BA Program in Political Science with Concentration in Cultural Diplomacy
The BA Program in Political Science is offered by the University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.
(Berlin; Program Start for Summer Semester: June 2nd, 2014; Berlin; Program Start for Fall Semester: October 1st, 2014)
The program curriculum consists of a total of 6 semesters. The first semester of the program takes place in Berlin at the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy and the remaining 5 semesters take place in Bucharest at the University of Bucharest. This undergraduate degree provides students with a comprehensive interdisciplinary education and, in particular, prepares students for careers in the field of politics and international relations. This BA degree qualifies students for all careers which a BA in political science would qualify them for and, in addition, students obtain the unique skillset of cultural diplomacy, which greatly strengthens the student's educational experience as well as their professional portfolio.
In the framework of the interdisciplinary studies, a special emphasis is given to cultural diplomacy and its contemporary application in the public sector, private sector and civil society. Parallel to the studies, students participate in the professional development program of the ICD in order to gain professional experience, relationships and contacts, and to develop their careers simultaneously to the BA.
The program is designed to provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary background in Political Science, International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy, using a historical and case study approach. The program addresses contemporary political science and international issues, with classroom seminars supplemented by lectures at the university as well as: briefings and visits to at international and non-governmental organizations, educational events, conferences, tours, and meetings with foreign officials, which are further incorporated into the curriculum.
Students will meet with leading experts working in international organizations, governments, embassies, and academic institutions, and will engage with specialists in the areas of Philosophy, Politics, International Relations, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Development, and Economics.
The program provides students with a theoretical and practical experience for both academic and professional development. It allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete foundation 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.
The general structure of the program is available below:
Semester 1 (30 Credits)
(Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Berlin, Germany)
The first semester in Berlin begins with a Preliminary Studies and Orientation component to prepare students for their academic graduate program. The priority of the curriculum for the first semester is to provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of the history of Cultural Diplomacy, the contemporary practice of Cultural Diplomacy and the future applications of Cultural Diplomacy.
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
• International Organizations
• European Politics
• Professional Development
• (Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Berlin, Germany)
During the first semester and parallel to the four semesters of studies, students will undertake a professional development and training program at the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies, through which each student will be able to apply in practice what they learned in theory in the first semester. The professional development will provide students with valuable professional experience and contacts in the fields that they plan to work in after the MA and can greatly improve students' chances of acquiring their preferred career.
Semester 2 (30 Credits)
(University of Bucharest; Bucharest, Romania)
During Semester two, students will begin their coursework in the BA and take the courses listed below:
Mandatory Courses for Semester Two include:
• Introduction to Political Science
• History of Political Thought I
• Politics and Society in Modern Europe
• Introduction to Political Communication
• Government and Politics in Romania, in the 19th and 20th centuries
• Academic Writing
• Computer Skills 1
• English for Political Science I
• Pedagogical Counseling I
• Elective Courses for Semester Two include:
• Physical Education 1
• Semester 3 (30 Credits)
• (University of Bucharest; Bucharest, Romania)
During semester three Students will take the courses listed below.
Mandatory Courses for Semester three are:
• The Romanian Political System
• History of Political Thought, II
• Politics and Society in 20th Century Europe
• Introduction to the Study of International Relations
• Political Sociology
• Political Regime of the EU
• Computer Skills 2
• English for Political Science 2
• Pedagogical Counseling 2
• Elective Courses for Semester Three include:
• Physical Education 2
• Semester 4 (30 Credits)
• (University of Bucharest; Bucharest, Romania)
Scholarships, equaling up to 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students based on educational excellence and/ or financial need. Although each scholarship request will be evaluated on an individual basis, students are expected to have an above-average grade point of 4.5 (of 5.0) in order to qualify for a grant. The Financial Aid application is a two-step process; Students interested in applying for a scholarship are required to submit their initial aid application request as soon as they have formally applied to the program, completed the first step of the application, and have been accepted into the program. Scholarships are then determined for the second and 4th semesters.
Next Program for 2014
The deadline for summer semester admissions is April 15th, 2014. Students who have submitted their applications in full by April 15th, 2014 will be eligible for an interview. Applicants will be notified of the admission committee's decision within a period of 7 days following the interview.
* Current undergraduate students (who are due to graduate in the summer of 2014 towards fall enrolment) are able to submit an application and participate in the pre-enrollment process, by submitting a confirmation of their current studies and their transcripts.
For further enquiries please contact us at: [email protected]