Migration and Migration Policy

prof. Valeriu Mosneaga (2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019)

Description: Students will receive basic knowledge about EU migration policy and the goals and steps of its regulation. EU migration policy is researched according to its main domains of application: promotion of legal migration and freedom of movement, refugees and persons seeking asylum: integration of migrants: increasing border control- combating illegal migration and human trafficking: migration and its development

Impact: A connection of theoretical knowledge with practical examples will serve mainly those students who are interested in carrying out their own research based on principal themes as determined within the Research Project Centre. The impact will be visible also at the level of their perception of reality in the sphere of migration and the problems connected with immigrants both in the European Union and outside it. At the same time and based on subsequent events, students will come into contact with real migrants living in the territory of the Slovak Republic.

EU in the Process of Globalization

Ondřej Filipec, Ph.D. (2016/2017), Aaron T. Walter, Ph.D. (2017/2018, 2018/2019)

Description: After completing the course, students will acquire knowledge about current tendencies in the EU in relation to the process of globalization and its various dimensions (economic, political and cultural). In these areas the main emphasis will be given to actual development within the areas of trade and economic integration (EU relations with the USA, China, Japan) and the relation with the developing world (mainly African, Caribbean and Pacific countries) and the EU neighbourhood including Mediterranean area. Political dimension will focus on key topics related to globalization and the EU role in areas as immigration, terrorism, environmental security, development and human rights. The cultural dimension will touch the culturally normative dimension of the EU and the issue of identity transformation in the context of globalization.

Impact: This course connects theoretical background with empirical reality of most actual issues. Despite immigration is one of many aspects of this course, the course deals with issues closely related to immigration and thus providing to student complex understanding of the phenomenon. In this sense, students will get general overview about most important and very actual issues which will help them to extent their knowledge about challenges EU faces.

Security in International Relations

Jozef  Klavec, PhD. (2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019)

Description: Students will familiarize themselves with the problem of international politics in its seemingly chaotic and anarchistic environment of multi-level relations which concern the existence of groups of inhabitants and individuals. They will acquire an ability to analyse the state of development of international politics by means of a theoretical framework. At the same time, discussions with experts in international relations and migration will take place during lectures which will show students practical aspects of endangering international relations.

Impact: Based on the given teaching process, students will be able to analyse security threats in international relations what will increase credibility of their analytical thinking and professional activity in the publication and science spheres. The theoretical framework will serve as a basic pillar in the study of real phenomena. During seminars, they will be given tasks to elaborate the so-called position papers and publish them at the Jean Monet website and Slovak online news services.

International Humanitarian Law

Marcel Vysocký, PhD. (2016/2017), Ondřej Filipec, Ph.D. (2017/2018, 2018/2019)

Description: International humanitarian law (IHL) is one of the main topics of international public law. The main focus will be put on the rules that apply when an armed conflict is going on (ius in bello), irrespective of the nature of the conflict (international / non-international armed conflict). International humanitarian law has certain contact points with; inter alia, two other topics within public international law – international criminal law and international human rights law. The goal of the course is to offer students the fundamentals of international humanitarian law in the context of international criminal law and international human rights law. The courses will focus on the theoretical and practical application problems of IHL, its implementation and punishment of serious violations of IHL at the international level. The main themes of particular lectures and seminars of this course will be as follows: historical development, sources and subjects of IHL; IHL and international human rights law; development and fundamentals of Hague law; problematic aspects of the definition and classification of armed conflicts; non-international armed conflicts; development and fundamentals of Geneva law; peacekeeping operations and IHL; IHL and forced migration; the role of International Committee of the Red Cross; serious violations of IHL, prosecution of war crimes, ad hoc tribunals and the International Criminal Court.

Impact: The deepening of theoretical concepts in legal norms which will serve students mainly in writing seminar works and diploma theses as well as research projects in the given domain within the Research Project Centre. At the same time, students will acquire methods of elaboration and incorporation of the humanitarian legal amendment on real examples and individual procedures of application of this sort of law.

Public opinion in the EU

Viera Žuborová, Ph.D. (2016/2017), Jakub Bardovič, PhD. (2017/2018, 2018/2019)

Description: Students will learn and acquire basic knowledge of the theory and history of comprehending public opinion mainly in the context of European political history. They will form a critical image of how European awareness is formed, how the Slovak public perceives Slovakia´s membership in the EU and how it assesses European politics and the process of European integration. They will get acquainted with the latest public opinion research in this sphere, or they will be able to carry out their own research in a form of a seminar work.

Impact: Since students will work on their own research projects in a laboratory, the knowledge acquired in this subject will enable them to familiarise themselves relatively quickly in methodical steps in reaching their project goals. Students will thus acquire knowledge not only of field research, but they will also learn how to work in a team, including managerial skills in project leading.