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Programme:

Political Sciences (2012/2013)

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Contemporary Social Sciences
Academic year: 2022 / 2023
Title: Master in Political Sciences
ECTS: 120 (2 years) Accrediation
Decision:

The second cycle program 'Political Science' is designed so that students will gain knowledge in management, consulting, political, analytical, legal knowledge, skills and competencies, which will apply to non-governmental organizations.

-    In the area of political sciences, public policy, Human resources management, economy and public institutions and others.
-    Training and competence for management and maximal usage of resources in acquiring new knowledge.
-    Planning new policies from different areas which are important for the State and society.
-    Preparation for active engagement in leading scientific-research projects.
-    With acquired scientific and professional knowledge graduates will be ready to be employed in specialized institutions from different areas in public and the state sector, private sector and civil society.

Knowledge and understanding

-    Has advanced knowledge in theoretical issues underlying political life
-    Has deeper understanding on the significant principles and political processes.
-    Has the ‘State of the Art’ knowledge in Political Science, towards developing and applying original ideas, often within a research context.

Applying knowledge and understanding

-    Assist in the solution of problems of political nature using the institutional path.
-    Is able to analyze, evaluate and interpret the existing political system in Macedonia and generate solution of problems relating to interethnic relations.
-    Can take active part in all levels in institutions of the political system to apply advanced knowledge on political issues.
-    Can analyze major arguments in political context, and apply political science findings to new situations.
-    Can interpret the particular data and discuss what they mean for political life.

Making judgement

-    Criticize the current political issues and give ideas for improvement.
-    Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse political perspectives.
-    Appraise the strengths and weakness of Macedonian political processes
-    Argue and defend the political phenomena and an ability to evaluate these through empirical and theoretical methods
-    Evaluate how the political institutions emerge, how they operate, how they interact with their  external environment, and how they shape individual and collective behavior
-    Evaluate the difference between analysis and opinion, and judge the existing accounts of political phenomena. 

Communication skills

-    Can formulate political speech and use relevant political vocabulary
-    Communicate the conclusions of their scholarly research, their knowledge and insight to an audience beyond traditional academia
-    Can articulate information and ideas to political parties and citizens.

Learning skills

-    Can continue individual learning, self-education, and advancement during the process of lifelong learning, being aware of resources available in the framework of the political system.
-    Take initiative to identify and address learning needs for groups and institutions on most complex and specific political issues.
-    Is able to train citizens for political rights according to Macedonian legal order.
-    Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the approaches to the study of Political Science, eg., normative v. empirical theoretical approaches, qualitative v. quantitative strategies of inquiry, and classical and contemporary political theories.
 

Semester 1

  • [6 ECTS] Research Methodology
    This course is designed for students who are preparing a Master thesis. The main objectives of the course is for students to be offered tools for construction of their thesis regarding the research question and creating methods for collecting data through qualitative and quantitative analysis. The subject is focused on problems of quantitative methods and techniques such as statistical analysis, texts related to the theory and testing hypothesis. In addition, of significance are topics of descriptive and causal inference, longitudinal, comparative and research case studies. Advanced information is offered for collecting data working with text. The aim is analyzing the data qualitatively, finally putting all theoretical and practical actions in the design and writing the thesis.
  • [6 ECTS] Peaceful Conflict Resolution
    The course examines judicial and a non-court procedure for resolving disputes between states. Analysis includes the role of negotiations, mediation, reconciliation and the role of the United Nations for the peaceful resolutions of international disputes. This course examines the system of international arbitration: ad-hoc and within the already established tribunals as Iran-USA Claims Tribunal and ICSID. Studies will include practices and procedures of the International Court of Justice in both capacities as a mechanism for resolving international disputes on human rights, commercial law and maritime law.
  • [6 ECTS] Comparative Political Systems
    The course will include topics such as the notion of politics and political systems, political systems and other related scientific disciplines, the historical aspect of the development of political systems and political system of the United States political system of Great Britain, the political system of France, the German political system, political system of Russia the political system of China.
  • [6 ECTS] Analysis of Public Policies
    The subject aims to enable students to define and illustrate the analysis of policy and its role in creating and transforming the information relevant for policy. There is no agreement on how precisely to define public policy. Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with this field and to critically analyze the developments and events in the area of public policy. Analysis of public policies is a discipline for problem solving that draws knowledge of basic theories and methodologies of social sciences, the social professions and the philosophy of politics.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 1
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 2

