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.
A unique opportunity in the entire region of South East Europe: American degree in International Relations and Diplomacy with Business recognized in the USA by the prestigious Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs!
- Zlat Milovanovic, PhD -Professor in International Law and European Law
- Zoran Shapurik, PhD – Professor in Constitutional Law, European Institutions, Human Rights, and Environment, former Macedonian Minister of Environment and Urban Planning
- Katerina Kolozova, PhD – Professor in Gender Studies and Political Philosophy
- Stevo Pendarovski, PhD -Associate Professor in International Security and Foreign Affairs, former Macedonian Assistant Minister for Public Relations and political adviser to the Macedonian President
- Ivan Dodovski, PhD– Dean of the UACS School of Political Science
- Miodraga Stefanovska Petkovska, PhD–Associate Professor in Sociology and EU Economics
- Marina Andeva, PhD – Assistant Professor in EU Regional Policy, Minorities and Migrations, Research Fellow at the Institute for International Sociology of Gorizia (Italy), President of Center for research, cross-border cooperation and development (CRCD)
- Zhivko Gruevski, PhD – Honorary Consul of Canada to Macedonia, and UACS lecturer in Diplomatic and Consular Law
- Donatino Marcon – former Italian Ambassador to Macedonia, and UACS Lecturer in Economic Diplomacy
- Viktor Gaber – former Ambassador to the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and UACS lecturer in Diplomatic Protocol, Etiquette and Correspondence
- Erwan Fuere– former EU Ambassador to Macedonia, and UACS lecturer in European Foreign and Security Policy
- Viktor Dimovski, PhD– Professor of Practice in Electoral Systems, Ambassador to the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- David McGaffey, PhD – Professor Emeritus in International Relations, and Director of Global Stewards Institute – Berkeley, California, USA
- Robert Hudson, PhD – Professor of European History and Cultural Politics at the University of Derby, UK and Director of the Identity, Conflict and Representation Research Centre
- 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 or International Relations and Diplomacy with Business
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONAS 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
ELECTIVE COURSES within the study program
- Political Philosophy
- Introduction to Comparative Politics
- Political History of Macedonia
- Electoral Systems
- War and Diplomacy
- Media and Politics
- Introduction to EU Law
- Political Culture
- Macedonian Foreign Policy
- Political Culture
General elective courses