Tomori Pál College

International Relations (6 semesters)

The objective here is to teach potential experts the required skills in the fields of international politics, economy, law and European Union studies. Students will be able to manage the challenges of the process of the European integration and to take advantage of the economic and institutional opportunities in the public and non-profit sectors, at local governments and at institutions involved in regional development.

Students graduating from this course will be able

  • to orientate themselves in international political, economic, legal and business life;
  • to use concepts, theories and methods in international domain;
  • to make use of the information on the institutional structure and the process of integration of the European Union.

Graduates from the course of International Relations will be well-suited for jobs related to

  • the management of international issues at ministries, governmental bodies, public institutions;
  • EU membership at local governments, economic organizations, private companies;
  • submitting applications invited by the EU and management of projects.

Students will develop excellet skills of communication and cooperation, command several foreign languages, demand high standards of education and develop a sense of responsibility.

Course guide:

Title of the Course

 Credit 

 Method of assessment 

1. semester

Political Science

Students get acquainted with the main terminology, theories and areas of interest of politics and political science. They also learns about the birth of political science, the classic political system their transformation, about the forms of dictatorship and democracy. Besides these, the course discusses the major ideologies, governmental forms, party- and electoral systems, the basics of the terms of political culture and cleavages as well public policy.

3

coll

Social- and Economic History

Events in past economies have a fundamental impact upon present economic processes. The knowledge of the former help us understand changes in our present economies. The course introduces the main phases of the Hungarian economy from the 18th century until the end of the 20th century. We focus on fundamental processes that influence the birth of the modern economy, the major demographic processes, the transformation of agriculture, industrialisation and the establishment of modern infrastructure in Hungary.

5

coll

Social and Economic Geography

The student learns the general, sectoral and regional approaches of social and economic geography as well as the operational mechanism of the present world economy. Students are able to understand and differentiate between the countries of the world in terms of their level of development and level of income. They can understand and evaluate the current processes and factors that affect the transformation of the world economy and they can form an overall picture of Europe’s global position role in the world economy.

3

pract

Communication in Intercultural Context

Students learn the basic definitions and theories of intercultural communication acquire its basic vocabulary, understand the roots and attributes of various cultures and the differences of interaction among them. Likewise, students will be able to recognise the typical misunderstandings and communication problems stemming often from a lack of knowledge, understanding of cultures.

2

pract

International Organizations and Institutions

The subject focuses on the concept of international organizations and institutions and the characteristics of their competency, membership and structure. Students will develop skills to evaluate the role of international organisations and institutions and in the global perspective of international relations. Students will understand the rules, objectives and tasks of organisations and their operation to review international results and the organisations’ current and future perspectives.

3

pract

Sociology

Students will learn about the basic terms, the most important theories and methodology of sociology while gaining an insight into international issues. They will understand the social implications of culture, individual and social interactions, power structures, social institutions and globalization.

2

coll

Economics

Students acquire the basic notion-systems, the theory and the methodology of international economics. They become knowledge about the international trade, the notion and measuring of comparative advantages. Students also acquire knowledge regarding the main instruments of regulation of foreign trade, the microeconomic and macroeconomic approaches of international trade. They will know the specialities of market economy which are important in the international economic relations. Students receive a comprehensive knowledge about the international monetary system and the field of policy of economics. They will be able to evaluate the changes which occur in the international economic processes and will be able to sketch theoretic solutions.

4

coll

International Economics

The subject focuses on the most important categories of the international economy and the development of the global economy. Students will acquire skills to evaluate the role and the position of the international division of labour, understand the motives behind international trade and follow the evolution of national and international competitiveness. They will also understand the nature, the effects and the asymmetrical position of international resource flow. They will learn how to form blocks of countries regarding their levels of economic development, to understand the emergence and decline of economies including their causes and consequences. They will learn how to analyse the global economy and how to use the relevant professional literature. 

3

coll

Informatics I.

