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Programme:

Political Sciences

Study Cycle: First Cycle (Undergraduate)
Faculty: Contemporary Social Sciences
Programme Code: N-PAPS
Academic year: 2018 / 2019
Title: Bachelor of Political Sciences
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation
ECTS: 240 (extended + 1 year) Accrediation

The program for Political Sciences aims to familiarize students with the basic principles of policy, organization and functioning of national and international institutions, and political authorities, political thought and theoretical issues of the governance, as well. The program describes and identifies the branches of legislative, executive and judiciary; their interaction in the governance of the rule of law and functioning democracy.
The main objectives of the program are:
-  To enable students to gain theoretical knowledge and understanding of the importance of political processes through comparative political approach.
-  To enable studentsto participate in various levels of government system and public life and as political analysts to be able to give views on political issues.
-  To prepare students for assessment of political ttendenciesin society and the state, and be able to assess their impact onEuro integration processes in the country and the region.
-  To enable students to identify the needs of interest groups and public institutions within the political process.
-  Be able to take initiative in identifying and addressing the learning needs of state institutions and public administration.

Political Sciences Department provides the educational requirements to support students begin their professional career path in government, state and local government agencies, municipalities, public institutions, political parties, non-profit organizations, universities and corporations.

Knowledge and understanding

- Has knowledge of basic principles of policy, organization and functioning of national and international institutions and political authorities, political thought and theoretical issues of management.
- Has knowledge of the branches of legislative, executive and judiciary and their interaction in the rule of law and functioning democracy.
- Has theoretical knowledge and understanding of the importance of political processes through comparative political approach.

Applying knowledge and understanding

- Is able to work in the political organization of governmental and nongovernmental institutions and to provide analysis of various political processes.
- Can participate in various levels of government system and public life as a political analyst by providing a professional analysis in favor of solving political problems.
- Is able to conduct a public survey and implement appropriate methodology.
- Is able to demonstrate ability to lobby, to own and negotiate with multiple actors with political influence in society.
- Can apply theoretical knowledge, to perform research to solve social phenomena and to develop a career in the academic field.

Making judgement

- Is able to think critically and involve actively in current political issues at central and local level.
- Can differentiate the various phenomena associated with the political culture of certain community.
- Critically compares political tendencies in society and state and values their impact on Euro integration processes in the country.

Communication skills

- Is able to participate in political debate, mediation and negotiation, ensuring argued analysis of political discourse.
- Possesses the skills to write coherent political events and political speeches.
- Demonstrates skills for professional communication with more actors in the team spirit and an inclusive approach.

Learning skills

- Can define and determine the role of politics in society based on knowledge.
- Can take the initiative and identify the interest groups and state institutions within the framework of the political process.
- Has the skill to implement lifelong learning and self-education in the field of political sciences.
- Is able to train citizens for the political system and democratic society.

