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ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Date: 01.08.2016

Each year, a new generation consisting of 30 selected participants, attend seminars taking place both in Kosova and abroad. The academic program begins in the January and ends in the December of the current year.
Three day seminars are a combination of four modules during the year, lectures in Prishtina and essays that are asked to work individually or in groups. Later on they are published online in PIPS site or by organizing a conference with stakeholders. Eleventh generations of the School of Politics have transform this initiative by making one of the sustainable civil society initiative in Kosovo by further improving in order to maintain the mission of educating political leaders, community or business ones. In the end of the program the participants award a certificate, one from School of Politics and another from World Forum for Democracy.

Among national modules organized in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia during the year several lectures held in Prishtina called “PIPS forum” in the closed format, without media presence and the confidence between the guest and audience. Guest lecturers are usually politicians, academics, journalists and civil society activists from Kosovo and abroad that are expected to speak about daily politics and issues as fulfillment of academic topics that usually are discussed in National modules (See the rubric: Lecturers).

SEMINAR I

State and Statehood: A Value-Based and Normative Approach to the Politics

The first module of the Prishtina School of Politics explores state and statehood from the perspective of socio-political values and norms, namely using approaches, which are political in nature, to values and norms. The ultimate goal is to look at the extent to which underlying values of the respective society and normative assumptions (how things should be) affect state and statehood, and, building on that, to discuss implications of this for Kosovo’s state-building process. More specifically, this module focuses on four dimensions.

-The first one concerns state itself as the fundamental framework of political life, looking at the organizational and structural form statehood takes at the level of political system, legal order and foreign policy.

-The second one concerns functional aspects of statehood, namely value-based and normative aspects of democratic governance, political participation and exercise of public authority.

-The third one will use the value-based and normative perspective to look at political participation and activism, including ‘unconventional’ forms of political participation such as subversive political activism.

-The fourth dimension concerns foreign relations, exploring how various aspects of its foreign policy and diplomacy can contribute to Kosovo’s state-building by strengthening its external sovereignty.

SEMINAR II

State as the Fundamental Framework of Governability: the Politics of Public Policies

The second module explores the current context of relations between politics and public policies with the development of Kosovo. The module looks at five dimensions of relation between politics and public policies with the overall economic development:

– Models of development between the right and left, and beyond, as well as the model of economic development that Kosovo has chosen, seen in the light of strategic political decisions orienting public policies and as a matter of public choice;

– Practical aspects of economic development, namely trade, private sector development and Foreign Direct Investments (FDI);

– Distortions facing development of the market economy in Kosovo, focusing on informality and clientelism;

– Wider global issues related to the capitalist market economy and challenges facing it around the world in the current wave of global crisis, focusing on the ways it affects Kosovo’s society in terms of socio-economic and political development;

– priority sectors for Kosovo’s economic development, focusing on primary, secondary and tertiary economic sectors, but also on crosscutting aspects of development.

SEMINAR III

Foreign Policy and National Security

The fourth module explores the four dimensions of Foreign Policy and National Security:

– Kosovo’s foreign policy seen through the prism of political theories;

– The priorities of Kosovo’s foreign policy, with focus on the interaction between international law and politics in this context, and how supportive are these priorities for state-building, state recognition and becoming a member of international organizations;

– Cooperation and regional integration (focusing on bilateral and multilateral relations in the Balkans); and

– Euro-atlantic integration and national security,  focusing on Kosovo’s relations with NATO and internal implications for Kosovo, especially the fight against terrorism.

 

SEMINAR IV

Political Parties and Political Communication

The last module looks at political parties in Kosovo from three perspectives:

– Political parties as agents of democratization in the context of transition, focusing on internal political party competition and democracy, accountability and transparency, but also on other issues (including representativeness, ideological profiling, capacities and financing);

– Political parties as leadership agents, concentrating on what role they play in promoting leadership role models, ideological profiling of public policies and networking with respective peers Europe-wide and beyond;

– Political parties, elections and parliamentarism, focusing on their role in the election system, the process of reforms and actual lawmaking, as well as on issues of election campaigns, districting and links with constituencies; and

– Political communication and the role of social media in transforming the functioning of political parties.