About International Relations and Diplomacy

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Philosophy of the School of IR and Diplomacy
To create a holistic, innovative individual who makes conscious and deliberate moral choices that promote peaceful co-existence in a complex global environment


To be a center of excellence in teaching International relations and Diplomacy within Kenya and beyond


To teach and mentor graduates with a difference and strong in International Relations policy and Diplomacy


Riara University Programme

The RU International Relations & Diplomacy Programme is deliberately inclined towards a policy orientation through exposure to global affairs and dynamics of world politics. To achieve this the programme critically analyzes key areas of International Relations like, Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, International Law, International Security and International Political Economy through a multidisciplinary approach. To realize a policy orientation the programme is deliberately designed to enable the learners interact with both practitioners and academicians from within and outside Kenya. This enables the RU student to familiarize with both the theory and practice of the discipline.International Relations and Diplomacy as a programme answers to the growing need for Kenya to train relevant personnel who can serve in the expanding fields of international relations, international law, peace, conflict and security, global politics and governance, and diplomacy both within governmental institutions and in other organizations located within its borders.Indeed, the programme is informed by the fact that Kenya as a country within the Horn of Africa has hosted many people whose states have been in turmoil. It is also in a strategic position to act as a gateway to East and Central Africa. To continue playing its regional and international role properly, Kenya needs to train diplomats and other graduates who are equipped with requisite knowledge and skills in international affairs.

What will I learn?

A student enrolled in this programme will be exposed to a range of functional and practical knowledge that includes the following:

    • International Relations. The history, theoretical approaches and sub-fields of International Relations. Students will also be involved in discussing International relations of African states
    • Diplomacy and the conduct of Foreign policy. This will involve an understanding of diplomacy as a tool of foreign policy where learners will be  exposed the dynamics of diplomatic missions, privileges, immunities and role of ambassadors/high commissions
    • The role of International Law in regulating and guiding state relations as well as the global citizens. Here students will be taken through International Human rights law, International criminal law (ICC), International humanitarian law, and other international   treaties/conventions such as those relating to the sea, air, environment
    • International Security, Conflict Analysis and Management. Learners will engaged in understanding emerging security and conflict challenges such as terrorism, transnational crimes of drugs and human trafficking
    • International Economics. This has become a useful element in explaining state relations. This will also be linked to the broad area of  International Political Economy
    • Introduction to Research Methods for Social Sciences. This will prepare students in their academic journey of inquiry and analysis of research  findings.
    • The role of Globalization, international Organizations such as UN and regional organizations such as African Union (AU) European Union (EU), East Africa Community (EAC) and others will key to this programme
    • In addition a student in this programme will be exposed to a range of common units provided by the RU such as Communication and Writing skills, HIV/AIDS, Drug and Substance Abuse, Computer Application and Creative and Critical Thinking
    • Attachment/Internship Programme: This will form part of the final grade for graduation. Student will be allowed to undergo training in field where supervisors from the department will guide the student throughout the three month internship.

Mode of Delivery
The programme will be offered during the day (8.00am to 5.00pm) and the evenings from 5.30pm to 8.00pm). The delivery of this course will involve various student-centred teaching & learning approaches that include:
a. Class discussions & presentations
b. Group work
c. Tests
d. Guest lectures
e. Written Examinations
f. Project work (research/assignment)
g. Demonstration, field trips, guest speakers
h. Use of ICT & multi-media equipment
i. Question-Answer
j. Debates
k. Simulations
l. Problem solving
m. Role-plays/social drama
n. Case studies