Available courses

During the International Relations course, theories will be used to illustrate debates within international politics. Students will analyze leading mainstream theorists and develop their understanding of contemporary debates. 

The course goals: to give basic knowledge about various IR theories and concepts. Students will learn about different types of theories and develop an understanding of how theory relates to contemporary issues. 

The outcome: students will learn various theoretical approaches from both IR theory and the wider social sciences. Students will also learn to develop their critical understanding of theoretical and policy debates. 

International Economics course introduces students to the economic and political economy theories of international economics and their application to the real world. At the end of the course, students should be able to understand current international economic issues from different economic and political economy perspectives, and critically evaluate the policy options.

Course description: 

Compare forecasting and scenario planning • Discuss different approaches to costs and benefits of technology • Compare alternative theories of international trade • Analyze and test international trade models • Evaluate the impact of different trade policies • Identify the role of global value chains • Understand the impact of preferential trade arrangements • Analyze the nation’s balance of payment • Understand how a foreign exchange market operates • Compare the exchange rate regimes and international monetary standards • Explain financial crises, their causes and solutions. 

Interactive course "Intercultural Competences for Diplomats" aim at:

  • Identifying some key characteristics of culture and its underlying complexity across cultures, multicultural vs intercultural 
  • Developing an understanding of how greater awareness of cross-cultural contexts and a deeper appreciation of culture can assist in functioning in multicultural environments
  • Gaining an understanding of communication as a process, its effectiveness according to the context in order to be able to communicate effectively and work together with representatives of other cultures
  • Develop one’s own interpersonal intercultural competencies necessary for a diplomatic International context

International law is traditionally concerned with inter-state relations, but nowadays it involves likewise international organisations and to a lesser extent also natural and legal persons. The course provides an understanding of the central principles and main branches of international law, e.g., jurisdiction and immunity, responsibility, peaceful settlement of disputes, law of treaties, consular and diplomatic law, maritime law, human rights and use of armed force. In addition to the theoretical foundation, relevant practices of states, courts and international organizations are examined in connection with discussed topics.

The goal of the course is to give an overview of small states and the challenges they face in the changing world order. The course will focus on the vulnerability and resiliency of small states to the ongoing changes in the world order.

The goal of the course is to teach students to better negotiate internationally

The course first looks at the historical development of Diplomacy, the progress of its theory and practice through history. The main purpose of the course is to give to the students a general overview of modern practical diplomacy, it is about why and how things are done in Foreign Service. For more experienced participants it is also an opportunity to compare different practices and methods of their respective MFAs.

  • The goals: To give basic knowledge about the study of foreign policy analysis. Students will learn about the different types of theories and develop an understanding of how theory relates to contemporary issues.  
  • The outcome: Students will learn various theoretical approaches from both International Relations theory and wider social sciences. Students will also learn to develop their critical understanding of theoretical and policy debates.  
  • General overview: During the course, theories will be used to illustrate debates within foreign policy analysis and decision-making process.   
  • Classroom and independent work: Independent work includes reading assignments for each class, active participation in discussions, and a written briefing paper. 

Cyberspace is the key feature as well as the defining factor of the modern security environment. As a human-made environment, cyberspace is the technology itself. However, cyberspace is also a tool for effective exploitation and navigation of other domains - air, land, sea, space. A growing number of malign state and non-state actors are willing and able to ‘weaponize’ inherent vulnerabilities of cyberspace. Cyber considerations are an indispensable aspect of national, as well as international security. The pandemic crisis in 2020 further emphasized the importance of secure and stable cyberspace for the proper functioning of increasingly digital societies around the globe.

The course aims at providing participants with the conceptual framework to facilitate strategic thinking about cyber defense and develop an understanding of how to integrate cyber considerations into national as well as international security policy and strategy formulation.

The course will underscore the multidimensional character of cyber defense. Diverse views from political, military, academic, and private sectors will be presented in order to highlight the importance of the comprehensive approach and cross-sector cooperation for strengthening cybersecurity on national and international levels.

The course will provide an integrated overview of contemporary geopolitical affairs and security issues to stimulate participants’ critical thinking about issues of strategic importance. The curriculum has been designed to provide the participants with basic skills and knowledge to analyze and design proper policy frameworks and strategies for cyber defense.