|Degree Code:||R40||Degree Name:||POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS|
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PGD INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Course Descriptions
Approved by Senate in 1981 and revised in 2010
The Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies has offered the Post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations since its inception. The course has over the years attracted students from government ministries and departments engaged in one way or another in the practice of international relations and diplomacy. The course has also attracted overseas students.
Over the years the course has been offered over one academic year running from October to June. The students on that programme take the following units:
The Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies is proposing the semesterisation of the Post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations course. It is proposed that the course be taken over two (2) semesters of 15 weeks each as follows:
The semesterisation of the PGD-IR programme will achieve the following objectives:
The common regulations governing the Postgraduate Diploma programmes in all Faculties, Institute and Schools shall apply.
The following shall be the minimum entry requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations: A first degree from a recognized University or equivalent qualification from a recognized university or an equivalent qualification from a recognized university, and at least one year’s certified experience in relevant public service.
RMA 615 Theory of International Relations
Definition of theories, the use and significance of theories in international relations, theories in sciences and social sciences, level of analysis and international relations, the first debate in IR; the second debate; the third debate; partial theories of international relations, classical, modern and neorealist perspectives in international relations, power and international relations structural realism, idealism and neo-idealism theories in international relations, liberalism and neo-liberalism, pluralism, (Marxism, neo-Marxism, dependency theories, integration theories and world system theories), critical theory, gender and international relations, feminist theories, historical sociology. The inter-paradigm debates in international relations
RMA 645International Political Economy (New Course)
Theories and approaches, the international political system before the WWII, the evolution of the international political system since the Cold War, the division of the world into spheres of influence and power blocs, the UN in World politics, contemporary issues in international political economy, international economic systems, international trading systems, international financial systems, international economic institutions, Africa and the world economy, Africa in the international political system.
RMA 695Introduction to French
Relevance of French to international studies, asking and giving personal information, identifying people, places and things, expressing existence and availability, expressing location, expressing possession, expressing obligation and need, talking about the present, talking about habitual actions, stating possibility, capacity and permission, expressing likes and dislikes, referring to future plans and events, referring to past events, describing the past, expressing emotional reactions, possibility and doubt, basic official correspondence in French.
RMA 696Introduction to Spanish
Relevance of Spanish to international studies, asking and giving personal information, identifying people, places and things, expressing existence and availability, expressing location, expressing possession, expressing obligation and need, talking about the present, talking about habitual actions, stating possibility, capacity and permission, expressing likes and dislikes, referring to future plans and events, referring to past events, describing the past, expressing emotional reactions, possibility and doubt, basic official correspondence in Spanish
RMA 697 Foreign Language
Relevance of the foreign language to international studies, asking and giving personal information, identifying people, places and things, expressing existence and availability, expressing location, expressing possession, expressing obligation and need, talking about the present, talking about habitual actions, stating possibility, capacity and permission, expressing likes and dislikes, referring to future plans and events, referring to past events, describing the past, expressing emotional reactions, possibility and doubt, basic official correspondence in foreign language, basic diplomatic correspondence in the foreign language.
RMA 673 Theory and Practice of International Peacekeeping (New Course)
Introduction to peacekeeping, types of peacekeeping, frameworks for analysis of peacekeeping, nature of armed conflict, the environment of complex emergencies, principles of peacekeeping, multifunctional peacekeeping, peacekeeping by the UN, African peacekeeping, introduction to peace support operations, peacekeeping in internal conflicts, the UNHCR in peacekeeping operations, issues of command and control in peacekeeping, peacekeeping by sub-regional organizations, post-Cold War problems of peacekeeping, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, refugees in peacekeeping operations, peacekeeping and ethnic conflict, gender issues in peacekeeping operations, child rights in peacekeeping operations, negotiations during peacekeeping operations, case studies
RMA 611: International Relations of Africa
Introduction to African international relations, historical perspectives on African international relations, major determinants of African international relations, governance and the making of foreign policy in African states, pan-Africanism and regional integration and African international relations, conflict and diplomacy in African international relations, international politics and Africa’s international interests, African international relations after the Cold war, international relations of East Africa, international relations of Southern Africa, international relations of West Africa, international relations of North Africa, international relations of selected African states.
