International Relations

Programme - first cycle - 180 credits

Syllabus for students admitted autumn 2008

Programme Code:
SGINE revision 2
Date of establishment:
30 November 2006
Date of ratification:
30 November 2006
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
30 November 2006

Entry requirements

The special prerequisites for this programme, besides basic eligibility for university studies, are the following upper secondary school courses: English B. Information on application and eligibility is available at


- Introduction to University Studies, 7.5 credits
- Introduction to International Relations, 7.5 credits
- Thematic Studies, 7.5 credits
- Contemporary History,7.5 credits

- Liberalism, 7.5 credits
- Realism, 7.5 credits
- Alternative perspectives, 7.5 credits
- IPE, 7.5 credits

- Liberalism, 7.5 credits
- Human Rights and Politics, 7.5 credits
- Human Rights and Ethics, 7.5 credits
- Project Presentation, 7.5 credits

The Evolution of the International System, 7.5 credits
- Regionalisation and Globalisation, 7.5 credits
- Methodology, 7.5 credits
- Project Work, 7.5 credits

- Elective Studies Within the Field of IMER or Studies abroad or Internship, 30 credits

- Bachelor thesis, inclusive of methodology, 22.5 credits
- Profile Module, 7.5 credits


International Relations (IR) is an integrated, multidisciplinary subject embracing a number of different theoretical perspectives that seek to illustrate and explain the relationships between diverse actors in the international system. IR places emphasis on international politics, but also covers international law and international economics.
The overall aim of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Relations is to provide the student with knowledge and insight in the following areas: the basic features of international relations, the changeable nature of international relations, the relationship between the state and the individual, the nature and modes of operation of the international system, and the emergence of international norms (e.g. in the area of human rights).

Furthermore, the programme seeks to provide knowledge and insight into salient theoretical endeavours and current research debate within the field of study; it also aims to equip the student with the necessary analytical skills in order to be able to work with IR-related issues in national and international environments, for example within voluntary organisations, national public authorities and international organisations.

The bachelor’s programme consists of six terms of study and leads to a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Terms 1 and 6 are so-called “programme terms,” where students are provided with specific areas of study, and/or with pedagogical, academic and methodological tools and knowledge specifically tailored for the programme.

The first “programme term” is structured in the form of collaboration between the subjects of International Relations and Human Rights; it includes an introduction to university studies and contemporary history, as well as an introduction to the main subject (International Relations). Thematic studies embracing both international relations and human rights perspectives, are pursued parallel to the introduction of the main subject. Terms 2-5 comprise studies in International Relations and Human Rights that are obligatory for the fulfilment of the bachelor programme, as well as the opportunity of a term of elective studies within the IMER field of study. The elective studies makes it possible for the student to enrol in various exchange programs or combine studies with an internship, as long as the programme coordinator deems it to be relevant to the study programme.The last “programme term” incorporates a bachelor thesis (including instruction in methodology). Moreover, in order to facilitate the transition to professional life or a continuation of International Relations studies at one-year master’s degree, or two-year master’s degree level, there will be a module specifically tailored for each student.



For programme with start Autumn 2008:
Autumn 2008 - Semester 1
Spring 2009 - Semester 2
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Autumn 2009 - Semester 3
Spring 2010 - Semester 4
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Autumn 2010 - Semester 5
Spring 2011 - Semester 6

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Relations:

- possess the knowledge of how the field we now refer to as international relations has developed and is aware of the effects of globalisation and regionalisation processes in this field;

- is aware of the different perspectives and theoretical constructions on which the analyses and debate regarding international relations are based;

- understands the relationship between international relations and human rights, and

- has an understanding of Malmö University’s perspectives: the environment, gender, migration, and ethnicity;

Applying knowledge and understanding

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Relations:

- can relate key theories and concepts to historical and contemporary developments in world politics, both orally and in writing;

- can identify, define and problematize scholarly issues, concepts and perspectives within the subject area of IR;

- can individually or collectively formulate and conduct an independent analysis of scholarly issues related to IR within agreed deadlines, and

- has the ability to apply his or her knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives—the environment, gender, migration, and ethnicity—to issues related to the field of international relations.

Making judgements and developing communication skills

A graduate of the Bachelor’s Programme in International Relations:

- can evaluate independently and reflect critically upon key IR issues;

- can evaluate independently and reflect critically upon key IR issues;

- has the ability to make rational judgements drawing on diverse methodological aspects from within the field of IR.


Bachelor's degree.