Bachelor’s Programme in International Relation and Diplomacy

The specialization of international relations and diplomacy at International Suleiman University is one of the leading specializations in the field of political science that teaches international relations and diplomacy subjects in an academic and specialized manner, and in this field it seeks to graduate scientifically and practically qualified cadres to work internally and externally.
The Faculty adopts a credit hour system, divided into a minimum of four academic years and a maximum of seven years. With two compulsory annual semesters (first and second). And the study plan in force in the Faculty includes an integrated branch, which is: International Relations and Diplomacy.
Vision 
Providing studies that promote international relations and diplomacy on solid scientific foundations.
Mission
The Facultyof Political Science seeks to achieve distinction in education, learning, scientific research and community service in the field of international relations and diplomacy, through the training of a generation and frameworks with high and promising competencies that cherish their authentic national identity, capable with their knowledge and skills to face the challenges of the twenty-first century and seize the opportunity to advance in an open and plural world And changing, and contribute to the march of sustainable human development and civilizational renaissance of our nation.
Goals
• Developing a study plan in harmony with the surrounding environment and the needs of the labor market, and proposing courses related to the formation and preservation of the student’s national identity.
• Providing students with scientific, theoretical and practical knowledge that helps them understand and overcome the challenges of the times.
Rehabilitation of specialized national frameworks, familiar with local, regional and international issues, and able to deal with them in a positive and scientific way.
• Supplying the labor market with specialized cadres in the field of international relations, especially in the field of diplomatic and consular work, and working with international organizations, media institutions, research centers, companies and private institutions.
Continuously developing the mechanism and culture of scientific research in the field of international relations.
• Constructive scientific cooperation with all higher institutes, faculties and universities that are interested in international and diplomatic relations, and following up on specialized scientific conferences and seminars.

1. The Duration of study to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in law is four academic years for those admitted on the basis of high school diploma and two years for those admitted to the promotion program according to the institute and specialization.
2. A student is allowed a maximum of 8 years for high school diploma holders and 4 years for intermediate institute certificate holders.
3. The academic year is divided into two independent semesters, and the University Council determines the date for the start and end of the study and the dates for the exams according to the university calendar.

1. The mark of each course is calculated from 100 marks.
2. The student is considered successful in the course if he obtains a final result greater than or equal to 50% of the higher score of the course.
3. In the event that a student succeeds in a course and obtains an exam score higher than 90% of the total mark, the university has the right if it wants to check the student’s level through an oral interview or a written exam, and confirm his success in the course or announce his failure in it, if he is not at the required level.
4. In the event that the student fails the course, he must repeat it with his exams, and with full reimbursement of his costs.
General average of graduation:
The averages of the courses in which the student succeeded for the four years are collected and divided by the total number of courses, and the general average is extracted.

Bachelor’s programs in international relations and diplomacy
Course Name Course Code cm
Introduction to international relations BAPS001 3
Introduction to the science of law BAPS002 3
Management basics BAPS003 3
Islamic civilization BAPS004 3
English BAPS005 3
The Constitutional law BAPS006 3
Ancient and contemporary political thought BAPS007 3
Syria’s ancient and contemporary history BAPS008 3
Public freedoms and human rights BAPS009 3
International law in international relations and diplomacy BAPS010 3
Computer Basics BAPS011 3
Arabic for non-specialists BAPS012 3
political economy BAPS013 3
Administrative Law BAPS014 3
The Constitutional law BAPS015 3
The international economic system BAPS016 3
Political analysis BAPS017 3
Contemporary political thought BAPS018 3
English BAPS019 3
Geopolitics BAPS020 3
Political Sociology BAPS021 3
International economy BAPS022 3
Modern and Contemporary History BAPS023 3
Public funding BAPS024 3
Contemporary political thought BAPS025 3
International relations theory BAPS026 3
Foreign Policy Theory BAPS027 3
Contemporary international issues BAPS028 3
Conflict and international negotiation BAPS029 3
Political parties and electoral systems BAPS030 3
English BAPS031 3
Arab international relations BAPS032 3
Foundations of diplomatic and consular relations BAPS033 3
Successful political system in Syria BAPS034 3
The contemporary economy BAPS035 3
Comparative theory in political systems BAPS036 3
Research Methods in Political Science BAPS037 3
Arab international relations BAPS038 3
International and regional organization BAPS039 3
Comparative Foreign Policy BAPS040 3
English BAPS041 3
Arab relations BAPS042 3
International humanitarian law BAPS043 3
International political economy BAPS044 3
The contemporary reality of Syria BAPS045 3
Political Psychology BAPS046 3
A research project specialized in politics BAPS047 3
An optional subject BAPS048 3
Graduation Project BAPS049 3

