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Programme:

Political Sciences

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Contemporary Social Sciences
Programme Code: N-MPAPS120C
Academic year: 2017 / 2018
Title: Master in Political Sciences
ECTS: 120 (2 years) Accrediation
Decision: Decision for running of the program

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

  • [MCDP1020] [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.
  • [MCPS1014] [6 ECTS] 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.
  • [MCPS1015] [6 ECTS] Comparative Politics
    The course "Comparative Politics" 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 teaching this subject 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] Elective course
    • [EMPS1030] Public Policy Analysis
    • [MCDP2030] Diplomacy and Diplomatic Methods
    • [MCPS3310] Leadership and Organizational Development
    • [EMPS1031] World Politics
    • [MCDP2020] Еuropean Union: Institutions, Politics and Laws
    • [EMPS1032] Ethics in Politics
    • [EMPS1033] International Terrorism
    • [EMPS1034] Sustainable Development
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course

Semester 2

  • [MCPA3040] [6 ECTS] Political Management
    Main objectives of the course: - 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.
  • [MCPS3010] [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.
  • [EMPS2040] [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
    • [EMPS1030] Public Policy Analysis
    • [MCPS3310] Diplomacy and Diplomatic Methods
    • [MCDP2030] Leadership and Organizational Development
    • [EMPS1031] World Politics
    • [MCDP2020] Еuropean Union: Institutions, Politics and Laws
    • [EMPS1032] Ethics in Politics
    • [EMPS1033] International Terrorism
    • [EMPS1034] Sustainable Development
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course
    • [MFE01] Rhetoric
    • [MFE02] Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • [MFE03] Selected Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • [MFE04] Selected Advanced Topics in Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • [MFE05] Professional Communication
    • [MFE09] Labor Market
    • [MFE08] Methodology of Teaching
    • [MFE10] Philosophy of Social Sciences
    • [MFE11] Project Management
    • [MFE12] Optimization Methods
    • [MFE13] Ethical and Legal Issues in Information Technology (IT)
    • [MFE14] Protection of Human Rights

Semester 3

  • [MCPA1010] [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.
  • [MCPS3011] [6 ECTS] Society and Politics
    The course "Society and Politics" aims providing postgraduate studies with extended knowledge in the field of social movements and flows. The course covers the analysis of theories of society and politics, as well as the practical application and effects of these. Special attention is paid to the main ideas behind the theories as well as the similarities and differences between them. It is about an object that performs, among other things, the processing of some basic social movements, starting with those that we all face as citizens and academics. The students are provided with a full range of literature from domestic and foreign authors, which will enable them to expand and develop their knowledge in the areas of topics that are subject to analysis. As the objectives of this course can be highlighted the following: - To acquire appropriate knowledge in the field of society and politics; - To understand the basic concepts and theories of society and politics; - To create logical and critical thinking about the scientific framework of society and politics; - To be able to recognize basic paradigms and directions in society and politics;
  • [MCPS3012] [6 ECTS] System of International Humanitarian Law
    The purpose of this course is to study the international system of human rights, politics and practice. The course will examine global and regional mechanisms for the protection of human rights, as well as international humanitarian law and international criminal law. It will analyze and debate on current issues and developments in the field of human rights. The aim is to promote a critical understanding of the roles, evolution and future of international human rights institutions. Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to understand the institutional foundations of the modern international human rights regime and understand the role of numerous actors involved in the promotion and protection of human rights.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [EMPS1030] Public Policy Analysis
    • [MCPS3310] Diplomacy and Diplomatic Methods
    • [MCDP2030] Leadership and Organizational Development
    • [EMPS1031] World Politics
    • [MCDP2020] Еuropean Union: Institutions, Politics and Laws
    • [EMPS1032] Ethics in Politics
    • [EMPS1033] International Terrorism
    • [EMPS1034] Sustainable Development
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [EMPS1030] Public Policy Analysis
    • [MCPS3310] Diplomacy and Diplomatic Methods
    • [MCDP2030] Leadership and Organizational Development
    • [EMPS1031] World Politics
    • [MCDP2020] Еuropean Union: Institutions, Politics and Laws
    • [EMPS1032] Ethics in Politics
    • [EMPS1033] International Terrorism
    • [EMPS1034] Sustainable Development

Semester 4

  • [PAPS-THESIS-120] [30 ECTS] Master Thesis
    After passing examinations, the student may begin the procedure of filing, making and public defense of thesis topic. The student chooses the mentor, who gives him instructions for preparation of the application of master theses. The application must be granted by the Graduate Studies Educational Collegium and the Scientific and Academic Council of the Faculty. After preparing the final version of Masters Thesis, Academic-Scientific Council of Faculty forms a three-member committee, which prepares the report, which is may be accepted or rejected. The positive report is approved by the Academic-Scientific Council and it is set the date of public defense.
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