Postgraduate studies in Political Science and Human Rights - Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research

Postgraduate studies in Political Science and Human Rights


 

Coordinator: Prof. Mirjana Najchevska, PhD

Mission and goals of the study programme of the second cycle of studies in Political Science and Human Rights

 

The study programme "Political Science and Human Rights" aims to provide students with in-depth and comprehensive understanding of political issues by focusing on the issue of human rights. The purpose of the study programme is to strengthen the capacity of future academic and political professionals to analyse contemporary political processes in context and in light of the global institutionalization of human rights. State, nation, rule, political parties and political processes, political systems and political behaviour, will be placed in the context of the modern understanding of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

In designing the study programme we started from the assumption that contemporary political science not only cannot avoid human rights, but on the contrary, it is largely oriented to them and in different ways it is related to their provision, practice and protection.

Within the main complex of the study focused on power, democracy, government, political systems, political ideas, institutions and political actors there is a particular aspect of human rights and fundamental freedoms as a target, limit and controller. This gives the studies an interdisciplinary approach that covers aspects of anthropology, psychology, law, sociology and history.

The need to introduce such a study programme lies in the modern development of the state and political systems that are structured around human rights and fundamental freedoms, are valued depending on the level of care and practice thereof and modified in order to achieve this function better.

Political science by nature intersect with other areas, such as: economics, law, sociology, anthropology, psychology, history, communications, international relations. Political science starting from the concept of human rights has even more become an interdisciplinary complex covering a wide area of social interactions. Hence, the study programme is characterized by a broad approach to the political processes, and attention is also dedicated to decision-making processes and the relevant social processes at the local, national and global level.

Students will learn to explore global political processes through an entirely different perspective and analyse the key participants in the development of global policies in proportion to their value system that offers the concept of human rights and fundamental freedoms. The central question that arises is the legitimacy of political institutions and practices in the world that accepts human rights and fundamental freedoms as a measure of democratization.

The need for the inclusion of human rights as a new dimension of political science arises from the new political challenges faced by democratic states in a globalized world (such as: specific inequalities, new requirements of representative institutions, new sources of conflict and opportunities for their management).

 

The study programme will be oriented to th analysis of the development of the political science thought that address the issue of human rights and fundamental freedoms, as an unavoidable element of modern democracy. In that regard, special attention will be given to the allocation and transfer of power in decision-making processes and the role that different political actors play.

In the past decades, human rights have developed into a major criterion for evaluating the political legitimacy and common denominator of global social requirements. No longer it is an added or side concept of political activities and events, but an essential component of the principles of the policy itself, and even the first principle of politics.

This shows the need that the second cycle studies include content that until now were not part of the study of political processes and political science, which should prepare students for theoretical/scientific analysis and practical action in such modified conditions of development in which human rights have become the core of the political scientific thought.

Specific issues that will be given special attention concern: resolving the contradiction between the theory of universal human rights and the daily practice of violation of human rights; interaction between sovereignty and universality of human rights; correlation between political institutions, political activities and conflicts; basic determinants of contemporary political structuring; tools that can be used to analyse the political activities through the prism of human rights; whether different cultures can coexist harmoniously; how communities respond to violence by the state and ideological extremism; which understands security as human safety.

 

The content and style of these master studies will correspond and constantly adapt to changes that occur globally and in the Republic of Macedonia, as well as to the relevant qualifications needed to build a career in this area.

Students who successfully complete these studies have the opportunity to build their careers as policy analysts and seek employment in research and analytical centres, journalism, or to actively engage in the political processes. Those oriented towards academic career, can continue their education attending doctoral studies in sociology, economics, organizational science, political science, law, international law, communications, demographics, in the Republic of Macedonia and abroad.

Years and semesters of duration of the study programme

The study programme of the second cycle of studies - Political Science and Human Rights is in the duration of 4 semesters

ECTS credits that the student acquires

In order to obtain the title of Master in Political Science and Human Rights, a student must achieve 120 ECTS in accordance with the Law on Higher Education.

 

Enrolment terms

Completed first cycle of studies in the duration of 6 semesters, or at least 180 credits and knowledge of English language.

 

 

Information on continuation of the education

With the completion of the second cycle of studies the student may enrol to the third cycle of studies. (pursuant to Article 96 of the Law on Higher Education).

Defined ratio between mandatory and optional subjects and defined manner of selecting subjects

The two-year postgraduate study programme provides six mandatory subjects, one compulsory activity (project task) and 5 optional subjects.

The mandatory subjects of this programme bring 8 credits for each subject.

