Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law
Center in charge: Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales
Method of teaching: Inglés
Double Degree with: Derecho (semipresencial), Protocolo, Organización de Eventos y Comunicación Corporativa
Credits: 240. Credits/year: 60. Duration: 4 years. Implantation: progressive, first course 2011-2012
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Coordinator: Cristina Figueroa Domecq Integral Tutors
What will I learn by studying this degree?
The Degree in International Relations at Rey Juan Carlos University has a study plan based on rigorous, quality criteria. This plan has been designed so that the student learns in detail how international relations are developed, what their main political and institutional assumptions are, in what way the international society is regulated, and what aspects have defined its historical evolution.
One fundamental virtue in the design of the study plan in this degree is its multidisciplinary character. Students will study questions relative to international relations from different and complementary perspectives that will permit them to become highly skilled: Law, History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Communication, and, of course, the concrete field of International Relations.
Where will I be qualified to work upon graduation?
The Degree in International Relations at Rey Juan Carlos University offers the student the necessary skills to work in diverse professions:
- Diplomatic career.
- Civil Servant for the European Union Administration and other international organizations.
- Civil Servant in relations agencies and the foreign trade of City Halls and Regional Governments.
- Civil Servant in national organisms devoted to international cooperation.
- Professor in social science areas in Secondary Education and University Studies.
- Leadership and management of international areas in multinationals.
- Journalist specialized in international relations.
- Journalist specialized in international conflicts. War correspondent.
- Expert in communication in the sphere of international organizations.
- Analyst in international studies and aspects of security and defense.
- Analyst in intelligence and State information services.
- Consultant in international organisms and institutions.
- Leadership and management in intergovernmental organisms.
- Management of NGOs.
- Technician of international cooperation programs.
- Manager of international projects and programs.
- Other branches of international cooperation.
- Technician of international voluntary work
Is this degree official in accordance with the regulations of the European Higher Education Area?
What topics will be covered in this Degree?
The general thematic areas in this degree are: Law, History, Political Science, Sociology, Communication, Economics, Business, Computers, and Language.
There is no specific restriction from what is required by the law that regulates access to higher education. However, it would be appropriate that the student has specialized in Social Sciences in high school, or else, if the student has had previous university studies, that those studies are related to branches of Law, Political Science, Administration, Economics, History, Communication and Sociology.
Furthermore, for the bilingual study program in International Relations, the student must dominate English.
In addition, this Degree is directed at all those who are interested in the learning of:
- Political, social, economic and judicial relationships in the international sphere.
- The functioning of international political institutions and of interstate relationships.
- The structure and characteristics of the internationalization process and of a globalized society.
- Professional performance in the context of international organisms and non-governmental organization.
- Professional performance in a diplomatic career.
- The analysis, consultancy and teaching in subject matter in international relations.
The International Relations Degree from the University Rey Juan Carlos has been designed in order to prepare highly qualified professionals in the field of international relations. Its principle objective is to offer theoretical and practical training that allows students to successfully deal with all those professions that are directed at leadership, management, coordination and analysis in the framework of international society, its organisms, and its institutions.
The general objectives of this degree are:
- To explain and analyze the characteristics, agents, and principle assumptions of international relations.
- To offer students specialized training as well as complete and multidisciplinary knowledge of the different spheres that make up the international society, with its organizations and its main figures.
- To prepare students so that they are capable of autonomously carrying out the analysis of international reality and its institutions.
- To train students so that they can be excellent professionals in the different fields and organizations that make up the international society.
- To offer students multidisciplinary training that allows them to comprehend the complexity and dynamic character of current international relations and its evolution.
- To get students to comprehend the functions and jurisdictions of States and of international organizations, as well as the role and relationships of other groups in the international context.
- To spread democratic values and respect for human rights from the perspective of international relations, security, and peace. Different subject matter in the study plan offers students the necessary content and tools to understand the evolution and current framework of international institutions, the relationships between nations, and the importance of the expansion of democracy and of human rights protection systems.
- To enable students so that they can access further specialized and post-graduate study programs.
With the Degree in International Relations from the University Rey Juan Carlos, students:
- Will know and understand the genesis, evolution, and current characteristics of the norms that regulate relations and legal institutions.
- Will analyze the historical evolution of the processes, ideas, and political, social, and cultural movements with regard to what has been constructed by modern States and international relations.
- Will be able to identify, understand, and analyze the origin, the foundations, and the development of the beginnings of democratic and pluralistic societies, and their confrontations with other models of coexistence.
- Will be capable of identifying and analyzing the new actors, relationships, and institutions related to emerging regions.
- Will acquire sufficient ability in a foreign language to allow them the acquisition of broader knowledge and will better prepare them for professional performance.
- Will acquire the basic abilities for the handling of new information and communication technologies.
- Will be able to identify and analyze autonomously the principal aspects of security, defense, and threats in the international sphere.
- Will acquire abilities to study and analyze autonomously the actors, relationships and institutional frameworks of the international society.
- Will know and understand the basic features that characterize the globalization of social, economic, and political activity and the functioning of international organizations.
- Will be able to identify the essential features of human geography, economics, and politics and their impact on international relations.
- Will be able to identify the process of formation of public opinion in the area of international relations.
- Will understand and know how to apply the norms proper of the relationships among international actors.
- Will acquire abilities for the understanding and analysis of economic relationships and their international dimension.
- Will be able to study and analyze autonomously the ideas and political and social movements that are developed in the framework of international relations.
- Will be capable of ethically and politically assessing human actions and their implications in different public and private spheres.
- Will understand and analyze the characteristics proper of political and constitutional models from a comparative perspective.
- Will be capable of looking for and finding resources adequate to uphold performance and undertake projects.
- Will learn to identify and analyze foreign policy and its implications for cooperation and development.
- Will acquire the necessary abilities for the exercise of professional activities in the framework of international relations and the systems of protections of rights.
Minimum requeriments for stay
- For full-time students doing an undergraduate degree, the maximum period of time allowed to complete the degree is eight years. Part-time students can request an extension of up to two years from the Rector.
- In the degrees that have more than to 240 credits (4 years), the maximum stated in the previous section will be increased by one year for each 60 ECTS that are added to the 240 ECTS.
- Students have to pass a minimum of two subjects in the first year. Students who are studying part-time have to pass at least one subject in the first academic year.
- Students who are studying an official degree at Rey Juan Carlos University have a maximum of four enrollments in each one of the subjects in the study program, without counting previous cancellations of said subjects.
For further information see: Normativa de permanencia
Minimum number of ECTS credits per type of registration and academic year
|1º Course||48 ECTS||60 ECTS|
|Other courses||48 ECTS||78 ECTS|
|1º Course||24 ECTS||47 ECTS|
|Other courses||24 ECTS||47 ECTS|
Access and Enrolment
Access to official degrees requires holding a high school diploma or equivalent and passing the exam referred to in Article 42 of the Organic Law 6/2001 of Universities, modified in the Law 4/2007 (12 April), taking into account other mechanisms of access foreseen in existing regulations.
The maximum number of 1st year students accepted in the academic is:
|Madrid Campus (Vicálvaro):||65 places|
|Madrid Campus||Relaciones Internacionales (ingles) - Protocolo y Organización de Eventos||15 places|
|Derecho (semipresencial) - Relaciones Internacionales (inglés)||10 places|
Enrolment in the Rey Juan Carlos University is on-line, using the computers on campus or any computer with web access. Dates and deadlines can be consulted in enrolment, as well as the requirements and necessary documents. If any doubts arise, ask at the Student Telephone Assistance Centre (C.A.T.A.)
