This program examines the complexities and processes involved in the relationships governing the institutions of international governance. It deals with the legal, historical, and context-sensitive socioeconomic and political factors that are key elements in any international environment. It examines the dynamics and structural characteristics, as well as the humanitarian issues operating within the global community.
We also offer this program as a bachelor's or Ph.D.
International Relations Online via distance learning
This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's & Ph.D. (Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at the postgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted to complete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma, or Bachelor’s Degree. A further option is an enrollment into each of the courses listed within this specialization module. This module may be combined or completed with other modules from this faculty. For example Diplomacy, Geography & Cartography, Geopolitics & Geostrategy, International Law, Military Strategy, Peace Studies, Translation & Interpretation.
Method of instruction: Distance Learning Higher Education
This distance learning education program is completed by a traditional correspondence instruction method. Once you sign up for the course, Bircham International University will send you (to your mailing address) the suggested textbooks. After reading the book, you will be asked to write a 20 to 35 pages report that reflects your understanding of the book. This report is equivalent to the exam and can be submitted by email or mail. Bircham International University will evaluate your written work. If passed, BIU will issue the corresponding diploma. For more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring, and evaluation, please read our distance learning education study guide.
Students enrolling in this distance education program should be aware that:
Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials for successful completion of this program of study.
Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of this program of study.
Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment into this distance learning program.
Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this distance education program.
Language: Book reading and report writing in another language other than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any distance learning program.
Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs, or religion.
Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education degree program.
Duration - International Relations Online via distance learning
For a program of 21 credits, the estimated time for completion is 21 weeks. For 45 credits, the estimated time for completion will be 45 weeks, and so on. Calculations are approximate. The length of each distance learning degree program is calculated based on an average of 15 hours of learning per week. It also depends on the number of validated credits from previous knowledge and the level of commitment to the studies.
Master's Degree - International Relations Online
Tuition Fee: Min. 4.680 Euros (6.120 US$) | Max. 7.020 Euros (9.180 US$).
Master's Degree Online: 36 - 54 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: International Relations via distance learning = 45 Academic credits + Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities from Bircham International University if required. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board. For example Geopolitics & Geostrategy. + 13 Academic credits (Research methodology and final project or thesis).
Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):
1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credits (30 hours of study).
You may study any subject as an independent online continuing education course.
The UN & International Organizations
This course discusses the origins, the functions, the role, and the significance of international organizations such as the United Nations. It provides examples of various kinds of international organizations, their aims, principles, membership, and decision-making processes.
Academic Supervisor: Earle TaylorGlobal Political Economy
This course surveys the principles and concepts of international political economy. It examines the Western system and the relationships influencing Western trade; the North-South system; the East-West system with emphasis on trading policies; as well as the new global economic order, its role, and its consequences in the international political economy.
Academic Supervisor: Mª Teresa Martinho AlmagroComparative Politics: The West
This course deals with the political institutions and administration in the Western European countries, their interactions, and how they shape the nature of politics in developed industrial countries. The course focuses on Western industrialized countries, which vary in their democratic practices and behavior.
Academic Supervisor: Mª Teresa Martinho AlmagroComparative Politics: Middle East
This course introduces the dynamics of political behavior in the Middle East. It explains the ideological and cultural foundations, the nature, and the performance of several political systems in this region.
Academic Supervisor: Mª Teresa Martinho AlmagroComparative Politics: The Far East
This course examines the politics of Asian countries through an overview of the history and culture of selected countries and the study of their emergence as modern nations. Emphasis is placed upon China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Comparisons are drawn between the various historical and political dimensions of these countries.
Academic Supervisor: Mª Teresa Martinho AlmagroIndustrialized Countries Economy
This course explores the political and economic systems of advanced industrialized societies. It covers immigration, globalization, social movements, factors affecting business operations in developed countries, international integration, and multinational investment and activities.
Academic Supervisor: Nadège Noële Ango-ObiangThird World & Developing Nations
This course surveys the dominant theories of economic development and the meaning of "development vs. growth." It discusses the major characteristics of developing nations and the key constraints and variables of economic and political development: population growth, unemployment, urbanization, migration, agricultural and rural development, education, industrialization, and trade.
Academic Supervisor: Francis Wambua MulwaInternational Relations
This course considers all the international relations theories, classical and modern, including realism, idealism, behaviorism, globalism, Marxist and imperialist theories, in addition to the people who have elaborated these ideas and the context in which they did it. It critiques and compares theories, and stresses the relevance of theory in international relations.
Academic Supervisor: Anna Sofie Helen BolinEast-West International Relations
This course explains the interaction of Asian countries with the rest of the world during the colonial era, the period of rising nationalism, and in the contemporary political and global economy. It covers the history, emergence, and contemporary politics and problems of selected countries from the East and the West in a comparative manner.
Academic Supervisor: Earle TaylorInternational Conflict Resolution
This course investigates the origins and the theories of conflict and war and their prevention. It analyses the relationship between foreign policy, national security, attainment of political objectives, conflict, and violence, and the political economy of war. It examines the transformation of conflict into social violence, the means to end hostilities, and the administration of peace processes.
Academic Supervisor: Earle TaylorDiplomatic Relations
On the more practical side, this course considers the establishment and conduct of diplomatic relations and permanent missions, protocol and procedure, diplomatic language and types of diplomatic correspondence, diplomatic and consular privileges, immunities, consular functions, and conference diplomacy.
Academic Supervisor: Anna Sofie Helen BolinWorld Politics & Globalization
This course discusses the great power relations in the 20th century. Several critical issues of world equilibrium are analyzed, as well as notions of national power, the paths to power, the balance of power, and collective security. It presents the instruments of international peace and order. It examines the following topics in international politics: massive destruction arms control, wars of intervention, the environment, global interest versus self-determination, and peace management.
Academic Supervisor: Mª Teresa Martinho AlmagroInternational Law
This course examines the nature and sources of international law, its institutions, and its forms of dispute resolution. It covers the problems of private and governmental practices affected by international relations; the law applicable to questions of recognition and non-recognition of governments and nations; interpretation of treaties and other international agreements; jurisdiction of nations; effect of peace and war; formation, operation, and function of various international agreements as well as matters of international claims.
Academic Supervisor: Anna Sofie Helen BolinInternational Crime & Security
This course examines the concept of security as well as the various elements that, combined, allow modern nation-states to feel secure. It analyzes threats vulnerabilities and the anarchy that threatens global security and world peace equilibrium. It discusses whether the United Nations is capable of effective action in crisis as well as the work in counter-proliferation against weapons of mass destruction, international humanitarian law, and international drug policy.
Academic Supervisor: Anna Sofie Helen BolinPeace Studies
This course examines a set of fundamental questions raised in peace studies and provides different perspectives to them. What do we mean by peace? How do we consider violence, conflict, security, development, sustainability, democracy, equality, and justice? What human values relate to cultures of peace and conflict? Which are the practical means to build peaceful relationships? What are the key challenges and the peaceful alternatives facing humanity now and then? The wide range of human peace and conflict experiences and the complexity of interactions at both the local and the global levels make it very difficult to have single answers to these questions.
Academic Supervisor: Carmen Ramirez Hurtado
Admission requirements - International Relations
For official admission status at Bircham distance education university; you need to send in a filled out, dated, and signed official Application for Admission. You may download this application form from the website or request it by email or mail. Please send this application and enclosed documents to our address. You may also submit this application and attached documents by email in a PDF Format.
Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the number of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the number of credits required to complete the distance learning degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.