Name of the curriculum: “International Relations and European Integration”
Curriculum type: Political sciences and civic education curriculum – 9-month certificate programme on International Relations, Diplomacy and European Integration
Aim: After completing the studies at ESD, the student will acquire knowledge and skills in order to start working in the field of international relations.
Learning outcomes of the student:
- she/he has an overview of international relations theories, knows how to compare, contrast and analyse them;
- grasps the main topics of international relations (foreign policy, security policy, international law, European Union, international economics
- grasps the main topics of the priority regions of international relations, such as Asia, Africa, Middle-East, Russia, the United States;
- has acquired practical skills in the field of diplomacy – diplomatic skills, protocol, public diplomacy, intercultural communication, international negotiations.
Target group and requirements: students who are interested in international relations. The student holds at least a BA degree and his/her level of English both in oral and written form enables him/her to participate actively in class and study independently at home.
Volume of studies: 2018/2019 curriculum consists of 69 credit points. The student needs to complete 60 points minimum in order to graduate – 30 credit points of compulsory courses (marked with letter C in the curriculum) and 30 credit points of optional courses (marked with letter O in the curriculum). The volume of studies (69 credit points) consists of 368 academic hours of classroom work and approximately 750 academic hours of independent work.
Learning process: courses are taught 4 afternoons per week, usually Tuesday to Friday, 4.45-7.45 PM, in English. Classroom based work is either in lecture or seminar format, in case of practical courses various exercises will be conducted. Course content and list of reading material per course can be found either on Moodle or below in the curriculum. *ESD has the right to make changes in the curriculum if there is a need. All the changes will be communicated timely to the students.
Class environment: classroom, equipped with all the necessary items, e.g. projector, PC, screen, board, speakers, accommodates 25 people.
Completion of studies: Examination criteria for the courses can be found in the curriculum. The successful student (having obtained minimum 60 credit points) will be awarded a certificate and an academic record. The latter will not be awarded to the student in case of any unfulfilled duties towards ESD, such as unpaid study fees. In case the student does not manage to collect necessary credit points, he/she will be awarded a proof of only positively passed courses. Students taking individual courses will also be awarded a proof.
Lecturers: Courses taught at ESD will be conducted by Estonian and foreign experts.
AUTUMN TERM 2018
SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 – DECEMBER 14, 2018
16.45 - 19.45
|CP||Form of examination|
|Theories of International Relations (C)||Mike Winnerstig, PhD||Swedish Defense Research Agency||18.09-21.09||3||Essay:
|International Law (C)||René Värk, dr Iur||Tartu University||25.09-28.09,|
|International Organisations and Multilateral Cooperation (O)||Viljar Veebel, PhD||Estonian School of Diplomacy||16.10-19.10||3||In-class assignments + final test: 26.11.18|
|International Economics (C)||Meelis Kitsing, PhD||Estonian Business School||23.10-26.10||3||Presentation + essay: 05.11.2018|
|European Security and Defence Organisations in Theory and Practice (O)||Viljar Veebel, PhD||Estonian School of Diplomacy||13.11-16.11||3||In-class assignments|
|Cyber Diplomacy (C)||Marina Kaljurand, MA||Global Commission on the Stability of Cybersecurity||20.11-22.11||3||Memo: 15.12.2018|
|Diplomatic Skills Training (C)||Michael Roberts, MA||Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies||04.12-07.12||3||Class attendance|
|NATO: Needing Allies More Than Ever (O)||John Heffern, Amb ret||Georgetown University||11.12-13.12||3||Class attendance + participation|
SPRING TERM 2019
JANUARY 15 – MAY 31, 2019
|Subject||Lecturer||Institution||Time||CP||Form of examination|
|US Foreign Policy (O)||Matthew Crandall, PhD||Tallinn University||15.01-18.01||3||Textual Analysis 28.01 + exam:
|Introduction to the European Union: Institutions, Decision-Making, and Legal Framework (C)||Stefano Braghiroli, PhD||Tartu University, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies||22.01-25.01||3||Critical review 15.02 + final test: 25.02.19|
|Foreign Policy Analysis (O)||Kevin Blachford, PhD||Tallinn University||28.01-30.01, 01.02||3||Policy paper: 01.03.19|
|European Economic Integration (C)||Stefano Braghiroli, PhD||Tartu University, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies||05.02-08.02||3||In-class simulation 08.02 + final test: 13.03.19|
|Small States in International Relations (O)||Matthew Crandall, PhD||Tallinn University||12.02-15.02||3||Essay: 04.04.2019|
|Contemporary Africa (O)||Morten Bøås, PhD||Norwegian Institute of International Affairs||19.02-22.02||3||Essay: 25.03.2019|
|Europe, Russia and the Changing Global Order||Kristi Raik, PhD||Estonian Foreign Policy Institute||06.03-08.03||3||Essay: 12.04.2019|
|Diplomatic and Consular Law (C)||René Värk, dr Iur||Tartu University||11.03-12.03, 14.03-15.03||3||Exam: 29.03.19|
|Geopolitics in the Middle East (O)||Karl Toomet, MA||Estonian Defence Forces||19.03-22.03||3||Essay: 22.04.19|
|Strategic Communication (O)||Raul Rebane||Stratkom||02.04-05.04||3||TBC|
|Foreign Service (O)||Amb Raul Mälk||Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs||08.04, 11.04-12.04, 17.04||3||Exam: 29.04.19|
|Public Diplomacy Interactive Training (O)||Amb ret Gerhard Reiweger||Ambassador retired||02.05-04.05||3||Class attendance|
|International Negotiations (O)||Paul Meerts, PhD||Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations||14.05-17.05||3||In-class grading: 17.05.18|
* Practical Diplomacy (C), 3 CP – multiple visits to Embassies, public lectures etc throughout the study year