The student learns the basic principles of word processing and spreadsheets. This will enable the possession of individual tables in the preparation and knowledge of all types of text documents (math, economics, etc.), in accordance with the improvement, modification. It can handle a high level, used in everyday word processing and spreadsheet programmes.

2

pract

Physical education I.

-

cri

Foreign Language I.

-

cri

Sum

 

 

2. semester

Statistics

The overall goal of the course is to provide knowledge for the students about the most important descriptive statistical methods. Acquire quantitative methods of analysis.

5

pract

The Basics of Public and Private Law

The student learns the foundations of constitutional systems and thus becomes able to differentiate between various states and the branches of power.  The students study the balance between the branches of power and their separation, knows the types of human rights, the constitutional tools and possibilities of their defence and limitation. Students have basics knowledge on the penal power and the legal personality of the state, on the types and tasks of public figures.

2

coll

The History and Institutions of the EU

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the European idea, the history of European integration, to introduce the phases of integration, the series of enlargements and the birth of the European Union. Students learn the institutions of the European Union, its decision-making processes and common policies. The aim is to offer a general view of the European Union as an institution of integration.

6

coll

The Theory of International Relations

Students are introduced to the basic terminology of international politics and world order, the actors of the international scene and the major theoretical schools of international relations. They become able to assess the behaviour of actors, to interpret and properly evaluate the dynamics of changes. Besides the theoretical approaches, students learn specific historical examples that help them comprehending and analysing the enfolding of international politics and its major events.

5

coll

Informatics II.

Students will learn about the digital forms of information and the data in computers and external data sources. Computers in networks. Basic software and applications. Basic operation system instructions in the instruction mode and the graphical mode. Internet services and IT security. World Wide Web information sources on the Internet. New services of WEB 2.0. HTML documents as ASCII documents. Static websites, dynamic websites. HTML special characters, major document tags. CSS style. External style forms.

2

pract

Global Social and Political Relations

The subject focuses on the key terms of globalisation (in sociological, philosophical, political and economic interpretation), the major theories of global change and their critics, and the fundamental historical structural factors that affect the global process of social change. Students will understand the fundamental conditions and global relations of capitalism. They will explore the establishment and operation of new political and social relations arising from globalisation. They will understand how the globalised political and social system changes territorial functions of state administration, and they will analyse the institutional changes of government activities and the functions and space the state provides to social and political actors at the various levels of state administration.

6

coll

International Negotiating Strategies and Techniques

In the knowledge of the rules and connections governing negotiating techniques and the rules of international protocol, students are able to negotiate successfully in various situations and are also able, if needed, to handle conflict situations.

4

coll

Physical education II.

-

cri

Foreign Language II.

-

cri

Sum

 

 

3. semester

The Philosophy of History and Civilisation Theories

The student gets acquainted with the philosophy of history and the basic interpretations and problems, focusing on ontological, epistemological and hermeneutical questions and answers to them related to the philosophy of history and civilisation theory in the 20th century.

The interdisciplinary approach helps students acquire tools and methods by the use of which they are able to understand and analyse phenomena related to history, our present civilisation and globalisation. Furnished with the skills of posing questions and knowing methodology regarding the fundamentals of the philosophy of history and that of civilisation theory, creative thinking together with peers enables the student to form his/her own ideas and questions on the interpretation of history and civilisation.

4

coll

International Law and and the Legal System of the EU

The subject focuses on the basics of international law, the legal entities and organisations in international law. Furnished with the necessary skills, students will understand the international declarations of collective and individual human rights and the characteristics of their enforcement.

4

coll

Regional Studies: Asia

The subject focuses on the major geographical areas of Asia and their role in the global economy. Students will be able to make comparisons of Asian countries regarding their levels of economic development and understand the economic and political role of Japan in the economic growth of newly industrialized countries. They will understand the changing role of China and India in the global economy with the socio-economic and the political causes and consequences of demographical processes of the Asian continent. Students will assess the regional factors and anomalies of development in Asia in their global perspective. They will understand the characteristics of socio-economic development in the region compared to those in European countries.