Semester 1

  • [CPS-104] [6 ECTS] Theory of State and Law
    This course gives to sudents introductory theoretical knowledge of key concepts and institutes in the field of state and law. Additionally, the curriculum is crucial in the study of a range of other subjects during their studies.
  • [CPA065] [6 ECTS] Political Sociology
    Students after completing the program: - Be able to explain the patterns of social psychology; - Analysis of various modes of application of social psychology; - Analysis of the models of social psychology related to perception;
  • [CPS-103] [6 ECTS] Introduction to Political Science
    Through this course the students will gain knowledge of basic categories, concepts and definitions that will help them to understand study and critically approach to contemporary politics and contemporary society. It should: - Enhance their political culture and consciousness with the given texts from classical and contemporary authors and political analysts. - Enhance their knowledge and capacity for studying the European ethic policy. - Help students to improve their writing, thinking and expression related to policy. Through the lectures the students should get several responses of the basic questions like: - What is politics and why it is so important for our lives and society? - How was a human being developed as a political person? - What are characteristics of the modern democratic society? - What are characteristics of the Macedonian society as political one? - What is a policy? - Is it integral part of a man? - Why and how do we study policy?
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course - Albanian/Macedonian Language
    • [MAPP1010] Macedonian Language for Professional Purposes 1
    • [MAPP1020] Macedonian Language for Professional Purposes 2
    • [BS018] Macedonian Language for Beginners 1
    • [BS152] Macedonian Language for Beginners 2
    • [BAM1010] Albanian Language for Beginners 1
    • [BAM2010] Albanian Language for Beginners 2
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course - English Language
    • [BENP-01] English Language for General and Professional Purposes 1
    • [BENP-02] English Language for General and Professional Purposes 2
    • [BENP-03] English Language for General and Professional Purposes 3
    • [BENP-04] English Language for General and Professional Purposes 4
    • [BEN-05] English Language 5
    • [BEN-06] English Language 6
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course
    • [EFE-107] Public Speaking
    • [EFE-127] Debate and Presentation Skills
    • [EFE-108] Intercultural Studies
    • [EFE-108] Communication Skills
    • [EFE-110] Advanced Excel
    • [EFE-111] Advanced IT skills
    • [EFE-112] Advanced Word
    • [EFE-113] Google Apps
    • [EFE-114] Advanced Access
    • [EFE-115] Desktop Publications
    • [EFE-116] Web Publications
    • [EFE-129] Albanian Language and Writing Culture
    • [EFE-131] Albanian Language for Specific
    • [EFE-102] Academic Writing in English
    • [EFE-103] Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • [EFE-104] Academic Writing in Albanian
    • [EFE-105] German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • [EFE-117] Environmental Protection
    • [EFE-121] Professional Careеr Development
    • [EFE-132] Human Rights and Freedoms

Semester 2

  • [CPS-201] [6 ECTS] Social Psychology
    Topics for discussion include the perception of personality, agreement, forming opinions, evaluation and change, prejudice, aggression, social learning, group dynamics, social psychology and society and legal and organizational application.
  • [CPS-202] [6 ECTS] Introduction to Political Economy
    Political economy examines the role of economic processes in shaping the society and culture. Political economy makes an overall analysis of political, social, cultural, ecological life and spans their interaction with economic processes and developments. The basic questions that this course aims are how political institutions affect on economic growth and development, and how economic conditions affect on the decision-making and policies.
  • [CPS-204] [6 ECTS] Political Philosophy
    Course objectives: - To connect the modern political philosophy with social practice, the Liberal theory and support students towards their living and working activities. - To demonstrate and understand the viewpoint of the political thought towards the political theory, movements, institutions. - Implements analytical skills, take decisions, participation in public and political life. - Human, cultural, ethnic aspect are valued- liberalism is criticized, weaknesses of the political elite, the culture. - Ability for cooperation through forms of political communication in one environment in which democracy is still not fully built. - To construct its political future, to establish cooperative relations, series of initiatives, research projects, institutional cooperation.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course
    • [EFE-107] Public Speaking
    • [EFE-127] Debate and Presentation Skills
    • [EFE-108] Intercultural Studies
    • [EFE-108] Communication Skills
    • [EFE-110] Advanced Excel
    • [EFE-111] Advanced IT skills
    • [EFE-112] Advanced Word
    • [EFE-113] Google Apps
    • [EFE-114] Advanced Access
    • [EFE-115] Desktop Publications
    • [EFE-116] Web Publications
    • [EFE-129] Albanian Language and Writing Culture
    • [EFE-131] Albanian Language for Specific
    • [EFE-102] Academic Writing in English
    • [EFE-103] Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • [EFE-104] Academic Writing in Albanian
    • [EFE-105] German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • [EFE-117] Environmental Protection
    • [EFE-121] Professional Careеr Development
    • [EFE-132] Human Rights and Freedoms
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course - English Language
    • [BENP-01] English Language for General and Professional Purposes 1
    • [BENP-02] English Language for General and Professional Purposes 2
    • [BENP-03] English Language for General and Professional Purposes 3
    • [BENP-04] English Language for General and Professional Purposes 4
    • [BEN-05] English Language 5
    • [BEN-06] English Language 6
  • [3 ECTS] Elective course - Albanian/Macedonian Language
    • [MAPP1010] Macedonian Language for Professional Purposes 1
    • [MAPP1020] Macedonian Language for Professional Purposes 2
    • [BS018] Macedonian Language for Beginners 1
    • [BS152] Macedonian Language for Beginners 2
    • [BAM1010] Albanian Language for Beginners 1
    • [BAM2010] Albanian Language for Beginners 2

