MA in Area studies

Top 152 Masters of Arts in Area studies 2017

Area studies

An MA is a master’s degree awarded to students that have completed a program studying humanities or fine arts subjects such as history, communications, philosophy, theology or English. A Master of Arts degree typically requires coursework, research and written examinations.

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MA Cultural History of Modern Europe

Utrecht University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2017 Netherlands Utrecht + 1 more

In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Our programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks. [+]

MA Programs in Area studies. Explore Europe’s history and culture from a global perspective In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Our programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks. The programme content focuses on theories of modern cultural history, global perspectives on European civilisation, the politics of heritage and cultural memory, aspects of transnational history and postcolonial culture, global practices of citizenship, and the development of career-oriented academic competencies. We begin by looking at contemporary problems and discussions. This programme offers an English track and a Dutch track. The modules offered in these tracks are the same – only the language of instruction differs. Why study in Utrecht? You will benefit from a unique cultural-historical approach to globalisation that will equip you with interdisciplinary knowledge and tools for analysis. The programme offers you a choice of (international) internships and the opportunity to study abroad, helping you to expand your networks and gain valuable workplace experience. You will learn from lecturers who are motivated, experienced, and internationally recognised as experts in their fields. You will receive personal help and supervision throughout your studies. Part-time The part-time option allows you to complete the full-time programme over two years instead of one. AFTER GRADUATION After graduating from the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will: Have the skills and knowledge to analyse and understand processes of identity formation in their cultural-historical context. Be equipped with the tools to analyse the relationship between material facts and cultural constructs, between historical sources and folk tales, and between history, memories, and heritage. Have a global perspective and understand how European cultural-historical developments relate to the rest of the world. Understand the cultural-historical backgrounds of contemporary culturally diverse societies. Be prepared for a profession that involves a combination of theoretical reflection and analytical and communicative skills. Career prospects Graduates from our programme have found jobs in museums and heritage organisations, as well as in the field of (secondary) education. [-]

Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS)

University of Turku
Campus Full time September 2017 Finland Turku

The Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia. [+]

Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS) Gain in-depth knowledge on today’s East Asian societies and become a specialist in the most dynamic region of the world! The Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies (MPAS) gives a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the dynamic societies of contemporary East Asia. Students gain expertise on East Asian contemporary history, politics and societies and learn social science research methods to become area specialists on East Asia. East Asian languages are studied as part of the degree to support students’ acquisition of knowledge and Master’s thesis research. Students in the Programme have good opportunities for student exchange in East Asian universities as well as to receive East Asian study and research scholarships. The Programme provides expertise to enter international public, private and third sector professions. Students also become qualified to apply to PhD programmes and to pursue an academic career. PROGRAMME IN BRIEF Programme structure For a detailed description of the structure of the Programme, curriculum and teaching, please see: The Study Leaflet (pdf 40 pages). Academic excellence & experience The Centre for East Asian Studies specialises in research on contemporary East Asian societies, with special focus on various manifestations of civil societies in China, South Korea and Japan. For China, academic staff conducts research, for example, on disaster management, social movements and protest, urban governance, and environmental issues. For South Korea, on culture of economy, self-employment, and organisations, and popular culture and social movements. For Japan, on social movements and civic society. The research by the academic staff is directly reflected in the Master’s programme: students get up-to-date teaching on topical issues and societal and political developments in East Asian societies. Students also receive individual thesis supervision firmly anchored in the East Asia expertise of the teaching staff. Master's thesis & topics Examples of thesis topics: Place and belonging – an ethnography of rural migrant children in Beijing Cosmetic surgery and rites of passage in Korean society – a study on cosmetic surgeries after the university entrance exam Remembering the war and aggression: a discourse analysis of Japan’s state apologies and commemoration speeches on August 15th 1995–2015 From the Great Famine (1958–1962) to the food waste problem: the role of memory to enhance the awareness in the city of Shanghai Japan’s shining women: young women negotiating the transition to adulthood in Japan South Korean presidents and the alliance with the United States 1998‒2012: a case study of the Free Trade Agreement ENTRY REQUIREMENTS General degree requirements The following requirements need to be fulfilled in order to apply: A Bachelor’s degree of at least three years in length Verified proficiency in the English language (see “Language requirements” for recognized qualifications and required levels) The following selection criteria will be used when assessing the applicants: The East Asia contents and relevance of previous degree studies and achieved grades. This includes major or minor in East Asian Studies (or Korean, Japanese, and Chinese Studies) or other studies related to contemporary East Asian societies. Knowledge of East Asian languages, verified appropriately (transcripts, certificates etc.) Letter of motivation (see “Application Form and Enclosures” for guidelines) Applicant’s fulfilment of the application requirements and qualifications for the application criteria need to be documented with certified documents. Persons who have the Finnish first-cycle polytechnic degree called “ammattikorkeakoulututkinto” and have completed courses on scientific thinking, writing and research methods in areas relevant to the Programme are also eligible to apply. Programme-Specific Degree Requirements The following selection criteria will be used when assessing the applicants: The East Asia contents and relevance of previous degree studies and achieved grades. This includes major or minor in East Asian Studies (or Korean, Japanese and Chinese Studies) or other studies related to contemporary East Asian societies. Knowledge of East Asian languages, verified appropriately (transcripts, certificates etc.) Letter of motivation (see “Application Form and Enclosures” for guidelines) Language Requirements Proficiency in the English language needs to be verified in accordance with the standards set by the University of Turku by one of the following certificates which must have been completed in the last two years. The certificate must be valid on the application deadline (13th January 2017). TOEFL iBT test with a score of at least 92 and no individual score below 20 IELTS Academic test with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6.0 Cambridge ESOL test: Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Certificate In Advanced English (CAE), pass grade A, B, or C National Certificate of English Language Proficiency by the Finnish National Board of Education, overall language proficiency level of 5 Pearson PTE Academic test with a score of at least 62 and no individual score below 54 See also Proof of English language skills Exemption from these tests is granted to applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree in an English-language programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree in an EU/EEA country including courses taken in English and good proficiency (magna cum laude approbatur) in English in their high school diploma (ylioppilastodistus) or equivalent. Secondary education received in English language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY Application Form and Enclosures Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in East Asian Studies, University of Turku. The application period is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15:00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2017. The following documents are required from all applicants: A copy of the degree certificate in the original language ➤ In case you are going to graduate after the admissions deadline, you must include a certificate or a statement from your home university or institute stating the expected date of graduation. The actual degree certificate must be received by the Faculty of the Social Sciences of the University of Turku by a time to be announced later. An English translation of the degree certificate or a Diploma Supplement (likely to be issued by your university) A transcript of records (1) An English translation of the transcript of records (likely to be issued by your university) Certificate of English language proficiency (see above for accepted certifications); please see UAF’s Language skills page on how to have the test results forwarded directly to UAF Curriculum Vitae (resumé) (2) Letter of motivation (3) (included as an item in the electronic application form and not attached as a separate document; see below for guidelines on contents) Guidelines on application documents: Transcript of records: a document containing information of completed courses and received credits and grades. A certificate of registration or a diploma is not sufficient. If a transcript cannot be obtained, an officially certified list of completed academic work or yearly examinations with information on the contents of courses will be sufficient. Curriculum vitae (in Europe akin to a resumé in the US): for the format, you can use for example the guidelines at EU’s Europass site. Letter of motivation: describe briefly your study background, how you have become interested in study of East Asia, what motivates you to study East Asia and apply to MPAS in Turku, what are your topics and areas of interest in East Asia, possibly including also your tentative thesis research topic, and what are your future aspirations. Add the name and contact information (affiliation, e-mail) of two academic references, of whom at least one has been the main supervisor of your previous studies. A good length for a letter of motivation is 500–800 words. (The letter of motivation is one item in the electronic application form. Draft the letter in advance as a separate document and copy and paste the text to the application form.) ... [-]

Master in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies

University of Bridgeport
Campus September 2017 USA Bridgeport Stamford Waterbury + 1 more

The Master of Arts in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies is a 12-course, multidisciplinary degree program designed for current and future professionals who require an in-depth understanding of this pivotal engine of the world political economy. [+]