4

pract

International Finances and Transactions

(..)

4

pract

Modern World History

The student gets acquainted with the universal linkages in the history of mankind. Furnished with this knowledge, students become able to think creatively as well as to comprehend the general understanding of the history of events and the joint analysis of world capitalism and related political processes along historical lines. They can critically study the given eras, cultures in light of the organic and evolutive interpretation of facts.

By completing the course, student will have been able to properly evaluate the facts and connections in modern Hungarian history in possession of historical knowledge and within other systems of the social sciences.

3

koll

Security policy

Students learn the various interpretations related to the notion of security, the components and dimensions of security, and its field of analysis. They get a detailed view of the EU’s common security and defence policy, the practice of home and justice affairs cooperation as well as the changes in Hungary’s past defence policy and its present.

Students will be able to estimate the typology of security challenges, dangerous phenomena and conflict emanating from them, and the stand against war. They can independently form an opinion on questions of asymmetric warfare, terrorism on the activities, goals and perspectives of international civil (interstate) and military organisations, alliances.

4

pract

The Methodology of Social Research

Students learn the fundamental forms and methods of social research. 

3

pract

Optional

3

pract

Foreign Language III.

-

cri

Sum

 

 

4. semester

Introduction to Communication

Célok

3

pract

Project- and Team Management

This subject focuses on the conditions and techniques of tender writing and the methodology of project generation. Furnished with these skills, students will be able to fill in a tender form of the EU independently. They will know how to implement the project planning tools in practice and how to set up a project budget. They will understand how to apply the techniques of auditing, providing corrections, contracting and the methods of writing reports and the obligations to preserve projects.

During the seminars, students can practice theoretical knowledge during the implementation of a real project and several project tasks.

4

pract

The History of International Relations after 1945

The subject focuses on the history of international relations after world war II. Students will acquire information about the major events of the period.

They will understand the internal dynamics of the bipolar power system and its economic, political and social background. They will explore and assess the breakup of the cold war system and the birth of the new global world order.

5

coll

Regional Studies: America and the USA

The subject focuses on the major areas of America, their roles and positions in the global economy. Students will understand the economic and political role of the USA in the economic catch up process of Latin America and the economic and commercial life of the American continent. They will be able to classify countries in Latin America in relation to their level of economic development. They will learn how to compare the various forms of economic cooperation in America with those in Europe. With an insight into the models and anomalies of regional development of Latin America, students will learn how to make comparisons with regional development issues in Europe.

4

pract

The History of International Relations between 1815-1945

The subject focuses on the basic terms and major theories of the analysis of international relations. Students will learn how to assess and draw parallels between the various events of international relations from the colonisation period to WWII. They will have a broad insight into the evolution of international order beyond Europe and North America as well. The course aims to help students understand the problems of global society in the historical context of international relations.

5

coll

The History of Hungarian Foreign Policy

The subject focuses on the antecedents of the current issues of Hungarian foreign policy from the restoration of the independent state to the euro-atlantic integration (from 1918 to 2004). Students will become familiar with the evolution, the major turning points, trends and influencing factors of Hungarian foreign policy. They will understand the strategic connections between the national security strategy and the Hungarian foreign strategy. They will understand the impact of historical events on the foreign policy.

3

coll

Optional

4

pract

Foreign Language IV.

-

cri

Sum

 

 

5. semester

Demography

Based on the methods and results of other branches of social sciences (social history, family sociology, social anthropology), students learn the basics of demography and the theoretical and practical aspects of modern demographic methods. Students are enabled to the quantitative handling and qualitative evaluation of international demographic events.

They are capable of interpreting and dealing with occurring demographical, ethnic and migration question, events and their relationship with the unique point of view of the demographer.