Semester 3

  • [CPS-304] [6 ECTS] Data Analysis
    The purpose of this course is to focus on two general approaches of data analysis, respectively quantitative and qualitative. In terms of quantitative analysis, it focuses on the use of statistical analysis in terms of qualitative analysis, which are defined as those approaches that do not include quantitative approaches, or approaches that do not use numerical manipulation. Also this course will analyze and through case studies will present methods of research, parts of social science research, approaches to research design, conducting empirical design and multi-variable analysis.
  • [CPA120] [6 ECTS] Public Policies
    The course aims to enable students to more easily understand and master the policy as a new scientific discipline and the relationship with other social sciences. Also this course students will learn the basic principles of public policy, creating a specific policy analysis, implementation and evaluation. Through practical work students will be introduced to different types of public policies and their carriers or makers in practice, so as to be able to see for themselves the role and importance of the participation of citizens in decision-making on the most important social issues.
  • [CPS-305] [6 ECTS] Policy of Europe and the European Union
    This course deals with the recognition of the concept in comparative political science for studying the contemporary Europe. The course requires prior knowledge of the basic concepts and methods in political science and knowledge of the history of Europe after World War II. The course will be divided into two parts. The first part of the course will focus on European politics at the supranational level of historical context, political institutions and the European Union policies will be taught. In the second part of the course the main theories of comparative politics that can help to understand the variation in institutions, political behavior and policies in European countries and the EU itself will be taught. The course will address some of the challenges facing Europe and the EU today and will carefully analyze series of important social debates and contemporary politics.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course - English for specific purposes 1
    • [LPCEN-01] English Language for Public Administration, Political Sciences and Communication 1
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course
    • [EFE-107] Public Speaking
    • [EFE-127] Debate and Presentation Skills
    • [EFE-108] Intercultural Studies
    • [EFE-108] Communication Skills
    • [EFE-110] Advanced Excel
    • [EFE-111] Advanced IT skills
    • [EFE-112] Advanced Word
    • [EFE-113] Google Apps
    • [EFE-114] Advanced Access
    • [EFE-115] Desktop Publications
    • [EFE-116] Web Publications
    • [EFE-129] Albanian Language and Writing Culture
    • [EFE-131] Albanian Language for Specific
    • [EFE-102] Academic Writing in English
    • [EFE-103] Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • [EFE-104] Academic Writing in Albanian
    • [EFE-105] German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • [EFE-117] Environmental Protection
    • [EFE-121] Professional Careеr Development
    • [EFE-132] Human Rights and Freedoms

Semester 4

  • [EPS-504] [6 ECTS] Political System in RM
    The course "Political System of the Republic of Macedonia” intends to supply students of undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Public Administration and Political Sciences with general and specific knowledge about the functioning of the political system in the Republic of Macedonia as a whole and the functioning of specific institutions of the political system of the Republic of Macedonia.
  • [CPS-402] [6 ECTS] International Relations
    This course introduces to students 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 in international relations. The lectures will also be focused on international political economy and politics of global welfare, the existing and future problems in the international system, including armed conflict, economy, demography and environment.
  • [EPS-505] [6 ECTS] Public Institutions
    Course objectives: To help students to understand the broader context of the functioning of public institutions. To motivate students to improve their skills of analysis, and work in the institutional matrix of modern public management with special emphasis on sensitivity to democratic principles To develop awareness of the application of these principles in practice in the public and non-profit sector.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [CPS-401] Political Parties and Election Models
    • [EPS-401] Institutions and Policies of ЕU
    • [EPS-402] Ethics in Politics
    • [EPS-403] Introduction to Public Administration
    • [EPS-405] Introduction to Economy
    • [EPS-502] Religion and Politics
    • [EPS-701] Communication and Political Marketing
    • [CPS-303] Constitutional Law
    • [CPA-502] Systems of Local Government
    • [EPS-601] Social State and Policy
    • [EPS-603] Youth and Politics
    • [EPS-702] Public Law
    • [EPS-703] Career Opportunies Searchig Strategies
    • [EPS8020] Social Policy
    • [EPS8010] Contemporary Administrative Systems
    • [EPS7030] International Policy Analysis
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course - English for specific purposes 2
    • [LPCEN-02] English Language for Public Administration, Political Sciences and Communication 2

