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Programme:

European Studies

Study Cycle: First Cycle (Undergraduate)
Faculty: Contemporary Social Sciences
Academic year: 2014 / 2015
Title: Bachelor of European Studies
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation

The First and second cycle study program in European studies  will qualify students for independent professional and analytical work in the field of European affairs at the national and the European levels. The programme at both first and second cycle  integrate several disciplines of European Studies: Political Science (in particular International Relations and Comparative Politics), Economics, Law, Social Sciences (in particular with regards to methodological capabilities) and Communication (emphasising the importance of two expert foreign languages) with their application to central issues of European integration (EU) and broader construction of Europe. Both programmes are internally connected, but they may be also studied independently, since they have been conceptualized as self-sufficient wholes.

The undergraduate or Diploma level thus prepares students for successfully obtaining a Master degree in European Studies, nowadays a normal minimum entry requirement for employment opportunities in EU institutions and other (European) international organisations, in the national governments, especially Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of European Affairs, Ministries for Economic and Social Development; the career opportunities are also at the regional level (of municipalities and cities), in non-governmental organizations, the media, and political parties; expertise in the field of the EU processes and policies and internal market make the graduates employable also in business sector within and outside the EU.

Knowledge and understanding
  • Displays basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific field of study (or studies), identifying appropriate methodologies for problem solving, as systematic and creative manner, which provides a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and / or application of autonomous ideas in the context of the research;
  • Ability to identify enlarged and deepened knowledge;
  • Shows the level of knowledge and competence in one or more specific scientific fields;
  • Have knowledge of one or more subject areas, in certain scientific fields, based on the most renowned international research in this scientific field.
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Ability to critically, independently and creatively solve problems with a certain originality in new or unfamiliar environments in a multidisciplinary context, related to the field of study
Making judgement
  • Ability to synthesize and integrate knowledge;
  • Ability to deal with issues systematically and creatively, solid estimate even with incomplete or limited information, but that include personal, social and ethical responsibilities in the application of acquired knowledge and assessment
  • Ability for selection scientific theories, methodologies, tools and general skills in the subject areas, and installation of new analyzes and solutions on a scientific basis.
Communication skills
  •  Ability to exchange findings and suggestions with argumentation and rationally bolstering them with both professional and unskilled persons, clearly and unambiguously;
  • Taking considerable responsibility in shared outcomes; running and initiating activities
Learning skills
  • Ability to recognize personal needs for further knowledge and skills for independent action in acquiring the knowledge and new skills in the framework of society;
  • Ability to taking responsibility for further professional development and perfection

Semester 1

  • [6 ECTS] Introduction to Political Science
    This course introduces students to the central concepts and theoretical ideas and methods of modern political science and then apply to models of political behaviour, political institutions, and public policy. The course studies the concept of politics, power, government, systems and regimes, state and democracy, political ideology political culture, identity and identification, parties and party systems, mass media and political communication, political institutions and public policies. At the end of the matter cold to understanding the politics and policies, to explain patterns of institutional design of state, government and democracy, to critically evaluate their relations in the society, with the media, to understand the processes and design political decision-making.
  • [6 ECTS] Introduction to Political Systems
    Introduction to Political Systems, significance and classification of political systems, the place, the role and functioning of the political system of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia within the SFRY, the political crisis of Yugoslavia and the independence of the Republic of Macedonia as an independent state, functioning, shaping the political system of the Republic of Macedonia on the values of political pluralism and liberal democracy, the basic features of parliamentary regulation in the Republic of Macedonia, the role of the Parliament of the Republic of Macedonia in the political system of the Republic, the government's role in the political system of the Republic, the President of the Republic, the Judicial power in the political system of the Republic of Macedonia, the local government in the political system of the Republic of Macedonia, the parties and the party system, elections and the electoral system in the Republic of Macedonia, the role and the place of interest groups in the political system of the Republic of Macedonia, Interethnic relations, armed conflict and signing Ohrid Framework Agreement, the functioning of the political system of the Republic of Macedonia after the signing of the Ohrid Framework Agreement, the Euro-Atlantic perspective of the Republic of Macedonia, the political system of the Republic of Macedonia and globalization.
  • [9 ECTS] Introduction to the EU
    The EU as a regional international governmental organization and / or political system, thus sui generis entity; role of intergovernmental integration. Overview of experiments and ideas of the (West) European cooperation and integration after World War II and the placement of the EU in these processes. Historical perspective: the emergence and development of the European Communities and the EU. From the initial idea, to the (sectoral) deepening and (territorial) enlargement. Economic integration platform (phases of economic integration). Treaty framework: basic treaties of the European Communities and the EU, relations between them, the evolution of legal personality. Institutional framework: institutional development of the European Community and the EU, their powers, roles, structure, organization and operation. The role and importance of other relevant actors in the EU. Political process: Agenda-setting and formulation, decision-making and implementation of EU secondary law. EU law: the diversity of EU legal acts, their nature, control of implementation, Court of Justice of the EU. EU policies: internal policies (regulatory/redistributive), EU external action (EU external relations and EU foreign policy).
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 1
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course - Foreign Language 1
    • Advanced English Language and Terminology 1
    • German Language 1

