Bachelor of International Relations and Development

This degree programme is designed to prepare students for careers in international relations and development.  Graduates of this programme will be well prepared for service in government, no-governmental and private sector organizations, especially in those areas that apply to Zambia’s role in the sub-Saharan region and on the global stage.

Course Outline


Semester I

                Semester II

First Year

  1. SSF111 Fundamentals of Social Sciences I
  2. SSE121 Introduction to Micro Economics
  3. BCS151 Communication and Study Skills
  4. SIR111 Introduction to Political Science
  5. BMG101 Ethics and Sustainability in Society

  1. SSSF112 Fundamentals of Social Sciences
  2. SSE122 Introduction to Macro Economics
  3. ICT132 Introduction to Computer
  4. SIR112 Politics in Developing Countries
  5. BEN142 Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Second Year

  1.  SIR221 Introduction to International Relations 
  2. SIR231 Classical Political Theory 
  3. SSS241 Qualitative Social Research Methods 
  4. SSS211 Theories and Practices of Development

Electives 1/2

  1. SIR251 Introduction to French Language I (General French) 
  2. SIR261 Introduction to Chinese Language I (Introduction to Chinese)

  1. SIR212 Contemporary Political Theory
  2. SPA212 National Government and Administrationa
  3. SSS242 Quantitative Social Research Methods
  4. SSS232 African Ideologies

Electives 1/2

  1. SIR252 Introduction to French Language II
  2. SIR262 Introduction to Chinese Language II

Third Year

  1.  SIR321 Comparative Politics 
  2. SIR331 International Peace and Security I 
  3. SIR381 Project Management/SEC 351 International Trade 
  4. SSS321 Contemporary Issues in Development 
Electives 1/2
  1. SIR351 French for Enterprise I 
  2. SIR361 Chinese Language

  1. SIR372 Politics and Governance Sub-Saharan Africa 
  2. SIR322 International Economic Relations 
  3. SIR332 International Peace and Security II 
  4. SIR382 Global Issues and International Organizations
Electives 1/2 
  1. SIR352 French for Enterprise II 
  2. SIR362 Basic Chinese language

Fourth Year

  1. SIR421 Regional Integration and International 
  2. SSS471 Human Development 
  3. SIR431 Foreign Policy Analysis 
  4. SIR441 International Law 
Electives 1/2
  1. SIR451 French for Hotel, Catering and Tourism 
  2. SIR461 Chinese Language

  1.  SIR422 Democracy and Human Rights 
  2. SIR432 Diplomacy 
  3. SIR472 Government and Politics in Zambia 
  4. SSS442 Research Project Report
Electives 1/2 
  1. SIR462 Intermediate Chinese Language 
  2. SIR452 French for Diplomacy and Diplomatic Missions 

 Project Objectives

 On completion of the programme and depending on their specialization, students should:

           Be familiar with the concepts, issues, and institutions that comprise international affairs, in the social, political, and economics realms

           Be able to explain theories that contribute to understanding the nature of development in the international arena

           Be familiar with the challenges associated with development in Sub-Saharan Africa

           Have acquired basic knowledge and skills in diplomacy and foreign policy

           Be familiar with the fundamental aspects of international law

           Have achieved functional competence in a foreign language (pending approval)


           School leavers

           Officers in governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations

 Entry requirements

 A.        Grade 12 Certificate with at least 5 credits in English and mathematics and three other subjects (or equivalent from outside Zambia)

 B.      Students holding a certificate or diploma in related disciplines may receive exemptions from some courses in the first-year programme

 C.        Advanced standing:  Students who have obtained a Diploma in International Relations, Public Administration, Social Work, or Project Planning and Management from Mulungushi University or an equivalent from another institution may enter the Bachelor’s Degree Programme in the second year