5

coll

Regional Studies: Middle East and Africa

The subject focuses on the major socio-economic, political and cultural characteristics of Africa and the Middle East. Students will understand the position of Africa and the Middle East in the global world and they will be able to categorise countries in both regions regarding their level of economic development. They will learn about the natural conditions of the region and their importance in the economy. Students will get an insight into the ethnical, religious, political and environmental conflicts along with their causes and consequences in both regions.

3

pract

Regional Processes in the EU and Hungary

The course is designed to focus on the causes and consequences of different levels of socio-economic development in Europe and Hungary. Furnished with these skills, students will understand the role of the European Union in diminishing such differences with the domestic opportunities and practical use of the regional policy of the EU. They will know how to explore and assess the objectives and principles of the regional development policy in Hungary, in compliance with the requirements of the EU. Students will also acquire the skills to use the basic information in practice.

4

coll

International Environmental Problems

The subject focuses on the relationship between the environment, society and the economy. Students will explore how to use natural resources and understand the causes and consequences of environmental pollution. Based on the acquired knowledge, they will be able to understand the objectives and effects of the activities related to environmental management and environmental protection. They will explore the characteristics of national and international environmental policies. Students will adopt the environment-conscious way of thinking and environment supporting attitudes.

5

coll

International Development Cooperation and Aid

(...)

5

pract

Current Global Conflicts

This course is designed to make students familiar with the basic features of the multipolar world order and basic conflicts. They will be able to interpret and evaluate the changes in great power constellations, the drivers, the course and the impact of emerging crises on the country concerned, the international actors and the international system as a whole. They will develop, as a first step, an integrated understanding of what factors hinder and promote the emergence of local, regional, national and global conflicts and, in a second, of how these can be prevented and managed by international actors (international organizations, state and non-state bodies, civil societies, etc.) in post-conflict situations.

5

coll

Optional

3

pract

Professional Language

3

pract

Sum

 

 

6. semester

Legal Regulation of Civil Organizations

(...)

4

pract

Postcolonial Studies

This course is designed to make students familiar with the newer modalities of social criticism and the social and political implications of colonialism. By using the main concepts of criticism, students will be able to use them through practical examples. They also will be able to look at the social science analyses of other areas and thus to place their narrower European area in these contexts.

5

coll

EU Common Policies

The subject focuses on the efforts of European integration and the process of establishing the related policies. Furnished with these skills, students will be able to compare the objectives, operation and sources of trade policies and regional policies. They will explore the issues related to social, economic and environmental problems of the European Union and the policies that were adopted to deal with such issues.

4

coll

Professional Language II

3

pract

Optional

3

pract

Thesis Consultation

10

cri

Sum

 

 

Optional Courses

The Nature of Conflicts in Africa

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the events of the African continent, specifically their effects on Europe and Hungary. Students will be able to analyze local conflicts, their roots, the emergence of crisis situations, and the possible ways of managing them. By presenting case studies and up-to-date information, they acquire the research methods that will be used to select and then elaborate in their thesis. In the course of the lectures, students are presented with tokens of “African reality” through both academic and practical examples. 

3

pract

The Problems of the Refugee Question

This course is designed to make students familiar with the globalization, characteristics, directions, causes and consequences of international migration, their economic and social contexts and their regional characteristics. Students will be able to deepen their knowledge of data protection, data security, legal regulation of the handling and protection of personal and public data. They will be able to gasps the institutional system and safeguards of data protection as well as the threats to information storage, management and transmission of data and the possibilities to remedy them.

3

pract

Discrimination and Racism in the Media

This course is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the complex issues related to civil society in the specific analysis of press and electronic media in order to facilitate their understanding of the forms of social exclusion. In the course of lectures, students will be provided not only theoretical guides, but also the opportunity to participate in joint work, in which they will be able to compare the analysis of media texts and images appearing in other parts of the world both at an individual and at a community level. The use of the English language is of paramount importance at this stage of the training, which is another way of deepening the language skills.

