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Diplomacy (2012/2013)

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

The study program in diplomacy has been designed to develop the conceptual understanding and comprehension of students about practices and procedures of modern diplomacy and to help them work efficiently in the diplomatic community. The program has been designed for diplomats, high representatives abroad, regional and international organization members as well as multinational corporations. This program is also dedicated to those who wish to develop their diplomatic career in the future or to work in different governmental and multi-corporative institutions. It is a combination of academic studies and professional trainings. The international communications sphere, international law and international trade are supplemented with academic disciplines that are studied. Professional aspects are explained by diplomats, politicians, and higher government officials who will lecture as visiting /external professors. The program consists of 120 ECTS and it is carried out through full-time studies lasting four semesters (each semester brings 30 credits). 

Graduates will find careers in the ministries of Foreign Affairs in the government sector and in the field of international diplomacy, in business sector, legal sector, police, banks, journalism, consulting management, libraries and to be lecturers.

Knowledge and understanding
  • Has a deep knowledge and competent understanding of theories in the field of diplomacy
  • Has specific knowledge of the negotiations, mediation, and other ways to resolve conflicts.
  • Has certain knowledge about the role of international organizations in diplomacy.
  • Has a clear knowledge and understanding of foreign policy and its main actors (state and non-state) that make up the dynamic network of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Can be operated successfully in small diplomatic assignments, to work in diplomatic missions or in the departments of Foreign Affairs under different ministries as well as being a member of the international trade organizations and other institutions.
  • Can work as a team member for the development of negotiating positions on international legal issues.
  •  Interpret theoretical perspective in international relations in some cases.
  •  Describes the role of diplomacy in world politics.
Making judgement
  • Rationalize the current diplomacy and processes at the international level.
  • Evaluated articles of varying complexity for international topics.
  • Ability to interpret relevant data on the reasoning that reflect relevant diplomatic issues.
  • Can make critical thinking and provides critical views on the work of diplomatic organizations such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and diplomatic missions.
Communication skills
  • Can draft letters within certain diplomatic communications.
  • Can introduce and write scientific papers and to prepare research projects in the field of diplomacy.
  • Can address the audience with shapes assigned to specific problems in international relations and diplomacy.
  • Can develop and utilize diplomatic terminology diplomatic communication with representatives of diplomatic missions in Macedonia.
Learning skills
  • Expand professional knowledge working on diplomatic representations.
  • Identify their needs for further work, and expand knowledge to continue teaching individual to global problems.
  • Can take and efficiently implement new transparent Macedonian diplomacy in order to achieve the country's Euro-Atlantic perspective.

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 the 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] International Institutions
    This subject covers theoretical issues regarding the international institutions of the universal and regional level, their historical development, the role, functions and responsibilities. Particular emphasis is placed on 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] Comparative Political Systems
    The course "Comparative Political Systems" aims to familiarize students with knowledge about most political systems in the modern world, of course without leaving aside the political systems of countries surrounding Macedonia and political systems of less developed countries around the world. This course is part of undergraduate and postgraduate studies in most schools of public administration, law faculties and the faculties of political science. During the course, we will deal with parallelisms and comparative analysis between the functioning of the institutions of political systems in countries of interest, interrelated and in the case of the political system of the Republic of Macedonia towards finding good practices that would be promoted and political system of the Republic of Macedonia.
  • [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] European Union: Institutions, Politics and Laws
    The course aims to familiarize students with the complexity and development of European integration, and thus the development of the institutions (political and legal), their nature and characteristics, legislation and policies. Furthermore, the aim is to familiarize students with major theoretical interpretations of the development of the European Union, and to give consideration to current and possible future challenges that the EU faces, especially in terms of its institutions, policies and law.
  • [6 ECTS] Diplomacy and Diplomatic Methods
    This advanced course examines the functions of diplomacy, the creation and termination of diplomatic relations, relations between the diplomatic and foreign policy, diplomatic secret service and espionage and principles, practices and problems of diplomatic immunity. It examines the organization of diplomatic missions abroad, the role of ambassadors and other diplomatic officers, including their responsibility to their governments and their relationship with governments of countries in which they are appointed. Analyzes how the diplomacy is related to communication, conflict management, negotiations and discusses the specialized diplomacy and the impact of technology on diplomacy. The course offers specialized training for the structure and mechanisms of diplomacy with extensive use of simulation techniques. Accent is given to writing and speaking skills, professional ethics, and negotiation techniques and studies the bureaucratic organization. This course enables students for the preparation of factual and analytical reports and memos, policy proposals and formal diplomatic correspondence as well as aspects of public relations, public policy statements and press conferences.
  • [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] 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] Peaceful Conflict Resolution
    The course examines judicial and non-court procedures for resolving dispute between states. The role of negotiations, mediation, reconciliation and the role of the United Nations for the peaceful resolutions of international disputes will be analyzed. This course examines the system of international arbitration: ad-hoc and within the already established tribunals as Iran-USA Claims Tribunal and ICSID. Will be studied 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] 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] Political Management
    The aims of this course are: * To gain basic knowledge of the term policy and management * Be familiar with basic tools and activities in order 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] Foreign 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] Elective course 1
    • Political Ethics: Domestic, International and Diplomatic
    • Public Policy Analysis
    • Leadership and Оrganizational Development

Semester 4

  • [30 ECTS] Master Thesis
    This module enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and make more complex task of the Master thesis. The 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.