Academic Programme

ESD offers a nine-month post-graduate certificate programme in the theory and practice of International Relations and European Integration. In this programme, students acquire the academic and practical skills necessary for a successful career in the international arena.

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: 2022/2023 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 on Moodle. *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 25-30 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.

Information about tuition fees and scholarships is provided here.

14 SEPTEMBER 2021 – 13 DECEMBER 2021

SubjectLecturerInstitutionTime
16.45 - 19.45
CPForm of examination 
International RelationsKevin Blachford,PhDBaltic Defence College14.09-17.093Essay: 09.10.2021
International EconomicsMeelis Kitsing, PhDEBS21.09-24.093Essay: 17.10.2021
Intercultural Competences for DiplomatsElizabeth Kasa MälksooFreelance trainer28.09-01.103Essay: 30.10.2021
International LawRené Värk, Dr. IurTartu University11.10-12.10
14.10-15.10
08.11-09.11
11.11-12.11
6Exam: 29.11.2021
Small States in International RelationsMatthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University19.10-22.103Essay: 21.11.2021
International NegotiationsPaul Meerts, PhDClingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations02.11-05.113In-class grading
Diplomacy: history, theory and practiceAmb ret Raul Mälk16.11-19.113Exam: 13.12.2021
Foreign Policy AnalysisAmb ret Taavi Toom30.11-03.123Policy paper: 09.01.2022
Cyberspace Considerations for National and International SecurityAmb Shota GvineriaBaltic Defence College07.12-10.123Exam or essay: 17.01.2022

11 JANUARY 2022 – 27 MAY 2022

SubjectLecturerInstitutionTimeCPForm of examination
Asia-Pacific and the Great Power RebalancingMats Kuuskemaa, PhDE-Residency11.01-14.013Essay: 06.02.2022
EU History, Institutions, and Policy-MakingStefano Braghiroli, PhDUniversity of Tartu, Johan
Skytte Institute of Political
Studies
18.01-21.01
25.01-28.01
6In-class simulation +
Test: 21.02.2022 + Essay: 28.02.2022
Contemporary AfricaMorten Bøås, PhD Norwegian Institute of
International Affairs
08.02-11.023Essay: 06.03.2022
Intelligence and Counterintelligence: An
Overlooked Dimension of Foreign Relations
Ivo Juurvee, PhDInternational Centre for Defence & Security (ICDS)15.02-17.02, 14.033Homework presentations: 14.03.2022
Diplomatic and Consular LawRené Värk, Dr. IurUniversity of Tartu07.03-08.03
10.03-11.03
3Exam: 30.03.2022 TBC
Defense and Security in Northern Europe: Current Baltic, Nordic and Arctic Security IssuesMartin Hurt, MAInternational Centre for Defence & Security (ICDS)15.03-18.033In-class group work + Essay: 17.04.2022
US Foreign PolicyMatthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University22.03-25.033Essay: 25.04.2022
The MENA Shatterbelt: Between Domestic Turmoil and Power ProjectionWolfgang Mühlberger, MAFIIA04.04-07.043Essay: 05.05.2022
Baltic States in International PoliticsMari-Liis Sulg, MA
Harry Lahtein, MA
University of Tartu, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies22.04.
25-27.04.
3Essay: 08.05.2022
Diplomatic Skills TrainingAmb ret Michael RobertsCentre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, Ambassador (ret) UK03.05-06.053In-class grading:
06.05.2022
Public Diplomacy Interactive TrainingAmb ret Gerhard ReiwegerAmbassador retired, Vienna
Diplomatic Academy
10.05-13.053Class attendance
Graduation ceremony27.05.2022

11 OCTOBER 2022 – 16 DECEMBER 2022

SubjectLecturerInstitutionTime
16.45 - 19.45 PM
CPForm of examination 
Small States in International RelationsMatthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University11.10-14.10.223Essay
International EconomicsMeelis Kitsing, PhD
Estonian Business School18.10-21.10.223Essay
International Relations
Martin Brown, PhDVisiting Researcher, Department of Law (International Relations), TalTech25.10-28.10.223Essay
International Negotiations

Paul Meerts, PhD
Clingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations01.11-04.11.223In-class grading
Diplomatic Skills I
Amb ret Michael RobertsCentre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, Ambassador (ret) UK15.11-18.11.223In-class grading
Etiquette, Protocol and Digital Diplomacy
Amb ret Taavi Toom22.11-24.11.22
3Presentation 29.11.22
International Law
René Värk, Dr. IurTartu University
05-06.12, 08-09.12
12-13.12, 15-16.12
6Exam Time TBC

17 JANUARY 2023 – 09 JUNE 2023

SubjectLecturerInstitutionTimeCPForm of examination
EU History, Institutions, and Policy-MakingStefano Braghiroli, PhDUniversity of Tartu, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies17.01-20.01.23
24.01-27.01.23
6TBC
Diplomatic Skills IIMichael Roberts, MACentre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, Ambassador (ret) UK31.02-03.02.233In-class grading
Diplomatic and Consular LawRené Värk, Dr. IurUniversity of Tartu13-14.02, 16.02-17.023Exam
Foreign Policy AnalysisAmb ret Taavi Toom20.02-23.02.233TBC
US Foreign PolicyMatthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University07.03-10.03.23 TBC3Essay
Asia-Pacific and the Great Power RebalancingMats Kuuskemaa, PhDE-Residency14.03-17.03.23 TBC3Essay
The MENA Shatterbelt: Between Domestic Turmoil and Power ProjectionWolfgang Mühlberger, MANorwegian Institute of International Affairs28.03-31.03.23 TBC3TBC
Contemporary AfricaMorten Bøås, PhD Norwegian Institute of
International Affairs
04.04-07.04.23 TBC3Essay
Intelligence and Counterintelligence: An Overlooked Dimension of Foreign Relations
Ivo Juurvee, PhDInternational Centre for Defence & Security (ICDS)
18.04-21.04.23 TBC
3Presentation
Defense and Security in Northern Europe: Current Baltic, Nordic and Arctic Security IssuesMartin Hurt, MA
International Centre for Defence & Security (ICDS)
25.04-28.04.23 TBC
3In-class group work+ Essay
Cyberspace Considerations for National and International Security
Amb Shota Gvineria
Baltic Defence College
09.05-12.05.23 TBC
3Exam or Essay
Public Diplomacy interactive training
Amb ret Gerhard ReiwegerAmbassador retired, Vienna Diplomatic Academy
16.05-19.05.23 TBC
3Class attendance
Public speaking and Communication with Media
Hannes Rumm
23.05-26.05.23 TBC
3TBC

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