The University Of Georgia
Program name: International Relations
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program leader: Shalva Dzebisashvili
Study language: Georgian
Qualification: Bachelor in International Relations
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 provide students with the comprehensive knowledge of the phenomenon of IR, its conceptual and theoretical components, as well as the organizations, institutions and regimes that define the global politico-economic order. Program allows students to develop skills necessary to review and analyze relevant processes in the context of foreign policy, and to identify key factors for political decision-making. Additionally, program graduates will be able to conduct research on the topics relevant to international relations and within the given analytical and methodological framework.  Graduates will have the possibility to be employed in state (public) agencies as well as business and analytical organizations, incl. those of international and local think-tank (i.e. NGO) organizations at the junior analyst/researcher and similar positions.

Methods for Attaining Learning Outcomes:
  • interactive lectures
  • critical analysis
  • limited research
  • discussion
  • group assignment
  • project
  • case review and analysis (case study)
  • selection of relevant sources (material) in online library
  • writing methods
  • presentation
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding
  • After completing the program graduates will have:

    • comprehensive knowledge of state policy, political system, regimes, political philosophy and ideologies, as well as key factors and institutions of state's political and economic functioning.
    • wide knowledge of theoretical and conceptual foundation of the IR, geopolitical concepts, states' foreign policy priorities/interests, international organizations, as well sources for international conflicts and military confrontations.  
    • knowledge of global economic order, its functional logic, mechanisms, financial institutions, as well as factors contributing to the global trade, economic interdependence and cooperation.
    • knowledge of states' foreign policies, regional differences, effectiveness of global architecture,institutional mechanisms, as well as regional challenges and causes of major conflicts.
    • knowledge of democatic processes, state transformation, ideological and religious impacts, as well as the challenges for the security in the global political context. 


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

    • utilize their theoretical and methodological knowledge to advance their professional skills while working with relevant literature and other sources.
    • acknowledge the importance of the democratic values and liberties as well as cooperative approach in international relations and politics.  
    • acknowledge and protect norms of academic and research ethics.
  • Date of approval: 08-30-2016
    Approval protocol number: 27-16
    Date of program update:
    Update protocol number:
    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 International Relations, a student needs to complete 240 ECTS, composed of 12 ECTS from the humanitarian-social block, 6 ECTS from the STEM block, 162 ECTS from the core subjects of the program, 18 ECTS free credits, 42 ECTS by choosing electives classes of the program and free credits from the minor[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
    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
    STEM0011Computational reasoning6 1
    STEM0012Biology and Health of the Human6 1,2
    STEM0013Basics of Cyber Hygiene6 1,2

    Credits sum:


    Program Core

    Code Subject ECTS Semester
    PUBL3212Introduction to Public Administration6
    ENGL3213English Language VI (B2/2)6 1
    HIST1119Introduction to World History I6 1
    POLI1265Introduction in Political Science I6 1
    HIST1219Introduction to The World History II6 2
    POLI1266Introduction in Political Science II6 2
    POLI2230Political Sociology6 2
    POLI2240Political Ideologies6 2
    ECON1290Principles of Microeconomics6 3
    POLI1145Georgian Government and Politics6 3
    POLI2220World Politics6 3
    ECON2190Principles of Macroeconomics6 4
    IREL2225Geopolitics6 4
    POLI2120Introduction to International Relations6 4
    POLI3230Introduction to Comparative Politics6 4
    IREL1230Research Design6 5
    IREL1233Introduction to International Law6 5
    IREL4013Introduction to Political Economy6 5
    POLI3110International Organizations6 5
    POLI1252Contemporary Security Challenges6 6
    POLI3205South Caucasus Comparative Politics6 6
    IREL1335EU Policies and Institutions6 7
    IREL3115International Politics and Development6 7
    IREL1235Practice Course- Simulation:Political crisis and decision-making/deal-making6 8
    POLI4565Bachelor Thesis Preparation18 8

    Credits sum:


    Code Subject ECTS
    IREL3262Collective Memory and Its Impact on Georgian Politics and International Relations6
    IREL3264Basics of Cyber-security Strategy6
    COMM4350Disinformation: Identification and Research6
    IREL1224Strategic Thinking6
    IREL1315Politics and Government of Turkey6
    IREL1410Modern Near East and its politics6
    IREL3120International Financial Markets and Institutions6
    IREL3125International Trade6
    IREL3225Intelligence - Theory and Practice6
    POLI3215US - Foreign and Defense Policy6
    IREL1221English Language for International Relations6
    IREL1245European Law6
    IREL12451Russian Foreign Policy6
    IREL1255Foreign Policy of Iran6
    IREL1310American Politics and Government6
    IREL1320Russian Politics and Government6
    IREL1340Introduction in Islamic Studies6
    IREL1345International Regimes and institutes6
    IREL1355Turkish Foreign Policy and Security6
    IREL3220Hybrid Warfare6
    POLI1235European Security Architecture after the Cold War6
    POLI2250Georgia and the world6
    POLI3261Politics and Political Mythology6
    PSYC1488Basics of Social Psychology6

    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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