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: 2020/2021 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.
AUTUMN TERM 2020
OCTOBER 13, 2020-DECEMBER 18, 2020
16.45 - 19.45 PM
|CP||Form of examination|
|International Economics||Meelis Kitsing, PhD||Estonian Business School||13.10-16.10||3||Essay: 07.11.2020|
|Intercultural Diplomacy||Elizabeth Kasa Mälksoo||Freelance trainer||20.10-23.10||3||Written assignment: 16.11.2020 |
|International Relations||Kevin Blachford, PhD||Baltic Defence College||27.10-30.10||3||Essay: 25.11.2020|
|Diplomatic Skills Training||Michael Roberts, MA||Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, Ambassador (ret) UK||10.11-13.11||3||Class participation|
|The Near Abroad Policy of the Russian Federation and |
the Political-Philosophical Foundations Thereof
|Harry Lahtein, MA||Estonian Defence Forces||17.11-20.11||3||Essay: 17.12.2020|
|International Law||René Värk, Dr. Iur||Tartu University||01.12-04.12 |
|Foreign Policy Analysis||Kevin Blachford, PhD||Baltic Defence College||15.12-18.12||3||Policy paper: 13.01.2021|
SPRING TERM 2021
JANUARY 19, 2021–JUNE 11, 2021
|Subject||Lecturer||Institution||Time||CP||Form of examination|
|US Foreign Policy||Matthew Crandall, PhD||Tallinn University||19.01-22.01||3||Exam: 11.02.2020|
|EU History, Institutions, and Policy-Making||Stefano Braghiroli, PhD||University of Tartu, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies||26.01-29.01|
|6||In-class simulation + Test: 22.02.2021 + Essay: 27.02.2021|
|Asia-Pacific and the Great Power Rebalancing||Mats Kuuskemaa||E-Residency, Enterprise Estonia||16.02-19.02||3||Essay: 15.03.2021|
|Contemporary Africa||Morten Bøås, PhD||Norwegian Institute of International Affairs||02.03-05.03||3||Essay: 28.03.2021|
|Working with and Influencing International |
Organisations (with special reference to the EU, OSCE and UN)
|Michael Roberts, MA||Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, Ambassador (ret) UK||09.03-12.03||3||TBC|
|Diplomatic and Consular Law||René Värk, Dr. Iur||University of Tartu||16.03-19.03||3||Exam: 05.04.2021|
|The MENA Shatterbelt: Between Domestic |
Turmoil and Power Projection
|Wolfgang Mühlberger, MA||Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)||29.03-01.04||3||Essay: 21.04.2021 TBC|
|Intelligence and Counterintelligence: An |
Overlooked Dimension of Foreign Relations
|Ivo Juurvee, PhD||International Centre for Defence & Security (ICDS)||06.04-09.04||3||In-class presentation 09.04.21 +written assignment 25.04.2021|
|Defense and Security in Northern Europe: Current Baltic, Nordic and Arctic Security Issues||Amb ret Pauli Järvenpää||Ambassador (ret) Finland||13.04-16.04||3||Essay: 08.05.2021|
|Small States in International Relations||Matthew Crandall, PhD||Tallinn University||04.05-07.05||3||Essay: 23.05.2021|
|Baltic States in International Politics||Mari-Liis Sulg, MA||Estonian School of Diplomacy/ Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies||11.05-14.05||3||In-class presentations: 14.05.2021 + Short discussion paper: 27.05.2021|
|International Negotiations||Paul Meerts, PhD||Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations||18.05-21.05||3||In-class grading:
|Public Diplomacy interactive training||Amb ret Gerhard Reiweger||Ambassador retired, Vienna Diplomatic Academy||02.06-04.06||3||Class attendance|