The University Of Georgia
Program name: Global and Security Studies
Study Level: Graduate
Program leader: Shalva Dzebisashvili
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: •Master of Security Studies •Master of Diplomacy and International Politics
Program capacity: 120
Program permission: Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, English language (B2 Level) and other requirements defined by law. In particular, Georgian citizens must pass general Masters’ exams. a) For foreign citizens and the stateless persons who received full general or equivalent education in a foreign country. b) for Georgian citizens, who received full general or equivalent education and have completed at least 2 years of general education in a foreign country. c) Persons who are studying or have been studied and received credits in a foreign country, will be able to enroll in a program at a recognized higher educational institution in accordance with the law of that country - without passing Unified National Examinations. (According to the order N224/n Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, December 29, 2011).
Program goals:

The program aims to provide the graduate students with in-depth and specific knowledge of current processes and mechanisms in international arena, in particular in the field of security and defense, as well as international organizations and institutions; also, the ability to independently research problematic issues and trends in these fields for the purpose of knowledge production in accordance with professional ethical standards. Concentration -“International Politics, Security and Defense” Goal is to provide graduates with the ability to understand the formation and conduct of the security policy in the field of international politics and relations. Further to provide the graduates with the competence of understanding security policy making and organizing defense matters as an integral component of the security field, as well as to research independently international political processes as intersection of between the state policy, security and defense issues. Graduates of this concentration will be able to work at the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government, Parliament (Committees), The SSS (State Security Service) of Georgia, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Foreign Intelligence, International Organizations in Georgia, Embassies, and local analytical organizations. Concentration -“International Institutions and Global Governance” Provides graduates (in the field of international politics and relations) with the ability to independently research effectiveness of international organizations, institutional frameworks, legal-normative mechanisms and socio-economic factors, while analyzing complex nature of global processes and events. Graduates of this concentration will be able to work at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Government, Parliament (Committees), Ministry of Internal Affairs, UN, OSCE, International Organizations, International Organizations operating in Georgia, Embassies, and local analytical organizations.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  •  Interactive lectures
  • Discussions/debates
  •  Explanation method
  •  Method of working on a book
  • Material/Source search and selection in Libraries
  •   Simulation
  •  Critical analysis
  • Project presentation
  •  Verbal method
  • Case study and analysis
Learning outcomes:
  • Concentration- “International  Politics, Security and Defense”

    Knowledge and understanding
    A Graduate will have:

    - Deep and systemic knowledge of interconnection between theories (realism, neo-realism, institutionalism etc.) and policies implemented in the field of international relations.

    -  Deep and systemic knowledge of crucial elements relevant to the security field, including the complex nature of defense system, its organization and challenges of defense policies.

    -          Deep knowledge of the genesis, forms and consequences of conflicts in the context of international and state security. This will help generate new ideas while developing and implementing defense/security policy.

    Ability to apply knowledge in practice 
    A Graduate will have following skills:

    - To resolve the dilemma of using a defense/military element as a foreign or domestic political instrument, along with the ability to deal with the dilemma and problem of choice between national interests in the context of global security.

    -  To independently research the challenges associated with the constituting elements of security policy, including the structure and management of the defence system by adhering to the principles of academic integrity, by applying advanced methods and approaches.

    Evaluation Skills
    A Graduate will have following skills:

    -  To draw conclusions on the formation and prioritization of the complexity of state interests, considering the dominance of the security factor in the international arena.

    -  To critically comprehend the effectiveness of political and especially military instruments in the global security system; also, the ability to evaluate other elements of state power used in a combination with military power.

    Communication Skills 
    Graduate will have:

    -   Ability to communicate with the academic and professional community the validity of the theories in the field of international relations and formulate respective empirical evidence of particular policies implemented.

    -  Ability to argue the formation of a particular state interest, its dominance and therefore the effectiveness of the mechanisms used in the international politics and security field.

    Autonomy and Responsibility
    A Graduate will be able to:

    - Independently seek and study information on international politics, security and defense issues, scientific articles, literature, and research; as well as being able to disaggregate complex issues/problems into key determining variables.

    - Acknowledged the primacy peaceful co-operation over the use of force in international politics.

    Concentration - “International Institutions and Global Governance”

    Knowledge and Understanding:

    A Graduate will have:

    -  In-depth and systemic knowledge of existing international architecture, global processes and their control mechanisms in various fields such as global trade, arms control, migration, and sustainable development.

    - In-depth knowledge of international organizations such as the United Nations, OSCE, European Union, NATO, their role, institutional significance, organizational structure and policies performed; also critical understanding of causes of organizational ineffectivenness and suggestions for improvement.

    - In-depth knowledge of the legal and other normative regimes clearly defined within the global governance system, including diplomatic practice., thus, creating a basis for generating new and original ideas to solve problems in these fields.

    Ability to apply knowledge in practice 

    A Graduate will be able to:

    -  Independently research the applicability of international legal norms and regimes in the specific fields/issues. (For example, conventional arms control and global trade).

