Course Catalogue

Title: Theories of International Relations (3 ECTS)   (compulsory course)

Lecturer: Dr Mike Winnerstig, Swedish Defence Research Agency

Assignment: Essay

Course description: The class provides a broad overview of the development of IR and its competing approaches, and applies them to several concrete cases in the international political economy, security studies, and foreign policies of major powers.

Title: International Law (6ECTS)    (compulsory course)

Lecturer: René Värk, dr iur, Associate Professor of International Law, University of Tartu, Associate Professor of Constitutional and International Law, Estonian National Defence College

Assignment: Exam (open questions)

Course description: The course gives the students general knowledge of the basic principles and main branches of international law (jurisdiction and immunity, responsibility, peaceful settlement of disputes, law of treaties, human rights, use of armed force and law of armed conflict). The issues connected to the United Nations are addressed throughout the course. In addition to the theoretical basis, relevant practice of states, courts and international organizations is examined in connection with discussed topics.

Title: Political Theories and Systems (3 ECTS)        (compulsory course)

Lecturer: Tõnis Saarts, MA, Tallinn University

Assignment: Exam (open questions)

Course description: The course provides an outline of the major fields of research in political science: political systems, political regimes, political participation, political ideologies, parties, elections and the government.

The course addresses the major concepts, models and theories in the field of political science. The course also aims to raise the students’ interest in political science and provides them analytical tools for assessing the everyday politics. The reading materials support the discussion in the seminar and the seminar papers written for the course aim to develop the students’ analytical skills.

Title: International Organisations (3ECTS)           (optional course)

Lecturer: Dr Viljar Veebel, Associate Professor, Baltic Defence College

Assignment: Project proposal

Title: E-Governance and Cyber Security (3ECTS)        (optional course)

Lecturer: Raul Rikk, MA, Programme Director of National Cyber Security, E-Governance Academy

Assignment: In-class presentation

Course description: The course provides understanding on information society, e-governance, cyber threats and national cyber security. Upon completion of this course, students should be familiar with the important aspects of information society and its development – what is the information society and e-governance, how does the Internet work, how is the global Internet governed, what are the major IT development indices, how societies could benefit from e-services. Also, students will understand the cyber security aspects of national security – what are the major cyber threats, who are behind cyber-attacks, why cyber security is a complicated security area, how countries ensure national cyber security, how to measure national cyber security capacity.

Title: International Economics (3ECTS)       (compulsory course)

Lecturer: Dr Meelis Kitsing, Lecturer, Estonian Business School

Assignment: Essay

Course description: This course introduces students to the economic and political economy theories of International economics and their application to the real world.

Compare alternative theories of international trade • Analyze and test international trade models • Evaluate the impact of tariffs and non-tariff barriers • Identify the validity and efficiency of protectionist policies • Understand the impact of preferential trade arrangements • Read and analyze the nation’s balance of payment • Understand how a foreign exchange market operates • Explain movements in the value of the U.S. dollar, Euro and other currencies in response to changes in the world economy and macroeconomic policies • Compare the exchange rate regimes and international monetary standards • Analyze international investment, banking, debt, and risk • Explain financial crises, their causes and solutions .

Title: Contemporary Middle East (3 ECTS)     (optional course)

Lecturer: Peeter Raudsik, MA, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (Qatar)

Assignment: Essay

Course description: Over the past three decades, the decision making of the Middle East has effectively pivoted towards the Gulf Arab States. In light of the recent turmoils in former power centres of Cairo, Damascus and Baghdad, new influential forces have emerged in Doha, Ar-Riyadh, and Abu Dhabi.

This class focuses on the implications of this power shift, examining its effects both for the regional political landscape and social relations. The aim is to familiarize students with a broad variety of authors and theoretical perspectives (Arab and Western), which help them to understand the often conflicting new power dynamics of the contemporary Middle East regional order.

Title: Diplomatic Skills Training (3ECTS)    (compulsory course)

Lecturer: Amb Michael Roberts, Consultant, the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies (UK)

Assignment: Class attendance

Course description: This module will aim to enhance the ability of participants to think politically and to develop the skills needed to draft briefs and reports effectively through the use of practical exercises.  Illustrating best practice in political analysis, it will provide the opportunity to practice writing effectively for the analyst’s intended audience, and for making best use of the intellectual and analytical tools of the trade. The module will also guide participants on the drafting of different types of high quality documents commonly used in diplomacy.   It will illustrate internationally accepted formats and templates for diplomatic correspondence – forms of address, salutation, content and endings. The module will draw on current issues of international policy for its material.

Title: Political Radicalisation and Rise of Authoritarianism in Europe in the 21st Century (3ECTS)    (optional course)

Lecturer: Dr Viljar Veebel, Associate Professor , Baltic Defence College

Assignment: Essay

Title: US Foreign Policy (3ECTS)   (optional course)

Lecturer: Dr Matthew Crandall, Associate Professor of International Relations, Tallinn University

Assignment: Policy textual analysis + exam (open questions)

Course description: This course would provide both an overview and an analytical understanding of US foreign policy.  The overview of US foreign policy would be from 1796 to 2017.  The analytical aspect would be looking at the inputs involved in forming US foreign policy and the grand strategies available to the US at the end of the cold war.

