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Developmental Studies

The emphasis is on the two topics, i.e. on scientific-technological development and the socioeconomics of development in the wider sense of the word.

The first topic covers the role of science and technology as key factors in the development of modern societies. Science and technology individually and together represent one of the leading developmental factors of contemporary societies. On the basis of theoretically conceptual reflection and the critical analysis of socio-cultural factors behind the origin and development of modern science and technology, contemporary questions relating to scientific and technological development will be at the centre of our attention. The position of scientific and technologic development in the triangle "knowledge – economy – politics", combined with the recognition of the three levels on which contemporary science and technology function, namely the global, national and regional levels. The development of today's generic science and technologies (biotechnology, nanotechnology, information and communication technology) seems to pose the most questions (including of an ethical nature) regarding contemporary scientific and technological risks, in particular in the local environment, therefore the presentation of developmental questions in research and technology will also include an overview of the models for the evaluation and management of these risks.

The second topic covers the socioeconomics of development in the wider sense of word. It emphasises social structure, social change, development and the social aspects of development (a comparison with economic and environmental development effects). There is an emphasis on the connection of changes (long-term and simultaneous) in economic growth with changes in the professional and sectorial structure of societies (e.g. employment oscillation, compatibility problems, etc.). The issue of social development is critically observed from the perspective of international relations as well. Here, the focus is on political and other types of negotiations regarding the harmonising of economic-developmental and ecologic priorities. The ecological priorities are highlighted in the context of current sustainability strategies.


Prof. dr. Franc Mali
Study field coordinator

Ms. Anita Žagar
Student affairs office

Quick facts

Type: third level Doctoral study programme 
Duration: 4 years
ECTS: 240
Language: English
Professional title: Doctor of Philosophy / doktor znanosti
General requirements for enrolment: 300 ECTS
Tuition fee: 10.600 € for programme


Foreign citizens who have completed study programme abroad may enrol in doctoral study programme if they complete the offical Slovenian procedure of recognition of foreign undergraduate education.

General competences

The main purpose of the programmes is to provide doctoral students with fundamental knowledge from their research disciplines in different fields of the humanities and social sciences, while developing the competences required for independent research and the application of knowledge at an internationally comparable level.

Chair of International Relations

Department's mission is to provide for excellence in teaching and research of international relations for the benefit of people and of environment in Slovenia and in the world.