    -  Organize and participate in thematic negotiations and processes in the specific issue areas, not least to identify (if needed) the format and structure of changes in organizational design of negotiations.

    -   Identify problem areas in the complex issues such as migration, socio-economic development, environment and transparent governance; as well as, to find new ways of interdisciplinary research methods.

    Assessing skills

    A Graduate will have:

    -  Ability to analyze and evaluate the institutional and organizational frameworks and tools of global and good governance.

    -   Ability to identify the causes and contributing factors to international conflict; also to synthesize information and draw conclusions in order to grasp the complexity of issues reviewed.

    Communication skills

    A Graduate will have ability:

    -   To defend interdisciplinary approaches and their advantages within the context of global institutional frameworks and mechanisms in a specific issue areas.

    Autonomy and Responsibility

    A Graduate will have:

    -  Ability to independently find, structure and optimize relevant methodological approaches, including analytical models, while examining issues in the field of global governance.

    Recognize the importance and role of the collaborative approach to international institutions.

  • Date of approval: 10-07-2019
    Approval protocol number: 64-19
    Date of program update:
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    Program details:

    Classes begin at 19.00 and end 21:15.

    Lectures - 120 minutes, break - 15 minutes.

    The maximum number of students in a group is 30 students. The bachelor and master program components consist of 19 weeks.

    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    The Master’s program of International Relations consists of 120 (ECTS) credits. The student chooses one concentration while enrolling. International Politics, Security and Defense - If she/he chooses to pursue this concentration, the student passes the major in the same concentration with a total of 78 credits. The remaining 42 credits may be taken from electives of the same concentration and/or blocks of international economics and/or electives from the international institutions and global governance concentration. Graduates of this concentration hold a Master's degree in Security Studies. International Institutions and Global Governance If a student chooses this concentration he/she passes the core subjects of the same concentration to collect 84 credits, while the remaining 36 credits are taken from the same concentration subjects and/or the elective block of the International Politics, Security and Defense Concentrations and /or electives of the International Economics block. Graduates of this concentration hold a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Politics.

    Code Subject ECTS
    IREL5240Global Energy and Environment Studies6
    ECON6052Global trade6
    IREL5341EU Foreign and Economic Policy6
    ECON6051Banks, international financial institutions and international financial system6
    ECON6053Emerging markets and global economy6
    IREL5351International Economic Deglobalization6
    IREL5361Economic Aspects of European Integration6

    Credits sum:


    International Politics, Security and Defense - Concentration Core

    IREL6131Foreign Politics and National Defense of US61
    IREL6120International Conflict Analysis61
    IREL6226Research design and methods61
    IREL5110Theories of International Relations61
    IREL5310Security Aspects of European Integration62
    IREL5320Strategy and Defence Planning62
    IREL5330Defence Resources Management63
    IREL5131Peace, War and Security63
    IREL6230Master Thesis in International Politics, Security and Defence304

    Credits sum:


    International Institutions and Global Governance - Concentration Core

    IREL6144Global security architecture after the end of cold war61
    IREL5221International organizations and global governance61
    IREL6226Research design and methods61
    IREL5110Theories of International Relations61
    IREL5352European Union, NATO and transatlantic politics62
    IREL5322Global governance and sustainable development62
    IREL5230Theory and Practice in Diplomacy62
    LAWBUS5140World Trade Organization Law62
    IREL5353Global governance and transparency63
    IREL5321Globalization media and governance63
    IREL6240Master Thesis in International Institutions and Global Governance304

    Credits sum:


    International Politics, Security and Defense - Concentration Elective

    IREL5255Intelligence, Counterintelligence and National Security61
    IREL5235South Caucasus in Global Politics61
    IREL5360War and International Law61
    IREL6153Global Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism62
    IREL5126Nuclear non-proliferation62
    IREL5340Conflicts, Non-conventional Warfare and Special Operations63
    IREL5350Military–industrial complex63

    Credits sum:


    International Institutions and Global Governance - Concentration Elective

    IREL5245Global Supply Chain Management61
    IREL5326Transnational Migration61
    IREL5360War and International Law61
    IREL5324Conventional Arms Control62
    IREL5126Nuclear non-proliferation62
    IREL5325Human Right and International Law63

    Credits sum:


    Matrix Of Privequisites

    Point GPA The university assessment   The general assessment in Georgia
    97-100 4,00 A+ A Excellent
    94-96 3,75 A
    91-93 3,50 A-
    87-90 3,25 B+   Very good
    84-86 3,00 B B
    81-83 2,75 B-  
    77-80 2,50 C+   C good
    74-76 2,25 C
    71-73 2,00 C-
    67-70 1,75 D+   D Satisfactory
    64-66 1,50 D
    61-63 1,25 D-
    51-60 1,00 E E Sufficient
    Not passed
    41-50   FX FX Insufficient
    <40   F F Failed

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