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Democracy and Resilience in Modern Society

Master in Democracy and Resilience in Modern Society


Admission details of 1st year students enrollment - Democracy and Resilience in Modern Society (DRIMS) in the academic year 2023/2024. are at



At the most general level, the Master in Democracy and Resilience in Modern Society is intended to encompass all realms of human existence providing interdisciplinary contact points of various subjects within the framework of the humanities and social sciences. Resilience is,  in this respect, based upon democratic principles, and considered as the capacity to adapt quickly to the changes and challenges brought upon the modern, contemporary societies. Therefore,  the course content ranges from the cultural, historical and political aspects to the domains related to religion, law and science with particular emphasis on the Croatian and Israeli society. In view of this, one of the guiding thoughts was to emphasize the dimension of the two modern societies and their future perspectives. Such an approach is based on a highly competent and scientific appraisal of the fundamental issues, which would encourage and foster understanding between the two national and cultural identities, both at an individual level and in the wider social context. Taking into consideration the fact that Croatia is a member of the European Union, the course contents related to the Croatian domain would also provide relevant, up-to-date insights into the contemporary European context. The rapidly changing European and global social and cultural environment should recognize the complexity of issues like migrations at a more scientific level. Furthermore, addressing legal issues, comprising the GDPR and other related issues, especially with respect to the human rights, is set as an important objective of this programme. The Master programme will also analyze and suggest answers to the key challenges of democracy in the contemporary world. In this sense, prospective graduates would gain competences and knowledge that are both universal and specific, which would enable them to work in other EU countries and elsewhere. The M.A. degree obtained after successful completion of the course is expected to qualify students to work towards a doctorate in the corresponding area. Alternatively, they can embark on a professional career at other academic and cultural institutions, museums, commemoration centres, the media, tourism, state and local government institutions, diplomatic service, private law firms or other institutions and companies requiring the skills acquired in the programme.



The intention of this programme is, among other things, to strengthen the liaison between Israel and Croatia, as two friendly countries, at the academic level and to facilitate a close working relationship between the two higher education systems aimed at "producing" interdisciplinary experts in the field of the humanities and social scienes. With respect to the omnipresent, ongoing process of globalization, the Master in  Democracy and Resilience in Modern Society  will provide a multifaceted, comprehensive study programme which should, on one hand, cherish and promote the unique values of Croatian and Israeli cultures and identities and, on the other, provide students with the particular humanistic and social universalia necessary for the fluent and competent functioning in the globalized market-led world. This innovative study program represents a novelty in the Croatian academic world, and will produce, at the general level, highly competent experts, ready to swiftly adopt to the challenges of the global contemporary labour market, and to respond competently to various competitive situations.



The Master in Democracy and Resilience in Modern Society  has been designed to educate and train professionals who will be concerned with diplomacy, international studies, political studies, cross-cultural studies, and politics. The need for such experts comes from the Croatian labour market, the internationalisation and globalization of the economy, Croatia's accession to the EU, Israel’s relation to the EU and its international position in general. Students will gain the skills to understand, formulate and challenge the processes, strategies and issues of interdependence, international cooperation, and cultural diplomacy.

The Master programme demands an interdisciplinary approach in order to be a viable study option in the age of global politics, international economics, human rights, climate change, gender inequality, race issues, and terrorism. The diversity of courses offered (from art to the society designed wellbeing and AI) intends to enable the interplay between the main objectives of the programme: e.g. educating qualified and competent professionals, aware and respectfull of the principles of democracy, and transfer the values of democracy and resilience to the graduates thus enabling them, once they find themselves on the labour market, to swiftly overcome the process of adapting to various challenges brought upon by the contemporary society. Therefore the students will gain knowledge and competency in the areas of global politics, Israeli and Croatian history, literature and film, law, cyber security, artificial intelligence, geography, diplomacy, etc. The skills and competencies obtained in the programme will lead to employment in politics, international business, diplomacy, cultural fields, history, commerce, tourism, international affairs and the media. These professional roles are needed because in the 21st century, bilateral and multilateral relations are ever more important. This heightening of interdependence and international cooperation calls for people skilled in maintaining and improving political, economic, and social ties between a wide variety of stakeholders. These issues are crucial for many aspects of life, including foreign policy, business and cultural activities.



More specifically, the Master in Democracy and Resilience in Modern Society aims to strengthen the ties between Croatia, Israel, and the wider regions of both countries. Also, at a much wider scale, it aims at reseaching the wider European region. Diplomatic relations between Croatia and Israel were established in April 1997, after Croatia's independence. Croatia has an embassy in Tel Aviv and four honorary consulates in other areas of Israel. Israel has an embassy in Zagreb. The firm diplomatic ties form both the foundation of this Master programme and serve as a network to be solidified and expanded by the graduates. There is also one Croatian-Israely Business Club in Zagreb that helps the wider business community strengthen business relations, not only on bilateral but on multilateral level as well. Those who complete the graduate degree will be qualified to work in positions which require a graduate university degree. The Master of Arts in Diplomacy and Resilience in Modern Society can perform various jobs in diplomacy, politics and various scientific, social and cultural institutions. The acquisition of interdisciplinary research practice, therefore, opens up opportunities for professional activities in varoius administrative and public bodies, cultural administration, tourism sector, press and publishing industry, in public relations work in the private sector, management in the public sector, in non-governmental organizations and other similar organizations. 



