Faculty of Law -Belgrade
Master in European Integration
RULEBOOK ON THE STUDY PROGRAM OF MASTER ACADEMIC STUDIES – MASTER IN EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
RULEBOOK ON the study program of master academic studies – MASTER IN EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
The Rulebook ON the study program of master academic studies – MASTER IN EUROPEAN INTEGRATION (hereinafter: the Rulebook) specifies the rules for studying at the program of master academic studies – Master in European Integration, at the Faculty of Law University of Belgrade (hereinafter: Master in European Integration).
The Rulebook has been compliant with and represents a technical/methodological supplement to the DECISION ON THE RULES OF THE MASTER ACADEMIC STUDIES - MASTER IN EUROPEAN INTEGRATION - AT THE FACULTY OF LAW OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE (hereinafter: DECISION ON THE RULES (available at: pogestei.ius.bg.ac.rs ).
Any person who has graduated from the law faculty set up by the Republic of Serbia, as well as any graduate from the law faculties whose founder is not the Republic of Serbia may enroll at the Master in European Integration provided that their curricula is compliant with the curriculum of the Faculty of Law University of Belgrade.
Students who have completed their undergraduate studies abroad shall comply with the Rules for Recognition of Foreign University Diplomas for Purposes of Further Education in order to enroll at the Master in European Integration (available at: pogestei.ius.bg.ac.rs ).
Persons who have received a Bachelor Degree in law or other social sciences - humanities with 180 ECTS shall be obliged to complete an additional one year program („the first year“), thus obtaining 60 ECTS in order to enroll at the Master in European Integration (See: Art. 14 of DECISION ON THE RULES)
Persons who have received their bachelor degree with 240 ECTS from non-legal field of social sciences-humanities may be enrolled at the Master in European Integration provided that they pass the differential/additional exams from the following legal courses:
Introduction into Law
Introduction into Civil Law
Public International Law
Graduates in non-legal field of social sciences-humanities, who had passed some of the listed courses at his/her own Faculty during his/her undergraduate studies, should submit an application for verification to proper department (Cathedra) of the Faculty of Law University of Belgrade, and enclose the curriculum of that course in order to be absolved from that exam.
Differential/additional exams shall be scheduled in regular examination terms upon registration for these exams at the Postgraduate Office.
Differential/additional exams shall be held in English for foreign students.
Examination material and full instruction related to differential/additional exams both in English and Serbian shall be available at pogestei.ius.bg.ac.rs .
Necessary documents for fulfilling the formal enrollment procedure are the following:
- Index (student's booklet) with all necessary information filled in (can be bought in the bookstore of the Faculty of Law);
- Two enrollment forms - ŠV-20 form (can be bought in the bookstore of the Faculty of Law);
- Students’ card/document for master studies with all necessary info filled in (can be bought in the bookstore of the Faculty of Law);
- Two photos (in passport photo format);
- Proof of payment of the first installment of the tuition fee (RSD 50.000 for domestic students, RSD 80.000 for regional students, EUR 1,000 for foreign students), to the Faculty of Law bank account number 840-1439666-55 (bank payment certificate – ‘uplatnica’).
Full amount of the tuition fee for the students who have been studying in the two-years regime ( Program for students with 180 ECTS, Art. 14 of The Decision of the Rules), is doubled.
Note: Full amount of the tuition fee (140.000 for domestic students, 168.000 for the students from the region of the Former Yugoslavia, and 2000 EUR for foreign students) can be paid at once (instead of paying in three installments).
Warning: When making payment, it is necessary to write number 540 in the column called “POZIV NA BROJ”.
The duration of the Master Academic Program MASTER IN EUROPEAN INTEGRATION is 30 weeks, and it is worth 60 ECTS.
The official language of the Master Academic Program MASTER IN EUROPEAN INTEGRATION is English.
