CURRICULUM 2018/2019

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.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2018 – DECEMBER 14, 2018

16.45 - 19.45
CPForm of examination
Theories of International Relations (C)Mike Winnerstig, PhD Swedish Defense Research Agency18.09-21.093Essay:
International Law (C)René Värk, dr IurTartu University25.09-28.09,
International Organisations and Multilateral Cooperation (O)Viljar Veebel, PhDEstonian School of Diplomacy16.10-19.103In-class assignments + final test: 26.11.18
International Economics (C)Meelis Kitsing, PhDEstonian Business School23.10-26.103Presentation + essay: 05.11.2018
European Security and Defence Organisations in Theory and Practice (O)Viljar Veebel, PhDEstonian School of Diplomacy13.11-16.113In-class assignments
Cyber Diplomacy (C)Marina Kaljurand, MAGlobal Commission on the Stability of Cybersecurity20.11-22.113Memo: 15.12.2018
Diplomatic Skills Training (C)Michael Roberts, MACentre for Political and Diplomatic Studies04.12-07.123Class attendance
NATO: Needing Allies More Than Ever (O)John Heffern, Amb retGeorgetown University 11.12-13.123Class attendance + participation

JANUARY 15 – MAY 31, 2019

SubjectLecturerInstitutionTimeCPForm of examination
US Foreign Policy (O)Matthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University15.01-18.013Textual Analysis 28.01 + exam:
Introduction to the European Union: Institutions, Decision-Making, and Legal Framework (C)Stefano Braghiroli, PhDTartu University, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies 22.01-25.013Critical review 15.02 + final test: 25.02.19
Foreign Policy Analysis (O)Kevin Blachford, PhDTallinn University28.01-30.01, 01.023Policy paper: 01.03.19
European Economic Integration (C)Stefano Braghiroli, PhDTartu University, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies 05.02-08.023In-class simulation 08.02 + final test: 13.03.19
Small States in International Relations (O)Matthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University12.02-15.023Essay: 04.04.2019
Contemporary Africa (O)Morten Bøås, PhD Norwegian Institute of International Affairs19.02-22.023Essay: 25.03.2019
Europe, Russia and the Changing Global OrderKristi Raik, PhDEstonian Foreign Policy Institute06.03-08.03 3Essay: 12.04.2019
Diplomatic and Consular Law (C)René Värk, dr IurTartu University11.03-12.03, 14.03-15.033Exam: 29.03.19
Geopolitics in the Middle East (O)Karl Toomet, MAEstonian Defence Forces19.03-22.033Essay: 22.04.19
Strategic Communication (O)Raul RebaneStratkom02.04-05.043TBC
Foreign Service (O)Amb Raul MälkEstonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs08.04, 11.04-12.04, 17.043Exam: 29.04.19
Public Diplomacy Interactive Training (O)Amb ret Gerhard ReiwegerAmbassador retired02.05-04.053Class attendance
International Negotiations (O)Paul Meerts, PhDClingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations14.05-17.053In-class grading: 17.05.18
Study visit21.05.19
Graduation ceremony24.05.19

* Practical Diplomacy (C), 3 CP – multiple visits to Embassies, public lectures etc throughout the study year