BA (Hons) in International Relations | Asia Pacific University (APU)

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BA (Hons) in International Relations

Duration:
3 Years (6 Semesters)

Award:
APU, Malaysia

Intakes:
22 Sep 2020
10 Nov 2020

This programme is specifically designed to provide students with:

  • Familiarity with a broad range of theoretical and conceptual framework of international relations and how they are applied.
  • Exposure to global political, economy and sustainability issues and to provide solutions through critical debate.
  • Practical and academic skills which include independent judgement, self-reflection, effective communication and an ability to work in teams and with diverse stakeholders.

Admission Requirements:

General Requirements
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 1 OF THE DEGREE:
STPM • 2 Passes in STPM with a minimum Grade C (GP 2.0) and a Credit in English at SPM Level or its equivalent.
A-LEVEL• 2 Passes in A-Level in any 2 subjects, and a Credit in English at SPM/O-Level/IGCSE or its equivalent.
UEC• 5 Grade B’s in UEC including English.
MATRICULATION/ FOUNDATION• Passed Foundation programme (minimum CGPA of 2.0) with a Credit in English at SPM/ O-Level/ IGCSE or equivalent.
DIRECT ENTRY TO LEVEL 2 OF THE DEGREE:
DIPLOMA • Successful completion of the APU/APIIT Diploma or
• Successful completion of studies in another recognised institute with academic credits equivalent to Level 1 of an Honours Degree (Subject to the approval of the APU/APIIT Academic Board)

* The requirement to pass Mathematics and English subjects at STPM, A-Level and UEC can be waived should the qualifications contain Mathematics and English subjects with equivalent/higher achievement.

ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

International Students

ProgrammesGeneral Requirements

BA (Hons) in International Relations

• IELTS : 5.0 
• TOEFL PBT : 410-413 
• TOEFL IBT : 34 
• Pearson (PTE) : 36
• MUET : Band 3

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


What You Will Study:

DEGREE LEVEL 1

Core modules in Year 1 will equip students with knowledge and understanding of the historical development, and theoretical and conceptual framework of international relations as a discipline. In addition, students will also be exposed to political ideologies, issues in world politics, the impact of major revolutions as well as the global development of sustainability.

Common Modules

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Malaysia and the World
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Film Studies and International Relations
  • Introduction to Globalisation 4.0
  • Revolutions, Popular Uprising and Social Movement in World Politics
  • Global Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Sustainability and Environmental Politics

DEGREE LEVEL 2

Students will be exposed to the role of international organisations, the inequality in global economy, role of small power in politics and environmental policies. Basically, Year 2 provides a broad overview of the major political issues, forces, developments and key controversies in the region using both academic sources and official documents. Students will also be introduced to analytical skills of comparison and develop familiarity and competence in using the skills to inform their understanding in both written and oral presentation.

Common Modules

  • Key Theories of International Relations
  • International Organisations
  • International Political Economy
  • ASEAN Regionalism
  • Themes and Debates of International Relations Theory
  • Small Power Politics
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation & Regulation
  • Research Methods in International Relations

INTERNSHIP (16 WEEKS)

Students will undertake an Internship/Industrial Training for a minimum period of 16 weeks to prepare them for a smooth transition from the classroom to the working environment.

DEGREE LEVEL 3

Students will make use of their previous studies and industrial experience to extend their familiarity in the field of international relations and to refine their personal and professional development. A final year project requires them to investigate and provide solutions for a real world problem – they will demonstrate their ability to combine international relations knowledge, critical thinking and analytical skills to produce a personal achievement portfolio.

Common Modules

  • International Security
  • Global Diplomacy
  • Transnational Organised Crime
  • Investigations Module
  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Refugees and Immigrants
  • Sustainable Development Policy and Issues
  • Project Module
MQA Compulsory Subjects*
  • Ethnic Relations (M’sian Students)
  • Islamic & Asian Civilisation (M’sian Students)                                 
  • Malaysian Studies (Int’l Students)
  • Malay Communication Language (Int’l Students)
  • Workplace Professional Communication Skills
  • Employee & Employment Trends
  • Co-Curriculum

(*All students are required to successfully complete these modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency)


Career Options:

  • Diplomat
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Military Officer
  • Political Analyst
  • Communication Specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Researcher
  • Academician
  • Politician
  • NGO Worker
  • Activist
  • Social Worker
  • International Organisation Officer
  • Multinational Corporation Executive
  • Entrepreneur
  • Reporter
  • Policy Officer

Course Fees:

Malaysian Students

International Students

Year 1: RM 25,400
Year 2: RM 25,800 
Year 3: RM 26,800 
Total: RM 78,000

Year 1: RM 28,600 (USD 7,150)
Year 2: RM 29,700 (USD 7,430)
Year 3: RM 29,900 (USD 7,480)
Total: RM 88,200 (USD 22,060)

* Fees stated above do not include Deposits and other Miscellaneous Fees. Please refer to Fee Guide for details.


(N/313/6/0040)(05/24)(MQA/PA11805)

All information is correct at the time of publication, but is subject to change in the interest of continuing improvement.