International relations

Characteristics of the study programme:            

The study programme 3.1.5. International relations has been set up from study subjects so that it prepared graduates for studies of the 2nd degree or for praxis at the positions suitable for this level of education. The content of the study programme has been created so that graduates of the bachelor’s studies acquired an overview and awareness of the basic categories of politology, economy, history, international relations, economic geography, diplomacy and law emphasising domestic, international and European law.

Graduate profile:

Graduates of the bachelor’s study programme of International relations, as the first degree of university education, will be able to perform in the praxis activities, mainly in the following institutions:

  • In the state bodies of the Slovak Republic for foreign relations, such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, diplomatic and consular offices of the Slovak Republic abroad;
  • In international organisations which the Slovak Republic is a member of;
  • Other positions within the state administration and municipality;
  • In governmental and non-governmental organisations with activities concerning foreign countries;

Graduates:

  • Will acquire basic theoretical knowledge in social science disciplines, in the field of international relations, will understand basic connections of forming international relations, integration processes within the European Union;
  • Will learn how to understand main trends in the development of global politics and diplomacy, evaluation strategic aims and activities of the most influential players of world's politics, mainly the US, Russia, UN, EU and NATO;
  • Will learn about the field related with the global terrorism phenomenon;

Graduates will acquire the ability to synthesise and analyse theoretical and empirical knowledge in the field of international relations, compare the basic indicators of the given study field. They will be able to understand programmes and documents of the most important countries and international organisations. They will be able to evaluate their foreign policy aims and ambitions as well as the role of important events in the world.

Study Plan Template:

International Relations – Bc. - Full-time form of studies – Study plan for the academic year AR 2014-2015
International Relations - Bc. - Part-time form of studies – Study plan for the academic year AR 2014-2015

Brief characteristics of the mandatory study subjects:

  • Introduction to law

The aim of the subject is to introduce students to basic terms, categories and problems of the law by selecting the most important ones, especially the general problems that are shared by several field of law, as well as economic and political sciences. It will enable students to understand them in mutual systemic implications and links during their further studies of individual legal, economic and political fields reflected in individual study programmes and within them in individual study subjects. This way, it will enable them to understand the significance of law and its place in the life of humans and society.

  • International policy

The aim of the subject is to clarify students the international context of social relations knowledge of which is the subject of instruction. Students will earn about the basic characteristics of the subject of International policy, they will know how to clarify the current nature of historical events that are relevant for the present.

  • International relations

The aim of the subject is to introduce students to the issue of studies of international relations. To strengthen the knowledge of implications in international political development, to inform them about basic terms of international relations, brief history of the development as well as follow-up and connection with basic institutes of international law.

  • Politology

The aim of the subject is to teach students about the mechanisms of functioning of political and party systems in the most developed countries of the world, to motivate them to follow the political reality actively, and to explain its analytical evaluation through scientifically based methods or developed political thought. Students of the subjects should learn about the functioning of institutions and mechanisms in democratic and non-democratic countries.

  • Foreign language I /English, Russian, French, German, Italian/

The aim of foreign language instruction is to prepare students to master the basics of the given language. To develop communicative competences of students in the following areas: Get by in everyday situations, learn grammar and vocabulary, lead a simple conversation about everyday life issues, practice understanding of heard text and understand a simple foreign language presentation, read, though using dictionary, simple foreign language texts, write various simple texts, provide students with basic overview of terminology of the chosen language. Read selected everyday texts, enhance vocabulary and improve grammar. Develop communicative competences of students. Master the basics of the language within given thematic fields. The aim is to achieve B2 level (according to the scale of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

  • Macroeconomics

The aim of the studies of this subject is to acquire theoretical knowledge in macroeconomics so that students can be able to assess and deal with theoretical and practical problems on various levels of national economy and to apply the acquired knowledge in economic praxis in a creative way.