LIST OF COURSES:
Practical skills - Research Methodology and English Terminology
(In total - 23 classes)
Introduction into studies of the EU (a., b, c)
a. Introduction into the EU Legal System – 21 classes )
b. Introduction into the EU Political System – 21 classes
c. Introduction into the EU Economic System – 21 classes
(In total – 63 classes)
Optional Courses: (each contains 30 classes, 20 - lectures+10 – practical work)
Judicial System of the EU
Private International Law in the Context of the EU Legal Structure
Company Law of the EU
EU Tax Law
EU Competition Law
EU Intellectual Property Law
Human Rights and Non-Discrimination in the EU
Labor and Social Law in the EU – The Human Rights Aspect
EU Environmental Policy and Law – The Human Rights Aspect
International Relations of the EU
EU Trade Policy and the World
Geopolitical Perspectives and Consequences of the EU Enlargement
The Program shall last one year and consist of two semesters (15 weeks per semester). First (winter) semester shall start around November 1st, and second (summer) semester shall end around the end of June.
Students shall be obliged to attend one mandatory/introductory course – Introduction into the Studies of the EU, as well as the Practical skills course. Additionally, students opt for three courses among twelve offered courses divided in four modules.
Each optional course shall be conducted in the block of classes held during five (or maximum six) work-weeks, consisting of 30 classes: 20 classes of ex cathedra lectures and 10 classes of practical work.
Exceptionally, if less than 5 students have applied for a course, the classes for the course will consist of 15 practical work sessions.
Not more than 4 different courses shall be scheduled during the same block of classes (same 5 work-weeks). Preferably, the courses scheduled for the same work-period shall come from different modules.
The classes shall be held in English, and a complete documentation shall be in English. Proficiency in English is expected. Checking of this proficiency shall be conducted.
The classes scheduled during the week days shall be held in the late afternoon and the classes scheduled for Saturday shall be held in the morning. The classes shall not be scheduled more than twice per week per each course. Orderly attendance shall be confirmed by professors’ signature in a student’s booklet (Index).
The maximal number of excused absence from classes shall amount to 7 classes for the courses that consist of 30 classes (20+10) and 3 classes for the courses that consist of 15 classes.
If a student has been absent from classes for a longer period of time than mentioned in the previous paragraph then she/he can apply for professors’ confirmation of the course attendance (signature in a students’ booklet) by enclosing a proper justification of reasons of absence. Otherwise, he/she will not be able to pass that exam in the first examination term.
In order to provide interactive approach to classes, professors and lecturers shall emphatically introduce students to their obligations for active participation in classes and for being well prepared for classes, as well as stimulate students to discuss the referential theoretical and practical issues related to the course.
Professors and/or lecturers shall organize the practical work classes in such a way that engage students in case study analysis, debates, discussions about course substance, and/or for the purpose of students` presenting and defending their seminar papers.
Professors and/or lectureres shall deliver to the Head of Master in European Integration well in advance a standard form of Working Schedule which contains:
working schedule of lectures and exercises (WS)
schedule structured by course units
brief description of each examine class activities
list of students obligations for each class
In case that a course involves more than one teacher, Working Schedule should contain full description of each professor’s/lecturer’s proposed activities.
The Head of Master in European Integration and her/his assistant shall ensure and maintain a proper website coverage of all relevant information related to the academic work.
Course schedule will be done in a way to allow all students to attend all chosen courses without obstacles. Each student may not attend more than two courses during the period of five (six) work-weeks.
Professors and the Head of Master in European Integration shall make sure that the working and examination material is delievered to students well in advance for each course (readers, textbooks).
Students shall have the relevant library material available.
Upon successful completion of the Master in EU Integration students shall obtain 60 ECTS. The total amount of credits is distributed amongst the courses and other mandatory work assignments in the following manner:
Introduction into the Studies of the EU course = 10 ECTS
1 optional course = 8 ECTS; optional courses together: 3 x 8 = 24 ECTS
Practical Skills Module = 5 ECTS
Seminar papers = 6 ECTS
Final Master paper: 15 ECTS
REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION OF SEMESTER
The general rules applicable to the master academic studies at the Faculty of Law University of Belgrade shall apply to the procedure of registration and certification of semester.