4

pract

International Migration Studies

This course is designed to make students familiar with the immediate causes and often controversial indirect effects of migration through a complex and critical approach to its concept. Students will be able to develop an integrated understanding of the forms, aims, and character of migration. They also will be able to distinguish among economic migrants, victims to human trafficking, and family reunions as the most important groups. They will be able to review the social, political and economic impacts of immigration. Furthermore, they will be able to evaluate integration problems, the effects of multiculturalism, linguistic and skin colour problems, and the role of the nation state and the welfare state in addressing problems.

3

pract

The History of the Idea of Europe

This course is designed to make students familiar with the notion and idea that Europeanism can mean more than a continental unity, an administrative, economic and political grouping. They will be able to get consciously aware that Europeanism is essentially a peculiar value system and a culture that has developed over thousands of years. The course will also provide students with consolidation of their awareness and identity as related to Europe. They will be able to grasp the importance of cooperation in the European spirit, and to evaluate tolerance and civil society. Students will also face the problems threatening the European identity and thus responding critically to today's dilemmas.

3

pract

Argumentation Theory and Technique

This course is designed to help students understand and apply the “logical” way of thinking of everyday life based on the knowledge of the most important thought-nodes of basic logic and of the most important elements of formal logic. Students also will be able to apply argumentative discourses in the view of social behavioral models, respectively to use the means of persuasion and influence.

3

pract

Academic Writing

This course is designed to enable free liberal arts students to get familiar with and acquire the methods, rules, style options and accepted reference systems of scientific writing. After studying the basic types of scientific texts, students are prepared to read and analyze them to construct themselves an independent scientific essay, in which they can apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills. In addition to helping to prepare for writing thesis, the course provides a good foundation for later scientific activities as well.

3

pract

Etiquette and Protocol

This course is designed to make students familiar with the rules of Hungarian and international social contact, the patterns of interaction and behaviour by the use of the written rules of etiquette and protocol and the unwritten rules of manners. The student becomes proficient in the proper, norm-abiding behaviour in the making and maintenance of and prepares for tasks related to international relations.

3

pract

Value Analysis

This course is designed to make students familiar with the basic concepts, main features, types and tools of value analysis. In the course of lectures, students will be able to acquire the crucial steps in the value analysis process by defining product features and weaknesses. They will be able to work on variants and test methods, and to compile a team according to the given task.

3

pract

Culture Economics

This course is designed to make students familiar with the relationship between culture and economy, the characteristics of cultural goods and the forms of institutions operating in the cultural sphere. Students will be able to interpret and evaluate the functions of cultural capital and the impact of globalization on national cultures. They also will be able to grasp the positive and negative features of the Hungarian cultural situation. Furthermore, they will be able to make a judgment on the media culture and community by shaping information on the delivery role of the media and the effects of digital culture.

3

pract

Nationalism and Nationalism Theories

This course is designed to make students familiar with the international literature and main theories of nationalism research. Based on this, students will be able to grasp the conceptual framework and the historical deformities of diverse nationalism. In utilizing the results of interdisciplinary theoretical research and practical case studies, they will be acquiring independent research competence in the field of nationalism theories by the end of the course.

3

pract

Globalisation Debates

This course is designed to make students familiar with the controversies surrounding international innovation and development models, what movements and concrete political conflicts are driving globalisation debates. Students will be able to understand how innovative transnational movements can be and what new platforms exist for international political life. They will be able to evaluate newer roles played by the central state, respectively by the local societies in the operation/ governance of economic and social processes in the era of transnational networks. Students will be able to grasp and review public policy dilemmas, such as the challenges of education policy in the era of “unemployed capitalism” and expansion of education.

4

pract

 

Legend:

Method of assessment:

coll - Collocvium (exam grade)

pract - Practical grade

cri - Criterion subject