Students can choose their optional subjects from the short- list of optional subjects offered in this programme, and the wider list of optional subjects of the Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research, Skopje, and must choose one from the list of subjects determined by the University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius " in Skopje.

The optional subjects of the shortlisted optional subjects offered in this programme, and the wider list of optional subjects of the Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research, Skopje bring 7 credits. The optional subject of the list, established by the University "Ss. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje should bring a minimum of 6 credits.

This ratio of mandatory and optional subjects meets the criteria 60%: 30%: 10%.

After completion of the study programme the student gains the title

Master in Political Science and Human Rights

Table 1: Proportion of mandatory and optional subjects in semesters

Schedule of mandatory and optional subjects of the study programme Political Science and Human Rights (two-years studies) in semesters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I

II

III

IV

 

 

 

Ordinal

 

 

Mandatory subjects

 

ECTS

Semester

Semester

Semester

Semester

 

 

 

number

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Mandatory subject 1

8

¨

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

Mandatory subject 2

8

¨

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

Mandatory subject 3

8

¨

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

Mandatory subject 4

8

 

¨

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

Mandatory subject 5

8

 

¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

Mandatory subject 6

8

 

¨

 

 

 

 

 

Mandatory practical sessions

6

 

¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional subjects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ordinal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

number

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

Optional subject 1

7

 

 

¨

 

2

 

 

Optional subject 2

7

 

 

¨

 

3

 

 

Optional subject 3

7

 

 

¨

 

4

 

 

Optional subject 4

7

 

 

¨

 

4

 

 

Optional subject from the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University list of free

6

¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

optional subjects for a

 

 

 

 

 

                             

 

 

 

second cycle determined

 

 

 

 

 

 

by the Ss. Cyril and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Methodius University,

in

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skopje

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Project task

 

2

 

 

¨

 

 

Master’s thesis

 

30

 

 

 

¨

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total ECTS

 

120

30

30

30

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Table 2: List of mandatory subjects

 

Subject

Lecturer

Institution

 

S2-301 HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRANSFORMATION OF THE WORLD POLICIES

PhD Mirjana Najcevska

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

     
     
   

 

S2-302 DEMOCRACY, POWER AND CITIZENSHIP

PhD Aneta Cekic

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-303 Political anthropology

PhD Goran Janev

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-304 Nationalism and ethnic conflicts

PhD Ganka Cvetanova

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-305 Methodology of social research

PhD Petar Atanasov

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-306 Constructive conflict

PhD Violeta Petroska –

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

resolution

Beska

University

 

 

 

Faculty of Philosophy

 

 

 

Table 3: List of optional subjects

 

Subject

Lecturer

Institution

 

S2-307 Media and politics

PhD Bojana

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

Naumovska

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-308 Human security

PhD Mirjana Najcevska

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-309 Multiculturalism

PhD Petar Atanasov

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-310 Population policy

PhD Jorde Jakimovski

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-311 Election systems and

PhD Bojana

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

political parties

Naumovska

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-312 Ethnic conflicts and

PhD Ganka Cvetanova

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

international security

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-313 Freedom of

PhD Emilija Simoska

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

expression

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-314 Globalisation and European Integration

PhD Aneta Cekic

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-315 Political culture and communications

PhD Emilija Simoska

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

 

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2-316 Legal judgement and

PhD Ana Dimiskova

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

argumentation

 

University

 

 

 

Faculty of Philosophy

S2-317 Political management

PhD Mirjana Borota-

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

Popovska

University

- Institute for

 

 

Sociological, Political and

 

 

Juridical Research

S2- 318 Political psychology

PhD Marijana

Ss. Cyril and Methodius

 

Markovic,

University

- Institute for

 

PhD Eleonora

Sociological, Political and

 

 

 

Serafimovska

Juridical Research

 

Optional subject of the common list of Ss. Cyril and Methodius University

 

 

 

List of Lecturers

 

 

Name and surname

Title acquired

1

PhD  Mirjana Najcevska

Professor

2

PhD Petar Atanasov

Professor

3

PhD Emilija Simoska

Professor

4

PhD Jorde Jakimovski

Professor

5

PhD Mirjana Borota- Popovska

Professor

6

PhD Violeta Petroska – Beska

Professor

7

PhD Ana Dimiskova

Associate professor

8

PhD Ganka Cvetanova

Associate professor

9

PhD Goran Janev

Assistant Professor

10

PhD Marijana Markovic

Assistant Professor

11

PhD Eleonora Serafimovska

Assistant Professor

12

PhD Aneta Cekic

Assistant Professor

13

PhD Bojana Naumovska

Assistant Professor