BE: Basic Education
|1||International Relations Theory and Fundamental Principles||BE||6|
|1||Introduction to Law||BE||6|
|1||Human Geography, Economics and Politics||CS||6|
|1||New Technologies in International Relations||BE||6|
|1||History of International Relations||BE||6|
|2||History of the Modern World and Social Movements||BE||6|
|2||International Organisations and Institutions||CS||6|
|2||Constitucional Systems and Models from an International Perspective||CS||6|
|2||Public International Law||CS||6|
|Total Credits: 60|
|1||International Relations, Society and Globalisation||BE||6|
|1||Theory and History of International Political Thought||CS||6|
|1||Spanish Foreign Policy||CS||6|
|1||Armed Conflicts and International Humanity||CS||3|
|1||International Security and Defence||CS||3|
|2||European Union Political History||CS||6|
|2||Companies and International Organisations: Multinational Companies||BE||6|
|2||Public Opinion and International Journalism||BE||6|
|Total Credits: 60|
|1||Latin American Community of Nations and Integration Processes in Latin America||CS||6|
|Annual||2nd Language (Chinese or Arabic). Basic Level||CS||9|
|1||International Criminal law||CS||3|
|1||Democratization process, transitions and International community||CS||3|
|1||Global Analysis of Cultures and Religions: History Education and Fundamentalism||CS||9|
|1||European Union and Community Law||CS||6|
|2||Procedural Law and International Tribunals||CS||6|
|2||International Human Rights Law||CS||6|
|2||International Trade and Arbitration||CS||6|
|Total Credits: 60|
|Annual||2nd Language (Chinese or Arabic). Advanced Level||CS||9|
|1||Immigration, Political Asylum and Development Cooperation||CS||6|
|1||Diplomatic and Consular Law||CS||3|
|1||Ceremonial and protocol||CS||3|
|1||Emergent regions in the International Scene: Africa and Asia||CS||3|
|1||Academic Recognition of Credits||CS||6|
|Annual||End of degree project||CS||6|
|Total Credits: 60|
The subject Internships is a curricular subject whose fundamental objective is to encourage the comprehensive training of the student through the practical application of the knowledge acquired in the degree, which facilitates direct contact with the professional activity and offers the opportunity for students to incorporate themselves in the professional world with a minimum level of experience. All the internships are designed so that students who participate in them acquire professional experience in real situations and conditions, applying the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are acquired in the educational process during the degree. These internships are an important opportunity for the personal and professional development of the students.
The internships are activities that the student undertakes in companies, institutions, and organizations; that is, in centers external to the university, and that have as their objective to enrich and complement their university studies, while also offering deeper knowledge related to the skills that will be needed once they graduate.
The Internship subject has two phases:
- First, doing the internship, which offers professional experience related to the profile of the graduate and that are shown in the Verification Report of the degree.
- Second, preparation of the report.
For more information: Unit internships
Academic Recognition of Credits
The Erasmus Program offers URJC undergraduate and graduate students the possibility of taking courses for one or more semesters at one of the European universities where URJC has agreements.
These exchanges traditionally involve financial assistance thanks to the Erasmus grants that the EU and the Spanish Education Ministry provide.
The Munde Program manages mobility with universities that are not included in the Erasmus Program.
The possibility of obtaining a grant or financial assistance and the quantity depend, in each case, on the agreements with the universities, the countries, or the entities that subscribe to said agreements.
For more information:
SICUE es un programa de movilidad nacional para estudiantes universitarios de GRADOS que permite realizar parte de sus estudios en otra universidad española con garantías de reconocimiento académico, aprovechamiento y adecuación a su perfil curricular.
Student Support Programmes
Future student orientation. The university has various orientation programs for future students: visits to high schools, guided tours of the campuses, visits to classrooms, and, at the beginning of every academic year, the university organizes a Welcoming Day in order to orient new students.
Academic tutorials. Each professor offers, within his/her teaching plan, tutorial sessions related to his/her subject.
Integral tutorial programs. These programs are aimed at improving the learning process of the students, helping them to plan and organize their efforts in order to obtain the best academic results. firstname.lastname@example.org
Degree coordinator. The degree coordinator works to favor the coherence and balance of the different subjects and the work load of the students.
Mentoring Program. URJC has a Mentoring Program, where students from previous academic years act as tutors.
