CURRICULUM 2020/2021

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.


OCTOBER 13, 2020-DECEMBER 18, 2020

16.45 - 19.45 PM
CPForm of examination 
International EconomicsMeelis Kitsing, PhDEstonian Business School13.10-16.103Essay: 07.11.2020
Intercultural DiplomacyElizabeth Kasa MälksooFreelance trainer20.10-23.103Written assignment: 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
6Exam: 18.01.2021
Foreign Policy AnalysisKevin Blachford, PhDBaltic Defence College15.12-18.123Policy paper: 13.01.2021


JANUARY 19, 2021–JUNE 11, 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
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
Contemporary AfricaMorten Bøås, PhD Norwegian Institute of International Affairs02.03-05.033Essay: 28.03.2021
Working with and Influencing International
Organisations (with special reference to the EU, OSCE and UN)
Michael Roberts, MACentre for Political and Diplomatic Studies, Ambassador (ret) UK09.03-12.033TBC
Diplomatic and Consular LawRené Värk, Dr. IurUniversity of Tartu16.03-19.033Exam: 05.04.2021
The MENA Shatterbelt: Between Domestic
Turmoil and Power Projection
Wolfgang Mühlberger, MAFinnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)29.03-01.043Essay: 21.04.2021 TBC
Intelligence and Counterintelligence: An
Overlooked Dimension of Foreign Relations
Ivo Juurvee, PhDInternational Centre for Defence & Security (ICDS)06.04-09.043In-class presentation 09.04.21 +written assignment 25.04.2021
Defense and Security in Northern Europe: Current Baltic, Nordic and Arctic Security IssuesAmb ret Pauli Järvenpää Ambassador (ret) Finland 13.04-16.043Essay: 08.05.2021
Small States in International Relations Matthew Crandall, PhD Tallinn University04.05-07.053Essay: 23.05.2021
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: 27.05.2021
International Negotiations Paul Meerts, PhDClingendael, Netherlands Institute of International Relations18.05-21.053In-class grading:
Public Diplomacy interactive training Amb ret Gerhard ReiwegerAmbassador retired, Vienna Diplomatic Academy02.06-04.063Class attendance
Study visit08.06.21
Graduation ceremony11.06.21

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