  • [6 ECTS] International Relations
    The course is planned to serve the students to think about what is happening in the world, to teach students the theories and developments concerning international relations. This course introduces students to the theoretical component in international relations, key ideas and debates in international relations, particularly on basic concepts, actors in international relations, foreign policy and the power of international relations. The lectures will also be focused on international political economy and politics of global prosperity, present and future problems in the international system, including armed conflict, economy, demography and environment.
  • [6 ECTS] Forign Policy Analysis
    Through an analysis of papers published in terms of foreign policy, the course will train students how the foreign policy tools can be applied to a concrete case study. It is expected that students will be able to think critically in terms of foreign policy methods that states and international organizations use, as well as their connection with diplomatic methods.
  • [6 ECTS] International Public Law
    The module is designed in a way that students will become familiar with basic concepts of international public law, often identified with international law in general, which receives its bases in the seventeenth century, as the right of nations to witness the name of today's most important universal organization the United Nations. Students will become familiar with modern international public law which regulates the relations between states, between states and international organizations, relations of international organizations and the behavior of persons and legal persons for whom states and international organizations believe are important for the international community.
  • [6 ECTS] Political Management
    - To gain basic knowledge of the term policy and management - Be familiar with basic tools and activities in order to to distinguish the political processes under different criteria. - To gain adequate knowledge for preparation of a survey and field working. - Application of knowledge gained from other objects and building a particular methodology for the preparation of essays-paper work. - To analyze the electoral process and the method of execution. - To prepare a political speech and to simulate the appearance of a political event. - Ability to actively participate in a debate organized by the Student Union. - Ability to prepare and participate in research project, and presenting the results of scientific research. - To determine different ways and use scientific sources, to study and read selectively and comparatively to analyze political processes.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 2
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and Multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 3

  • [6 ECTS] Globalization as a Phenomenon in Contemporary Society
    - Students will have a deeper conceptual understanding of globalization as a phenomenon that flattened the world (Friedman). - Have a vision for themselves and society in conditions of globalization - Able to debate intelligently for globalization in various dimensions: economic, political, cultural and socio-spatial. - Able to identify the background of globalization and problematic reflections (ex. anti -globalization). Ready to compare different perspectives on globalization and its influences nationally, regionally and internationally. - Ability to develop a structured study of the "product" or (EPI) phenomenon of globalization.
  • [6 ECTS] International Institutions
    This subject covers theoretical issues regarding the international institutions of universal and the regional level, their historical development, the role, functions and responsibilities. Especially is considered the question of their role in solving collective problems and issues in global politics. The focus is placed on their role in the area of peace and security, economic development, human rights, the democracy and the rule of law. The focus is on the main bodies within the institutions responsible for achieving the set goals.
  • [6 ECTS] History of Diplomacy
    The module is designed in a way that will provide theoretical and methodological skills for understanding of diplomacy and diplomatic relations from historical and current perspectives. Students will be eligible for an independent and detailed scientific research work in the broadest sense of diplomacy, which would allow transmission of theoretical, scientific and research findings (knowledge) and knowledge in social practice.
  • [6 ECTS] European Union: Institutions, Politics and Laws
    This subject covers theoretical issues regarding the international institutions of universal and regional level, their historical development, the role, functions and responsibilities. Especially is considered the question of their role in solving collective problems and issues in global politics. The focus is placed on their role in the area of peace and security, economic development, human rights, the democracy and the rule of law. The focus is on the main bodies within the institutions responsible for achieving the set goals.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 1
    • Political Ethics: Domestic, International and Diplomatic
    • Leadership and Organizational Development
    • Diplomacy and Diplomatic Methods

Semester 4

  • [30 ECTS] Master Thesis
    This module enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and make more complex the task of the Master Thesis. Module is designed to be fully practical and students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to approach writing the paper. The module has unique return result-to enable students to write the master thesis with minimal difficulties, and with maximum efficiency. The course aims to improve research techniques and style of writing paper, taking account to stop illegal means, such as plagiarism and infringement of copyright, which are prohibited by the Statute of SEEU.
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