Course Description

Subject Description


Foundation Year, Semester 1


4FY101 Public Administration

Public Administration is an academic discipline that studies the implementation of government policy and prepares civil servants for working in the public service. Its fundamental goal is to advance management and policies so that government can function. The subject also focuses on the management of public programs, and the translation of politics into the reality that citizens see every day. In other words, Public Administration is centrally concerned with the organization of government policies and programs as well as the behavior of officials (usually non-elected) formally responsible for their conduct.


4FY102 Office Application

Office Application is intended to introduce students to basic office applications useful for office work (i.e. Microsoft Word and Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). It is to do with a spreadsheetapplication. That is, the study involves calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications. This enables graduates to use basic office applications for the sake of their work administrations.


4FY103 Core English I

This subject focuses on the improvement of student’s macro skills: reading, listening, writing, speaking, and knowledge of grammar, e.g. the tense system, gerunds and question forms. It also stresses the ability in using more complicated vocabulary. Necessary sub-skills are included in the syllabus in order to help students communicate effectively (i.e. presentation skills, important techniques in communications, body language, etc.).


4FY104 Writing Skills I

This subject is designed to develop students’ academic writing skills by having them engaged in such basic writing knowledge of English as types of phrases and sentences, sentence formation, how to avoid common mistakes in English writing, and other important elements contributing the formation of correct and formal language. The subject is primarily aimed to provide the students with practical information about the essential conventions of academic writing and to improve the students’ academic writing skills through frequent practice.


4FY105 Introduction to IR

The subject introduces students to the complex and fascinating world of politics and provides them with essential tools for understanding and analyzing it. In an increasingly interdependent world of nations and international organizations, such understanding is important for a variety of internationally oriented careers, inside and outside the world, as well as for its own sake as part of a liberal arts education. Rather than constructing a major that offers vague introductions to many different aspects of world affairs, this major draws fully on the Political Science Department's analytical tradition of undergraduate education.


Foundation Year, Semester 2

4FY206 Khmer Studies

The subject aims at providing students with an understanding of Khmer civilization, cultures and customs. In this sense, it enables students to be aware of the traditional Khmer empire, Cambodian citizens, and the traditional way of life. Also, the subject briefly mentions countries that shared the past history with Cambodia, such as India and China.


4207 Social Studies

The subject deals with the study of people in relation to their past, their environment and their society. The study helps students to develop their personal, family, ethnic and cultural identities; to make informed and reasoned decisions about their classroom, the school and the world; and to understand themselves in relation to the past, the environment and society.


4FY208 Core English II

(See FY103)


4FY209 Writing Skills II

(See FY104)


4FY210 World Geography

The subject is a field of science dedicated to the study of the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the Earth. Four historical traditions in geographical research are spatial analysis of the natural and the human phenomena (geography as the study of distribution), area studies (places and regions), study of the human-land relationship, and research in the Earth sciences.[4] The subject is an all-encompassing discipline that foremost seeks to understand the Earth and all of its human and natural complexities - not merely where objects are, but how they have changed and come to be. World Geography, the world discipline, is the bridge between the human and the physical science".



Year 2; Semester 1


4IW117311 – Introduction to world affairs


This course offers a brief introduction to the social, economic, and political events that have shaped the modern world since World War II. International issues and conflicts are placed in their geographical contexts with descriptive maps, enabling student to comprehend the world events easily. In addition, the course also provides students with the opportunity to practice their speaking skills within a group and whole class environment. The lectures are complemented with a range of case studies – readings, documentaries, articles, etc – in order to promote debate and discussion at class, therefore making it productive and apply the taught content to the real world. Additionally, this course also offers a wide vision of the world history during the 20th century, which gives context and background to the world affairs that are analyzed.


4TI117312 – Theories of IR

International Relations & IPE Theories emphasizes the complexity of interconnectedness among prominent actors – be them the governments, civil society, or individuals – who have certain levels of influence over the political and economic decisions. Not only so, International Relations provides students with more comprehensive look at how conflicts and instability arise in the face of globalization, technological advancement, and intellectual development, and how they are handled through various mean. Contemporary global issues, including the environment, healthcare, and human rights, discussed in this course will serve as a great opportunity for students to see how IR theories are at work in today’s challenging world arena.