1- Principles of political science
This course aims to give the student a general idea about the concept of political science, research methods and political analysis, the state in terms of its foundations and the various theories to explain its inception, and it also examines the phenomenon of sovereignty, the role of law in the state, the limits of political control and the functions of the state, and it also gives a simplified idea of ​​the development of political thought The most important doctrines and political ideologies.
2- Introduction to International Relations
This course introduces international relations and the effective forces in those relations, and then focuses on some of the main topics in international relations, such as international coordination, international conflict and integration.
3- Arabic language
This course aims to improve the student’s ability to express and direct him to the formal language. The course focuses on a set of skills: writing skills, grammar skills, and job performance skills (reading and expression). This is done by studying a number of selected literary texts and analyzing her two daughters. Grammatical and linguistic.
4- Foreign Language (1)
This course deals with training in the skills of speaking and writing, and adopts the method of communication and conversation in teaching, during which the basic principles of grammar and vocabulary are reviewed, especially those that the Arabic-speaking finds difficult to learn.
5- Computer
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of computers, the hardware and software components of the computer, the MS-DOS operating system, the Windows operating system, the Word word processor, the Excel spreadsheet programme, and the PowerPoint programme, in addition to the Internet and the role of information systems in institutions and their use in departments.
6- Introduction to the science of law
This course studies the general definition of the law, its origins and origins, the characteristics of the legal base, in addition to the sections of law, the sources of the legal base and the general theory of the right, the definitions of the right, its types, sources and elements, the place of the right and the use of the right.
7- The ancient and mediating political thought
This course aims to develop a theoretical framework for the study of political thought, as a product of the human political heritage in terms of concept and origin, and the relationship between it and political theory and philosophy, and to study the products of human political thought in the most important ancient civilizations such as Chinese, Indian and Arab, with a focus on Greek and Western Christian thought.
8- Political sociology
The course aims to clarify the relationship between politics and society, and presents to define political sociology, its fields, and its history, the classic and contemporary vision of elite theories, and the study of power building, along with presenting the concepts of a comparative study of political systems, and giving an overview of political systems in the third world.
9 – Research Methods in Political Science
This course aims to train students to prepare research in political science, by identifying the most important steps of the research process, such as the research problem, scientific hypotheses, concepts and variables, methods of data collection, tools for data analysis, reaching conclusions and generalizations, in addition to introducing the most important approaches used In the field of political science.
10- Principles of economics
This course studies the economic problem with its two sides of needs and resources, then deals with methods of solving the economic problem using the theories of marginal advantage and scarcity. It also studies economic concepts such as production, income and consumption, in addition to the role of money in the economy.
11- Political psychology
This course aims to introduce the student to the relationship of psychology to political science, by reviewing the school’s psychological theories and their impact on political behavior, and enabling the student to analyze political phenomena from a psychological perspective, which entails studying the phenomenon of power, power, political leadership, international politics, political participation and political violence And trying to explain political decisions from the perspective of psychological analysis of the individual.
12- Human rights and public freedoms
This course aims to gain knowledge of the historical background of human rights. Constitutions and the protection of human rights. The crisis of public rights and freedoms in contemporary political and global systems, and the political, social, economic and technical reasons for this crisis. Evaluate the role and activities of international organizations in protecting human rights.
13- The theory of international relations
This course aims to study basic concepts and theories and contemporary approaches in international relations, especially new approaches within the framework of liberal and realistic schools, radical theories, decision-making theories and critical theories, and the extent of the theory’s relevance to contemporary international policies, as well as interest in developing critical capabilities comparing prevailing perspectives and considering the possibilities of perspectives. New, especially in light of the challenges after the end of the Cold World War and globalization, which are raised before the theory of international relations.