MA Programs in Area studies. The Master of Arts in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies is a 12-course, multidisciplinary degree program designed for current and future professionals who require an in-depth understanding of this pivotal engine of the world political economy. The curriculum is intended to equip students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to conduct research and interpret developments in the Pacific Rim, as well as develop a foundation in an East Asian language. The program is highlighted by practical hands-on training. As a capstone experience, students complete an overseas internship. The program prepares students with the crucial background needed for a successful career in this emerging region, whether in business, government or academia. Students may choose from four area concentrations. Students develop an understanding of the political, economic and social issues of East Asia as well as an understanding of the role that language and culture play in its growing political economy. Students accepted into the program may choose one of four concentrations: Negotiation and Diplomacy International Political Economy and Development Global Management Global Communication Employment Outlook Are you ready to succeed in the Pacific Rim? Between 2000 and 2010 United States exports to China climbed markedly. By the end of the decade, they had increased by 468%. Impressive! However, in the State of Connecticut, exports to China exploded 1,237% during that same period. With the stunning economic rise of China, a new generation of American professionals is needed. The U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Commerce point to the spiraling demand for trained professionals who understand the culture, traditions, and critical languages of the Pacific Rim, which encompasses China, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, as well as the United States, Canada, Chile, and Australia. Those with the needed expertise will lead the way in allowing their governments, firms and agencies to break through in these areas both locally and internationally. The University of Bridgeport’s Masters in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies will help you to develop needed expertise, and do so in UB’s College of Public and International Affairs learner-friendly environment. The career tracks and possibilities are countless. Professionals with expertise in the Pacific Rim are needed today for: Cross-cultural management Client relations Risk analysis Diplomacy Investment strategy Regional marketing Public Relations Labor Relations Journalism Non-governmental and intergovernmental organizational management Education and Research Learning Objectives The East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies program has the following Learning Objectives: Introducing and comparing extant models of socioeconomic development with a special focus on those development models that have been used successfully in the Pacific Rim Introducing the Sociopolitical Implications of the religions that are common in the Pacific region Introducing and comparing models of trade Equipping students with the quantitative and qualitative research skills needed to undertake effective planning, analysis, and implementation of projects Identifying and fostering an appreciation of the prerequisites for successful governance and amiable trade practices within developing countries Development of skills in negotiation and conflict resolution Development of practical skills in problem-solving and in project management through an internship in the Pacific Rim; U.S. students will be expected to do their internship in Northeast or Southeast Asia and students from Asia will be encouraged to pursue an internship in Latin America or in a country other than their own in East Asia Development of a at least a working knowledge of an East Asian language – normally Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Japanese, or Russian [-]

Master of Arts in Islamic Studies

Hamad bin Khalifa University
Campus September 2017 Qatar Doha

The Master of Arts in Islamic Studies offers students a unique opportunity to enjoy a strong multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate education across a range of core subjects, while also enabling them to pursue specialist study in one of a range of important areas within the field of modern Islamic scholarship. [+]

Master of Arts in Islamic Studies The Master of Arts in Islamic Studies offers students a unique opportunity to enjoy a strong multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary graduate education across a range of core subjects, while also enabling them to pursue specialist study in one of a range of important areas within the field of modern Islamic scholarship. The program is tailored to examine traditional Islamic knowledge and place such knowledge in the context of the challenges faced in modern society. Although Islamic Studies is a discipline that is widely taught in universities across the world, the blended combination of specialties and research offered at HBKU is unique. Program Focus: The MA in Islamic Studies program covers Islamic knowledge sources and addresses the role they play in understanding and addressing pressing issues in the contemporary world. The program uniquely focuses on teaching the skills required to produce graduates with exceptional knowledge of Islam in the modern context and significant critical ability. It develops graduates who can practice the values of moderation and understanding in order to respond positively to the modern challenges of pluralism and globalization. Admissions Requirements Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Islamic Studies should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution. They must also have a strong undergraduate academic record. Applicants who wish to pursue the Contemporary Fiqh or Contemporary Quranic Studies concentration should have a bachelor’s degree in Sharia, Islamic Studies, or a related area. Applicants who intend to pursue a concentration in Islamic Thought and Applied Ethics, Comparative Religions, or Islamic Civilization and Societies are required to take the IELTS or TOEFL exam in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Applicants who completed their bachelor’s degree at a university where the primary language of instruction is English may seek a waiver for this requirement. Please contact admissions_qfis@qfis.edu.qa for further information about exemption. Applicants who intend to pursue a concentration in Contemporary Fiqh or Contemporary Quranic Studies must demonstrate proficiency in Arabic through previous studies (e.g. completing an undergraduate degree in which the language of instruction was Arabic or by completing a proficiency examination offered by QFIS). [-]

MA American Studies

University of Groningen
Campus Full time 12  September 2017 Netherlands Groningen

The one-year, interdisciplinary and fully English taught Master program in American Studies offers exciting research seminars chosen form a wide range of theoretical, historical, social-political [+]

MA American Studies

 