RMA 601 Diplomatic Methods and Practice (New Course)
Diplomatic principles and methods, principles, protocol and ceremonial, diplomatic immunity, diplomatic privileges, functions of diplomatic missions, diplomatic facilities, diplomatic actors, quasi-actors and organs, the conduct and management of diplomatic relations, diplomatic needs of new states, problems of multiple accreditation, beginning and end of diplomatic relations, legal problems of diplomatic missions, social problems of diplomatic missions, protection of the interests of third states, reporting from diplomatic missions, handling interests when relations are broken, diplomatic recognition, documents of diplomacy, the conduct of diplomacy in different types of negotiations, technological changes and the future of diplomacy.
RMA 630 Theory of International Law
Introduction to international law, history of international law, development of international law, international law and the modern state system, theory in international law, positivist theories, natural law, socialist theories, pluralism, sources of international law, subjects of international law, relationship between municipal and international law, role of international law in international relations/diplomacy, recognition of states and governments, the acquisition of territory in international law.
RMA 660 Research Methods for Social Sciences (New Course)
Definition, types and approaches to Social Science Research methodologies in social science research, research instruments, data collection, types of data collection and their use in social science research, sampling, meaning and use in data collection, types choice, sample survey, data analysis, description, analysis, explanation, interpretation and prediction, variables, categories, levels of measurement and measures of association, mean and standard deviation, statistical correlation, statistical significance, verification, research proposals, hypothesis testing, modeling and simulation.
RMA 600 Diplomacy
Introduction to diplomacy, theoretical basis of diplomacy, definition, types and concerns of diplomacy, the evolution of diplomacy, functions of diplomacy, diplomacy and international relations, the tools of diplomacy, the process of diplomacy, diplomacy and international law, actors and organs of diplomacy, the development of multilateral diplomacy, interaction between diplomacy and domestic politics, diplomatic immunities, privileges and facilities, diplomatic ceremonial and protocol, theory and practice of bilateral diplomatic negotiations, theory and practice of multilateral diplomatic negotiations, documents of diplomacy, diplomacy and foreign policy analysis, themes in the development of diplomacy, dual diplomacy, diplomacy of the United Nations, diplomacy and communication, diplomacy and the media, conflict, cooperation and diplomacy, diplomacy and war, the diplomacy of conflict management, diplomacy and the peaceful management of conflicts and disputes.
RMA 681 International Conflict Management (New Course)
Introduction to international conflict management, theories of international conflict, sources of conflict, definition of conflict, inherent and contingent theories of conflict, structural and violent conflict, biological theories, psychological theories, sociobiology, ethological approaches, theory of relative deprivation, causes of war, the role of diplomacy in conflict management, dual diplomacy in conflict management, settlement and resolution of conflict, modes and practices of conflict management, environmental conflict management, management of conflicts over natural resources, ethnic conflict management, regional and sub-regional organisations in conflict management, case studies.
RMA 606 Foreign Policy Analysis (New Course)
Introduction to foreign policy, evolution definition and meanings of foreign policy, single country and dyadic foreign policy, comparative (first generation) foreign policy, second generation foreign policy analysis, the foreign policy system, foreign policy decision making processes, the role of foreign policy in the international system, foreign policy and non-state actors, models of foreign policy analysis, influences on foreign policy decision-making, the conduct of foreign policy, psychological approaches to foreign policy, anthropological approaches to foreign policy, the tools of foreign policy, foreign policy and national interests, foreign policy and national security, foreign policy execution, regional relations and foreign policy, Kenya’s foreign policy, foreign policies of selected states.
RMA 665 Project Paper (equivalent to 2 units)
Each student will be required to carry out a research project of his or her own, approved by the Institute, and supervised by a project supervisor. The research project shall not exceed 20,000 words, and shall be marked by the project supervisor.