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Department of International Relations

General:

International Relations (also known simply as “IR”) is an independent field of studies that allows students to comprehend, specialize and achieve a wider appreciation of international politics, diplomacy, and international affairs in general. The World Wars during the 20th century and current issues related to territorial disputes, cross-national epidemics and terrorism, along with the emergence and significant roles of international and non-governmental organizations within the context of globalization era, mean that the studies of International Relations as an academic discipline is not only useful but imperative.

Mission:

The mission of the Department of International Relations at Zaman University is to educate students about the theories and issues in current international affairs, so that they can analyze, comprehend, and actively be a part of those who shape the direction and betterment of the world community. In addition to these core skills, students of IR department shall also acquire complimentary and valuable skills in interpersonal and cross-cultural communication, critical thinking analyses and leadership potentials. In particular, the Department of International Relations aims to:

  • Equip students with knowledge in diplomatic history and ongoing and emerging transnational and international issues
  • Expose students to various theories and “Schools of Thought” in IR and that help them make sense of the complexities of world affairs
  • Allow students to gain knowledge in the roles and functioning of state and non-state actors in international relations
  • Broaden students’ open-mindedness and enhance critical thinking abilities
  • Develop students’ competency in reading, analyzing, writing, oral communications, and research skills
  • Produce students with a sense of community and leadership potentials who are ready to jump aboard on their relevant career

Program:

The Department of International Relations at Zaman University is a four-year studies program. The first and second years of the program introduce students to fundamental ideas in the studies of international relations within the Cambodian and regional context, including the studies of states, basic IR theories, world history, ASEAN regional affairs, and a concise survey of Cambodia’s foreign relations. In the third and fourth years of their studies, students in the IR department at Zaman University will have a chance to take core and elective courses of IR that include, for instance, seminar on territorial disputes, international political economy, applied statistics and qualitative research methodology, media studies, conflict resolution, and foreign aid & investment etc. Throughout their four years of studies, in addition to their required and department courses, students will also be exposed to interdisciplinary elective courses in the fields of IT, business, and humanities. The program is therefore specially designed to equip students not only with knowledge in their field, but also impart them with practical skills that will enhance the effectiveness of their future career.

Job opportunities:

Graduates of International Relations department are the most suitable candidates pursuing careers in diplomatic corps, foreign affairs ministry, and international affairs offices in governmental and non-governmental organizations. Additional prospective employing agencies include (but are not limited to) multinational corporations, UN and international development agencies, especially in the fields of consultancy and cross-cultural and cross-national work coordination unit. Graduates of the program may also pursue higher degrees in IR if they wish to become academics or researchers in this field (i.e. teaching at universities, or working as researchers for think-tanks and IR institutes etc.).

What can you do after graduating from our International Relations major?

  • Ambassador
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs Officer
  • NGO Manager
  • International Business Manager
  • United Nations
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Public Affairs Specialist
  • Language Specialist
  • Foreign Investment Specialist

 

 

Curriculum of Department of Political Science and International Relations

1st Year: Freshman

Semester 1 - Core Courses

  Courses 

  Name

 Credit 

  ACAD 101

  Fundamentals of Academic Skills I

3

  CS 110

  IT Applications

3

  ECON 100

  Introductory Economics

3

  HIST 101

  World History and Civilizations I

3

  KHM 101

  Khmer Studies I

3

  IR 101

  IR Orientation I

1

 

Semester 2 - Core Courses

Courses

Name

 Credit 

  ACAD 102

  Fundamentals of Academic Skills II

3

  MATH 160

  Mathematics for Social Sciences

4

  BUS 110

  Management Essentials

3

  HIST 102

  World History and Civilizations II

3

  KHM 102

  Khmer Studies II

3

  IR 102

  IR Orientation II

1

 

2nd Year: Sophomore

Semester 3 - Core Courses

Remarks: Students should take a foreign language or a Faculty elective.

Courses

Name

 Credit 

  ECON 211

  International Economics

3

  IR 201

  Introduction to Political Science

3

  IR 221

  Nation-States and Comparative Politics

3

  SOC 211

  Introduction to Sociology

3

  IR 211

  Cultures and Societies in Southeast Asia

3

 

Semester 4 - Core Courses

Remarks: Students should take a foreign language or a Faculty elective.

Courses

Name

 Credit 

  ECON 212

  International Finance for Development

3

  IR 202

  Introduction to International Relations

3

  IR 220

  ASEAN in the Regional & Global Context

3

  IR 230

  Non-State Actors in World Politics

3

  STAT 211

  Statistics for Social Sciences

3

 

3rd Year: Junior

Semester 5 - Core Courses

Remarks: Students should take a foreign language or a Faculty elective.

Courses

Name

 Credit 

  IR 301

  Comparative Foreign Policy

3

  IR 320

  Public Policy

3

  LAW 301

  Introduction to International Law

3

  RES 301

  Research Methods in Social Sciences

3

  IR 321

  History of Political Thought

3

 

Semester 6 - Core Courses

Remarks: 1. All students must take a Departmental Elective.
2. Students should take a foreign language or a Faculty elective;
students who wish to write a thesis in their 4th year will take IR 340 - Pre-Thesis Seminar as elective.

Courses

Name

 Credit 

  IR 330

  International Political Economy

3

  IR 302

  International Relations of East Asia

3

  LAW 302

  Institutional Law of International Organizations

3

  IR 350

  Media in Domestic and Global Politics

3

 

4th Year: Senior

Semester 7 - Core Courses

Remarks: Students not writing a Senior Thesis should take a Faculty Elective.

Courses

Name

 Credit 

  IR 401

  Contemporary Theories in Global  Politics

3

  IR 421

  Issues In Development Studies

3

  IR 422

  Issues in Post-Conflict Societies

3

  LAW 401

  Comparative Law

3

  IR 441

  Senior Thesis I

3

 

Semester 8 - Core Courses

Remarks: Remarks: 1. Students not writing a Senior Thesis should take a Faculty

Courses

Name

 Credit 

  IR 412

  Cambodia's Foreign Policy

3

  IR 450

  Government and Politics in Southeast Asia

3

  IR 460

  Seminar on Trans-boundary Issues

3

  IR 402

  Directed Reading in Politics and International Relations

3

  IR 442

  Senior Thesis II

3