Institute for Cultural Diplomacy

MA Program in International Economics and Cultural Diplomacy

Address:

Robert-Gerwig-Platz 1

Berlin, Berlin 78120

Germany

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Program in International Economics and Cultural Diplomacy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The program  is offered by Babes-Bolyai University; Cluj, Romania in partnership with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.

The program provides a 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, as lectures and briefings at international and non-governmental organizations; educational events, conferences, tours, and meetings with foreign officials are further incorporated into the curriculum.

The program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place in the Center of Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy - Berlin, Germany and the Babes-Bolyai University Cluj, Romania. 

The MA program follows the conventional university structure of a two-year course divided into four different semesters. Students are offered an array of elective courses to accompany mandatory courses, work experience opportunities and the final thesis. During the first year the first semester will consist of three mandatory modules and two elective courses as the second semester will consist of the professional development program and 2 elective courses, whilst in the second year students will continue to the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj- Romania for the 3rd Semester and the 4th Semester- the Thesis. Part of the 4th Semester could be completed from distance as well, as the students will produce a final thesis on a related topic of choice. At the end of the forth semesters, the students will be then required to defend their Thesis at the Babes-Bolyai University.

Benefits:

  • The degree focuses on several academic disciplines related to International Economics, International Relations 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.
  • The program provides a thorough background in 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, 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.

·         The international environment of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies 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.

Setting Description

The program is composed of 4 Semesters (2 Academic Years). Date of commencement: October, each year.

Next program start is: Fall Semester: October 1st, 2014

Application Deadline: The deadline for fall semester admissions is June 25th, 2014.

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Semester 1 (30 Credits)

(Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Berlin, Germany)

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 will be required to undertake, include:

  • Nation Branding and Unilateral Cultural Diplomacy
  • Contemporary German Foreign Policy
  • International Organizations
  • European Politics
  • Contemporary German Trade Policy
  • International Economic Organizations & Cultural Diplomacy
  • European & International Economics
  • Corporate Cultural Diplomacy

Semester 2 (30 Credits)

(Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Berlin, Germany)

During the second semester, students will undertake 2 elective courses and 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. The Professional Development Training Program provides students with the opportunity to apply in practice what they learn in theory in their studies. The professional development is designed individually with each of the students and is composed of part or all of the following main components:

  • Conducting Research to be Published in the Cultural Diplomacy Outlook Report
  • Development of Cultural Diplomacy Initiative
  • Participating and Contributing in ICD Activities and Conferences

Elective Courses for Semester Two, two of which each student will be required to undertake, 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)

(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:

  • Global Interdependency
  • Cultural Diplomacy and International Negotiations
  • Global Economic Governance

Elective Courses for Semester Three, two of which each student will be required to undertake, include:

  • Cultural Diplomacy and Crisis Management
  • Globalization and Business Strategy
  • Cultural Diplomacy and Business Communication
  • Strategic Management in a Global Economy
  • Cultural Diplomacy and the Management of Social and Political Risks
  • E-Business - Managing Across Borders and Cultures

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 three 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
  • Guidelines in Research of the Topic of Dissertation
  • Methods of Writing the Dissertation

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