The one-year, interdisciplinary and fully English taught Master program in American Studies offers exciting research seminars chosen form a wide range of theoretical, historical, social-political, and cultural approaches to the Americas.It starts from the premise that 'America' was shaped as much by its art, folklore, commerce, education, science and religion as by its Constitution, political treaties and wars. None of the academic mono-disciplines (such as History, Literature and Sociology) provides sufficient tools to give a comprehensive account of the complex dynamics of American culture. This is where American Studies comes in.The core of this Master's degree is the investigation of nationhood and nationality and the dynamics of cultural change. In this way, the American Studies program at the University of Groningen distinguishes itself from similar programs elsewhere.In addition to the focus on the diversity of American culture, you will learn about cultural theories in general. Not only 'high culture' will receive attention in this degree. A lot of time will be spent on the analysis of the culture of everyday social practice as well.Testimonial... [-]


MA in European Studies

Sabanci University
Campus Full time September 2017 Turkey İstanbul

With three Jean-Monnet Chairs and an expert body of academicians, European Studies MA program is a center of attraction for students who wish to specialize in the politics of the Union, its relations with Turkey and enlargement issues. [+]

With three Jean-Monnet Chairs and an expert body of academicians, European Studies MA program is a center of attraction for students who wish to specialize in the politics of the Union, its relations with Turkey and enlargement issues. Sabancı University European Studies MA Program provides a comprehensive study of historical and contemporary developments in Europe, specifically of the European integration process, from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The students will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of the European political and administrative systems as well as historical and philosophical foundations of modern Europe. They will also gain the necessary skills to compete for increasing opportunities in careers within the newly emerging institutions of Europe as Euro-bureaucrats and policy-makers, as representatives of and/or analysts/consultants to governments, NGOs and the private sector in all matters relating to the European Union. Given Turkey's candidacy, there is a pressing need for advancing EU studies in Turkey and generating an awareness in the Turkish public opinion as well as the policy-making circles about the European Union, its decision-making procedures, its institutions. This is reflected in the increasing demand coming from the private sector to employ specialists who know how decisions are made within EU and how they might be effectively pursued and shaped. Private sector organizations in Turkey will require all the human resources they can find to compete in the increasingly complex European and related global markets. Similarly in the government sector, the prospects of the start of accession negotiations imply an immediately growing need for a new breed of able and knowledgeable public servants specializing in the European related issues. Admission ENROLLMENT, FINANCE, DURATION A limited number of scholarships- full scholarships, tuition waivers, half tuition waivers- are available. Students applying to the programme preferably should have a background in social sciences. Academic as well as professional experience in European related fields will be welcomed but not required. Graduates from humanities, sciences and engineering departments may also apply to our program, however, these may be required to take some additional preparatory courses before they complete the degree requirements. [-]

MA International Relations (Europe; East Asia; Middle East)

Durham University
Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Durham

Within the broad framework of aims and objectives for our MA degrees, this is designed to provide a clear basis of advanced knowledge and understanding of the discipline of international relations linked to a focus on developments in either Europe or the Middle East or Asia. [+]

