The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS)

MA Program in Analytic Philosophy with a Concentration in Cultural Diplomacy (Two Year Program)

Program Curriculum & Structure

The MA Program in Analytic Philosophy with a Concentration in Cultural Diplomacy is offered by the University of Bucharest in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.

The program curriculum consists of a total of 4 semesters. The first semester of the program takes place in Berlin at the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy and the remaining 3 semesters take place Bucharest at the University of Bucharest. The degree consists of 120 ECTS credits and provides students with an expertise in analytic philosophy and cultural diplomacy, preparing them for careers in the field of the humanities, academia, politics, international relations and beyond.

In the academic framework of the curriculum of the studies in philosophy, 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 MA.

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 foundation in Philosophy and Cultural Diplomacy, using a historical and case study approach. The curriculum offers an in-depth perspective over the contemporary issues and topics in the field of analytic philosophy, including the following: epistemology, philosophic logics, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of mind. The program consists of 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 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 many future academic and professional career choices.

On a practical level, the program prepares students for engagement in philosophy, the humanities, academia, 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 priority of the curriculum for the first semester is to provide students with a comprehensive 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 Analytic Philosophy and take the courses listed below.

Mandatory Courses for Semester Two include:
  • The Origins of Analytic Philosophy
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Ontology

Semester 3 (30 Credits)

(University of Bucharest; Bucharest, Romania)

During three three Students will continue their coursework in Analytic Philosophy and take the courses listed below.

Mandatory Courses for Semester three are:
  • Epistemology
  • The Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Language

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.  In addition to writing the Master's dissertation, students will be required to take two courses, one "The Disseration Seminar," which will guide them in the completion of their thesis.

Mandatory Courses for Semester Four are:
  • Metaethics
  • The Dissertation Seminar