Upon completion of the graduate programme, the student is qualified for further study at the postgraduate level as well as for scientific research.

The Master in Diplomacy and Resilience will open up possibilities of working in a wide range of fields. Given the programme’s emphasis on history, culture and diplomacy, any job position related to these areas will be attractive to the graduates, eg. a variety of jobs offered by museums, art galleries, historical and art institutes, libraries, publishing firms, and a number of non-governmental agencies and private businesses, particularly those that focus on issues of immigration, cultural identity, European politics, and similar. The political, diplomatic, and legal aspects covered by the courses in this programme will enable its graduates to work in various diplomatic institutions, embassies, ministries, intergovernmental agencies, and the military and security agencies. The programme will also open up possibilities of working in various media positions, such as newspapers, journals, radio and TV broadcasts, particularly those dealing with topics of diversity, migration, human rights, identity issues, European and Israeli history, and foreign relations.

General information:


Scientific/artistic area of the study programme

Interdisciplinary Scientific Area (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Duration of the study programme

2 years (4 semesters)

The minimum number of ECTS required for completion of study

60 (120)

Enrolment requirements and admission procedure


Completed undergraduate studies program; graduate studies program; integrated undergraduate and graduate studies program, professional program degree, four-year undergraduate degree prior to the Bologna reform, or adequate professional pre-graduate, graduate or undergraduate program degree, with the obligation of taking the differential exams. All candidates will have to pass the admission procedure for enrolment.


List of teachers and associate teachers:



Teachers and associate teachers

The Origins of the Modern Nation State

Josip Vrandečić, Marko Rimac, Nikša Varezić, Andrea Feldman, Naida Mihal-Brandl

The Origins of Israeli State

Ivan Matijević, Ruth Eitan

The Origins of Croatian State

Aleksandar Jakir, Josip Vrandečić, Tonija Andrić, Marko Rimac, Nikša Varezić, Ivan Matijević, Zvonimir Forker, Andrijana Perković Paloš

Community and Resilience

Sanja Stanić, Ivanka Buzov, Merav Moshe-Grodofsky

Society and Religion

Ankica Marinović, Ori Lev

Territories and Borders

Nikola Glamuzina, Marko Rimac, Erez Tzfadia

Challenges of Democracy

Bruno Ćurko, Mouli Bentman

Comparative Government

Željko Radić, Petar Bačić

Educational policies in Europe

Ivana Batarelo Kokić

Comparative Art

Vedran Barbarić, Ivana Prijatelj Pavičić, Shalom Sabar, Ivana Čapeta Rakić, Silva Kalčić, Dalibor Prančević, Ana Torlak

Literature and Identity

Gordana Galić Kakkonen, Nikica Mihaljević, Lucijana Armanda Šundov

Cyber Security

Tonči Prodan, Josip Kasum, Damir Mihanović

Croatian-Israeli Relationship

Dragan Primorac, Illan Mor

Social Crossroads in Film

Brian Willems, Dan Oki (Slobodan Jokić), Srećko Jurišić

National Identity in Music

Ivana Tomić Ferić, Maja Milošević Carić, Tamara Jurkić Sviben

Intercultural Music Education

Snježana Dobrota, Marijo Krnić

Challenges of Migration and Human Rights

Marita Brčić Kuljiš, Ori Lev, Erez Tzfadia

Artificial Intelligence

Virginia Dignum, Antonija Mijatović

State and Market Economic Analysis

Snježana Pivac, Maja Mihaljević Kosor, Vladimir Šimić

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Renata Relja, Toni Popović, Tea Gutović, Frane Šesnić

Modern Diplomacy and Public Relations

Ivana Bilić, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, James Brendan Foley

Principles of Scientific Research in Social Sciences and Humanities

Ana Marušić, Darko Hren

Mediterranean as the Cradle of Multiculturalism

Gloria Vickov, Antonela Marić, Bruno Ćurko, Magdalena Joanna Nowak, Iwona Sakowicz-Tebinka, Barbara Klassa

Society Designed Well-Being

Tonća Jukić, Ina Reić Ercegovac

Service Learning in Modern Society

Ivana Bilić, Ivana Jadrić

Master’s Thesis





  • 1st year: 6.000,00 EUR
  • 2nd year: 6.000,00 EUR



Vice dean for research and international cooperation, Dr. Antonela Marić


Department Secretary:

Gorana Fučko, grad. journalist

telephone: 021/545-563







Admission details of 1st year students enrollment - Democracy and Resilience in Modern Society (DRIMS) in the academic year 2023/2024. are at
Public presentation of our Faculty’s new international graduate study program Democracy and Resilience in Modern Society took place January 12, 2023. The presentation ceremony included a press conference and a panel discussion, attended by the relevant media and interested members of our academic community and the local government. This study program is a result of a longstanding cooperation between our Faculty and Sapir Academic College from Israel.