4EI117313 – English for IR

This course is aimed to provide students with two fundamental assets: a better command of English language – indispensable to work in any field related to IR – and general knowledge of a wide span of fields, such as politics, economics, current affairs or environment. These two assets are interlinked, as whilst the students get deeper knowledge of IR topics, they will be improving their English language knowledge and acquiring specific vocabulary that they will use in a wide range of situations in the future.


4WS117314 – Writing skills

Writing is a complex process that involves many twists and turns, making it a flexible process. This module looks at the three stages of writing: pre-drafting, drafting and post-drafting – with the aim of providing the student with the necessary tools to elaborate a decent piece of academic work.


Year 2, Semester 2


4UN117415– The United Nations System

This course seeks to give students a clear understanding of an area fundamentally important in the global governance and international law by introducing students to the frameworks of the UN, the supreme Inter-Governmental Organization, and its subordinate agencies, which have significantly influenced the international relations of the states, organizations, and individuals. The course will expose students to the structure of the United Nations organs and its operations dating from the Second World War.


4ME117416 – Microeconomics

Microeconomics is the introductory course to economics for IR students. It teaches the fundamentals of microeconomics, such as concepts and analysis, supply and demand analysis, theories of the firm and individual behaviour, competition and monopoly, and welfare economics. Students will also be introduced to the use of microeconomic applications to address problems in current economic policy throughout the semester. Even though students are majoring in IR, economics remain as a fundamental part as it is a field present virtually in each aspect of a professional who works in IR. This course is the first of the two that students will go through in their studies.


4PS117417 – Introduction to Political Science

This course is aimed at providing students basic knowledge of how political systems work in the human society, shedding the light on following questions: who controls the political systems? What is the best political system for development and stability? Why particular political structure/system works for a particular country, not for the others? Moreover, students will learn how political parties link with the government’s decision-making and how civil society and business corporations influence the government, and the extent to which democracy could hold.


4SA117418 – International Relations in Southeast Asia

As Cambodia is deeply integrating into ASEAN in multi-faceted areas, understanding about ASEAN becomes an essential learning part of university students. This course will discuss roles, functions, and relevance of ASEAN, impact of ASEAN in regional politics and economy, ASEAN’s norms and practice and transformation of ASEAN in response to international, regional and sub-regional changes. Also, the engagement of ASEAN with the world’s major powers and regional groupings will be discussed. More specifically, the ten members of ASEAN will be studied separately, paying attention to their contemporary history, political systems, and their role within ASEAN and globally.


4EI117419 – English for IR II

This course is a continuation of English for IR. The aimed to provide students with deeper and better command of English language; the course will be taught mixing a more theoretical part – vocabulary, grammar – and the new knowledge will be put into practice using real textsin wide span of fields, such as politics, economics, current affairs or environment. That course will not only teach English language to the students, but it will also use English language to work in current affairs that will be likely to be further studied in other courses.


Year 3, Semester 1


4IP117520 – International Political Economy

Economics is the study of the production, distribution, and consumption of scarce resources. Political economy considers the role that the state plays in such production, distribution, and consumption. International Political Economy (IPE) considers the flows of such production, distribution, and consumption across national borders, recognizing that not just national governments play a role, but foreign governments and international institutions must also be taken into account. The course aims to equip students with broad critical thinking on the current knowledge of global political economy through the discussions of different theories, approaches, and definitions. Taking advantage of previously taught courses, students will look into specific practical applications of economic and political related theories at regional and global levels.


4MA117521 – Macroeconomics

This course provides an overview of macroeconomic issues: the determination of output, employment, unemployment, interest rates, and inflation. Monetary and fiscal policies are discussed. Important policy debates such as, the sub-prime crisis, social security, the public debt, and international economic issues are critically explored. The course introduces basic models of macroeconomics and illustrates principles with the experience of the foreign economies. This course also represents the second and last taught course for the students, which will complete their overview on the principles of economics.


