CURRICULUM 2019/2020

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: 2019/2020 curriculum consists of 66 credit points. The student needs to complete 60 points minimum in order to graduate. The volume of studies (66 credit points) consists of 352 academic hours of classroom work and approximately 700 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 in due course. *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 16, 2019 – DECEMBER 19, 2019

16.45 - 19.45
CPForm of examination 
International RelationsKevin Blachford,PhDTallinn University17.09 - 20.093Essay: 19.10.2019
International Law René Värk, Dr. IurTartu University07.10- 08.10
10.10 - 11.10
14.10 - 15.10
17.10 - 18.10
6Exam: 11.11.2019
Intercultural Communication Paul Hendrix, MAClingendael01.10 - 03.103Class participation
International Organisations Matthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University22.10 - 25.103Essay: 23.11.2019
Small States in International RelationsMatthias Maass, PhDYonsei University4.11 - 7.113Essay: 07.12.2019
International Economics Meelis Kitsing, PhDEBS12.11 - 15.113Essay: 01.12.2019
Diplomatic Skills TrainingMichael Roberts, MACentre for Political and
Diplomatic Studies

26.11 - 29.113Class participation
Foreign Policy AnalysisKevin Blachford,PhDTallinn University10.12 - 13.123Policy paper: 06.01.2020

JANUARY 13 – MAY 31, 2020

SubjectLecturerInstitutionTimeCPForm of examination
Protocol & EtiquetteLauri BambusMinistry of Foreign Affairs14.01 - 16.013Coursework in pairs: 26.01.2020
US Foreign PolicyMatthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University21.01 - 24.013Exam: 10.02.2020
Asia-Pacific and the Great Power Rebalancing Mats KuuskemaaE-Residency 28.01-31.01 3Essay: 21.02.2020
EU History, Institutions, and Policy-MakingStefano Braghiroli, PhDUniversity of Tartu, Johan
Skytte Institute of Political
04.02 - 07.02
11.02 - 13.02
6In-class simulation +
Test: 02.03.2020 + Essay:07.03.2020
Contemporary AfricaMorten Bøås, PhD Norwegian Institute of
International Affairs
25.02 - 28.023Essay: 27.03.2020
Cyber SecurityRain Ottis, PhD + Eneken Tikk, Dr. IurTalTech03.03 - 06.033Test: 30.03.2020
Baltic States in International PoliticsMari-Liis Sulg, MAUniversity of Tartu, Johan
Skytte Institute of Political
11.03 - 13.03
3Presentations: 16.03.2020 + short discussion paper: 10.04.2020
Intelligence and Counterintelligence: An
Overlooked Dimension of
Foreign Relations
Ivo Juurvee, PhDICDS17.03 - 20.033In-class simulation (18.03.2020) + in-class presentation (20.03.2020) + written assignment (21.04.2020)
The MENA Shatterbelt: Between Domestic Turmoil and Power ProjectionWolfgang Mühlberger, MAFIIA06.04 - 09.043Essay: 27.04.2020
Public Speaking and Media RelationsHannes Rumm, MAMedia Focus 14.04 - 17.043Presentation: 17.04.2020
Public Diplomacy Interactive Training Amb ret Gerhard ReiwegerAmbassador retired, Vienna
Diplomatic Academy
06.05 - 08.053Class attendance
International Negotiations Paul Meerts, PhDClingendael, Netherlands
Institute of International

12.05 - 15.053In-class grading:
Study visit19.05.20
Graduation ceremony22.05.20