Undergraduate Studies – International Relations and Diplomacy
WHY IS SPS THE BEST SCHOOL FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE IN MACEDONIA?
The School of Political Science offers a rich academic curriculum that exposes our students to cutting-edge knowledge transferred by leading scholars in the field. It provides students with a unique experience that enables them to explore and understand politics as a science and as a profession. The courses are designed to provide theoretical insight and ability to analyze politics at local, national and international level. By drawing on the rich professional and extensive academic achievements of our team, students gain practical skills and expand their decision making capacities.
TOP REASONS TO ENROLL AT OUR SCHOOL
- We create professionals who are capable of dealing with modern day challenges in the areas of international relations and diplomacy.
- Our courses are carefully designed to tackle some of the most important political issues today.
- We have a well-balanced combination of theoretical and practical knowledgedelivered interactively by professors, experts and career diplomats.
- We create a vivid environment for continuous interchange of professional experience among international professors, guest speakers and students.
- We offer an exceptional mix of the best practices of European and American educational systems.
- We involve our students in international research projects and activities.
- Our students benefit from the opportunity to take part in the Erasmus+European Mobility Program and spend a study semester at one of our partner universities in Europe.
- Prof. Zoran Shapurikj, PhD – Professor of European and Environmental Law
- Prof. Stevo Pendarovski, PhD – Professor of International Affairs and Security (on leave), incumbent President of the Republic of North Macedonia
- Prof. Ivan Dodovski, PhD – Dean of the School of Political Science
- Assoc. Prof. Marina Andeva, PhD – Associate Professor of European Law and Migration Studies
- Tihomir Janchovski, MA – Teaching Assistant in Modern History and Academic Writing
- Prof. Evica Delova Jolevska, PhD – Professor of Statistics, Director of Supervision and Licensing at the National Bank of Macedonia
- Assist. Prof. Dancho Markovski, PhD – Assistant Professor of International Law and Diplomacy
- Assist. Prof. Viktor Dimovski, PhD – Assistant Professor of Political Systems and Security Studies (on leave), incumbent Director of the Macedonian National Security Agency
- Assist. Prof. Vasilka Salevska-Trajkova, PhD – Assistant Professor of Administrative Law and Public Administration
- Assist. Prof. Ivan Stefanovski, PhD – Assistant Professor in Political Science and Constitutional Law
- Assist. Prof. Ivo Bosilkov, PhD – Assistant Professor in Political Science, Media and Communication
- Vincent Mosby, MA – Professor of Practice in US History
- Saso Ordanoski, PhD – Professor of Practice in Sociology
- Zhivko Gruevski, PhD – Professor of Practice in Theory and History of Diplomacy
- Ivan Stefanovski, PhD – Director of Eurothink Centre for European Strategies
- Marijana Opashinova Shundovska, PhD – Multilateral Cooperation Advisor at the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia
- Donatino Marcon, MA – Professor of Practice in Economic Diplomacy, former Italian Ambassador to Macedonia
- Prof. David McGaffey, PhD – Professor Emeritus in International Relations and Director of Global Stewards Institute – Berkeley, California, USA
- Prof. Robert Hudson, PhD – Professor in European History and Cultural Politics at the University of Derby, UK
- Prof. Dimitrios Akrivoulis, PhD – Professor of International Relations at the University of Macedonia and Visiting Professor at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization (UNESCO Chair, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
- Heinz Bongartz, PhD – Representative of Friedrich Ebert Stiftung to Kenya and UACS visiting lecturer in Sociology and Development Studies
The School of Political Science offers an ambitious and innovative study program, which aims to prepare the students for building a successful career and becoming professionals in their field.The study program prepares the students to cope with real-life situations, and it also helps them exploit the employment opportunities in the field of diplomacy and international relations.
Expected learning outcomes upon graduation:
- Knowledge and understanding of the international relations, and of the role of modern diplomacy in the globalized world;
- Ability to independently analyze the political and economic institutions and the processes which define the international system;
- Ability to apply diplomatic techniques and methods to achieve foreign policy objectives;
- Ability to assess and predict the developments within the international system and their effects on the foreign policy of the state;
- Communication skills to publicly express views and knowledge on foreign policy issues, and to participate actively in building the public diplomacy of the state.
- Ability to identify the needs for continuous learning by using electronic data bases, scientific works, open-access publications and internal reports on foreign policy issues and the diplomatic practice.
Our aim is not to teach theory and facts only, but also to enable the students to apply their knowledge and to gain practical skills. Along with lectures, we use advanced teaching tools such as:
- Case studies
- Role plays
- Simulation exercises
- Solving practical problems
- Individual and team projects (research papers, policy analyses, diplomatic cables)
Small class size enables every student to actively participate in the learning process. The class discussions are part of the course delivery. We are proud that our students gain knowledge and skills that enable them to immediately enter the real world.
After finishing the undergraduate studies and earning the BA degree at the School of Political Science, students can experience employment opportunities at a wide spectrum of:
- State and local institutions, government agencies and public bodies in the areas of international relations, applied politics and diplomacy, including the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, European Affairs, Defense, as well as intelligence agencies and international cooperation bodies.
- International governmental organizations and foreign diplomatic missions, including the OSCE, UNHCR, IOM, and foreign embassies.
- Non-governmental organizations and advocacy institutions in different fields seeking trained policy analysts, consultants, political correspondents, lobbyists, organizers and policy advisors.
TITLE AND DEGREE EARNED UPON GRADUATION
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science – Major: International Relations and Diplomacy
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DIPLOMACY
- International Organizations and Institutions
- Theory and History of Diplomatic Relations
- International Business
- Globalization, World Politics and the USA
- International Human Rights
- Elective course
- Elective course
- Elective course
- Internship and project
ELECTIVE COURSES within the study program
- Introduction to Management
- Political Philosophy
- Introduction to Law
- Introduction to Comparative Politics
- Political History of Macedonia
- British and American Studies
- Media and Politics
- Electoral Systems
- Macedonian Foreign Policy
- Critical Theory
- War and Diplomacy
- History and Politics of the Middle East
- US Foreign Policy
- Political Culture
- Introduction to EU Law
- Regional Autonomy and Local Self-government
- Migrations and Refugees
- Conflict Management
- Diplomatic Communication
- Politics in Macedonia and the Neighboring Countries
- East Asia in World Politics
- Cross border Cooperation Policies and Governance
- Women in World Politics
- New States and World Politics
- Public Policy
General elective courses
- Computer Applications 1
- Computer Applications 2
- English Language 1
- English Language 2
- World Language 1
- Macedonian Language 1
- Environment and Sustainable Development
- Literature, Film and Politics
- Global Understanding
- Speech Communication
- US History
- World Language 2
- World Language 3
- World Language 4