The Center for Cultural Diplomacy Studies
MA Program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy (Regular Track)
MA Program in International Relations & Cultural Diplomacy
IntroductionThe MA Program in International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy is a two-year program offered by the Furtwangen University in partnership with the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy.
Length - 4 Semesters
Location - Berlin, Germany
Professional Development - The Professional Development Training Program provides students with the opportunity to apply in practice what they learn in theory in their studies and gain valuable professional experience. The program is completed during the second semester of studies.
Tuition - €12,000
The degree provides a comprehensive foundation of studies through a unique blend of academic education in international relations, political science and multiple academic fields, related to the unique relationships that exist between various nations and cultures & the interaction of nation-states and non-governmental organisations in fields such as politics, economics, security and culture. A particular emphasis is put on succesful strategies, policies and practices of cultural diplomacy for the achievement of international and transnational co-operation & soft power objectives, whether in the public sector, private sector or civil society. The curriculum provides students with expertise in two distinct academic fields, combining both an academic and practical advantage in the global arena, and preparing them for careers in diverse fields such as international relations, politics, international business, the humanities and culture.
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 meet with leading experts working in international organizations, embassies, and academic institutions, and engage with specialists in the areas of international relations & economics, business, communication, politics, human rights, culture, peace building, multilateral diplomacy, conflict resolution and development.
The program also provides students with practical experience and prepares students for careers in the above-mentioned diverse fields. On a practical level, 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 organisations and research centers. Students are empowered as critical partners, working with peers and university staff to define, develop and transform the learning environment and their own learning experience. They act as collaborators and co-creators in the production of knowledge, engaging in research and investigation throughout their program of study. This exceptional learning environment leads to original research and independent study opportunities. 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, in the private sector, the civil society, politics, governmental organisations and international economic organisations.
The program consists of 120 ECTS credits in total and has duration of four semesters, which all take place in Berlin, Germany.
The program follows the conventional university structure of a two academic years’ program divided into four semesters. Students are offered elective courses to accompany mandatory courses, professional development experience and the final thesis.
The first 2 semesters are conducted by the Center of Cultural Diplomacy Studies (CCDS). The First semester will consist of three mandatory modules and two Facultative courses. The second semester will consist of the professional development program and 2 Facultative courses. The 3rd Semester and the 4th Semesters are conducted by the Furtwangen University (HFU), Berlin Campus. The 3rd semester will consist of mandatory modules. On the 4th semester the students will produce a final thesis on a related topic of choice. At the end of the fourth semester, the students will be then required to submit their Thesis.
*The program is structured as a 4 Semesters’ program, however Students who wish to finalize the program earlier, can submit their thesis prior to the final deadline (prior to the end of the fourth semester).
Semester 1 (30 Credits)The main priority of the curriculum for the first semester is to provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of the history and contemporary practice of Cultural Diplomacy & International Relations, as well as future applications of the field.
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
- International Organizations
- Cultural Diplomacy in Conflict Zones
- European Studies & Politics
Semester 2 (30 Credits)During the second semester, students will undertake a professional development and training program at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy as well as two 2 facultative 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:
- Development of own Initiative / project, supported by the Center.
- Participating in and contributing to ICD’s Projects, Activities and Conferences
- Involvement in independent Initiatives
- Internship in external Organizations and Institutes
- Soft Power, Hard Power, and Smart Power
- Nation Branding and Unilateral Cultural Diplomacy
- International Governance: Trade, Finance and Common Pool Resources
Semester 3 (33 Credits)Mandatory Courses for Semester Three are:
- Module International Relations
- International Relations
- Module International Political Economy
- International Political Economy
- Module International Financial Markets and Institutions
- Module International Financial Markets and Institutions
- Module International Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Managing Cultural Diversity
- Module International Strategic Management
- International Business Strategy
- Business Simulation
- Module Master Thesis
- Academic Research and Writing