Wikipedia defines the International Relations or IR as the study of relationships among countries, the roles of sovereign states, inter-governmental organizations (IGO), international non-governmental organizations (IN), non-governmental organizations (NGO), and multinational corporations (MNC).
Why IR studies?
The discipline of IR studies has nowadays a prestigious and a well know reputation because of the high number of students and scholars that are willing to build their carrier on International relations.
International Relations subjects are also taught by high-ranked universities around the world (Harvard, Lincoln, Oxford…), and it’s a multidiscipline subject because it treats several political and economic topics in the same time, for example:
·The behavior and foreign-policy of nation-states
·The role and functioning of international and regional organisations (such as the United Nations and the European Union);
·Economy and politic, what relation?
An International Relations student and after spending some time studying in his field will be able to understand the cross border factors that are influencing worldwide societies and international relations, also a pro student (master degree) will be able to pre-build his own theories in order to understand what is happening in his world. Here are some examples that I found on the internet and show some of the objectives beyond studying IR:
·Develop an appreciation for the evolving relationships between states.
·Understand the importance of studying International Relations.
·Explain the differences between International Relations and Comparative Politics.
·Describe the complexity of world politics.
·Explain how five new forces shaping the planet have changed our world.
·Understand leading approaches to the study of world politics.
·Describe the importance of theory to the study of International Relations.
·Describe the major theories that have been derived from these approaches.
What will you study in IR: (According to the university of LINCOLN):
Global Conflicts & Contexts; Identity and Citizenship; Applying Research; Who Runs Britain?
Model United Nations; Comparative Regionalism; Thinking International Relations; Researching Politics and International Relations; Thinking Politics; Law, Order and Politics; Comparative Politics and Policy.
Globalization and Developing Societies; Human Rights; War Crimes and Genocide; Understanding the Policy Process; Harm, Agency & Regulation; Body Politics; Analysing the Policy Process; International Relations Independent Study.
Advantages of Studying IR:
After getting a high university degree on IR you will acquire several skills that include:
·The ability to comprehend and synthesise complex issues and materials;
·High-level quantitative, qualitative and theoretical research abilities;
·Understanding and representing different organisational interests;
·Public speaking, oral presentation and debate;
·Designing, managing and delivering individual research projects;
Carriers with IR:
·Civil Service Fast-Streamer
·Diplomatic Services Operational Officer
·European Commission Administrator
·Political Research Assistant
·Public Affairs Consultant