14- Modern and contemporary political thought
This course aims to study political thought in the stage of the emergence of nation-states, then in the stages of capitalism and socialism with its various intellectual, national, philosophical, Nazi and anarchist currents, with a focus on recent changes in political thought such as the theory of globalization and the intellectual frameworks of the new international order.
15- Public international law
This course deals with introducing general international law, its characteristics, its sources, and its people, with the definition of the international legal system, and its relationship to national legal systems. The course focuses on studying the state in the framework of the international legal system with the consequent issues such as international borders, recognition of states and governments, international responsibility, and inheritance. International.
16- Foreign Language (2)
This course is considered a complement to the course (Foreign Language 1), where the student is trained in conversation skills that include: conversation on topics related to daily normal life, exchange of opinions on various topics, giving information, short rhetoric, giving and taking information, comprehension, and commenting on news And reports (written and spoken).
17- Microeconomic analysis
This course aims to present the economic concepts, the economic problem, the concept of demand and supply and their laws, and for the student to extract the supply and demand curve from their two tables, to learn about supply and demand elasticities, intersectional elasticities, production theory, cost theory and types of markets, and to analyze consumer behavior.
18- History of the modern and contemporary Arab world
This course aims to introduce the way in which the Arab world was subjected to the Ottoman occupation, and the results that resulted from this occupation at all levels, then it presents the indications for the emergence of the Arab awakening, which achieved the first political independence for the Arab world, with a focus on the plots made by the Arab world that made it lose its independence In favor of the new occupiers, up to the second independence, and then presenting the most important historical political events after the independence period.
19- Foreign Policy Theory
This course deals with the concepts and tools of foreign policy, the development of this policy under the international system in accordance with theories that deal with foreign policy, and studies the relationship between the state’s structure and political leadership, the domestic and international situation and their impact on foreign policy.
20- Contemporary Arab political thought
This course aims to shed light on the most important intellectual and political trends in the Arab world in the contemporary period, and takes one or more thinkers as an example within each direction; The national trend: Sateh Al Hosari and Micheal Aflaq, the liberal trend: Ahmed Lotfi Al-Sayed and Taha Hussein, and the Islamic trend: Hassan Al-Turabi and Rashid Al-Ghanouji. In addition, the course focuses on some intellectual issues, such as identity and renaissance.
21- History of the modern and contemporary world
The course aims to study the history of America, China, Russia and Europe, and focuses on the enlightenment movements in Europe. Then it deals with the emergence of nation states, the industrial revolution, the conflict over materials until the outbreak of the First and Second World War, and the conflict between the eastern and western camps.
22 – Constitutional law
This course deals with the nature of constitutions and constitutional law and its relationship with other branches of law and types of constitutions, then clarifying their origin and end, as well as studying the state in terms of its concept, its constituent elements and types, as well as talking about governing systems and explaining their various constitutional and political pillars, and the focus is on studying the interpretation of constitutional rules as well as constitutional oversight. On the laws, the deviation of legislative authority, and guarantees for the implementation of constitutional principles in the state, in addition to focusing on studying the presidential system and the representative democratic system.
23- Macroeconomic analysis
This course aims to identify the basic concepts of economics, the relationship of economics to other sciences, the economic problem, the various economic systems, national income and methods of measuring it, unemployment, inflation, consumption, investment, financial policies and their tools, money, commercial and central banks, monetary policy and their tools, Foreign trade, economic development, economic planning and economic integration.
24- Political geography
This course deals with research methods in geopolitics and geopolitics, the components of natural, human and economic states, and their impact on the effectiveness of the state and its regional and international role, in addition to traditional geostrategic theories and their impact on the policies of major countries and other world countries, as well as geopolitical developments after the Cold War and its modern concepts, and enhancing the material in aspects Applied in the political geography of the countries of the Middle East, border issues and regional conflicts, the geopolitical view of the Arab world, and the effect of geography on internal and external policies.

