Sunday, 28 May 2017

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

B.A. Degree Programme in History and International Studies

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES

PHILOSOPHY

The underlying philosophy of this programme is that the historical experiences of different peoples are ultimately interwoven, and a study of the relations between nations and states is important for the understanding of the history of individual peoples and nations. The programme’s approach to this material is comparative and interdisciplinary. Students are introduced to the excitement and significance of historical knowledge in an international context and are therefore better prepared for the challenges of a global world.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the programme can be seen in the breadth of courses designed to study the historical experiences and contemporary policies of different nations from historical, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives. The courses are designed to prepare our students for a variety of social and political policies, programmes and careers, as well as help them to understand the historical forces that have shaped different national interests and goals. The academic and professional courses in the programme are therefore designed to achieve the following:

(i) inculcate in the students a keen sense of history and global citizenship;

(ii) train students in a broad range of applied skills associated with public history as historic site preservation specialists, corporate historians, museum administrators and interpreters of historical experiences and public policy;

(iii) offer excellent preparations for students who will graduate with exceptional skills in critical thinking and writing, mostly from historical, comparative and interdisciplinary perspectives;

(iii) prepare students for graduate studies and careers in research institutes and universities;

(v) prepare students who would pursue careers in the private sector, government, politics, Non-governmental organizations, media, public relations and the diplomatic service. Specifically, some of them will pursue careers as consultants, publishers, media analysts, human resources professionals, unionists, social workers, lobbyists and gender advocates;

(vi) produce students and scholars who apply their intellect to the expression of complex ideas, the theoretical formulation and analysis of contemporary issues and events of regional and international dimensions;

(vii) train students who would value tradition, dynamism and excellence in the search for creative solutions to the problems of the human race.