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BA in Global and Development Studies

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Global and Development Studies

About the Programme

The BA in Global and Development Studies is an interdisciplinary programme which aims to equip students with an in-depth understanding of the processes of globalisation in various spheres of human activity: law, politics, economy, history, social relations, culture and communication. Students gain core knowledge of the processes of globalisation and international development, the multifaceted aspects thereof and their influence on the contemporary world. The programme is structured in such a way that allows students to focus either on a selected part of the world, or specific global problems and challenges.

The Programme is taught at the Faculty of Political and International Studies (FIPS) of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow – the oldest and the best HEI in Poland and one of the leading universities in the region. This ensures high quality of teaching and a vibrant and inspiring academic environment. The FIPS is a truly multidisciplinary unit, which is of great significance when it comes to issues connected to globalisation and development. We provide expertise in many different areas not only limited to traditional politics and IR, but also fields such as humanitarian aid, environmental protection, public health, media and communication. This is amplified by the fact that various units at FIPS are specialised in specific regions of the world, which allows us to connect distinct phenomena of globalisation and development to particular geographical locations.

Programme graduates will have acquired knowledge of the principal traditional and contemporary trends in global sociology, philosophy, politics and economy. This programme also serves as the first step towards continuing one’s academic career on a graduate and postgraduate level in the fields of international relations, area studies, political science or economy. Graduates are prepared to find employment in public administration, national and international institutions and organisations, non-governmental organisations, international companies, cultural institutions, media and publishing. 

Admission requirements

  • A good Polish maturity certificate (Matura) or another certificate equivalent to a Polish maturity certificate (eg. a high school diploma, a GCE A Levels, International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate etc.). We require a high school certificate of good quality that qualifies the candidate to study at the university level
  • No entrance examination. We take into consideration the candidate’s secondary/high school final grades
  • Documented command of the English language at the level of at least B2. We accept a number of recognized language certificates

For more details visit our on-line application system: www.erk.uj.edu.pl

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Programme structure

First semester - click to see more

Course title Course type ECTS Hours
World History and Politics O 6 30+30
Introduction to Philosophy O 4 30
Society in the Era of Globalization O 5 20+20
Globalization and global governance O 4 30
Academic English: Research and Presentation O 4 30
Intellectual Property O 1 10
Tutorial O 3 20
Elective course E 3 20
Physical education O 0 30
Safety at Work (e-learning) O 0 4
SUBTOTAL   30 274

Second semester - click to see more

Course title Course type ECTS Hours
World Geography O 3 20
Geopolitics O 5 20+20
Contemporary International Relations O 4 30
Global Economy O 5 20+20
World Legal Systems O 4 30
Academic English: Writing Skills O 3 20
Physical Education O 0 30
Elective Course E 3 20
Elective Course E 3 20
SUBTOTAL   30 250

Third semester - click to see more

Course title Course type ECTS Hours
Education and Development O 4 30
Democratic Processes in the World O 4 30
Barriers of Development in Modern Societies O 4 30
Communication and Media in the Global Era O 5 30
Research Methods and Techniques O 3 20
Foreign language O 4 60
Elective Course E 3 20
Elective Course E 3 20
SUBTOTAL   30 240

Fourth semester - click to see more

Course title Course type ECTS Hours
Politics of Multiculturalism O 4 30
Global Security O 4 30
Human Rights in the Global Era O 4 30
Civil Society and NGOs O 5 30
International Political and Economic Organizations O 3 20
Foreign language O 4 60
Elective Course E 3 20
Elective Course E 3 20
SUBTOTAL   30 240

Fifth semester - click to see more

Course title Course type ECTS Hours
World Religions O 4 30
Transnational Migrations O 4 30
Contemporary Parties and Ideologies O 4 30
World Cultural Heritage O 4 30
Thesis Seminar Part I E 4 30
Foreign language O 5 60
Elective Course E 3 20
Elective Course E 3 20
SUBTOTAL   31 250

Sixth semester - click to see more

Course title Course type ECTS Hours
Urbanization and Development O 3 20
Globalism, Regionalisms and Separatisms O 3 20
Health, Food and Environment O 4 30
Thesis Seminar Part II O 10 30
Elective Course E 3 20
Elective Course E 3 20
Elective Course E 3 20
SUBTOTAL   29 160