Semester 5

  • [CPS-505] [6 ECTS] Principles of International Law
    This course offers an introduction into the main concepts and principles of international law, with particular emphasis on its practical impact on the development of international relations. It is structured in three parts. The first part focuses on the basics of international law (scope, resources, principles and relationships between international law and internal law). The second part deals with three main areas of international law, namely, the contractual international law, the responsibility of states and the peaceful settlement of international disputes. The third part will be dedicated to some specialized areas of international law such as the environment law, human rights, economic development and so on.
  • [CPS-304] [6 ECTS] Research Methods in Political Sciences
    This course offers the possibility for students to be introduced with scientific and research methods in sociological spheres and political occurrences. Students will learn about the theoretical and practical aspect, methods of scientific researches and their knowledge for science and individuals within society. The contents of the course consists of: theoretical and empirical researches, proportions of methodic and theory of cognition , scientific knowledge and their structure, role an function of scientific research projects; monitoring; questionnaire; classification; interpretation of collected photographic material etc.
  • [PS-501] [6 ECTS] Public Sector Economics
    Aim of the course: The economy as a whole affects how we take care of our planet, the future that we want to be part of it, on the resources we have available on the extent to which care for the poor and the rich. But it needs only to emphasize that the economic principles and concepts regardless of the level of development of the economy do not change. Economy of the public sector aims to define the economy and the role of the state in the economy, the role of public institutions in the economy. It aims to define the aggregate supply and aggregate demand, the impact of fiscal and monetary policy on markets.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [CPS-401] Political Parties and Election Models
    • [EPS-401] Institutions and Policies of ЕU
    • [EPS-402] Ethics in Politics
    • [EPS-403] Introduction to Public Administration
    • [EPS-405] Introduction to Economy
    • [EPS-502] Religion and Politics
    • [EPS-701] Communication and Political Marketing
    • [CPS-303] Constitutional Law
    • [CPA-502] Systems of Local Government
    • [EPS-601] Social State and Policy
    • [EPS-603] Youth and Politics
    • [EPS-702] Public Law
    • [EPS-703] Career Opportunies Searchig Strategies
    • [?PS8020] Social Policy
    • [EPS8010] Contemporary Administrative Systems
    • [EPS7030] International Policy Analysis
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [CPS-401] Political Parties and Election Models
    • [EPS-401] Institutions and Policies of ЕU
    • [EPS-402] Ethics in Politics
    • [EPS-403] Introduction to Public Administration
    • [EPS-405] Introduction to Economy
    • [EPS-502] Religion and Politics
    • [EPS-701] Communication and Political Marketing
    • [CPS-303] Constitutional Law
    • [CPA-502] Systems of Local Government
    • [EPS-601] Social State and Policy
    • [EPS-603] Youth and Politics
    • [EPS-702] Public Law
    • [EPS-703] Career Opportunies Searchig Strategies
    • [?PS8020] Social Policy
    • [EPS8010] Contemporary Administrative Systems
    • [EPS7030] International Policy Analysis

