The MA Degree in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy is offered by the Babes-Bolyai University 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 in both Berlin, Germany and Cluj, Romania. The first two semesters of the program are hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the third and the forth semesters are hosted by the Babes-Bolyai University.
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 programs for 2014 will take place in the following locations and dates:
The first semester will take place in Berlin between the dates of October 01st - December 19th, 2014
The second semester will take place in Berlin between the dates of February 17th - May 9th, 2015
The third semester will take place in Cluj between the dates of October01st, 2015 - December 19th, 2015
The forth semester will take place in Cluj between the dates of February 16th - May 8th, 2015
The international environment of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies' BBU-Berlin Campus offers students a unique opportunity to interact with leading experts and academics at a wide variety of international organizations and research centers. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities.
The program provides a thorough background in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, using a historical and case study approach. The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars supplemented by lectures and briefings at international and non-governmental organizations; educational events, conferences, tours, and meetings with foreign officials are further incorporated into the curriculum. Students will meet with leading experts working in international organizations, embassies, and academic institutions, and will engage with specialists in the areas of International Relations, Politics, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Development, and Economics.
The program provides students with practical experience for both academic and professional development. It allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices. On a practical level, the program prepares students for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international economic organizations.
Semester 1 (30 Credits)
(Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Berlin, Germany)
The first semester in Berlin begins with a Preliminary Studies & Orientation component to prepare students for their academic graduate program. This component offers vital preparatory instruction for the students in familiarizing them with Berlin, Germany, the other students, and what they can expect to encounter during their graduate studies. The Preliminary Studies & Orientation component includes: German language instruction, cultural and historical excursions throughout Berlin, Cultural Diplomacy events, and student orientation.
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)
(Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Berlin, Germany)
During the second semester, students will undertake a professional development and training program at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, 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)
(30 Credits) (Babes-Bolyai University; Cluj, Romania)
Students will begin their academic studies at Babes-Bolyai University during the third semester of the program. 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)
(Babes-Bolyai University; Cluj, Romania)
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 before a panel of Faculty members prior to receiving a final grade.
Students will be required to take four developmental workshop courses, which will guide them in the completion of their thesis.
Mandatory Developmental Workshop Courses for Semester Four are:
Methods of Research & Analysis in International Relations
Modeling the New Europe
Guidelines in Research of the Topic of Dissertation
Methods of Writing the Dissertation
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