The MA Degree in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy is offered by The International Telematic University Uninettuno in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy
The program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has a duration of four semesters, which take place completely online. If students prefer, however, they are able to participate in semester one and two in the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and then semester three and four online.
The degree focuses on several academic disciplines related to International Relations, International Economics, and Global Politics, with a particular emphasis on cultural diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society. The degree prepares students for careers in diverse fields, such as the field of international relations, the humanities, politics, and culture, with a special focus on Cultural Diplomacy institutions and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of foreign policy and international economics
Next Program for 2014
The next program for 2014 will take place in the following dates:
The first semester will take place between the dates of February 28th - May 9th, 2014
The second semester will take place between the dates of June 8th - August 15th, 2014
The third semester will start on October 01st - December 19th, 2014
The forth semester will start on February 16th - May 8th, 2015
The curriculum is designed to include a mixture of video-lessons, seminars, exercises, conferences, as well as tutoring and research activities. The Online MA is divided into sixteen modules comprising both mandatory and elected subjects.
For each module, a coordinator, a professor (communicating via video-lectures), and a tutorial professor (communicating interactively via the web-platform and other mediums) is provided to students in order to teach each subject in a thorough and comprehensive manner. The students play an active role in their studies and interact with the aforementioned individuals due to the flexible and interactive nature of studying online. During course of their studies, the students receive guidance via an online tutoring system, which equips them with the necessary tools for successful studies.
The general structure of the program is available below:
Semester 1 (30 Credits)
The first semester begins with a Preliminary Studies and Orientation component to prepare students for their academic graduate program. This component offers vital preparatory instruction for the students on what they can expect to encounter during their graduate studies.
Mandatory Courses for Semester One are:
The History and Evolution of the Field of Cultural Diplomacy
International Case Studies of Cultural Diplomacy
Future Trends in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy
Elective Courses for Semester One (two of which each student must select), include:
Nation Branding and Unilateral Cultural Diplomacy
Contemporary German Foreign Policy
Semester 2 (30 Credits)
During the second semester, students will undertake an online professional development and training program, through which each student will be able to apply in practice what they learned in theory in the first semester.
Elective Courses for Semester Two, two of which each student must select, include:
Models of Cultural Diplomacy
Religion and Cultural Diplomacy
Soft Power, Hard Power, and Smart Power
Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones
The Private Sector and Cultural Diplomacy
Semester 3 (30 Credits)
Following this academic semester, students will find themselves prepared to write their MA Dissertation during the final semester.
Mandatory Courses for Semester three are:
Negotiations and Intercultural Relations
Theories of International Relations
Cultural Diplomacy: Power, Influence, and Reputation
Elective Courses for Semester Three, two of which each student must select, include:
Idiosyncrasy and Foreign Policy Decision-Making
Global Economic Governance
Cultural Diplomacy and Crisis Management
Globalization and Cultural Diplomatic Strategy
Geo-culture: National and Regional Brands
Semester 4 (30 Credits)
Following three semesters of academic study, students will be qualified to write an in-depth analysis on the topic of their choice related to the theme of the program. Students are required to complete a Master's Dissertation during their fourth semester of study, and will be provided with guidance on how to choose an appropriate topic, how to identify and locate the necessary sources. The topic, structure, and length of each Dissertation will be subject to individual review and Faculty mentor approval. The students will be asked to defend their Dissertation online before a panel of Faculty members prior to receiving a final grade.
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