The University Of Georgia
Program name: Political Sciences
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program leader: Shalva Dzebisashvili
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: Bachelor in Political Science
Program capacity: 240
Program permission: Enrollment of students in the first level of academic higher education (bachelor programs) is carried out based on the results of the unified national exams or by the order of the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia No. 224/N (December 29, 2011). Students are enrolled based on administrative registration and the presidents’ order.
Program goals:

The program objective is to educate specialists in political science with high competence and liberal values of humanity and promote by that the democratic development and wellbeing of the Georgian society and international community. Students will be primarily given a fundamental knowledge of theories in political science as well as major tendencies and research approaches that are instrumental in developing analytical skills. The program graduates can be employed in international organizations and institutions based in Georgia, NGOs working in relevant issue-areas, public and state agencies  such as ministry of foreign affairs, as well as in local municipalities, party structures or national parliament at various junior positions such as junior specialist, program assistant, campaign coordinator, service providing specialist, junior manager or consulate department specialist.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  • interactive lectures
  •  critical analysis
  •  limited research
  •  discussion/debate
  •  group assignment
  •   project
  •  problem solution
  •  case review and analysis (case study)
  •  presentation
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • After completing the program graduates will have:

    • knowledge of multiple areas in political science such as the political systems, functionality, regimes and forms/principles of governance, political ideologies, political philosophy, political theories, political institutions, culture and mechanisms, different political systems of states their constituting elements and processes, as well as relevant international political facts.
    • knowledge of theoretical foundations of international relations and global politics, causes of peace and war, international organizations and their institutional peculiarities.
    • knowledge of theories of governance, democracy, human rights and civil liberties, political culture and socialization, state and political structure of Georgia, its development and policy implementation mechanisms in the context of domestic and foreign policy.
    • knowledge of key features of European integration, it theoretical foundation, enlargement process and policies, as well as the political institutionalization of its democratic principles.
    • knowledge of the essence of the political sociology and its development, of politics as a social phenomenon, and its sociological as well as economic aspects.
    • knowledge of research methods and methodology, its relevance in geopolitical and strategic analysis, as well as proper utilization of academic literature and English language in political science.

  • Skills
  • After completing the program graduates will have:

    • ability to conduct research on the selected topics relevant to political science and within the given analytical framework, to select the proper methodological toolset, along with the proper use of sources and literature for case and desk research, to draft and review research reports by carefully selecting the academic writing style.
    • ability to review and analyze the different aspects of political systems and governance regimes, different electoral systems and electoral results, political culture and institutions.
    • ability to categorize political ideas and ideologies and define their relevance in political processes, identify different political systems, linkages between the regional and trans-regional factors in South Caucasus, as well as major actors and their interests.
    • ability to evaluate the functionality of global political order, the contemporary challenges, the aspects of EU-integration and enlargement, the concept of nationalism  and its current forms in the context of contemporary political development.
    •  ability to identify major factors that drive social change and movements, the legitimacy and effectiveness of the political regimes .

  • Responsibility and autonomy
  • After completing the program graduates will:

    • acknowledge and protect norms (local and international) of academic and research ethics.
    • acknowledge the importance of the democratic values and liberties as well as principles of free society.   
    • acknowledge the importance of universal humanitarian values
  • Date of approval: 01-09-2006
    Approval protocol number: 03-06
    Date of program update:
    Update protocol number: 48-18
    Program details:

    In addition to humanitarian-social and STEM blocks and the program's core subjects, the student can accumulate 96 credits with the minor program, program electives or free elective credits. The program considers the different competencies of students in the English language. Namely, the student starts the English language from the stage that corresponds to his knowledge, which is determined based on the assessment obtained on the unified national exams: if the student's score is 63%, he is placed on English B1/1 level; if the student's score is placed in the gap [64%-86%]- B1/2; if the student's score is in the interval (87%-100%)-B1/2. If the language skills are above 93% student can be tested and granted B2/2 if the maximum scores achieved. If not the student will be ranked back at B2/1. If student misses the language tests once scored more than 93% before, he will be ranked at B2/1 level.

    Teaching Process Characteristics:

    To obtain a bachelor's degree in Political Science, a student needs to complete 240 ECTS, composed of 12 ECTS from the humanitarian-social block, 6 ECTS from the STEM block, 156 ECTS from the core subjects of the program, 18 ECTS of free credits, 48 ECTS by choosing electives classes [U1] . This regulation is valid for the students enrolled before 2021. The teaching language of the program is Georgian, with separate English-language components. Accordingly, all components are taught mainly in Georgian, except for those courses where English-language literature is used.

    Humanitarian-Social Block

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    LAWB1155Debates and Critical Thinking6 1,3
    LAWB1177Thinking and Morality6 1,3
    LITR1212The great Books6 1,3
    ANTH3130Basics of Cultural Anthropology6 1,3
    HIST1222History of Russian occupation in Georgia6 1,3

    Credits sum:


    STEM Block

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    STEM0011Computational reasoning6 1
    MATH1414Analytical and Quantitative Reasoning6 1
    STEM0002Ingenuity, entrepreneurship and technology6 1
    STEM0003Experiments that changed the world6 1
    STEM0004Game theory6 1
    STEM0005Modern technologies6 1
    STEM0007Mathematics and Civilizations6 1
    STEM0010Logic6 1
    STEM0012Biology and Health of the Human6 1,2
    STEM0013Basics of Cyber Hygiene6 1,2

    Credits sum:


    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    ENGL3213English Language VI (B2/2)6 1
    HIST1119Introduction to World History I6 1
    POLI1265Introduction in Political Science I6 1
    BUSN4433Economy, business, management6 2
    HIST1219Introduction to The World History II6 2
    POLI1266Introduction in Political Science II6 2
    POLI2230Political Sociology6 2
    POLI1145Georgian Government and Politics6 3
    POLI2220World Politics6 3
    POLI2240Political Ideologies6 3
    IREL1230Research Design6 4
    POLI3230Introduction to Comparative Politics6 4
    PSYC1488Basics of Social Psychology6 4
    IREL1335EU Policies and Institutions6 5
    IREL2225Geopolitics6 5
    POLI3105Qualitative Research Methods in Politics6 5
    POLI4110Religion and politics6 5
    POLI2120Introduction to International Relations6 6
    POLI2210Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict6 6
    POLI3205South Caucasus Comparative Politics6 6
    KART1220Academic Writing6 7
    POLI3145EU enlargement and integration issues and challenges: on the example of the Visegrad countries.6 7
    POLI4105Democracy, Elections and Electoral Systems6 7
    POLI4228Bachelor Thesis in Politics18 8

    Credits sum:


    Program Elective

    Code Subject ECTS
    IREL1233Introduction to International Law6
    IREL3262Collective Memory and Its Impact on Georgian Politics and International Relations6
    IREL3264Basics of Cyber-security Strategy6
    COMM4120Introduction to Public Relations6
    HIST1230Introduction to the History of Georgia6
    INFO1115MS Office6
    IREL1225World Politics II: Cold War6
    IREL1315Politics and Government of Turkey6
    IREL1320Russian Politics and Government6
    JMMB3120Media and Politics6
    JMMB3140Mass Media and Society6
    MGMT2110Basics of Management6
    POLI3110International Organizations6
    POLI3215US - Foreign and Defense Policy6
    POLI3250Political Parties and Party Systems6
    POLI3251Introduction to Statistics for Politics and International Relations6
    POLI4111Democracy and Populism6
    POLI4112Machiavelli, More, Hobbes6
    PUBL4110Introduction to the Public Policy Analysis6
    SOCL2525Democracy and Citizenship6

    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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