Curricular Structure

The Undergraduate program in International Relations (IR) of PUC was established in 2003 and reflects the accumulated experience of the institute since its founding in 1979. The undergraduate pedagogical project combines three dimensions:

1. Linkage between theory, methodology and professional practice, providing students with consistent general and theoretical education and at the same time the ability to identify and propose solutions to problems of contemporary International Relations.

2. Curricular flexibility: the International Relations curriculum focuses a large portion of its load-hours in elective courses or of variable content , allowing students to focus their education around topics of interest. The courses are organized into six groups:

  1. Area Study: study of the various regions of the International System.
  2. Themes in International Relations: international agenda topics such as security, development, trade, human rights, environment, humanitarian aid, etc.
  3. Advanced Studies: in depth analysis of contemporary problems in IR..
  4. Professional Practice: skill and expertise development for the practice of international relations.
  5. Electives: courses chosen by students among all offered at PUC-Rio.
  6. International Relation Seminars: disciplines not covered in the curriculum but studied in conferences, lectures, workshops, short courses and similar.

3.Definition of areas of expertise for professional practice in the field of IR. Students may choose areas of specialization in which they will attend the elective discipline and develop a graduation project . The undergraduate program has the following areas:

  1. International Cooperation and Development;;
  2. International Trade;
  3. International Conflicts;
  4. Scientific Initiation Fellowship.