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: 2021/2022 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.

13 OCTOBER 2020 – 18 DECEMBER 2020

SubjectLecturerInstitutionTime
16.45 - 19.45 PM
CPForm of examination 
International EconomicsMeelis Kitsing, PhDEstonian Business School13.10-16.103Essay: 07.11.2020
Intercultural DiplomacyElizabeth Kasa MälksooFreelance trainer20.10-23.103Essay: 16.11.2020
International RelationsKevin Blachford, PhDBaltic Defence College27.10-30.103Essay: 28.11.2020
Diplomatic Skills TrainingMichael Roberts, MACentre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, Ambassador (ret) UK10.11-13.113Class participation
The Near Abroad Policy of the Russian Federation and
the Political-Philosophical Foundations Thereof
Harry Lahtein, MAEstonian Defence Forces17.11-20.113Essay: 17.12.2020
International LawRené Värk, Dr. Iur

Tartu University23.11-26.11
07.12-10.12
6Exam: 25.01.2021
Foreign Policy AnalysisKevin Blachford, PhDBaltic Defence College11.12; 15.12-17.123Policy paper: 13.01.2021

19 JANUARY 2021 – 11 JUNE 2021

SubjectLecturerInstitutionTimeCPForm of examination
US Foreign PolicyMatthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University19.01-22.013Exam: 11.02.2020
EU History, Institutions, and Policy-MakingStefano Braghiroli, PhDUniversity of Tartu, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies26.01-29.01
02.02-05.02
6In-class simulation + Test: 22.02.2021 + Essay: 27.02.2021
Asia-Pacific and the Great Power RebalancingMats KuuskemaaE-Residency, Enterprise Estonia16.02-19.023Essay: 15.03.2021
Diplomatic and Consular LawRené Värk, Dr. IurUniversity of Tartu15.-16.03
18.-19.03
3Exam: 05.04.2021
Small States in International RelationsMatthew Crandall, PhDTallinn University29.03-01.043Essay: 21.04.2021
Intelligence and Counterintelligence: An
Overlooked Dimension of Foreign Relations
Ivo Juurvee, PhDInternational Centre for Defence & Security (ICDS)06.04-09.043Written assignment 02.05.2021
Defense and Security in Northern Europe: Current Baltic, Nordic and Arctic Security IssuesMartin Hurt, MAInternational Centre for Defence & Security (ICDS)13.04-16.043Essay: 09.05.2021
Contemporary AfricaMorten Bøås, PhD Norwegian Institute of International Affairs20.04-23.043Essay: 16.05.2021
The MENA Shatterbelt: Between Domestic Turmoil and Power ProjectionWolfgang Mühlberger, MAFinnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)04.05-07.053Reflection paper: 10.05.2021
Baltic States in International PoliticsMari-Liis Sulg, MAEstonian School of Diplomacy/ Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies11.05-14.053In-class presentations: 14.05.2021 + Short discussion paper: 31.05.2021
International NegotiationsPaul Meerts, PhDClingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations18.05-21.053Written assignment:
23.05.2021
Working with and Influencing International Organisations (with special reference to the EU, UN and NATO)Michael Roberts, MACentre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, Ambassador (ret) UK25.05-28.053Class attendance
Public Diplomacy interactive trainingAmb ret Gerhard ReiwegerAmbassador retired, Vienna Diplomatic Academy02.06-04.063Class attendance
Study visit08.06.21
Graduation ceremony11.06.21

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 KuuskemaaE-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 University22.03-25.033Exam: 13.04.2022
The MENA Shatterbelt: Between Domestic Turmoil and Power ProjectionWolfgang Mühlberger, MAFIIA05.04-08.043TBC
Baltic States in International PoliticsMari-Liis Sulg, MAUniversity of Tartu, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies19.04-21.04, 02.053Presentations: 02.05.2022 + short discussion paper: 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
Study visit24.05.2022
Graduation ceremony27.05.2022

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