The MA in Peace, Security and Development aims to educate and train students to use the conceptual apparatus of peace, security, and development studies, to acquaint them with basic theoretical approaches and debates in these three areas, as well as to train them for further research in these and related fields of social sciences and humanities.
The program also aims to educate and train students for professional work in scientific research institutions and other organizations and institutions that deal with peace, security, and development issues. It strives to improve and deepen theoretical and practical knowledge that students acquired in undergraduate academic studies, primarily international studies, but also to develop their ability to solve more complex problems using theoretical knowledge and methodological approaches learned during the program.
Upon completion of the program, students will master the fundamental knowledge of peace, security, and development studies, as well as skills for professional engagement in various organizations. The acquired knowledge will enable students to perform multiple scientific research tasks at faculties, institutes, and similar institutions, as well as analytical work in state administration bodies, national and international governmental and non-governmental organizations. In addition, this study program serves as a preparation for doctoral studies in the field of peace, security, and development (or related disciplines) in the country, the region and beyond.
The curriculum of the master’s program in Peace, Security and Development is designed so that in the first semester, the focus is on theoretical knowledge, and in the second semester, on methodological skills. Such an approach aims to start preparing students for writing the final master’s thesis in the second semester, after being introduced to the choral disciplines of peace and security.
In addition to theoretical and methodological cla sses, in the first semester, students also have the Joint Project, which continues in the second semester through an internship in organizations and institutions dealing with peace, security and international development. Bearing in mind that the program is in English and that it is expected to attract not only domestic
but also international students, a number of courses that focus on the context of Serbia and the Western Balkans will also be offered.
In the first semester, a student has three compulsory courses and two elective courses in an elective group of 6 courses. In the second semester, in addition to the already mentioned internship, a student enrolls compulsory courses and one elective course. The writing of the final thesis is also planned for the second semester.
Conceptually, the program is divided so that, in the first semester, the emphasis is on issues of peace and security, while in the second semester students deal with issues that are primarily related to (unequal) development.