Semester 2

  • [9 ECTS] Basics of International Relations
    Definition of international relations as a phenomenon, characteristics of modern international community (IC), evolution of contemporary (Westphalian) IC; system of balance of power over time, the League of Nations, the means of peaceful settlement of disputes, the United Nations (principles, objectives, organs and collective security), the end of the Cold War bipolarism (CSCE, OSCE), Structure of IC - three approaches of understanding the IC; factors and subjects of international relations; foreign policy of states; international organizations and other subjects of international relations, processes and relations in the IC, the importance of international norms and the evolution of international law in the light of the fight against terrorism and human security, role and importance of making sense of theory in International Relations as science and the evolution of the latter.
  • [6 ECTS] The Economics of European Integration
    The course provides an overview of theories, institutions, policies and the empirical analysis necessary to understand the economic principles of European integration. European economics includes both microeconomic and macroeconomic aspect of economic integration (preferential liberalization, market size and scale effects, growth effects and factor market integration) as well as a selection of key EU policies.
  • [6 ECTS] Statistics
    Descriptive statistical analysis methods (basic concepts, basic data types and methods of editing and presentation, mean, measures of variability, a relative measure of variability, measures of skewness and kurtosis), probability (random variable, discrete and continuous distributions, numerical characteristics of random variables); parameter estimates (samples, the sampling distribution, estimators, confidence intervals for parameter estimates), hypothesis testing (types of errors in reasoning, hypothesis testing on the population parameters); bi-variate analysis (measures of association for different types of variables, regression). Use of a modern software package for statistical data analysis.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 2
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course - Foreign Language 2
    • Advanced English Language and Terminology 1
    • German Language 1

Semester 3

  • [9 ECTS] Introduction to Law and EU
    The first part of the course deals with form-based jurisprudence, in which students learn about the concept of law and state, fundamental legal concepts, features of modern law and the relationship between law and politics. The second part presents specific legal disciplines, namely, constitutional, criminal, real, of obligations, commercial, labour, family and inheritance law and EU law and public administration. The purpose of the third part of the course is to present basic legal areas covered by EU law, key legal instruments of the EU and legal institutions to ensure the implementation of the acquis in Member States. In addition, the aim is to highlight the procedures for the adoption of European law, and analyze the existing role, importance and achievements of European law in the processes of European integration.
  • [6 ECTS] Political Economy of the EU
    The course deals with the structure of power in the international political and economic relations with specific attention to those pertinent to the European integration process. The aim is to present and analyze the interactive relationship between politics and the economy in contemporary international community, in particular the importance of economic factors and the role of individual subjects in international relations (not only countries, but more and more multinational companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations).
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 1
    • European Institutions
    • European Social Policy
    • Introduction to International Law
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course - Foreign Language 3
    • Advanced English Language and Terminology 2
    • Advanced English Language and Terminology 3
    • German Language 2
    • German Language 3
  • [3 ECTS] Professional Foreign Language 1
    • German Language 1
    • German Language 2
    • Albanian Language

