The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

MA Program in Globalization Studies & Cultural Diplomacy with a Concentration on International Relations (Two Year Program)

MA Program in Globalization Studies & Cultural Diplomacy

The MA Degree in Globalization Studies and Cultural Diplomacy with a Concentration on International Relations is a Two 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 Relations &  Globalization, Global Politics and Cultural Diplomacy, with a particular emphasis on the theories of globalization as well as its historical evolution, 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 Globalization, International Relations/Politics/Economics and Cultural Diplomacy, 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, business, the financial sector, politics and culture, with a special focus on the main agents of globalization and the application of Cultural Diplomacy in the framework of global governance and international organizations. 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, Global Governance, 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, preparing students for careers in diverse fields, such as international relations, the humanities, politics, culture, foreign policy and Global Governance. 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 economic organizations, as well as the private sector.

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 Dates of the program for the academic year 2016-2017, please click HERE.

Program Curriculum

The program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which take place in both Berlin, Germany and in Bucharest, Romania. The first two semesters of the program are hosted by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin and the third and the fourth semesters are hosted by the University of Bucharest.

This 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.

The first 2 semesters will take place in the Center of Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS) in Berlin. The semester will consist of three mandatory modules and two elective courses. The second semester will consist of the professional development program and 2 elective courses. In the second academic year students will continue to the University of Bucharest (UoB) in Bucharest- Romania for the 3rd Semester and the 4th Semester*.  The 3rd semester will consist of four mandatory modules and one elective course. The 4th semester will consist of four Mandatory Courses one elective course, and the writing of the Thesis, 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 University of Bucharest (UoB).

* Part of the 4th Semester can also be completed from distance.

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 main 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 undertake), include:
  • Nation Branding and Unilateral Cultural Diplomacy
  • Contemporary German Foreign Policy
  • International Organizations
  • European Politics

Semester 2 (30 Credits)

(Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies; Berlin, Germany)

During the second semester, students will undertake a professional development and training program at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy as well as two 2 elective courses. The professional development program is designed individually with each of the students and is composed of part or all of the following main components:
  • Research
  • Development of Cultural Diplomacy Initiative
  • Participating in and Contributing to ICD’s Projects, Activities and Conferences
* Elective Courses for Semester Two (two of which each student must 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
*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.

Semester 3 (30 Credits)

(University of Bucharest; Bucharest, Romania)

Mandatory Courses for Semester three are:
  • Globalization and anti-globalization: theories and realities
  • Multiculturalism
  • Theories of International Relations
  • Resources and Development in the Global Word
Elective Courses for Semester Three (one of which each student must undertake), include:
  • Cultural and Intercultural Communication
  • Cultural Change and Human Rights
  • Writing and Argumentation Methods

Semester 4 (30 Credits)

(University of Bucharest; Bucharest, Romania)

Following three 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 during their fourth semester of study, 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.

In addition to writing the Master's dissertation, students will be required to take four mandatory courses and one elective course, which will also guide them in the completion of their thesis.

Mandatory Developmental Workshop Courses for Semester Four are:
  • Global Ethics
  • The Classical Culture in Contemporary Intercultural Dialogue
  • Guidelines in Research of the Topic of Dissertation
  • Development, Culture and Ethical Responsibility
Elective Courses for Semester Four (one of which each student must undertake), include:
  • Public Diplomacy
  • Global Culture - Local Cultures, Sustainable Development
  • International Organizations and the Globalization Process