SLA – Latin American Studies

This program is held in English and Spanish and it addressed to university graduates under Bologna system (3 years) or to those who graduated from long term university study programs (4 years).

Form of study: full time, 2 years, 120 ECTS

For non-subsidized places from the state budget, the tuition fee is 500 EURO/per semester.

 

PRESENTATION

The Master’s Program in Latin American Studies is an initiative of the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Department of International Relations and European Integration of the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, and is the first program of this kind in Romania.

 

We emphasize that this program is bilingual, in Spanish and English, so that the courses are held in two internationally used languages, vital for facilitating students’ access to information, documents and resources of the Latin America and Caribbean region. The bilingual courses also create the possibility for students to come from other countries than Romania.

 

The program aims to become a regional point of interest for people who want to complete their training in international relations and to acquire expertise in Latin American issues. Designing such a program came from the need to meet the demands and changes occurring in the international system, the states in Latin America becoming more interesting for the international community.

 

We will try through the courses to familiarize the students with developments in Latin America and the Caribbean, to analyze phenomena that led the various economic, social and political activities, to predict the relations between states in this area and other relevant actors in the international system.

 

These acquired skills can also be applied through the involvement of students in the activities developed within the Institute of Latin American Studies, which is an integrated part of the National University.

TEACHING PLAN 2016-2018

Nr. crt.
1 Theory of International Relations Prof. univ. dr. Vasile Secǎreş
2 International Public Law Conf. univ. dr. Bogdan Aurescu
3 Partnership  European Union – Latin America Dr. Ioana Dodi
4 Theory and Practice of Human Rights Lect. univ. dr. Gabriel Micu
5 Development Economy Lect. univ. dr. Bogdan Munteanu
6 Social Science Research Methodology (optional) Lect. univ. dr. Ioana Melenciuc
7 Latin American Integration Process Lect. univ. dr. Mihai Ghigiu
8 International Cooperation and Development (optional) Lect. univ. dr. Victor Negrescu
9 Humanitarian Aid and Voluntary Work (optional) Dr. Ioana Dodi
10 International Project Management (optional) Lect. univ. dr. Rǎzvan Cotovelea
11 Spanish Language (optional) Dr. Ioana Dodi
12 Cultural Roots and Identities in Latin America Dr. Daniel Perdigao
13 Ethics in International Relations (optional) Lect. univ. dr. Alice Iancu
14 Party Systems in Latin America (optional) Dr. Ioana Dodi
15 Education for Development (optional) Prof. univ. dr. Cezar Bîrzea
16 United States – Latin America Relations (optional) Lect. univ. dr. Miruna Troncotǎ
17 Geopolitics in South and Central America Lect. univ. dr. Miruna Troncotǎ
18 Introduction to Evaluation Studies (optional) Lect. univ. dr. Ioana Melenciuc
19 Practical Training Lect. univ. dr. Mihai Caradaicǎ
20 Methods and Techniques for Thesis Writing

 

The curriculum includes both a number of compulsory courses which are designed to establish or cement concepts and fundamental principles and a number of optional courses from which students can choose those that best meet their interest areas. The curriculum informs students exactly how many courses they need to take each semester in order to accumulate 120 ECTS.

 

COMPETENCES:

  1. Cognitive and instrumental competences
  • Knowledge of basic concepts related to the actors and the structure of the International Relations, and to the main theories in this field of studies.
  • The ability to present and understand the main issues of global and regional policy towards Latin-America (major geopolitic mutations, the evolution of regional integration processes, the fight against terrorism, etc.)
  • The ability to understand and explain notions on secutity, inter-regionalism, integration, asymetric risks, regional cooperation, social movement, etc.
  • The MA programme offers an insight of the social and politic movements in the Latin-American area and of the way how they have influenced the subsequent development of states in this region and the relations between them and other actors in the system.
  • The ability to analyze fundamental documents for decision-making in foreign policy and security (foreign policy doctrines, security strategies of main international actors).
  • The ability to understand the international legal phenomenon and the use of development and enforcement mechanisms for international public law, through identification of ways how the international norms are reflected into the national law of the states in the region.
  • The curriculum includes a series of courses aimed at presenting the educational and cultural-religious system of the region, since these aspects are very important in the evolution of the selected area, and without analysing them we cannot speak of a real understanding of the facts concerning the Latin-America region.

