The objectives of the study programme
The main objectives are to provide students with an array of knowledge and skills that will enable them to synthesize and deepen understanding of the extremely demanding post-modern society. Students will be trained for independent and responsible addressing of problems in the basic and border areas of politics and international relations that are related to other scientific and practical areas. Students will also develop skills that can be applied in a wide range of professions, from research and education, to activities in international organizations, diplomatic and political activities and economic operations.
During their studies, graduates developed the following competences:
- in-depth knowledge in the wider field of social sciences and humanities,
- ability to independently learn and research and the ability to search and select a variety of new sources of knowledge and information,
- ability of interpretation, communication and understandable writing,
- ability to critically reflect our own thinking, research and action,
- ability to critically choose scientific research methods and approaches to research that address various problems in different circumstances,
- ability to design and plan new research and the ability to critically analyze and evaluate research already carried out,
- ability to apply acquired knowledge for the needs of solving wider social and international problems and conflicts,
- ability to creatively apply acquired knowledge and skills in a wide range of professional work,
- ability to design, plan and perform project tasks in different working environments,
- ability to ethically, responsibly and professionally judge and act in complex working, social and political situations,
- ability to speak publicly, conduct discussions, manage projects and collaborate on projects and team collaboration,
- ability to constructively communicate with experts from other fields,
- ability to use modern communication devices,
- ability to realize new ideas in different areas,
- competence for intercultural communication and cooperation and work in the international environment,
- understanding present and past cultures and customs of other countries,
- ability to take responsibility for running work systems,
- broad knowledge in the wider field of international relations.
Course specific competences
- In-depth knowledge in the fields of political science, international relations and the wider field of social sciences (sociology, economics, business, law) and humanities (philosophy, political sociology, history, etc.).
- Ability to differentiate, describe and explain different past and, current political phenomena, with an emphasis on international political phenomena that are increasingly intertwined with accompanying social phenomena, and present them in the form of scientific explanation using appropriate scientific methods (globalization, ideology, interculturalism, modern citizenship, social impact of science and technology, etc.).
- Ability to read, interpret and discuss the most demanding classical as well as contemporary texts in the field of political philosophy, political theory and the theory of international relations.
- Ability to analyze analytically the causes and reasons for various social, production, globalization, cultural and artistic phenomena, which in one way or another are related to the field of politics and public performance at all.
- The ability to reasonably problematize the role of science and technology in modern society and to draw attention to its ethical and practical dimensions.
- Understand the importance of international conflicts and international relations in the modern world and their role in the context of politics.
- Competence in counselling and acting in the field of intercultural cooperation, both in the economy and in diplomacy and in the work of non-governmental organizations.
- The ability to make decisions in public affairs, which should take into account the interests of different stakeholders (including the international interests of different countries).
- Competence for professional journalistic writing and competent comment on public events.
- Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and manage events and projects of public character, as well as work systems.
Knowledge and skills
Students will gain broad and basic knowledge from the field and will master methods for understanding the complex macro and micro problems of past periods and present time. They will develop autonomy in thinking and judging, and will gain the ability to conceptualize and reflect on the functioning for a different future. The programme supports autonomy and critical thinking based on acquired knowledge.
The objectives of the programme are to train competent masters of political science:
- for professional work in various working organizations,
- for political action at local, national and international level, and
- for continuing studies at the third Bologna level (doctorate).
During the study process, we anticipate personal work with students and students who will focus on the development of independent, autonomous, creative and resourceful individuals.
Graduates will be employed in research and development activities, professional political functions, government and administrative services, international organizations, interest associations, service sector, consulting organizations (government, non-governmental and economic), non-profit organizations, the media, intercultural activities and on project work (in particular humanitarian and developmental), both in the Slovenian, European and wider international environment.