Početna Blog > Interdisciplinary joint master’s programme in South-Eastern European studies

Print This Page

Interdisciplinary joint master’s programme in South-Eastern European studies

Two-year master programme (120 ECTS), in English, developed within the Tempus project of the EU, with joint diploma issued by the Universities of Belgrade and Graz.

The Interdisciplinary Joint Master’s Programme in Southeastern European Studies was developed as a part of the JoinSEE Tempus project funded by the European Union.

Degree awarding consortium universities: University of Belgrade and University of Graz (Karl Franzens-Universität Graz)

Partner universities: Babes-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Central European University (Hungary), South East European University, Tetovo (Macedonia), Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje (Macedonia), University of Bologna (Italy), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), University of Novi Sad (Serbia), University of Regensburg (Germany), University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), University of Zagreb (Croatia)

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Joint Master’s Programme in South-Eastern European Studies is to provide an international and interdisciplinary master’s programme in social sciences and humanities of the highest quality, which enables participants to effectively understand the interrelationship between law, politics, economics and culture with strong emphasis on the regional dimension of Southeastern Europe. The master’s programme promotes the capacity for scientific analysis, especially by applying an inter- and transdisciplinary approach which includes areas of legal, political, economic and cultural studies. One of the aims of the programme is also to strengthen the gender sensitivity of students. The master’s programme prepares students for further PhD studies and professional life in a variety of fields.

Organization of studies:

This is an interdisciplinary joint master programme developed by two universities constituting the consortium (universities of Graz and Belgrade), who confer the joint diploma.

The programme lasts for two years (four semesters) and it is realized in English language. Students spend the first two semesters at the chosen home university – Belgrade or Graz. The third semester is the obligatory mobility period, which students have to spend outside their home universities, at another consortium university or at one of the partner universities within this programme. The fourth semester is planned for thesis writing.

There are three kinds of courses: compulsory, restricted electives and free electives.

Compulsory courses, organized within four modules (Introduction, Law and Politics in Southeastern Europe, Socio-Economic Context and Cultures and Societies of Southeastern Europe), are taught during the first two semesters according to the same curricula at the universities of Belgrade and Graz. As part of compulsory courses, a summer school (compulsory course Studying Southeastern Europe: Interdisciplinary approaches, research and thesis writing) is organized at the end of the first year of studies, with a focus on the interrelationship of the different subjects taught in the compulsory part of the programme. Students choose restricted electives in consultation with the academic coordinator of the programme and with the coordinator at the chosen mobility university. During the programme, at least 3 ECTS must be completed through participation in foreign language courses, including the course of Serbian as a Foreign Language.

Any course at any university can be chosen as a free elective. The master thesis (of 20,000 – 25,000 words), to be completed in the fourth semester, must be written in English, with a short summary in the local language of the home institution.

The programme enables students to:

– analyze topics within the area of Southeastern Europe by taking into consideration different disciplinary perspectives,

– understand the complexity, interaction and dynamics between legal, political, economic and cultural systems with regard to Southeastern Europe,

– know and be able to use adequate working methods and instruments for scientific research and application,

– apply their knowledge and scientific skills in inter- and trans-disciplinary teams on complex issues,

– possess the relevant skills, such as writing, debating, conflict management, teamwork, gender sensitivity, project management.

Admission: The programme is open for candidates holding an academic degree of at least 180 ECTS (bachelor’s degree) in the field of social sciences and humanities, with excellent knowledge of English (IELTS min. score 6.0, TOEFL min. score 210 on computerized test, 547 on paper test, 78 on Internet test, Cambridge exam FCE level) and with a general insight into the Southeastern Europe issues.

Teaching staff (Belgrade): Jovan Teokarević, Slobodan Marković, Nebojša Vladisavljević, Dušan Pavlović, Dejan Pavlović, Marina Simić, Milica Uvalić, Florian Bieber, Eric Gordy, Jens Woelk, Rory Archer.

More information:

Academic coordination: Prof. Jovan Teokarević, jovan.teokarevic@fpn.bg.ac.rs

Administrative coordination: Gordana Ristić, gordana.ristic@fpn.bg.ac.rs

Programme website: www.seestudies.eu

The programme was accredited in 2012 and re-accredited in 2015 with significant improvements.


  1. A. Compulsory module:  Introduction
Introduction to interdisciplinary approach

The lecture provides an introduction to the basics and interrelationships of law, politics, economics and cultural studies. The seminar will discuss interdisciplinary research methodologies and discuss interdisciplinary approaches based on different core readings and presentations.

10 1
History of Southeastern Europe

The seminar gives an introduction to historical development of South East Europe from the 18th century until the late 20th century.

6 1
B.  Compulsory module: Politics and Law in Southeastern Europe​ ECTS Sem.
Political and constitutional systems in Southeastern Europe

The lecture offers a broad constitutional and political portrait of the South East European states with the aim to enable students to understand the context, current varieties and perspectives of the SEE internal politics. The seminar will discuss key features of the political and constitutional systems of Southeastern Europe.

10 1
European integration and enlargement

The lecture explores the processes of deepening and widening of the EU in light of integration theories (federalism, neo-functionalism, intergovernmentalism, multilevel governance)

4 2
Human rights_minority protection and conflict management

During the seminar the universal and regional legal instruments for human rights and minority protection and their role for conflict management in self-determination disputes and ethnically divided societies are discussed and assessed.

6 2
C. Compulsory module: The Socio-Economic Context ECTS Sem.
Socio-economic development in Southeastern Europe

The lecture explores the legacy of the past (of the Empires on urbanisation and industrialisation, of communism on transition economics) and SEE’s present and future role in the world’s global economy.

4 1
The economics of transition in Southeastern Europe

The seminar analyzes and assesses the successes and failures of the past decades of transition of the South-Eastern European economies.

6 2
D. Compulsory module: Cultures and Societies of Southeastern Europe ECTS Sem.
Cultures and Societies of Southeastern Europe

The lecture familiarizes students with key aspects of cultural and social development in the 19th and 20th century. It explores aspects of culture from a historical and contemporary perspective, including music, literature, art and film.

4 1
Social transformation in contemporary Southeastern Europe

The seminar discusses the societal and cultural transformation in the post-Socialist period in Southeastern Europe, focusing on the impact of political and economic transition on civil society, culture and political culture.

6 2
E. Compulsory module: Summer School ECTS Sem.
Studying SEE_Interdisciplinary approaches_research and thesis writing

The summer school will discuss key themes in researching Southeastern Europe, focusing on current developments and interdisciplinary approaches. The summer school will further be dedicated to research methodology and academic writing.

4 2
Restricted electives ECTS Sem.
Students choose courses in the fields of law, political science, economics, history and cultural studies, sociology, social policy or journalism at partner universities. At least 3 ECTS credits must be completed through participation in foreign language courses. 30 1-3
Free electives ECTS Sem.
Any course at any university can be chosen. 6 1-3
Master’s thesis ECTS Sem.
Presentation and Defence 30 4
Total: 120 ECTS