Department of Conflict Resolution and International Relations
The contemporary international system is characterized by constant expansion of human activities such as trade and industry, transport and telecommunication, political process, migration, and culture. States are no longer the only significant actors on the global stage. International organizations, multinational corporations, and private groups have emerged as equally significant actors whose actions shape trends on the global scene. Critical issues of international politics, diplomacy, economics, finance, security, environment and media constantly arise on the global scene. Issues, events and policies at global levels affect both national levels as well as individuals. This contemporary world order continues to generate opportunities but also new complex challenges that go beyond national boundaries. International Relations programme at Kenyatta University is a rigorous, dynamic and multifaceted discipline that engages learners on issues that that characterize the contemporary world order. The programme is founded on theory and practice, aimed at producing sophisticated and analytical minds capable of rigorous scientific research on issues that are constantly emerging on the global scene. Graduates are also equipped with practical competencies for policy responses to the global issues.
The department aims to be a global centre for cutting-edge teaching and research in diplomacy and international affairs.
The mission of the department is to train highly skilled experts with competencies for careers in academia, research, policy and foreign and diplomatic affairs.
Calendar of Events
A Word from the Chairperson
Dr. Felistus Kinyanjui
Today, more than ever in world history, the need for scholars and practitioners in the interest of peace is higher than ever. The department offers a conducive teaching and learning environment for those interested in engaging in theory and practice of peace and conflict management. Our graduates are recruited to work with interpersonal and community relations in the diverse fields of law, community organizations, NGOs, FBOs, civil service and in the teaching profession.
News & Events
a). BA in International Relations and Diplomacy (proposed)
The BA in International Relations is a comprehensive and rigorous programme aimed at understanding the nature and the working of the global system. The programme is founded on political and international relations theories, theory and practice of diplomacy, international law, world history, international political economy, Foreign Policy, Security Studies, gender issues, global media, and global environmental resources. It focuses on continental regions that are significance to Africa: North America, the Arab World, Far East, Europe and Africa.
Objectives of the Programme
- Impart skills that can enable graduates to effectively participate in international and diplomatic issues.
- Equip students with problem solving skills in response to emerging issue in the global arena.
- Enable students acquire capabilities to carry out research and engage in cross disciplinary discourse.
- Equip students with knowledge and skills in international relations and diplomacy.
- The general regulations for all undergraduate degrees in the University shall apply.
- The following qualification shall be eligible for admission into the BA in International Relations and Diplomacy in the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences:
- KCSE mean grade of C+ (plus) with at least C plain in History and English;
- Advanced Level Certificate with Two principal passes
- A Diploma with a credit pass in a relevant field from a recognized institution with a KCSE mean grade of C (Plain) and C (plain) in history and English.
b). Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations
The Master of Arts in Diplomacy and International Relations is a unique programme that blends theory and practice in the areas international relations theory, diplomacy, International Political economy, Foreign policy analysis and formulation, global conflicts and gender issues in international Relations. The programme rigorously prepares those seeking to enter into academic and research careers as well as those interested advancing their professional competencies as diplomats, foreign policy experts, international governmental organizations, and international civil society and interest groups. Thus the programme aims at producing postgraduates grounded in theories and debates on international affairs; knowledge about international policy issues, global processes and actors. Our graduates are capable of critical analysis of contemporary international policy issues and with practical skills for policy formulation, analysis and advocacy, diplomatic negotiation, mediation, and diplomatic communication.
c). PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy
The Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations and Diplomacy is a theoretically and methodologically grounded programme. The programme aims at developing graduates with competence for cutting-edge research and scholarship in international affairs. The graduates also have the ability to advise on policy issues on the international scene. Thus PhD graduates of International Relations and Diplomacy from Kenyatta University contribute to both theory and practice in the areas of international relations theory, International Political economy, Foreign policy analysis and formulation, Global conflict, international relations and gender issues in international Relations. The Programme is by thesis which should be a product of scientific rigor and of publishable quality.
International Relations graduates are equipped with competencies to work in a wide range fields:
- Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic missions
- International Orgainsations
- Regional Organisation
- Non-government Organisations
- Banking and Finance
- Public Administration
- Policy Institutions
- Security and Intelligence
- Research and Consultancy
- Media and Journalism
- International Business and Trade
- Conflict Mediation and Negotiation
- Human Rights Originations
- BSc. in Military Studies
- Master of Science in Strategic Studies
- Master of Arts in Peace and Conflict Management
- PhD in Peace and Conflict Management
- Masters Research Proposal Presentation
The students writing research projects in Peace and Conflict Management are scheduled to present their proposals to the departments on Thursday 31st March, 2016 from 9.00 am in the School of Security, Diplomacy and Peace Studies Boardroom