Curriculum

Overview

The Undergraduate Program in International Relations curriculum is organized based upon Lines of Study, and each of its courses is connected to these lines in order to provide their syllabuses and didactic-pedagogical activities. Courses can have two natures: a) fixed-syllabus courses that offer a patterned-content made up of the International Relations field fundamentals; b) flexible-syllabus courses that offer a different content each semester in order to complement the curriculum with contemporary themes and topics within International Relations, as well to subsides undergraduates professional training. 

Fixed-syllabus courses are concentrated within the program first two years. Hence, they enable students to gather the fundamental knowledge they need to understand International Relations. On the other hand, flexible-syllabus courses during the last two years of the program allow undergraduates to deep their knowledge as they choose in a given line of study.

Each semester, there is a modular organization that horizontally articulates all syllabuses taught by the courses. Each modular organization corresponds to a cognitive domain that encompasses the knowledge students should master by the end of the semester in which they are enrolled. 

The integral curriculum has 191 credits and an overall workload of 3.760 hours. Among this workload, 3218 hours refer to the curriculum courses academic-pedagogical teaching activities, and 542 hours refer to extra-classroom activities.

The student that opts to enroll in the 68-hours Brazilian Sign Language course (Língua Brasileira de Sinais – LIBRAS) at any program that it is offered is waived from enrolling at one Topics in International Relations course.

1st Semester
Module: International Environment
Cognitive Domain: International Relations’ Fundamentals
Credits (CR):: 27 credits
Total Workload (TWL): 459 hours
Courses CR TWL
Political Geography 4 68
History of International Relations 4 68
Introduction to International Relations 5 85
Macroeconomics 4 68
Politics 4 68
Sociology 4 68
International Relations Seminars I 2 34
2nd Semester
Module: International System
Cognitive Domain: Structure of International Relations
Credits (CR):: 27 credits
Total Workload (TWL): 459 hours
Courses CR TWL
International Economy 3 51
Negotiation and Decision-making Processes in International Relations 4 68
History of Contemporary International Relations 4 68
Microeconomics 4 68
Theory of International Politics 4 68
Theory of International Relations I 4 68
International Relations Seminars II 2 34
Research Methodology in International Relations I 2 34
3rd Semester
Module: International Society
Cognitive Domain: International Relations’ Structure
Credits (CR):: 27 credits
Total Workload (TWL): 459 hours
Courses CR TWL
Anthropology 4 68
International Political Economy I 4 68
Public International Law 4 68
Security and International Relations 4 68
Political Sociology of International Relations 3 51
Theory of International Relations II 4 68
International Relations Seminars III 2 34
Research Methodology in International Relations II 2 34
4th Semester
Module: International Interaction and Strategic Issues
Cognitive Domain: International Relations Environment
Credits (CR):: 26 credits
Total Workload (TWL): 442 hours
Courses CR TWL
Brazilian Economy 4 68
International Institutions 4 68
International Organizations 2 34
Brazilian Social and Political Thought 4 68
Brazilian Foreign Policy 4 68
International Political Economy II 4 68
International Relations Seminars IV 2 34
Theories of Regional Integration 2 34
5th Semester
Module: International Organizations and Processes of Institutionalization
Cognitive Domain: International System, Society and Environment
Credits (CR):: 24 credits
Total Workload (TWL): 503 hours
Courses CR TWL
Foreign Policy Analysis 4 68
Statistics Applied to Social Sciences 4 68
Research Methods and Techniques in International Relations 4 68
Undergraduate Dissertation Project 2 91
International Relations Seminars V 2 34
Themes in International Relations I 4 106
Strategic Studies 4 68
6th Semester
Module: International Integration
Cognitive Domain: International System, Society and Environment
Credits (CR):: 26 credits
Total Workload (TWL): 632 hours
Courses CR TWL
Comparative Analysis of Political Systems 4 68
International Relations Seminars VI 2 34
Themes in International Relations II 4 106
Topics in International Relations I 4 106
Religious Culture I 4 68
Philosophy I 4 68
Undergraduate Dissertation 4 182
7th Semester
Module: International Actors and Processes
Cognitive Domain: International System, Society and Environment
Credits (CR):: 18 credits
Total Workload (TWL): 420 hours
Courses CR TWL
Regional Studies I 4 106
International Relations Seminars VII 2 34
Themes in International Relations III 4 106
Topics in International Relations II 4 106
Philosophy II 4 68
8th Semester
Module: Professional Practice
Cognitive Domain: International System, Society and Environment
Credits (CR):: 16 credits
Total Workload (TWL): 386 hours
Courses CR TWL
Religious Culture II 2 34
Regional Studies II 4 106
International Relations Seminars VIII 2 34
Themes in International Relations IV 4 106
Topics in International Relations III 4 106

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