Semester 4

  • [9 ECTS] EU policy-making
    Key contents of the course are the following: a) characteristics and laws of the process of formulation and implementation of public policies, b) view the EU as a sui generis public policy-making arena, c) the creation, evolution and typology of common EU policies, d) public policy actors involved in European process of policy-making at various levels, e) decision-making processes at the meso-level EU and the development of common EU policies f) implementation and funding for the implementation of common EU policies; g) Theoretical approaches and analytical tools by which we understand the European public policy process and the logic and dynamics of the formulation and implementation of common EU policies.
  • [6 ECTS] Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences
    The course explores various epistemological perspectives and methodologies associated with the various approaches. The course also includes work with academic writing techniques and how to design and write an academic paper-essay. In the course included an overview of the basic methods in the social sciences (statistical methods, interviewing techniques, content analysis and observation).
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 3
    Language Courses
    • Albanian Language for Professional Purposes
    • Academic Writing in English
    • Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • Academic Writing in Albanian
    • German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • French Language
    Communication Skills
    • Public Speaking
    • Intercultural Studies
    • Communication Skills
    IT Skills
    • Advanced Excel
    • Advanced IT skills
    • Advanced knowledge of Word and PowerPoint
    • Google Apps
    • Advanced Access
    • Desktop Publications
    • Web Publications
    Miscellaneous
    • Environmental Protection
    • Sports, Recreation and Culture
    • Professional Career Development
  • [3 ECTS] Professional Foreign Language 2
    • German Language 1
    • German Language 2
    • Albanian Language
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course - Foreign Language 4
    • Advanced English Language and Terminology 2
    • Advanced English Language and Terminology 3
    • German Language 2
    • German Language 3

Semester 5

  • [9 ECTS] European Protection of Human Rights
    The course deals with European human rights protection in the narrow and broad sense. In the narrow sense, it pays special attention to international institutions such as the Council of Europe, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. In a broader sense, it analyzes the European human rights protection which refers to a decade long process of democratization in Europe. Case studies and open questions complement the overall framework.
  • [9 ECTS] Writing Seminar
    The purpose of this course is to equip students for the preparation and writing of scientific and expert analyses in particular essays and term papers. The aim is to develop skills for: search/finding and identification of various sources of scientific research, writing and presenting research papers and the formation of scientific texts using basic methods of social scientific research. The second aim is to develop research skills and analytical ability to synthesize scientific findings. Students master location, interpretation and the usage of primary and secondary sources, particularly for European studies as a scientific field. A smaller part of the course is dedicated to acquire basic oral communication skills.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 2
    • Introduction to Public Administration
    • History of European Values
    • Comparative European Political Systems
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 3
    • Introduction to Public Administration
    • History of European Values
    • Comparative European Political Systems

Semester 6

  • [6 ECTS] EU External Action
    The course firstly acquaints students with the theoretical aspects of understanding EU external relations as a specific arena of EU agency with elements of Common Foreign and Security Policy ('high politics') and former EU external relations as external economic and development policy and external dimensions of internal EU policies ('low politics'). Both two phenomena are explained by procedural (policy-making process) and substantive analysis (vertical and horizontal arenas of external action). Theoretical grounding of the course is social constructivist understanding of the EU as a global actor through concepts of opportunity, capability and presence. Using in-depth case studies the course provides findings on how and under what conditions and in which EU policy areas EU can actively perform its policy goals or profit from presence in international community. Vertical arenas of EU external action presented are: external trade, development, environment, energy, agriculture, justice and home affairs, EU enlargement policy, EU neighbourhood policy and inter-regionalism. Vertical arenas give special attention to EU's relations with: Western Balkans, Mediterranean and East-European neighbourhood, Black Sea, BRICS and the USA.
  • [6 ECTS] Writing Seminar-Advanced
    The purpose of this course is to equip students for the preparation and writing of scientific and expert analyses in particular essays and term papers. The aim is to develop skills for: search/finding and identification of various sources of scientific research, writing and presenting research papers and the formation of scientific texts using basic methods of social scientific research. The second aim is to develop research skills and analytical ability to synthesize scientific findings. Students master location, interpretation and the usage of primary and secondary sources, particular for European studies as a scientific field. A smaller part of the course is dedicated to acquire basic oral communication skills.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 4
    • European Business
    • European Public Administration
    • European Culture and Identity
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 5
    • European Business
    • European Public Administration
    • European Culture and Identity
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 6
    • European Business
    • European Public Administration
    • European Culture and Identity
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