Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

“Introduction to International Relations” is an optional course taught in the second semester of the fourth year of the Degree in Law. This course is closely related to core course “Public International Law”, taught by the Area of Public International Law and International Relations in the first semester of the third year of the same degree. Likewise, the former is also linked to core subject “European Union Law”, jointly delivered by the Area of Public International Law and International Relations and the Constitutional Law Area during the first semester of year four of the same studies. The academic aim of “Introduction to International Relations” is to gain knowledge on the contemporary international society and to analyze it through the study of the international system’s main actors, its structures and processes, its breaches and the main subject areas in the present global agenda (underdevelopment, environment, globalization, etc.). The knowledge acquired will pave the way for research, professional practice, the diplomatic career or the entry into Civil Service positions in the field of International Organizations, especially to the United Nations, the European Union and the Council of Europe, to mention a few examples. This knowledge is key in the face of an increasing need for human resources in a world becoming more and more globalized and interdependent. Furthermore, this knowledge has a strategic character (especially if you pursue further specialization) given the opportunities offered by the cooperation for development field, the budding regional integration processes, and the need for internationalization of firms, public bodies and organizations of any kind.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG1 : Capacity for oral and written communication.
  • CG10 : Capacity for working in an international context.
  • CG2 : Information and communication technology skills.
  • CG4 : Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  • CG5 : Develop the capacity for organisation and planning.
  • CG9 : Capacity for self-learning and adapting to new situations.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1 : Awareness of the importance of Law as a system for regulating social relationships.
  • CE10 : Develop the ethical values and principles of the different legal professions.
  • CE13 : Capacity to create and structure regulations.
  • CE16 : Understand and handle legal research methods and techniques.
  • CE17 : Capacity to apply general legal principles and regulations to factual suppositions.
  • CE2 : Perceive the unitary nature of the legal code and the interdisciplinary vision required for legal problems.
  • CE4 : Capacity to handle legal sources (legal, jurisprudential and doctrinal).
  • CE6 : Capacity to read and interpret legal texts.
  • CE7 : Capacity to write legal documents.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2022-23

1. To acquire basic knowledge with the support of up-to-date bibliography and documentation on International Relations, taking into account the latest trends in scientific and technological development.
2. To develop the capacity to make critical judgments on international reality.
3. To foster autonomous learning for future studies.
4. To develop the ability to carry out management and executive research in those fields where basic knowledge on International Relations is required. By way of example, the media, departments in transnational corporations, International Organizations and NGOs, public diplomacy bodies; all these require an analytical capacity and understanding of international reality from the professional.





Code: 19043
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,80
Practical credits: 0,60
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,8
    Practical credits: 0,6
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught