Summary of Degree Programme
41.03.06 Public Policy and Social Sciences
41.03.05 International Relations
Instruction in English
The Bachelor’s parallel degree program of HSE and the University of London in international relations is based on the principles of social sciences with the greater focus on a chosen international relations specialization. The program is carried out in English meeting both Russian and British educational standards and is oriented to prepare students for the modern labor market where specialists with high adaptive and “life-long learning” skills as well as the ability to think both coherently and creatively are at great demand.
The main goal of the program is to prepare specialists that are ready to work in the conditions of multi- tasking under different formats and missions.
In addition to traditional for this major subject: history, international relations theory, international organizations, academic and business English and foreign languages, students comprehensively study economic, social and political science disciplines. The program also implements two specializations: “World Economy and Business” and “Journalism in International Relations” where further deepening of knowledge in the areas are realized.
A set of disciplines in Data Culture or data analysis stands as a separate element of the program. The subject is aimed at acquisition of basic data processing skills and is carried out in a close relation with other subjects to ensure both effective theoretical base settlement and the application of the acquired skills in the field of international relations and the disciplines of specializations. During the fourth year of study the program offers pre-graduation internships at the leading analytical centers, specialized departments of state authorities, main media agencies and commercial structures engaged in international activities. In addition to that, starting from the second year of studies all students are getting involved in the research and practical activities in a form of fulfilling various orders for third-party organizations including in cooperation with students of other HSE faculties.
Such educational approach provides students with a holistic vision of the world at the same time developing the ability to get involved in a practical work as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
Professional competencies of the graduates of the program are based not only in the field of international relations but also intersect with other professional spheres (depending on course selection and specialization) providing set of skills and knowledge to work in government apparatus, corporate sector, analytical and research structures or educational institutions.
By the end of the fourth year students master at the professional level at least two foreign languages, including negotiation and presentation skills, ethics of business correspondence, as well as analytical skills with the application of advanced methods of data analysis in international relations and other related fields of study.
With the possession of the modern methods of analysis graduates of the program are able to conduct scientific and applied research on the issues of international and corporate interaction and cooperation to assess acute international political and economic processes.
Graduates also have practical skills at solving problems of various types and levels of complexity in a time-limited environment. They get experience at working on both group and individual projects mastering current communication technologies and collective performance coordination.
In the general curriculum bloc of subjects students study classical disciplines of the international relations related to history, philosophy, sociology, political science and basics of economic theory.
From the second year of studying begins the bloc of University of London subjects which covers the western approach to studying international relations. This allows a student to gain more profound and systemic knowledge of the discipline for the future analytical work.
To expand the range of their knowledge and skills in areas related to international relations students choose one of the two specializations that focus on global economic and business processes or the role of media in modern international realm. The program also provides elective courses that give students an opportunity to evaluate in a more detailed way such aspects of international relations as international law, world economy and diplomacy.
One of the core aspects of the program is the development of professional and academic aspects of the English language as well as the second foreign language. Students are offered to choose from European (French, German, Italian, Spanish) or Asian (Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Japanese) languages. Foreign language courses cover not only the linguistic aspects but also regional including economy, culture and politics of the country/region of language use studied.
The Practice block provides for the acquisition of the skills of research activity through writing and presenting course papers; and service, research or occupational projects provided by the university. During the fourth year students are obliged to hold an internship in major-oriented analytical centers/government apparatus/large media/commercial structures.
The «Data culture» part of the curriculum also gives students the skills of analyzing and working with data.
The final element of the programme is writing as well as publicly defending a graduation qualification thesis in English on research topics related to the study of current international relations issues.
This degree programme of HSE University is adapted for students with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. There is a specially designed Physical Education course available for such students (Syllabus of the adapted Physical Education course). Special assistive technology and teaching aids are used for collective and individual learning of students with SEN and disabilities. The specific adaptive features of the programme are listed in each subject's full syllabus and are available to students through the online Learning Management System.
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Vice Rector Sergey Yu. Roshchin