25- Comparative political systems theory
The course introduces the field of comparative political science and its development, the methods used in studying ancient and modern political systems, the environmental framework of political systems, and the functions of governmental and non-governmental political systems, in terms of system inputs and outputs.
26- Arab-Arab relations
This course is considered as a practical application of the course on the theory of international relations, and it studies the inter-relations between the Arab countries since the inception of the Arab regional system in 1945, whether these relations were cooperative or conflictual, as well as their impact on the development of the Arab regional system.
27- Political parties and electoral systems
This course aims to introduce the political party, the types and characteristics of party systems, and the effect of party systems on the structure of the political and constitutional systems of the state, in addition to introducing pressure groups and interests, and the forms of electoral systems.
28- Media and public opinion
This course aims to introduce the concept of public opinion, analyze its nature and the various factors that work to form, shape or change it, as well as learn about its theories and their role in shaping trends using all types and forms of different media, the mechanism of employing them and the methodological methods in measuring them.
29- Economic and human resources
This course deals with the concept of economic resources, the classification of resources and their geographical distribution, and the uses of the theory of comparative advantage in achieving the economic efficiency of these resources. It also deals with human resources in terms of their age structure, levels of education, and the impact of human resources on the development process.
30- Political Studies in a Foreign Language (1)
This course aims to provide the student with the vocabulary of his specialization in a foreign language, by dealing with texts that discuss a specific political issue, which are chosen by the subject’s professor.
31- Recent trends in the study of political systems
This course aims to familiarize students with modern approaches to the study of political systems, especially those approaches that deal with the political system as a product of the societal context, the constitutional and legal framework, and the political process in its various components.
32- International transformations and Arab political systems
This course studies the international transformations that have taken place in the international system since the 1980s, and how they affect Arab political systems, given that the international system is an entry point for analyzing and studying Arab political systems.
33- Conflict and international negotiation
This course aims to study both the fixed and changing sources of international conflicts, and the patterns of interaction between the different sources. As well as studying mechanisms and methods of managing, avoiding, calming, containing, and resolving violent conflicts, whether they occur between countries and each other or within one state where it acquires international dimensions. As well as focusing on the different ways of managing conflicts, such as preventive diplomacy, peacemaking, peace-keeping, post-conflict peacebuilding, different schools of negotiation and the conditions for successful negotiation.
34- Contemporary international issues
This course deals with contemporary international issues and problems that threaten international peace and security, so it begins with describing the international system and its development during the twentieth century, and the reasons for the emergence of the new world order, then examines the most important of these issues such as: the struggle of the major countries for hegemony over developing countries, food security issues and potential conflicts over water And natural resources, in addition to the arms race and the future of regional and international conflicts in light of the proliferation of ballistic weapons.
35- Modernization and political development
This course discusses the historical, theoretical, and applied dimensions of the phenomenon of political transformation to show how the levels of political transformation in the world differ in different eras, how the division of the world between North and South has been achieved, and what changes are occurring at the present time on this division, and the models of historical transformation in the Nordic countries, and it analyzes The different interpretations provided by schools of political development, dependency, and Marxism for this transformation, then assesses the extent of the success of the various models of transformation in the countries of the South in facing the challenges of development in the economic, social, cultural and political fields, and finally it discusses selected issues in the field of development such as structural adjustment and the transition from authoritarian regimes. And the impact of globalization.
36- Civil society
This course aims to define the meaning of civil society and its institutions, the distinction between civil society in the West and the Arab world, as well as the relationship of civil society with political parties and professional unions, and the process of democratic transformation in the Arab world.

