(with specialization in International Relations or European Politics)
Structure of the Programme
The MA programme comprises the following:
(A) Taught Courses
and (C) Internship Programme (optional)
- SPS 540 International Political Theory
- SPS 541 Regional and International Governance
- SPS 500 Research Methods
- SPS 640 International Political Economy
- SPS 641 Diplomacy
- SPS 642 International Law
- SPS 643 Contemporary European Politics
- SPS 644 European Political Economy
- SPS 645 European Union as International Actor
- SPS 513 Special Issues in International Relations
- SPS 515 Special Issues in European Politics
(B) Dissertation (in the field of specialization) (30 ECTS)
The dissertation should be around 15,000-words long, including references and bibliography.
(C) Internship Programme (10 ECTS)
Total: 90 ECTS; or 100 ECTS if the optional Internship Programme is taken.
Summer Semester: Optional Internship Programme (10 ECTS)
These are regulated according to The University Postgraduate Study Rules.
On the Masters Programmes offered by the Department of Social and Political Sciences students can study full-time or part-time. University Regulations stipulate that the maximum duration of study for a Master’s Programme is eight semesters.
Successful completion of 90 or 100 credits following the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
These are allocated as follows:
Internship Programme (optional): 10
Students will be obtaining MA in Political Science (International Relations) or MA in Political Science (European Politics).
SPS 500 Research Methods
The course aims to help students comprehend the process of developing research following scientific methods and approaches. The module will include: ways of choosing research questions, the importance of reviewing bibliography, developing theoretical research frameworks, categories of variables, research questions, research hypotheses, formulation of questionnaires and other methods of measuring, the validity and credibility of methods of measuring, internal validity, research ethics, sampling techniques, methods of data collection, data analysis and interpretation of results using the statistics package SPSS, various kinds of research, authoring a scientific research paper.
SPS 540 International Political Theory
This course examines the development of international thought as it emerges from within the study of classical and modern political theory. It engages in the historical and philosophical investigation of key concepts and the way they are used in international politics, that is to say,their acceptance, interpretive struggle, proper, improper or rhetorical use by the different political actors of the world society. Specifically, the course examines concepts like sovereignty, governance, power, violence, peace, security, civilization, development, order, community, self-determination, legitimation, friendship, enmity, coexistence, solidarity, justice, integration, etc.
SPS 541 Regional and International Governance
The establishment of international and regional organisations and institutions constitutes one of the most notable trends in post-war era. Indeed, there are more than 5.000 international organisations in the world today. The course examines theories and practices of governance at the regional and international level. It examines the factors affecting the establishment of international organisations, their evolution and future, as well as various trends in international governance. The course also analyses the problems and pathologies of international organisations and their formal institutional structures. It also analyzes the general and specific nature of organisations of regional and international magnitude. In particular, this course intends to provide insightson how international organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, WTO, IMF etc, and regional institutions like the EU, the African Union, ASEAN, Mercosur, etc function. Additionally, among other topics, this module examines themes like bureaucracy, democracy, interventionism and resistance movements.
SPS 640 International Political Economy
This course examines international relations from the scope of economic transactions among nations, including looking at the basic poles of international economy and the pattern of uneven economic development between states. Emphasis will be given to modern trends of economic interpenetration, interdependence and dominance of 'national' economies, as well as in leading international institutions (such as the World Trade Organisation and IMF), which have decisive effects in the institutional framework or/and in the crisis management of the 'globalised' economy.
SPS 641 Diplomacy
This course examines diplomatic theory and practice, from the perspective of interstate relations and beyond. Specifically, it engages the developement of diplomatic thought, different theoretical approaches to diplomacy, the traditional and emerging actors, and the new structures and processes of diplomatic practice. It looks at the scope and extent of diplomatic relations, diplomatic law, the types of diplomatic mission, diplomatic communication, public diplomacy, mediation and negotiation. It examines case studies like coercive diplomacy, crisis management, and celebrity diplomacy.
SPS 642 International Law
The purpose of this module is to examine the basic concepts and principles of international law, as well as its law-making and enforcement mechanisms. It will give an overview of the traditional and contemporary theoretical approaches to international law and will examine its sources (treaties, custom etc) and subjects (states, international organizations etc). Issues of statehood and recognition, as well as the role of non-state actors will be emphasized. The module will be also examining the fundamental rules of international law, such as the prohibition on the use of force in international relations, the principle and means of peaceful settlement of disputes, as well as particular fields, such as the law of the sea.
SPS 643 Contemporary European Politics
Europe is comprised of stateswith very different political systems, social structures and cultural characteristics. This course examines the political systems of certain European states, and attempts to highlight particular issues arising from their heterogeneity, as well as from the need to formulate and apply different or/and common policies. It comparatively deals with the most crucial differences among states, and examines how their particularities have contributed in the development of European institutions. On the other hand, through the analysis of certain policies, the module examines how the EU affects the evolution of institutions and practices in other member states.
SPS 644 European Political Economy
This course examines the process of European integration as a complex, dynamic system comprised of two main and interdependent components, i.e. the economic and political ones. During the past decades, these components have evolved in different paces, causing imbalances, problems, underlying and unresolved crises in the institutional framework of the EU. The question relating to the sustainability of the EU as an institution characterized of ongoing, imbalanced levels of economic development, multispeed and changing geography will be emphasized.
SPS 645 The EU as International Actor
This course examines and analyses the role of the EU in the world through the historical evolution of its foreign relations and policies: Common Foreign Policy and Security Policy, Trade Policy, Development Policy, Neighbourhood Policy, issues of Human Rights and Democratisation, the role of European diplomacy in resolving international conflicts, etc. Today, the EU constitutes a significant, unconventional actor in the international stage, with more authority than conventional international institutions, and less authority than that of states. How does the EU participate in international institutions? How does its involvement differ depending on the level of integration in various policy fields? What are the changes due to its participation? What changes are the due to the existence of the European External Action Service? How are its role and policy coherence affected by the intrinsically different approaches or foreign policies of its Member States? These questions are open to multiple answers. Using the rich theoretical discourse developed over these issues, the course intends to offer a fertile framework for discussing the phenomena shaping the network of foreign relations and policies of the EU.