All papers should have a clear question, which is then answered in the conclusions. Keep the questions detailed and limited so that you manage to answer it within the short paper you are writing. Pay attention to the argumentation and the sources you use to substantiate your answer. Illustrate your arguments with concrete data and cases. You are expected to use academic sources for your paper; newspaper articles can serve as primary sources for politicians’ statements or to illustrate timely reaction to an event or initiative, but cannot serve as the source of ideas, concepts, and analytical data. Do not forget to include a list of references.

Please note that the papers must adhere to proper academic ethics and quoting used sources, including ideas and data. Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism, is unacceptable, results in failing the course and may lead to the disciplinary procedure and even expulsion according to the valid regulation.

Consult the topic with the lecturer in advance. Narrow questions that build on the academic literature are preferred. Think ahead of a potential topic while reading the literature assigned in the course. Case studies may be used to answer the question connecting the literature on small states with a small state you know well or are interested in.


  • The topic of the final paper is to be consulted with the lecturer. The selection needs to be confirmed to the lecturer via email by 19 March.
  • Evaluation criteria: see the syllabus.
  • Submission deadline: 31 May 2021 via Moodle

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