Notarization of the first semester and registration for the second one shall be conducted in due time and in accordance with the working hours of the Postgraduate Office, provided that the students have paid first two installments of the scholarship (or, of course, the full tuition fee).
Following documents are necessary for the notarization of the first and registration for the second semester:
Student’s notebook (INDEX) with the signatures of the professors who have already completed courses.
Semester form (SEMESTRALNI LIST) (Faculty bookstore)
Admission form (PRIJAVNI LIST) (Faculty bookstore)
The Practical Skills exam shall be in written form, whereas the exams from other courses shall be either in oral or in written form, or as a combination of the two, depending on a decision of the relevant professor.
Students shall firstly pass exams related to mandatory courses Practical Skills and Introduction into the Studies of the EU. And then to proceed further on with the exams related to the opted courses.
All exams shall be in English.
EVALUATION OF THE STUDENTS` SUCCESS
Evaluation of the students’ achievements in classes and in exams, as well as in defending their Master thesis, shall be expressed numerically, but also by capital letters in the Transcript of Records in a following way:
Grade 10 - A+
9 - A
8 - B
7 - C
6 - D
5 - F
Final examination grade for Practical Skills Module is „passed“ or „failed“.
Master thesis is evaluated numerically, but also expressed by an adequate capital letter.
Final grade shall include the pre-examination activities of students during the lectures and practical work (oral presentations, discussions, seminar papers, homework, colloquiums, etc.) Where more teachers are involved in teaching a particular course, they shall fully cooperate and coordinate their work both when it comes to lectures and regarding the determination of students` final grade.
Students may pass the exam in the first examination term following the completion of the course or in any later exam term.
Examination terms are: January/February, April, Jun, September and October.
Students may register for the exams related to their opted courses from the second semeter even if they did not pass the exams related to the opted courses attended in the first semester.
Students shall register for the exams on the regular forms, in the proposed period, and in accordance with the Faculty rules/The Decision on the Rules for the Regulation of exams (see on www.ius.bg.ac.rs).
Exams` registering forms can be taken in the Faculty bookstore; the filled forms should be put in the master exams box, which has been placed in front of the amphitheater V (besides the first year exams` box).
First registration for taking the exam shall be free of charge, whereas all subsequent registrations shall be subject to payment of 5.000,00 dinars (6.000,00dinars, 100 EU).
Exceptonally, registration for the exam Introduction into the Studies of the EU is the following:
In order to complete Master in European Integration student shall prepare and successfully defend a seminar paper from the field of the mandatory course or from the field of one of the three courses which she/he had previously chosen from the list of 12 optional courses.
Seminar paper can also be related to the field of a certain additional course (See: Art.32)
Student is free to choose a mentor for the seminar paper from the list of professors who have been engaged in conducting either the mandatory course or the courses that she/he had opted for.
Mentor for seminar paper can also be the visiting lecturer who has been engaged in conducting the additional course. (See: Art. 32)
The exact topic of the seminar paper shall be jointly agreed by the student and his/her mentor.
When the student defends the final version of his/her seminar paper, mentor shall note the topic, the date of its successful defense and ETCS achieved into the student`s notebook, as well as in the seminar paper application form.
The procedure for registration, completion and defense of the seminar paper is regulated by a separate set of rules called “Standardi rada na Pravnom fakultetu Univerziteta u Beogradu” (Part III 2. Seminar paper preparation standards, art. 59-67).
Students shall register the presentation of seminar paper in the Postgraduate Office on the prescribed form. After successful defense of a seminar paper, the mentor shall fill out the data on the title and date of seminar paper defense in the application form.
In addition, after successful defense of a seminar paper, student shall submit two samples of the seminar paper to the Faculty Library, and Library administrator will stamp the application form. The student shall bring such a completed and certified form to the Postgraduate Office, in order to be archived in his/her documentation.
For the purposes of Master in European Integration, the seminar paper shall be written in English and comprise of approximately 25, 000 to 30, 000 characters (12 to 18 pages), which shall be credited with 6 ECTS.
