Programme „PolitiKAS”

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Courses

 Politics I

 Politics II

Economic and Social Policy

European Integration 

I Semester

In the first semester, two courses will be carried out: Politics I and the Economic and Social Policy


Course: Politics I

The aim of the course is to inform participants about the meaning of politics, political order and political culture and their various social, cultural, historical and other manifestations. In addition, special attention will be devoted to conversation about the values underlying modern democratic community. As a result, it should make students familiar with different segments of the democratic organization of society and state, the development of democratic values and beliefs among participants and prepare them for active participation in the democratic transition.

The method applied in this course involves active dialogue with participants and teachers, and among the participants themselves. Participants will get two relevant articles, a list of recommended literature and synopsis of the lecture, based on which they will prepare themselves for participation in respective topics.

Topics:

  1. Politics and Political Theory: Problems and Categorization
  2. Government Division
  3. The Role and the Responsibility of the Civil Society and Trade Unions in Serbia
  4. Political Ideas in Parliamentary Practice
  5. History and Theory of Constitutionalism
  6. Religion and Politics
  7. German Political System
  8. Dialogue Culture and Political Culture in Serbia
  9. Modern Political Ideologies: Basic Ideas and Types of Conservatism
  10. Media between Informing and Propaganda

Course: Economic and Social Policy

The aim of the course is to inform participants about the importance of economic and social policy and the basic problems that Serbia encounters in these areas. Special attention will be devoted to discussing the values of the right centre in the economic and social sphere, as well as the concept of a social market economy (all participants will receive a book on this issue in the edition of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Belgrade). The result of the course will be a better understanding of the participants of numerous economic and social problems and a better motivation to deal specifically with these burning political issues in their work.

The method used in this course involves an active dialogue of participants with lecturers and exchange of views and ideas among the participants. Participants will be provided in advance with reading materials, with a list of selected literature and internet links, which the participants will use in order to prepare for participation in the dialogue.

Topics:

  1. The Future of Regional Development - Serbia and the World
  2. Policy of Economic Development
  3. Fiscal Policy
  4. Monetary Policy in Serbia
  5. Global Economic Opportunities
  6. Recession in Serbia
  7. A Discussion of Development Aid and Finance
  8. Social Market Economy
  9. Analysis of Public Policies in a Real Context – Case Study
  10. Innovative Forms of Business

 

II Semester

In the second semester of the educational programme "PolitiKAS" two courses that are more dedicated to political knowledge will be carried out: Politics II, and European Integration.


Course: Politics II

Objective: Educational course Policy II  is designed for representatives of youth branches of political parties, the moderate right and center-right to build and to improve their capacity through the provision of knowledge about the role of religious and ethnic identity in politics, with special emphasis on democratic and plural society, the role of national and national state in modern European and Balkan history, decentralized forms of organization of political community, international relations in the modern era, with special emphasis on Serbia and the Balkans, as well as civil and human rights and minority protection mechanisms. One of the objectives of the course is to connect basic knowledge about politics, civil society and democracy to knowledge necessary to adequately monitor the course of European integration, dedicated primarily to the European Union, as well as the manner and mechanism of democratic editing highly pluralistic community identity European nations, whose institutional structure still has the features and international organizations and complex state. Through a series of interactive lectures and workshops, participants will be able to acquire new and improve existing knowledge through conversation with the most eminent teachers in the areas of identity, human rights and international relations.

In the course, interactive methods will be applied to transfer knowledge: interactive lectures, which include dialogue, an exchange of opinions between teachers and participants, as well as experts debate on specific areas that will include participants. Participants will get two relevant articles, a list of recommended literature and synopsis of the lecture, based on which they will prepare themselves for participation.

Topics:

  1. Identity Divisions in the Public Sphere and Institutions of Democratic Plural Societies
  2. Creation and Role of National States in European History
  3. The Nation-State in the Post-National Europe
  4. The Political System of Germany
  5. Global Trends and Contemporary World       
  6. The downside of the Globalization and Modernity: Images and Stereotypes of Sub-Saharan Africa
  7. The Key Challenges of the Regional Policy Today
  8. The Basis of International Relations and Diplomacy
  9. International Protection of the Human and Minority Rights
  10. Personal Data Protection and Information of Public Importance

 

Course: European Integration

Objective: The educational course of European integration is an educational experience created for representatives of youth branches of political parties with the aim of building and improving their capacity through the provision of knowledge about the institutional and legal order of the European Union, practical ways to policy and decision making, and finally, the most important aspects of the process of Serbia’s joining and connecting with the European Union. Considerable attention is paid to the issues of European identity and the development of European ideas in political thought.

Within ten working days, through a series of interactive lectures and workshops, participants, representatives of youth branches of political parties will be able to acquire new and to advance the existing knowledge through a wide range of topics through a conversation with our most prominent teachers in these areas (starting with issues dealing with the development of European identity and European ideas, moving on to topics that deal with the EU institutional framework and the process of creating a practical policy, and finally, questions related to current and future relations between Serbia and the European Union).

The method: The course is designed in such a way that the process of transferring knowledge and skills insists on interactive lectures, which include the development of dialogue, exchange of opinion between lecturers and participants. We have insisted, also, on the mandatory workshop approach to the education process so that certain topics are handled in this way, giving attendees the opportunity to be more actively involved in the processing issues and to develop their own thesis topics by working out in groups topics given by teachers.

Topics:

  1. Understanding the EU: Introduction to Institutional frame and Decision Making Process
  2. Who Holds the key to the EU: Policy Making and Lobbying in the European Union
  3. Euroscepticism – Analysis of the Political Discourse
  4. Is made in EU the same as made in Slovakia or Germany?
  5. EU Security Policy - a Gap between Individual Responsibility and Global Security
  6. Brexit – going towards better or away from it?
  7. Energy Policy of Serbia – from fulfilling the form to the real needs
  8. Regional Initiatives in the Western Balkans: Shortcut to the EU or…?
  9. The Berlin process: post-Berlin Calculations and the Integration of the Western Balkans
  10. Serbia and EU – Where are we now?

Belgrade Open School
Masarikova 5/16
11000 Belgrade