • Students will be able to plan and organize activities for development work in public, non-governmental and private (business) sector organizations to improve cooperation.
  • Students will have an understanding about how to contribute to the development of civil society.


A graduate in International Relations and Development is prepared for further studies in political science subfields and related social science programs, e.g. political science, international relations, political economy, comparative politics, regional studies and international development, public policy, administration and/or management of public and non-governmental organizations. They may also pursue studies in some interdisciplinary graduate studies, e.g. global studies, also in humanities. A graduate may seek employment in public institutions, political organizations, diplomatic missions, local and international non-governmental organizations, their coalitions and confederations, international cooperation organizations and research institutes, humanitarian and international aid providers and agencies, the departments of public sector organizations coordinating  development cooperation activities, human rights organizations, social and corporate responsibility  departments in the business sector. Depending on the type of organization and activities, graduates, for instance can work as analysts, commentators, coordinators, managers and/or project leaders.

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