Disabled students. The Assistance for Disabled Persons Office offers orientation and help to students with special needs.
Scholarships and financial aid. Rey Juan Carlos University processes the principle grants and annual financial aid programs, both their own and those from other official organisms such as ministries, the regional government of Madrid, international organizations, and other entities. The university also publishes and disseminates information about grants and financial aid of interest to students and graduates. During the year, students receive information about these through the established communication channels.
Laboral insertion program. URJC, through the Internship Unit and the Graduate Office, organizes events, workshops, and diverse services directed at helping and supporting students seeking employment. This is designed to improve students’ employability and to favor their incorporation into the labor market. The university has job listings, a platform at the disposition of companies and graduates where the organisms can carry out their selection process.
CALENDARIO MATRÍCULA, TRASLADOS y PRECIOS PÚBLICOS PROCESO FORMATIVO Exámenes y calificaciones Convalidación , Adaptación de estudios, Reconocimiento de créditos y homologación de títulos extranjeros Permanencia Títulos Universitarios ESTUDIANTES RÉGIMEN DE CONVIVENCIA SEGURO ESCOLAR ASOCIACIONES
MATRÍCULA, TRASLADOS y PRECIOS PÚBLICOS
Exámenes y calificaciones
Convalidación , Adaptación de estudios, Reconocimiento de créditos y homologación de títulos extranjeros
RÉGIMEN DE CONVIVENCIA
Internal System of Quality Guarantee
Composition of the commission
Report on Results
Once the follow-up on the Degree is carried out, the quantitative information concerning the results of the follow-up for each academic year is shown.
Report on Results
General information collection plan
Within the Quality Guarantee System at Rey Juan Carlos University, the following surveys are planned:
- New students
- Teacher assessment
- Student satisfaction
- Satisfaction of graduates
- Labor insertion
- Causes of abandonment
- Career path:
- Second year after graduating
- Third year after graduating
- Fourth year after graduating
- Degree of satisfaction:
- Faculty with campus and university
- Teaching staff with degree
- Of the evaluators
- Incoming student mobility program
- Outbound student mobility program
- Administration and services staff with university
- External practices:
- Student satisfaction
- External tutor satisfaction
- Satisfaction of evaluators
Steps toward Improvement
The Quality Guarantee System at URJC establishes that the Quality Guarantee Commission of the degree analyzes the information derived from the different indicators of the degree and draws up a report which includes plans for improvement, if that is what the results so indicate.
Accreditation renewal supposes the culmination of the implementation of the official undergraduate and Master’s degrees registered in the University, Center, and Degree Register. The accreditation renewal of official undergraduate and Master’s degrees is organized in three phases: self-assessment report, external visit, and final assessment.
In the first phase, the university describes and assesses the situation of the degree with respect to the established criteria and guidelines. The result is the Self-Assessment report that is presented. The second and third phases are carried out by a group of assessors who are external to the degree in question.
Recognition of quality
The Virtual Campus at URJC has the international certification “UNIQUe” for quality in e-learning. UNIQUe is the most demanding seal of quality for the use of ICT in higher education.
In the framework of the celebration of the INNOVATION FORUM 2011 in the Portuguese town of Oeiras, the Foundation for the Quality of e-Learning gave three UNIQUe quality certifications to universities in Saudi Arabia, Russia, and Spain, and Rey Juan Carlos University was one of those chosen.
UNIQUe is the first certification of quality in all of Europe, created to offer support to universities in order to achieve excellence in the use of ICT for innovation in learning. The certification provides points of reference for the field of higher education in order to increase the speed of implementation of the Bologna reforms in the field of technology. It is centered on innovation with the aim of improving learning. At the same time, the UNIQUe seal facilitates the incorporation of the existing good practices and the valid strategies for quality, presenting a wide institutional focus that goes beyond e-learning in order to validate the efforts of the universities with regard to innovation.
This process of quality certification is based on the broad participation of the interested parties with the aim of involving the entire community of higher education, including the government, students and professors, as well as the administration and management of universities.