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Background of the Department

 

Department of History and International Relations is the oldest department in the Faculty of Arts, established in the early 1960s. Since then it has offered degrees in History, Modern History, Sociology, Political Science and International Relations. In an attempt to meet the national demand for access for university education and to increase the intake of students to each department, this department in recent history bifurcated as the Department of History and International Relations and Department of Political Science and Public Policy.

 

Department of History and International Relations since then has offered two special degree programmes: History and International Relations and It was the only department in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Colombo that offered two special degree programmes from one department. Apart from that, the department offered History and International Relations as two separate subjects for the General Arts Degree programme.

 

At present, after the bifurcation in July 2010 Department of International Relations functions as a separate department in the faculty of Arts. It offers a new institutional focus for teaching and research in international relations through sufficiently diverse interest and training to handle issues of international system from a variety of perspectives.