 

  1. Interpersonal competences
  • The capacity to establish and develop contacts, partnerships and cooperation with individual and collective actors (public institutions, media, NGOs).
  • The capacity to work in a group, to communicate and negociate with other individuals or groups, to present ones opinions in a clear and comprehensive manner and to hold a public speech.
  • The ability to initiate and maintain good working relations in a multicultural and pluralistic context, based on the principle of respecting the dignity of persons, irrespective of their ethnic, national, religious or racial origin, gender, life style or disability.
  • Use and present information, views and concepts in a concise, well-structured and interesting way for a variety of audiences.
  • Solve daily problems in a non-discriminatory and non-conflicting way, based on negotiations and dialogue.
  • Leadership qualities and the ability to perform tasks in stressful situations.

 

  1. Systemic and decisional competencies
  • The ability to anticipate needs, problems and evolutions on the national, European and global arena.
  • The ability to identify strategic issues, systemic problems and set priorities.
  • Recognize and understand the interrelations and complexities within and in-between the regional, national, European or international spheres and develop the ability to design solutions that may influence those aspects.
  • The ability to take decisions within uncertain and asymmetric information environments.
  • The ability to use information and communications technologies, both in the professional or research activities and in everyday life.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS:

Graduates of this program have a wide range of opportunities for entering the labor market, both in the public area, within the Latin American and Caribbean divisions of government institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the private sector, especially given the increase in trade relations between the EU and the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. Also, graduates may represent a valuable human resource for Academia.

  • Building a Common Space of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation between European Union and the Community of Latin-American and Caribbean States is a priority for both organizations. In this respect, the research activities carried out in bi-regional projects represents opportunities on the labour market for the graduates of the MA programme Latin-American Studies.
  • Withal, graduates can continue their academic achievement through doctoral studies in this field.
  • Non-governmental organizations active in the field of public policies of the Latin-America area might be interested in employing graduates of this MA programme.

REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR EXAMINATION:

Admission procedure will be based on:

  • Application file (see necessary documents)
  • Academic Essay (5-10 pages), written in English or Spanish. A certificate attesting knowledge of English is not a requirement. The admission essay is on a topic of your choice, preferably a case study from the following thematic areas:
    • Economic Systems in Latin-America
    • Women’s Participation in revolutionary movements in Latin-America
    • Political parties in Latin-America
    • Democratisation processes in Latin-America
    • Latin-America and United Stated relations
    • Latin-America and European Union relations
  • Interview.

 

To assist you, we have created a guide for the elaboration of the academic essay. Within the essay there can be cited 2 or 3 papers from the bibliography, with the mention that the bibliography is not restrictive, rather indicative.

 

The essay should be written and presented during the admission interview in English or in Spanish.

 

ONLINE PRE-ENROLMENT:

By submitting the online pre-enrolment form, DRIIE 2017 candidates are given the opportunity to benefit from:

  • academic online tutoring on writing the examination essay (at the request of candidates);
  • bibliographical recommendations and specialized resources in electronic form and printed output for the admission exam;
  • professional guidance and counselling within the domains covered by the MA programmes offered by DRIIE;
  • information about the events organized by DRIIE such as debates, conferences, roundtables, book launches, educational fairs, lectures open to the public, tutoring activities with teachers from the Department, etc.

 

Online pre-enrolment form for master’s programmes 2017 – 2019 is available at: http://dri.snspa.ro/admitere/preinscriere/.

TUITION FEE – 1.000 EURO/year

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