Semester 6

  • [CPS-601] [6 ECTS] Comparative Political Systems
    Notion of politics and political system, political systems and other related scientific disciplines, the historical aspect of the development of the political systems, political systems in ancient thoughts, political systems in contemporary political thoughts, the classification of political systems, political systems and political ideologies, political systems and democracy, political system and government, political system and globalization, political systems in western countries, political systems in post-communist countries, political systems in developing countries.
  • [CPS-403] [6 ECTS] Political Management
    - Acquisition of basic knowledge of the term policy and management; - Be familiar with basic tools and activities relating to distinguish political processes according to different criteria; - Acquiring adequate knowledge to prepare the survey and field work; - Application of knowledge gained from other courses and building a separate methodology for the preparation of essays-paper work; - To analyze the electoral processes and the method of derivation; - To draw political speech and to simulate the appearance of a political event; - Ability to actively participate in a debate organized by the Students Union; - Ability to prepare and participate in research projects and presenting the results of scientific research; - To identify different ways and use of scientific sources, to learn to read selectively and comparatively analyze the political processes;
  • [CPA-604] [6 ECTS] Capstone Project
    This is an activity related to diploma work and professional project. Students are required to complete a project, usually related to their diploma work, to outline the structure of the project, to do research and write down the report.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [CPS-401] Political Parties and Election Models
    • [EPS-401] Institutions and Policies of ЕU
    • [EPS-402] Ethics in Politics
    • [EPS-403] Introduction to Public Administration
    • [EPS-405] Introduction to Economy
    • [EPS-502] Religion and Politics
    • [EPS-701] Communication and Political Marketing
    • [CPS-303] Constitutional Law
    • [CPA-502] Systems of Local Government
    • [EPS-601] Social State and Policy
    • [EPS-603] Youth and Politics
    • [EPS-702] Public Law
    • [EPS-703] Career Opportunies Searchig Strategies
    • [?PS8020] Social Policy
    • [EPS8010] Contemporary Administrative Systems
    • [EPS7030] International Policy Analysis
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [CPS-401] Political Parties and Election Models
    • [EPS-401] Institutions and Policies of ЕU
    • [EPS-402] Ethics in Politics
    • [EPS-403] Introduction to Public Administration
    • [EPS-405] Introduction to Economy
    • [EPS-502] Religion and Politics
    • [EPS-701] Communication and Political Marketing
    • [CPS-303] Constitutional Law
    • [CPA-502] Systems of Local Government
    • [EPS-601] Social State and Policy
    • [EPS-603] Youth and Politics
    • [EPS-702] Public Law
    • [EPS-703] Career Opportunies Searchig Strategies
    • [?PS8020] Social Policy
    • [EPS8010] Contemporary Administrative Systems
    • [EPS7030] International Policy Analysis

240 ECTS (extended + 1 year)

Semester 7

  • [EPS7010] [6 ECTS] Arbitrage and Peaceful Solution of Disputes
    Through this course students will build on their existing knowledge in the area of conflict, and the manner and methods for their peaceful resolution in modern society. They will gain advanced knowledge of the scientific approach to peaceful resolution of conflicts through contemporary methods and will learn about best practices and results from the previous peace talks and conferences. Students will also learn about the tools and activities relating to prevention of conflicts, in terms of early detection of possible sources. Additionally will gain adequate knowledge for active participation in peace processes and develop strategies and tactics for successful negotiation skills in the negotiation process.
  • [EPS-404] [6 ECTS] Political Culture
    The term political culture includes norms, values and symbols which help in legitimization of the system of political power. Within this syntagma political tradition of a nation is understood, characteristics that give meaning to the political institutions, unofficial rules that color political life, aims of dominant political ideology. Political culture is described with many other characteristics starting with prejudices, political methods, political spirit, and everything that is called as legal or non legal. Although it is a new term , whose modern usage data from the period of Second World War ,it is a very important one within the frames of policy mostly for facing the citizens’ faith against scandals, apocalypse, falls and political disasters, understanding of real and presumptuous political cultures.
  • [CPS-701] [6 ECTS] Democracy and Civil Society
    Students in this course will acquire the skills, knowledge and the following approaches: - Understanding the processes, theories and empirical analyzes related to political institutions and political behavior; - Ability to implement the process of critical thinking and application of basic research methods and quantitative analysis; - Effective written communication skills.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [CPS-401] Political Parties and Election Models
    • [EPS-401] Institutions and Policies of ЕU
    • [EPS-402] Ethics in Politics
    • [EPS-403] Introduction to Public Administration
    • [EPS-405] Introduction to Economy
    • [EPS-502] Religion and Politics
    • [EPS-701] Communication and Political Marketing
    • [CPS-303] Constitutional Law
    • [CPA-502] Systems of Local Government
    • [EPS-601] Social State and Policy
    • [EPS-603] Youth and Politics
    • [EPS-702] Public Law
    • [EPS-703] Career Opportunies Searchig Strategies
    • [?PS8020] Social Policy
    • [EPS8010] Contemporary Administrative Systems
    • [EPS7030] International Policy Analysis
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course
    • [EFE-107] Public Speaking
    • [EFE-127] Debate and Presentation Skills
    • [EFE-108] Intercultural Studies
    • [EFE-108] Communication Skills
    • [EFE-110] Advanced Excel
    • [EFE-111] Advanced IT skills
    • [EFE-112] Advanced Word
    • [EFE-113] Google Apps
    • [EFE-114] Advanced Access
    • [EFE-115] Desktop Publications
    • [EFE-116] Web Publications
    • [EFE-129] Albanian Language and Writing Culture
    • [EFE-131] Albanian Language for Specific
    • [EFE-102] Academic Writing in English
    • [EFE-103] Academic Writing in Macedonian
    • [EFE-104] Academic Writing in Albanian
    • [EFE-105] German Language (level 1 to 4)
    • [EFE-117] Environmental Protection
    • [EFE-121] Professional Careеr Development
    • [EFE-132] Human Rights and Freedoms