  • Economic geography

The aim of this subject is the regional and geographic analysis of the world economy. Emphasis is put on the characteristics of the economic relations, economic integrations, and economic systems. It attempts to systemise knowledge in the form of regional typologies of countries based on individual sectors of economy, as well as based on the degree of their economic development.

  • History of the world and of Slovakia

The aim of the subject is to inform students about the basic line of development in the field of public administration and law in the Euro-American civilisation context. A prerequisite of successful passing of the subject is the relatively good knowledge of general and political history.

  • International public law

The aim of the subject in its narrow meaning is to inform students about general institutes and fields of international public law. Students will learn as part of this subject the definition of the term of international public law, general institutes of international public law, such as entities, sources, rules and codification of international public law. Attention is further paid to the relationship between the international and national law, the institute of responsibility and force (sanctions) in international law. It thus involves the explanation of all key institutes of the general part of the international public law. The subject includes teaching about peaceful international dispute resolution and international contractual law whichtraditionally belongs to a special part of international public law, butfollows the concepts of the general part very closely, since they represent the basis for the application of other fields of the special part of the international public law.

  • International organisations

The aim of the subject is to inform students about the origin of international organisations, with the conditions of membership in international organisations, about the functioning of international organisations and about the membership of the Slovak Republic in international organisations. Special attention is paid to significant international organisations – UN, EU, CoE, OECD, WTO etc.

  • Political system

As part of the subject Political system of the Slovak Republic, students will learn about the historical development of the political system in Slovakia. Students will also learn about the legal definition of individual parts of the political system in the Slovak Republic. They will acquire detailed knowledge of the constitutional or legal definition of individual institutions and institutes of the Slovak political system, starting with the highest state bodies, political parties and civic associations, and ending with the legal definition of judicial power functioning in the Slovak Republic.

  • Introduction to diplomacy

The aim of this subject is to inform students about the basics of diplomacy, consular service, as a highly specialised activity of a certain type of foreign policy of the state, with its structure as well as the praxis. Students should acquire knowledge of how foreign policy of a country is realised through diplomacy, how system of cooperation and good international relations are created.

  • History of world politics

The aim of thissubject is to inform students about the development of the world politics,emphasising political events of the 20th century that had a decisive effect on social and political development. Lectures are focused on international policy and international relations and they emphasis internal political development of key countries in the context of international policy and war conflicts in the given region. It includes an overview of events of international policy, international relations, including terrorism, wars and conflicts. A part of lectures and seminars is also pointing out the greatest genocides in modern history of the world.

  • Law of the European Union

The aim of the subject is to provide basic information about the law of the European Union, sources of law, institutions, including its relationship to legal systems of the Member States, and international public law. The subject will provide key information concerning the legal frame of the common market, other policies and external relations of the European Union.

  • Seminar to bachelor thesis I

The aim of the seminar is to methodologically guide the process of writing of the bachelor's thesis until it has the form of a complex project corresponding to the requirements of the given degree of studies. In order to write a good bachelor’s thesis, it is necessary to master the basic methodological knowledge on how to create a bachelor’s qualification paper. Students must be able to work individually, on an adequate professional level, process the chosen topic, critically evaluate the given issue, work with professional literature as well as to use professional terminology, principles of quotation, paraphrasing and working with bibliographic references.

  • World economics

The aim of the subject is to provide acurrent overview of the world’s economic affairs and theirimpact on the national economy. The world economy is a subject that deals with the selected sector of the world's economy, emphasising the global natural recourses, financial sources, world agriculture, industry and services.

  • History of diplomacy

The aim of the subject is to inform students about the most important events and personalities contributing to the formation of the history of diplomacy. The subject focuses on teaching students about the historically first diplomacy in Greek civilisations through the forming of diplomacy in the 20th century.


For more information please contact us:

PhDr. Jozef Vlčej, PhD.
phone: +421 34 69 652 27
email: j.vlcej@sevs.sk

Mgr. Jana Gondeková
phone: +421 34 696 52 20
email: j.gondekova@sevs.sk