Department of Country Studies and International Tourism

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Address: Lviv, str. Sich Sagittarius, 19, com. 203

 

Since 1995, the Faculty of International Relations at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv has been preparing students for the specialization “Country Studies” within the specialty “International Relations”, and since 1996 – the specialty “Regional Studies”. In 2001 the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism was created at the Faculty, and the first graduation of specialists: Country Specialists-Internationals. It was a step aimed at eliminating the lack of national knowledge in the work of Ukrainian embassies and representative offices. The department teaches such normative disciplines of the national history profile as “Theoretical Foundations of Country Studies”, “General Country Studies”, “Comparative Analysis of Political Systems”, “History of Geopolitical Studies”, “Fundamentals of Geopolitics and Geostrategy”, “Methods of Country Studies and.

Strengthening integration processes is an objective political, economic process at the present stage of human development, but the most complete development has taken place on the European continent. That is why the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism has introduced the European Union specialization to train experts with systematic knowledge of the EU’s structure, functions and mechanisms.

Regional studies became a good basis for another specialization of the department – “Economics and organization of international tourism and services”. After all, in today’s world economy, international tourism is the most dynamic industry, which provides a tenth of the world’s gross national product and acts as a regulator of employment. The experience of many countries, including and post-communist, proves that international tourism has contributed to the accumulation of foreign exchange reserves for the transition period. Today, industrial potential revival, especially in Western Ukraine, is unlikely. Instead, industries have emerged that have more natural prerequisites for development and are more attractive to invest in financial and human resources. Since 1995, given the positive impact of tourism on the country’s social processes and economy, tourism has been recognized as a priority industry in Ukraine. In these circumstances, it is important to train highly qualified specialists in the management and marketing of international tourism, specialists who will be directly responsible for the formation, development and location of the national market for tourism services in the world system of international tourism, including specialists who would monitor tourism development and promote Ukraine’s tourism potential at embassies, consulates and representative offices abroad.

Aim

The aim of the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism is to train highly qualified and competitive specialists in the field of international relations, public communications and regional studies, including experts in the development and functioning of countries and international regions, as well as to be a scientific and educational component of the Faculty of International Relations as one of the greatest schools of international relations in Ukraine.

 

Vision: Establishment of the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism as a well-known center for training specialists in the field of international relations, public communications and regional studies, as well as the scientific center for research of countries and international regions.

Goals

Strategic goals of the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism:

Increasing the educational capacity of the department by introducing new master’s programs “International Project Management”. “International tourism”, preparation of educational and methodological publications for providing courses taught by the department’s staff, among other electronic versions for the purpose of introducing distance learning, preparation and introduction of new courses for the study of the regions “Central and Eastern Europe” and “Northern Europe”

Increasing the scientific potential of the department:

Increase in the number of teachers of the department who have a Ph.D.

(defense of at least 3 theses during the years 2020-2025)

Together with the Department of Tourism of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv holding an annual scientific international conference “Geography, Economics, Tourism: National and International Experience”, to prepare a collective monograph on the results of the research topic “Regions in International Relations” by the staff of the department. Setting up a scientific consortium and writing an international project at the National Science Center of Poland. (Narodowegu Centrum Naukowego) and other European foundations, the introduction of more English-language programs and courses.

Infrastructure development of the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism: multimedia support to 202 audiences assigned to the department using international programs funds. Use of Internet resources and preparation of the on-line courses by teachers of the department.

Strengthening relations with employers and developing cooperation with relevant departments in Ukraine and abroad. Involvement of foreign teachers into teaching at the Faculty of International Relations of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Increasing the scientific potential of the department:

Increase in the number of teachers of the department who have a Ph.D.

(defense of at least 3 theses during the years 2020-2025)

Together with the Department of Tourism of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv holding an annual scientific international conference “Geography, Economics, Tourism: National and International Experience”, to prepare a collective monograph on the results of the research topic “Regions in International Relations” by the department’s staff. Setting up a scientific consortium and writing an international project at the National Science Center of Poland. (Narodowegu Centrum Naukowego) and other European foundations, the introduction of more English-language programs and courses

Infrastructure development of the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism: multimedia support to 202 audiences assigned to the department using international programs funds. Use of Internet resources and preparation of on-line courses of teachers of the department.

Strengthening relations with employers and developing cooperation with relevant departments in Ukraine and abroad. Invitation of Foreign Teachers to Teaching at the Faculty of International Relations of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Employees

ChairpersonNataliya AntonyukChairperson
Associate ProfessorOleksandra FedunAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorOksana KrayevskaAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorNataliya PapishAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorNataliya RomaniukAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorYuriy ZankoAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorIhor ZinkoAssociate Professor
LecturerOlha SharanLecturer
LecturerNataliya VladimirovaLecturer

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Research

Scientists of the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism are studying the scientific theme “Features of regional development in the context of modern geopolitical transformations”. The staff of the department worked on scientific topics “Modern integration processes in Europe: patterns and trends of development” (2003-2007); “Ukraine’s integration with the EU: a comparative analysis of the national social indicators of European countries and Ukraine” (2008-2012); “Regional development policy of Ukraine in the context of European integration processes ” (2013-2016); “Features of regional development in the context of contemporary geopolitical transformations” (2017-2019).

In particular, based on the results of the implementation of the theme “Regional development policy of Ukraine in the context of European integration processes” was prepared a scientific report on the current state of regional differences in the socio-economic development of Ukrainian regions, which determine the political priorities of the local population and influence the organization of international activities of local authorities.

Among the defended dissertations by the teachers of the department, in particular, are the following:

 

Dissertation Topic/ Author/ Year of Defense

Conceptual Frameworks and Institutional Mechanisms of EU Tourism Policy/ Kraievska O.A./ 2007

International Political Bases of Functioning of the Ukrainian-Polish state border/ Papish N.I./ 2014

Ukrainian Conservatism: History and Modernity/Romaniuk N.A./ 2001

 

Topics of protected dissertations by postgraduate students of the Department of Country Studies and International Tourism

Hvozdynskyi S.L. Political regionalism in the context of the democratization of the Kingdom of Spain (2011)

Baikovskyi P.B. Formation features and mechanisms of functioning of the European Union party system (2011)

Utko H.M. International political foundations for the establishment and functioning of the European External Action Service (2014)

Kaprus’ O.V. Evolution of the structure and activities of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in the context of modern globalization processes (2015)

Lukach NM Conceptual frameworks and institutional mechanisms to counter the global problem of human trafficking (2016)

Rudnytska V.I. Global Aspect of Transforming the Geopolitical Structure of the Modern World (2016)

Puriy M.R. Hegemony in the practice and theory of international relations (2017)

Fohel H.E. Political aspects of the establishment and development of EU migration policy (2018)

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