The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

MA Program in Cultural Diplomacy, Human Rights & International Law

MA Program in Cultural Diplomacy, Human Rights & International Law

The MA Degree in Cultural Diplomacy, Human Rights & International Law is a One Year Program offered by the University of Bucharest (UoB) in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.

The degree provides a comprehensive base of studies in the fields of International Law, Human Rights and Cultural Diplomacy, with a particular emphasis on the theories of EU Law from Global Perspectives, and International Protection of Human Rights, which will be examined with a special emphasis upon cultural diplomacy and its historical and contemporary application within the context of a contemporary globalized world. The core curriculum of the program provides a thorough background and analysis of the most significant theories and practices within the fields of Cultural Diplomacy Human Rights and EU and International Law, using a historical and case study approach. 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 the main agents of Protection of Human Rights. The program addresses contemporary international issues, with classroom seminars and lectures, as well as educational & cultural events, conferences, professional trainings, tours, visits and meetings with foreign officials, which 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, International Law, 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, preparing students for careers in diverse fields. On a practical level, it allows students to create a solid professional network and form a concrete base for future academic and professional career choices, preparing students for engagement in the international arena, civil society, politics, governmental organizations and international organizations.

Dates of Next Program for 2017 »

Enrolments to the Program are possible towards the fall semester start each year.  To learn about the possible Start Dates of the program for the academic year 2017, please click HERE.

Program Curriculum

The program consists of 90 ECTS credits in total and has duration of two study semesters, which take place in Berlin, Germany, professional development program and Thesis to be submitted towards the end of the Program. 

The general structure of the program is available below:

Semester 1 (30 Credits)

(Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Berlin, Germany)

Courses for Semester One are:
  • The History and Evolution of the Field of Cultural Diplomacy
  • International Case Studies of Cultural Diplomacy
  • Diplomatic law and practical aspects of cultural diplomacy
  • The protection of cultural identity of national minorities at international level
  • EU Law - from a global perspective (I)

Semester 2 (30 Credits)

(Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Berlin, Germany)

Courses for Semester Two are:
  • Future Trends in Cultural Diplomacy 
  • Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones 
  • Hard Power, Soft Power, Smart Power 
  • International Protection of Human Rights. The European Model
  • EU Law - from a global perspective (II)
  • Fundamental Elements of Public International Law

Professional Development Program (12 Credits)

During the Studies, students will undertake a professional development and training program which is discussed individually with each of the students and is composed of part or all of the following main components:

  • Research
  • Development of Own Initiative
  • Participating in and Contributing to ICD’s Projects, Activities and Conferences
  • Placement in other organizations 

Dissertation (18 Credits)

Following two semesters of academic study, students will be qualified to write an in-depth analysis, in the form of a final thesis, on a topic of their choice related to the theme of the program. Students are required to complete a Master's dissertation towards the end of the Program, and will be provided with guidance on how to choose an appropriate topic and how to identify and locate the relevant 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.