37- Basis of consular and diplomatic relations
This course aims to examine the origins of the diplomatic and consular rules, then it examines the difference between diplomatic and consular missions, in addition to the privileges and immunities of members of the diplomatic and consular corps, and the most important problems that countries encounter in the framework of their interactive relations.
38- International and regional organization
This course aims to give the student an in-depth idea of ​​the general theory of organization, and then what international and regional organization is and the extent of interconnection between them, with a focus on the United Nations as an international organization, and the Arab League as a regional organization.
39- Arab and regional political systems
This course relies on the theoretical foundations that the student learned in the two courses on the theory of political systems and modern trends, and applies examples of some Arab political systems, such as the Lebanese and Moroccan systems, and the regional systems, Turkey and Iran.
40- Arab-regional relations
This course is considered as a practical application of the course on the theory of international relations, and it is complementary to the course on Arab-Arab relations, and it studies the inter-relations between Arab countries and the geographic neighborhood countries in Asia (Turkey and Iran).
41. Crisis management
This course aims to define crises, by dealing with some theories that explain the nature of the crisis, and also addresses the political, economic and social causes of the emergence of the crisis, traditional and non-traditional methods of treating and containing crises, and the characteristics of political decision in facing the crisis.
42- Political Studies in a Foreign Language (2)
This course aims to provide the student with the vocabulary of his specialization in a foreign language, by dealing with texts that discuss a specific political issue, which are chosen by the subject’s professor.
43- Comparative foreign policies
This course builds on what has been taught in the Foreign Policy Theory course, as it seeks to study the foreign policy of some regional and international powers (the United States, the European Union, China, Russia, Turkey, and Iran) from the perspective of the theoretical frameworks previously studied.
44- Arab – international relations
This course is considered as a practical application of the course on the theory of international relations, and it is complementary to the decisions on Arab-Arab relations and Arab-regional relations, and it studies relations between Arab countries and major countries such as the United States and Europe.
45- Contemporary Islamic political thought
This course aims to identify the main schemes of Islamic political thought: its concepts, theories, most prominent stages and foundational writings in it. It also includes four main axes, the first of which deals with the concepts related to Islamic political thought, while the second axis focuses on the features of thinking about the state in the classical phase, and the third part will focus on analyzing the main features of thinking about the state in modern times. The fourth part is devoted to drawing the features of the current crisis of the state with an attempt to open a horizon to resolve the impasse.
46- International political economy
This course aims to study basic concepts and theories in international political economy, and basic issues in international political economy such as issues of trade, money, foreign investment, development, globalization, and international economic cooperation, as well as the roles of different actors, including the role of the state and other actors in particular. International financial, economic and commercial institutions such as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization.
47 – Strategy
This course studies the concept of strategy, deals with the development of strategic studies in political science, and presents the most important types and levels of strategy. This course also studies strategic planning, the strategic decision-making process, and then the implementation of that decision. It is also concerned with studying issues of strategic balance and strategic change.
48- Political analysis
This course provides students with the most important methods of political analysis and the skills necessary to conduct the analysis, so that students are able to deconstruct the variables of the political scene and analyze the relationship between them, in order to reach results that can be generalized in a way that enables students to present visions about the future of political phenomena and the possibility of controlling them, in addition to training students in skills The technicality required to produce a sober political analysis.
49- Graduation project
This course aims to develop the scientific, theoretical and applied capabilities of the student, who is about to graduate, and enables to know the extent of the student’s familiarity with the methodology that he learned during the four years, the extent of his scientific integrity and the ability to think privately, in addition to his ability to select new topics in his specialization, Or try to link between contemporary political phenomena.

Available job opportunities after graduation
● Jobs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its diplomatic missions.
● Jobs for the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.
● Public and private media organizations jobs.
● An advisor to a political figure or a coordinator in the National Assembly or representatives.
● Political analyst to gather information for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior, or the military and security services.
● A consultant, researcher or public relations official in some major regional and international companies and institutions.
● An international employee in public international positions in some international governmental and private organizations.
● A consultant for political parties or professional unions.

Faculty: Political Sciences
Award: Bachelor’s degree

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