Title: Russian Foreign Policy (3ECTS)   (optional course)

Lecturer: Kalev Stoicescu, Research Fellow, ICDS

Assignment: In-class essay

Title: Contemporary Africa (3ECTS)   (optional course)

Lecturer: Dr Morten Bøås, Researcher, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Assignment: Essay

Course description: This course will not only offer a state-of-the art based understanding of African politics, but will also analyse trends, scenarios and dynamics in contemporary Africa of 2018, describing and identifying issues and hotspots by focusing on three interlinked regional scenarios: West Africa and the Sahel; Central Africa; and Southern Africa.

Title: European Economic Integration (3ECTS)  (compulsory course)

Lecturer: Dr Andrew Rozeik, Innovation Consultant, Innovative Technology and Science Ltd

Assignment: Exam (multiple questions)

Course description: This course offers an economic analysis of the European integration process. It first looks at the history of EU integration and the decision-making structures in place. The next part focuses on the economic analysis of various policies such as the common agricultural policy, regional policy, competition policy, trade policy, labour and social policy, EU enlargement and migration. The third part covers the European monetary union (monetary integration) and the future (dis)integration of the EU.

Title: EU Institutions and Decision-Making (3ECTS)    (compulsory course)

Lecturer: Dr Laure Delcour, College of Europe

Assignment: Exam

Course description: The purpose of the course is to give the students a general overview of the European Union as an international organisation, its constitutional basis, its institutional framework and interplay between the relevant actors in decision-making. In order to do so the course focuses on enhancing the understanding of the main principles of EU policy making, rules and practices governing the decision-making within and between the relevant institutions, the main tools of EU policy-making, including its legal sources and their hierarchy. The students will also be provided with an introduction to the system of legal protection in the European Union.

Title: European Security (3ECTS)     (optional course)

Lecturer: Dr Mike Winnerstig, Swedish Defence Research Agency

Assignment: Essay

Course description: The course takes as its point of departure a set of European theories of international relations, and uses these for a multi-faceted analysis of the key international-political issues of the current European setting. These include an in-depth understanding of the workings of the European Union’s foreign and defence policies, NATO, the United States and its role in Europe, the specific problems of the Baltic Sea area and the role of Russia in the European security context.

Title: Diplomatic and Consular Law (3ECTS)   (compulsory course)

Lecturer: René Värk, dr iur, Associate Professor of International Law, University of Tartu, Associate Professor of Constitutional and International Law, Estonian National Defence College

Assignment: Exam (open questions)

Course description: The course gives students an overview of the legal regulations concerning diplomatic and consular relations (establishment of relations and missions, functions, privileges and immunities, remedies) as well as of relevant State and court practice.

Title: International Conflicts (3ECTS)    (optional course)

Lecturer: Iulii Selianko, MA, Data Research and Development Agency,

Assignment: In class test+essay

Course description: The course provides understanding on conditions that make for armed conflict and peace in world politics, as well as the range of possible solutions that might help to prevent conflicts in the future. Upon completion of this course, students should be familiar with the factors that create, worsen, or reduce armed conflicts. The course helps students to develop an understanding of different processes and strategies of conflict transformation and the conditions and circumstances necessary for lasting peace. Students will receive an overview of the international conflicts, typologies of modern conflict and the methods of conflict management. Students should be able to apply these methods in examining real-world scenarios, such as studying historical cases of war or assessing the prospects for future conflict in troubled areas of the world.

Title: Foreign Service (3 ECTS)   (optional course)

Lecturer: Amb Raul Mälk, Ambassador-at-Large for Baltic Sea Region, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Estonia

Assignment: written exam (multiple-choice answers test and open questions)

Course description: General purpose of the course is to give to the students a general overview of the modern practical diplomacy, it is about how the things are done in everyday Diplomacy, not about why or concrete results. For more experienced participants it is also an opportunity to compare different practices and methods of their respective MFAs.

Title: Foreign Policy of India (3 ECTS)  (optional course)

Lecturer: Shashank Joshi, Senior Research Fellow, RUSI

Assignment: Essay (3000-4000 words)

Course description: This course addresses the foreign, security, and defence policies of India from independence in 1947 to the present, with a focus on contemporary issues. It examines the historical and residual role of colonialism and non-alignment in Indian foreign policy thinking; the evolution of key relationships with Pakistan, China, and the United States; India’s principal security challenges; and India’s approach to broader issues such as humanitarian intervention and climate change.

Title: Foreign Policy of China (3 ECTS)  (optional course)

Lecturer: Toomas Tiivel, Amb, Tallinn University of Technology

Assignment: Essay

Course description: This course provides the basics on the history of China in the XX and XXI centuries. The formation of the Chinese state, the relations with its neighbours in Asia – Japan, Korea, India, Russia, the relations with USA, European Union and other bigger international organisations

Title: Public Diplomacy interactive training (3 ECTS) (optional course)

Lecturer: Amb Gerhard Reiweger, Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Assignment: class attendance

Title: International Negotiations (3 ECTS) (optional course)

Lecturer: Paul Meerts, PhD, Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations

Assigment: class based grading