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Political Sciences (2012/2013)

Study Cycle: Third Cycle (Doctoral)
Faculty: Contemporary Social Sciences
Academic year: 2021 / 2022
Title: Doctor of Political Sciences
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation
Decision: Decision for starting of the program

Considering the development strategy of the doctoral study programme of the Faculty of public administration and political science (PAPS), this program is established for the students that have completed their undergraduate and postgraduate studies. This is an advanced degree program that will enable students to improve their scientific, research and professional capacities and independent research activities, both in their academic and professional career. Within this process of study students will gain academic, intellectual and technical competencies and communication skills through various forms of research.

The study program aims to prepare scholars and professionals with contemporary knowledge and skills for teaching and research, and also intends to build capacities on gaining managerial and strategic political skills. Candidates will gain abilities to lead changes on European integration processes and political circumstances within the country and abroad.  Students will develop capacities and skills for active engagement in leading research projects, with the scientific knowledge they would be able to get employed in various institutions such like in the public and government sector and in private sector or civil society institutions.

Knowledge and understanding
  • Demonstrates a systematic understanding for research and significant knowledge on research methods and skills; on the fields that requires international standards.
  • Have excellent knowledge in political science, through development and application of original ideas from the research context.
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Shows ability to interpret, design, implement and adapt critical subjects of research with a scholar integrity
  • Gives a contribution through original research that goes beyond the existing boundaries of knowledge; by developing new approaches, and publishing on national and international peer-reviewed publications
  • They could analyze the main arguments within political context, and could apply scientific policy findings to newly formed situations.
Making judgement
  • Ability for critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, by being able to assess them;
  • Ability of initiating and participating in national and international research networks and events with scholar integrity and independence;
  • Ability to initiate research and development projects that will generate new knowledge and skills for the development of the research field.
Communication skills
  • Could communicate with his/her colleagues, the wider academic community and society as a whole within his/her area of expertise;
  • Could emphasize the conclusions of his/her scientific research and knowledge to a larger audience outside the traditional academic profession.
Learning skills
  • Is expected to be capable of promoting themselves on academic and professional environments; and within a technological, social or cultural development of the knowledge-based society
  • To demonstrate advanced knowledge for the approaches of political sciences, normative versus empirical theoretical approach, qualitative vs. quantitative research strategies and classical and modern political theories.

Semester 1

  • [10 ECTS] Research Methodology
    This course is designed for students who are preparing to carry out a doctoral thesis project. The main objective of the course is to offer students tools conceptualising their thesis regarding research issue and the creation of data collection methods and qualitative analysis. The course is focused on problems of the quantitative methods and techniques, such as statistical analysis, texts related to theory and testing hypotheses. Then, the meaning and topics of descriptive and causal inferenceare of a great importance, longitudinal comparative research and case study. Advanced information data collection will be offered for working with text. The goal is to analyze the quality of data and incorporate all theoretical and practical performances in the function of designing and writing of the thesis.
  • [10 ECTS] Doctoral Dissertation Writing
    This course is a complement to subject research methodology which trains students with advanced knowledge, and skills to prepare and complete the doctoral thesis. Students become familiar with methodological techniques of a real research situation, preparation of questionnaires, surveys with direct examples. Through topics as research and as an individual sample paper will familiarize students with scientific research work, organizational analysis in social science and the different approaches used by scientists when analyzing a social phenomena. Practical and theoretical settings in the beginning of the writing, the advantages of faster onset of parts, a clear definition of objectives and phenomena are topics that will encourage students. Consenquently gathering, writing and storing data for ideas as design work, in a doctoral project.
  • [10 ECTS] Public Policy Analysis
    The course aims to enable students to define and illustrate the analysis of the policy and its role in the creation and transformation of policy-relevant information. There is no agreement on how public policy should be defined. Within this course students will have an opportunity to learn about this field and critically analyze the developments and events in the area of public policy. Public policy analysis is a problem solving discipline that retrieves knowledge from social science methodologies and theories; underlying social professions and public policy philosophy.

Semester 2

  • [10 ECTS] Review and Approval of the Doctoral Dissertation Plan
    After the first semester, the student begins his activities for the development of the plan on his doctoral dissertation. Activities include the definition of literature, defining hypothetical framework, the definition of the work methodology and determination of the individual plan as well as the first public presentation. If necessary, can be held elective courses for this purpose.
  • [10 ECTS] Elective course 1
    • International Relations and Hisotory of Diplomacy
    • International Relations
    • Politics and Governance in the European Union
    • Comparative Politics
    • Cultural Gobalization
  • [10 ECTS] Elective course 2
    • International Relations and Hisotory of Diplomacy
    • International Relations
    • Politics and Governance in the European Union
    • Comparative Politics
    • Cultural Gobalization

Semester 3/4

Concentration: Semestri 3 / Semestri 4
  • [40 ECTS] Scientific Research Work
    In the second year (semester 3 and 4) the candidate continues with research activity by approved individual plan. Mentor provides assessment on these activities in the form of a report to the Scientific-Teaching Council of the Faculty.
  • [15 ECTS] Publications I
    Publication of research activities under the table relevant to the media for publication. Publication activities and successes of the candidate checked before scientific audience by area and the relevance of the research.
  • [5 ECTS] Student Mobility
    The aim of PhD students’ mobility is to request candidates to present, exchange and discuss their research work with their colleagues from other European countries for improving the quality of their dissertation.

Semester 5

  • [20 ECTS] Presentation of Research Results
    At the end of the 5th semester, after the research activities under the individual plan, overall results of this phase of the paper and the research will be presented publicly by the candidate.
  • [10 ECTS] Publications II
    Publication of research activities under the table relevant to the media for publication. Publication activities and successes of the candidate checked before scientific audience by area and the relevance of the research.

Semester 6

  • [30 ECTS] Doctoral Dissertation
    Continuing the work of doctoral dissertation. Submitted thesis (dissertation), accepted by the Scientific-Teaching Council of the Faculty and submitted to committee members and begin the procedure of public defence.