The student shall comply with the document: MA Thesis Writing Guidelines (available at pogestei.ius.bg.ac.rs) during his/her research of the academic resources and writing his/her
The Administration of the Master in European Integration shall give its best efforts to ensure that each year students are presented with opportunity to attend additional courses held by eminent visiting lecturers.
The Administration of Master in European Integration may allow students, subject to the approval of the Dean, to replace the seminar paper requirement with attendance of the certain additional/extra-curriculum courses and preparation of one essay for such a course.
The Administration of Master in European Integration will issue relevant certificate with confirmation of regular attendance and successful completion of all activities related to the above mentioned additional courses to all students who have attended them.
Upon successful completion of all exams prescribed by the study program and successful defense of a seminar paper, a student shall be entitled to defend his/her final (master) thesis.
In order to complete Master in European Integration student shall prepare and successfully defend his/her master thesis from the field of the mandatory course or from the field of one of the three courses which she/he had previously chosen from the list of 12 optional courses.
Student is free to choose a mentor for his/her master thesis from the list of professors who have been engaged in conducting either the mandatory course or the courses that she/he had opted for.
The exact topic of the master thesis shall be jointly agreed by the student and his/her mentor.
When the student defends his/her master thesis, mentor is obliged to note the topic, the date of its successful defense and ETCS achieved into the student`s notebook, as well as in the master thesis application form.
The procedure for registration, completion and defense of the master thesis is regulated by a separate set of rules called “Standardi rada na Pravnom fakultetu Univerziteta u Beogradu” (Part III 3. Master Thesis Preparation Standards, art. 80-88).
Students shall register for defending his/her master thesis in the Postgraduate Office on the prescribed form. After successful defense of the master thesis, the mentor shall fill out the data on the title and date of the master thesis defense in the application form, as well as in the student`s notebook (index).
After a successful defense of the master thesis, student shall submit five samples of the master thesis to the Faculty Library, and Library administrator will stamp the application form. The student shall bring such a completed and certified form to the Postgraduate Office, in order to be archived in his/her documentation.
For the purposes of Master in European Integration, the student shall be required to draft and defend Master thesis in English comprising of approximately 90,000 to 110,000 characters (45 to 55 pages), which shall be credited with 15 ECTS.
The student shall comply with the document: MA Thesis Writing Guidelines (available at pogestei.ius.bg.ac.rs) during his/her research of the academic resources and writing his/her
The application for the final/master thesis shall be accompanied with the proof of payment of 10000 dinars and be submitted to the Postgraduate Office in order to complete the application procedure.
The commission for the defense of a master thesis shall consist of two members: the student’s mentor and the other commission member. The other member shall be delegated by the Administration of Master of European Integration in consultation with the mentor.
After successful completion of this program, a student acquires the academic master degree - Master in European Integration.
Besides the main document - Master Diploma/Certificate, a precise description of all fulfilled obligations prescribed by the master program as well as notification whether the student had previously completed undergraduate academic studies at the law faculty or at any other social sciences- humanities faculty shall be outlined in the Transcript of Records/Diploma Supplement.
The students shall take part in course quality control after each course, as it is proposed in the Article 127 of Statute of Faculty of Law and in the Standards of self-rating teaching quality and pedagogical labor of teachers.
The students shall be presented with opportunity to fulfill evaluation papers after each course for every teacher at the course.
Evaluation shall be conducted anonymously.
In case that teacher receives an average rating lower than three (3,00) the Commission which will be formed by the Dean, under the proposal of the Head of the Master in Eruropean Integration will conduct an analysis of that teacher’s work. If the commission determines significant omissions in the teacher’s work, the Dean may, upon the proposal of the Commission, decide to remove such teacher’s engagement at the Master in European integration for the next academic year,
FINAL AND TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS
This Rulebook shall apply to Master in European Integration program starting from the academic year 2008/09, and further on.
This Rulebook is adopted by the Dean, in accordance with the proposal of the Head of the Master in European Integration, and enters into force 8 days after its announcement at the Faculty official information table/webpage.
HEAD OF MASTER IN EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Prof. Dr. Dragica Vujadinovic
DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF LAW
Prof. Dr. Mirko Vasiljevic
of Law University of Belgrade