Program Details

The BA Program in Political Science is offered by the University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.

Location:
Berlin, Germany
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Bachelor
Specialty:
Political Science, Political Science

Program Overview

Program Description:

The BA Program in Political Science is offered by the University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy. 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. The unique program's approach equips students with a comprehensive training with an emphasis on a brand of diplomacy that furthers the social and cultural power of the private sector. This approach to international business ensures that the leaders of tomorrow are adequately prepared for the challenges of an ever-changing and increasingly interdependent world.

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.

Benefits:

  • The degree focuses on several academic disciplines related to Philosophy, Politics, International Relations, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, Development, and Economics, 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.
  • The program provides a thorough background in Political Science 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 Philosophy, Politics, International Relations, 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.
  • The international environment of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies 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 unique structure of the program provides the students with the advantage of learning in 2 different major European cities and thus the opportunity to gain academic, professional and personal experience from living in different cultures. Furthermore, the program’s structure provides a unique opportunity to benefit from the study environment in both an international nongovernmental organization and a traditional public University.

Program Cost: Tuition for the program is EUR 27,000.

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Dates & Deadlines:

Program Start for Fall Semester: October 2nd, 2014

The deadline for fall semester admissions is June 25th, 2014. Students who have submitted their applications in full by June 25th, 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.

Contents:

The program consists of 180 ECTS credits in total and has duration of six 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.

Program Curriculum

The program provides a thorough background in International Relations, International Economics, 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 & Economics, Business, Communication, Politics, Human Rights, Culture, Peace Building, Multilateral Diplomacy, Conflict Resolution, and Development.
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.

Program Structure

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.

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. 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)

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)

Mandatory Courses for Semester four are:

·         Comparative Constitutionalism

·         International Organizations

·         Research Methods for Political Science

·         Political Science. Scope and Concepts

·         Theories of Democracy

·         International Politics

·         Political Parties and Ideologies

·         Statistics

·         Politics of the Middle East

·         Latin American Politics and Society

·         Comparative Political Analysis

·         Applied Research Methods in Political Science

Semester 5 (30 Credits)

(University of Bucharest; Bucharest, Romania)

Mandatory Courses for Semester five are:

·         Economic Theories and Policies

·         Social Choice

·         Politics of Memory and the Democratization Process in the Aftermath of WW2

·         Political Science and Open Source Analysis

·         The Romanian Legal System

·         Public Policies

·         American Political Thought

·         Political Elites

·         Comparative legislative process

·         Quantitative Data Analysis

·         International Political Economy

·         Revolution and Social Conflict in history

·         Foundations of Political Order

Semester 6 (30 Credits)

(University of Bucharest; Bucharest, Romania)

Mandatory Course for Semester six are:

·         Methodology Seminar

·         Elective Courses for Semester six are:

·         Elements of International Law and Human Rights Law

·         European Political Cultures

·         Electoral Strategy

·         Design and Innovation Processes in Political Science

·         The Romanian Parliament. Traits, Role and Veto Power

·         The History of European Universities

·         American Presidency

·         Public law and modernity

·         Nazi Dictatorship and the Holocaust

·         Populism in Europe and US

·         The liberal Tradition

Audience:Individuals studying for BA Program will represent a diverse range of cultural and academic backgrounds. All courses will be taught in English, and proficiency in English is therefore a pre-requisite for application.

Lecturers:The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies Academic Board is composed of professors, high profile politicians and experienced professionals from the public and private sectors. Our Faculty includes university professors, diplomats, politicians, business executives, civil society leaders, media representatives, mediators/ conflict management experts and other high-profile individuals from prestigious institutions.

Requirements:

To apply for the BA Program in Political Science, individuals should ensure that an online application form is submitted to the ICD (the online application can be found on the ICD's website).

Once applying online, the applicant will receive an e-mail, indicating the application reference code and outlining the next steps of the application. * Please do not send the supporting documents up until you have received this e-mail

Below you will find the required official documents needed to complete the Admissions Process.

·         High School Diploma and transcripts (grades) 

Undergraduate Diploma/Certificate and official Transcript (Grades) if applicable, or any higher education certificate and transcripts applicable, (and of the graduate degree as well,  if applicable

·         A Copy of your Passport, National ID and Birth Certificate

Personal Statement - please submit a personal statement of no more than 700 words explaining their motivation for studying a Combined BA-MA in  BA-MA in  Political Science, Global Governance and Cultural Diplomacy.

·         Curriculum Vitae (Resumé)

·         Essay

An essay on any theme, according to your personal Interest and Passion, related to the field of Political Science, and Cultural Diplomacy. The Essay should be of no less than 2 pages long and of no more than 5 pages long.

* Possible Bibliography is sent to the applicant, once applying.

·         Certificate for language competencesis required for the applicants who don’t have English as mother tongue.  If you have studied at least 1 semester in an English language, a certificate/Document which attests this fact will be sufficient as well.

Letters of Recommendation(s)

  • The ICD and Bucharest University recommend applicants submit at least one letter of recommendation from an individual who is familiar with your performance as a student and/or employee (recommendations from friends and/or family members will not be considered). It is suggested that at least one referee be a professor from the institution that awarded your undergraduate or graduate degree.

Funding:

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships, equaling up to 10% deduction of tuition costs are available for students based on educational excellence and 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 determined for the second and 4th semesters.

Accreditation:

The Bachelor's Degree is awarded by the University of Bucharest, which is recognized as a fully accredited institution of higher education with the right to award university degrees.

The University of Bucharest is accredited through the Ministerul Educatiei, Cercetarii, Tineretului si Sportului, România (Ministry of Education, Research, Innovation and Sport of Romania), which is the governmental ministry responsible for determining the policies and direction of the educational system in Romania. The Ministry is further responsible for coordinating university efforts to prepare for the accrediting agency's periodic site visits and reviews. The University of Bucharest is further monitored by The Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS), an autonomous public institution of national interest, whose main mission is the external evaluation of the quality of Romanian higher education. ARACIS is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and is registered in the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR).

The University of Bucharest is part of the Bologna Process set in place by the European Commission, and uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) to award degrees. Credits obtained through our BA program are equivalent to those of courses at universities in all other 30+ signatory countries. Students will earn 30 credits per semester during the BA program, for a total of 180 credits upon completion.

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