4CD117522 – Conference diplomacy

Conference diplomacy is one of the most unique classes on campus because it is an academic simulation of the annual meeting held by ASEAN leaders in relation to the (1) politics and securities, (2) economic integration, (3) social welfare and development, (4) ASEAN free trade agreement, (5) transnational crime and international terrorism, and (6) other external relations amongst its 10 members countries and its dialogue partners- China, Japan, and South Korea. Students could learn the actual protocols of ASEAN Summit and related meetings, and how to make the meeting instruments such as declarations, speeches, and chairman’s statements, etc.

On the other hand, the course can also take the model of the United Nations, aiming at educating participants about civics; resolution tools; globalization and multilateral diplomacy. This class is meant to prepare to you to participate fully in the simulation and to increase your understanding of how the United Nations Security Council deals with and negotiate over global problems such as global climate change, weapons proliferation, human rights, peacekeeping, peacemaking, and peace building.


4EI117523 – English for IR III

This course aims to put together the acquired knowledge of English language applied to specific fields related to IR. Differentially from the previous courses on speaking, English for IR III offers students communication skills such as presentation, negotiations, debate and public speaking. All the topics presented during the course will still be focused on current affairs and other fields within IR.


Year 3, Semester 2

4GL117624 – Globalization

The past two decades have seen a tremendous change in nation states as well as firms and citizens as a result of globalization. Since globalization has apparently brought benefits to some groups at the expense of others, this course focuses on how globalization can be properly managed in order to benefit both developed and developing countries. In this course, students learn why some countries fail to benefit and others are able to reap the benefits from globalization and what can be done to increase equal benefits. Failures and success stories in policy making and implementation in various countries are brought into discussion. And suggestions for policy makers in the era of globalization are provided.


4NI117625 – New regionalism

This course responds as a continuation of the taught course on globalization. It examines the major forms of regionalism in the contemporary international system. Initially, it focuses on the origins of contemporary regional arrangements and their understanding from the perspective of the principal theories of international relations. Then regionalism will be related to the processes of globalization: how it affects and is affected by those processes. Next, there will be a study of regionalism in various parts of the world, in particular in Europe, Pacific Asia, Arab Middle East, and the Americas.This course benefits the students as they will be exposed to other forms of regionalism other than these of East Asia, which are also crucial to draw a good picture of regionalism.


4PI117626 – Public International Law (Diplomatic Law)

This course is intended to introduce students to a law of diplomatic relations as regulated in the Vienna Convention on the Diplomatic and Consular Relations. The term “diplomatic law” would be used in wider sense, including norms regarding to several kinds of mission established abroad not only by states but also other organs of subjects of international law. However, our aim is to focus on the norms of international law relating to the status and functions of diplomatic mission having established by states. The first chapter of this course is dedicated to the evolution of diplomatic law and the following chapter will address the status and functions of diplomatic mission. In chapter three, we will look into diplomatic privileges and immunities. As a final point of our study it may be useful to further understand in depth at several case studies, traditions of internal hierarchy of the diplomatic mission and the samples of diplomatic latter although our primary aim of this course has been taken of the specificity of functions of diplomatic missions as well as diplomatic privileges and immunities.


4AW117627 – Academic writing

Writing is a complex process that involves many twists and turns, making it a flexible process. This module looks at the three stages of writing: pre-drafting, drafting and post-drafting – with the aim of providing the student with the necessary tools to elaborate a decent piece of academic work.


Year 4, Semester 1


4FP117728 – Introduction to foreign policy making

This course aims at introducing students to the various methods by which foreign policies of states are analyzed and compared. It is divided into two parts. The first part examines theoretical approaches to foreign policy analysis. There are essentially three approaches to foreign policy studies. The course will examine: (a) studies that explain foreign policy at the level of individual policy makers: (b) studies that explain foreign policy in terms of factors at the level of domestic politics (including bureaucratic politics, domestic power politics, and national identity); and (c) studies that explain foreign policy at the level of international system.


