The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

BA Program in Political Science with Concentration in Cultural Diplomacy (Three Year Program)

Program Curriculum & Structure

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. 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.

Dates of Next Program for 2016 »

Enrolments to the Program are possible towards the fall, winter and spring semesters’ start each year.  To learn about the possible Start Datesof the program for the academic year 2016-2017, please click HERE.

Program Curriculum

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
*Elective Courses - The decision of the offered elective courses is made by the CCDS faculty, in accordance with the timing period of the Semester, logistical issues as well the planned activities of the ICD during the prospective period. Based on this decision, it is possible that only two courses will be offered in the given semester and students will need to take these courses.

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)

uring 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)

During semester four Students will take the courses listed below.

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)

During semester five Students will take the courses listed below.

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)

During semester six Students will take the courses listed below.

Mandatory Course for Semester six are:
  • Methodology Seminar
Elective Courses for Semester six are (select 5):
  • 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