About the study programme
The Political Science Study Programme
The Department of Political Science offers single-major undergraduate and graduate study programmes. Students can enrol full-time (state-funded or self-financing) or part-time.
Undergraduate study programme (6 semesters - 180 ECTS)
The undergraduate single-major Political Science study programme enables students to acquire basic professional competencies and knowledge of all branches of the field of Political Science, political theories and history of politics, European Union policies, comparative policies, international relations and national security and public policies and public management.
Upon completion of the undergraduate single-major Political Science study programme, the students will be able to:
- define and explain basic political terms according to specific Political Science disciplines;
- interpret and analyse different theoretical concepts and social phenomena in the context of country and society;
- critically analyse fundamental political institutions, processes and subjects and compare them argumentatively;
- conduct group research on particular relevant topics depending on the courses and present the results of the research;
- recognise, describe and analyse some of the most important consequential questions of politics, which influence every individual;
- use analytic methods which are widely applicable in personal and professional life.
Upon completion of the undergraduate single-major Political Science study programme, students acquire the academic title Bachelor of Political Science.
Bachelors of Political Science may enrol in graduate Political Science study programmes or a related study programme or seek employment in the public service, state authorities, political parties, media, companies, non-government organisations or local self-government.
Graduate study programme (4 semesters - 120 ECTS)
The graduate Political Science study programme offers two tracks: international politics and diplomacy and internal politics (local self-government and public management). The acquired competences depend on the specialisation of the graduate study programme. Specialisation expands on the knowledge acquired at undergraduate level, trains students for independent research and the publication of scientific papers.
Upon completion of the graduate Political Science study programme students will be able to:
- define and interpret more complex political terms in all political science disciplines and its related sciences;
- interpret and systematically analyse more complex political processes, institutions and practices;
- contribute to resolving political dilemmas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, neighbouring countries, European Union and international and global surrounding;
- recognise and analyse different theoretical and empiric environments in the context of consequential relations which influence every individual;
- apply basic analytic skills and methodologies;
- critically assess research and academic work at the highest level in all political science disciplines and its related sciences;
- prepare, implement and present research within a selected discipline or in an interdisciplinary context;
- develop professional knowledge, skills and abilities, professional ethics and independence and responsibility.
Upon completion of the graduate Political Science study programme students acquire the academic title Master of Political Science.
Masters of Political Science will be trained to apply the specific professional knowledge of an analyst and independent organiser and they can continue with postgraduate studies. Employment possibilities: public service, state authorities, political parties, media, companies, non-governmental organisations or local self-government.