4DE117729 – International development economics

This course focuses on the economics of the least developed economies across the globe. Topics such as the developmental gap, differences in wealth among countries, plus its causes and consequences will be covered. To do so, wider topics such as makers, population structure, external factors, external aid, international institutions and policies will be used and analyzed.


4CR117730 – Conflict resolution

Conflict is an inevitable and even essential part of any society. It becomes problematic, however, when there are substantial inequalities between parties in conflict and when parties lack the means to address their differences in nonviolent ways. The key motivation of peace studies is to employ social science research in the search for ways of enhancing societies’ tool for managing and transforming conflict. This course examines how social scientists have understood conflict, violence, and war in their various forms. The first part of the course presents a general overview of research on the causes of violence from the inter-group to international levels. The second part of the course will focus on how citizens’ organizations and social movement respond to challenges of violence, war, and environmental threats in contemporary society.


4RM117731 – Research Methodology

This course is intended to provide students with basic, essential research concepts of and how-to approaches to research that can be applied to most social settings, especially in International Studies. This course will be very helpful for conducting small-scale projects and for writing senior project in the final year. In addition, the concepts in the course will aid the students in critically reading and dealing with various research findings they may encounter in the future.


4EI117732 – English for IR IV

This course aims to put together the acquired knowledge of English language applied to specific fields related to IR. Differentially from the previous courses on speaking, English for IR III offers students communication skills such as presentation, negotiations, debate and public speaking. All the topics presented during the course will still be focused on current affairs and other fields within IR.


Year 4, Semester 2


4IT117834 – International Trade

Making profit of the knowledge acquired by the students at Principles of Economics, this course focuses on providing a framework to analyze international trade, traditionally seen as a way to generate growth and development within a certain region. Nowadays, economies are closely linked to each other, therefore international trade has become a business strategy and keeping up with the shifting environment is also essential for the national economic policy. This course focuses on the theoretical models and empirical studies of international trade to understand the causes and consequences of these trade flows, as well as the benefits from it.


4CF117833– Cambodia’s foreign policy

Special attention will be put since Cambodian independence in 1953 onwards. The course will then analyze the different periods which the country has gone through, including pre and post Khmer Rouge, till the present day. The focus is on the factors that build up the foreign policy of Cambodia during each one of the periods, always considering the domestic particularities. Internal and external factors will be understood in order to put each historical moment in perspective, therefore understanding the reasons that conducted to the elaboration of the nations’ foreign policy.



4GG117835 – Global governance

This course examines global governance as both a paradigm that can be used to understand the increasing role of international law, regimes, institutions, and non-governmental organizations in international politics and as an emergent subfield in international relations that studies those topics. The course begins by addressing how the major theories of international relations view the structure of international politics, the prospects for international cooperation, and the means by which cooperation occurs. The second portion of the course examines the various bodies involved in global governance, why and how they are created, and how they function. The last section of the class looks more closely at specific bodies of global governance, including the United Nations, World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, and European Union.


4CS117836 – Civil Society

There is not a unique definition of civil society. With development, its importance is increasing as the third actor; different from state and private business. It is not unknown, though, that the role of the civil society is not the same in all the nations worldwide, which is why the aim of the course is having a deep approach to the current situation(s) of civil society along the history, which is often affected by certain form of nationalism, ideologies or cultural ideas. The course puts emphasis both on civil society as a whole, and also in the Cambodian civil society.  


4ED117117837 – Equity & development

Concepts and quests for justiceand struggles against injustice have shaped human understanding, relationships and mind-sets. Individuals interact within community contexts created through interactions. This course will motive students to thing deeply and critically on the society and the world, exploring social injustice concepts, issues and remedies, thereby developing necessary analytical tools to be able to assess matters of injustice, and how to address them.


4TD117836 – Thesis writing

Writing theses will help to develop students’ research skills and enable them to apply the knowledge and discipline skills gained during the course of study to a specific problem. It gives an opportunity to engage with literature on an appropriate subject, develop a deeper understanding of the theories, discourses, methods, analytical approaches, and policy issues.

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