Semester 8

  • [EPS7020] [6 ECTS] Euro-Atlantic Security Institutions
    The course is designed as an overview and interpretation of the genesis of the basic concepts and institutional mechanisms for the security of its member states and the North Atlantic Alliance partners, with particular reference to US and EU after the end of the Cold War, with particular emphasis the European Union and its member States. The objectives are: introduction of students in the modern development of security concepts in complex relations of the US with its European partners after 1989; EU efforts has to build its own identity and dilemmas on independent security policy; explanation of doubts and differences among EU members about the capabilities and benefits of developing and implementing an independent security policy; an overview of results and practical problems in the implementation of CFSP / ESDP; issues related to the connection of the Euro-Atlantic security concepts in Southeast Europe.
  • [CPS-801] [6 ECTS] Public Opinion Analysis
    The aim of this course is to focus on two general methods of analysis namely, quantitative and qualitative. Methods of quantitative analysis will deal with statistical analysis while qualitative will focus on understanding what methods to use when statistical-numerical analysis is not utilized. Moreover, this course through case studies will demonstrate methods of research, analysis of social science research, methods of research design, and implementation of empirical design as well as multivariate analysis.
  • [CPS-802] [6 ECTS] Contemporary Geopolitical Issues
    The aim of the course is: Students to gain knowledge on the course of geopolitical processes, the main problems in global politics and their impact on international relations in general. Especially at the present moment of world order when the return of the old geopolitics from the cold war is presaged after the events in Georgia, Ukraine and Syria.
  • [CPA-803] [6 ECTS] Project - Case study
    This is a diploma work activity and professional placement project. Students are required to write a project, usually related to their diploma work, to outline the structure of the project, to do research and write down the report.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [CPS-401] Political Parties and Election Models
    • [EPS-401] Institutions and Policies of ЕU
    • [EPS-402] Ethics in Politics
    • [EPS-403] Introduction to Public Administration
    • [EPS-405] Introduction to Economy
    • [EPS-502] Religion and Politics
    • [EPS-701] Communication and Political Marketing
    • [CPS-303] Constitutional Law
    • [CPA-502] Systems of Local Government
    • [EPS-601] Social State and Policy
    • [EPS-603] Youth and Politics
    • [EPS-702] Public Law
    • [EPS-703] Career Opportunies Searchig Strategies
    • [?PS8020] Social Policy
    • [EPS8010] Contemporary Administrative Systems
    • [EPS7030] International Policy Analysis
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