MA Programs in Area studies. Within the broad framework of aims and objectives for our MA degrees, this is designed to provide a clear basis of advanced knowledge and understanding of the discipline of international relations linked to a focus on developments in either Europe or the Middle East or Asia. In each case this combines a core of IR theory and methodology to a package of core and option modules relating to the nominated region. The disciplinary and regional focus may then be developed through the researching and writing of the dissertation. Description This programme provides you with the systematic knowledge and intellectual tools to critically review developments in the theory and practice of international relations. It enables you to evaluate in a sophisticated and critical fashion concepts, theories and paradigms within the broad field of international relations, drawing lessons from empirical studies involving both quantitative and qualitative investigations. Students are able to develop their ability to deploy research strategies and methods in an appropriately advanced fashion to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship. Each study route aims to provide advanced knowledge and understanding of the dynamics, including cultural and local political and ideological factors, which shape the contemporary international relations of the area. The course also provides an opportunity for studying international relations and in comparative and historical perspective taking account of regional specific political and economic factors. Course Structure Students will take five core modules to the value of 150 credits and optional modules to the value of 30 credits, 15 of which must be from the regional module list. Core Modules: International Relations Theory Model United Nations Research Methods and Dissertation Production Dissertation European Route Core Module: European Security East Asia Route Core Module: Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis Middle East Route Core Module: International Relations and Security in the Middle East Regional Modules (Europe): European Institutions and the Policy Process The European Union as a Global Actor Collective Memory & Identity in Post War Europe Regional Modules (East Asia): Region, Nation and Citizen in SE Asia Political Economy and Development in Chinese Business Nationalism, Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China Regional Modules (Middle East): Contemptory Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought Politics, Government and Civil Society in the Middle East The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East Non-regional Modules: German Foreign Policy Collective Identities and Political Thought in Britain Contemporary Socio-Political Issues in Muslim Religious Thought International Relations and Security in the Middle East The Political Economy of Development in the Middle East America and the World: The Making of the US Foreign Policy Human Rights Political Ideology Issues in the Politics of Military Occupations Just War in Political Theory and Practice Nationalism Revolution and Reform in Contemporary China Political Economy and Development of Chinese Business Political Ideology Region, Nation and Citizen in Southeast Asia Strategic Asia: Policy and Analysis A module offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures Learning and Teaching At the beginning of the academic year, students go through five-day induction events in which they are informed about University, the School, the MA/MSc programmes and the facilities available for their learning. The 180 credits one-year MA degree programme is divided into four core and two optional modules of 15 credits each. Furthermore, students have to submit a dissertation of 75 credits of not more than 15,000 words. Most of the modules are delivered during the first two terms and students spend the remaining time to write the dissertation. Usually a module has 18 contact hours spread over 9 weeks and 132 hours of self-directed learning. The modules are mainly delivered through weekly 2 hours sessions which can either take the form of seminars or one hour of lecture and one hour of tutorial. The form in which seminars are conducted can differ from one module to another. Typically modules would have elements of lectures, discussions, and presentations from students—the extent of each of these components would differ from one module to another. All modules have written exercise for formative assessments. Upon getting feedback on these assignments, students can meet their lecturers to discuss their marks before then eventually completing a summative assessment. Typically summative assessments are 3000 word essays but some modules may be assessed by examination. Students can also meet their module coordinators during their weekly contact hours or by making an appointment. When students are working on their dissertations during the later half of the year, they meet their assigned supervisors for a minimum of 6 hours. Students also have access to the academic advisors whenever there is a need. SGIA has a wide variety of resources available to students such as: computer room/work room with networked PC’s, printing facilities including scanner and photocopier, audio system, Wi-Fi and a relaxation area with satellite television system. SGIA conducts weekly seminars and organises lectures and conferences which all postgraduate students can attend. These events provide students the opportunity to engage with, and debate, the most important issues in current political and international studies. Towards the end of the programme students can contact the Careers Office of the University to get advice on available job prospects and get assistance on applying for these. Subject requirements, level and grade 2.1 or First at BA level or the international equivalent. English Language requirements Please check requirements for your subject and level of study [-]

Master of Arts in International Relations and European-Asian Studies

Tallinn University of Technology
Campus Full time September 2017 Estonia Tallinn

The programme is directed to anyone interested in foreign politics as well as international economic relations and basic legal issues. Each and every student has to take the core courses in both European and Asian studies. All students are required to study either French or German. In addition, several other European languages as well as Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean can be taken as free electives. [+]

International Relations and European-Asian Studies Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Social Sciences (MA) Workload: 120 ECTS Language of instruction: English Duration: 2 years Number of places available: 15 Number of full tuition fee waivers: 1 Pre-Requisites: Bachelor degree or equivalent (bachelor’s degree in humanities or social sciences is preferred, but not strictly required) www.ttu.ee/masterir www.ttu.ee/ir-department The programme is directed to anyone interested in foreign politics as well as international economic relations and basic legal issues. Each and every student has to take the core courses in both European and Asian studies. All students are required to study either French or German. In addition, several other European languages as well as Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Korean can be taken as free electives. The programme is unique in the region because of its balanced attitude towards the European Union and Asia-Pacific area. Teaching is supported by research in both directions. Cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Stanford University, Canterbury University in New Zealand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pusan National University, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and many other outstanding centres of social sciences all over the world. Key features Latest developments in theories of political science and international relations The professors are from a large variety of different regions of the world, e.g. USA, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Japan, China and Ukraine Staff does not only include theoreticians, but also practitioners, who have extensive experience in diplomacy, policy making, corporate business and many other fields, and who are frequent presenters and participants in international forums and conferences On a regular basis, the Department organises Top Hat Lectures - the 'trade-mark' public events - during which both scholars and studentship have chances to meet foreign and Estonian Ambassadors Future career options Our graduates work in different types of foreign services, including diplomatic ones. They can be political analysts and observers in the media or work for private companies that are active internationally. Our graduates have been employed in the organisations adjacent to the EU. But we can also find a commander of an anti-piracy squad among them. We are aiming at keeping the brightest graduates as the reserve for our own faculty. Our graduates can continue their studies in doctoral programmes of a large variety, specialising in International Relations and Political Science, European Studies, Asian-Pacific Studies, Conflict Resolution, Intercultural Communication, etc. Course outline The two-year Master’s program in International Relations and European-Asian Studies builds upon bachelor studies and is designed to prepare specialists with the potential to work in various areas of International Relations such as diplomacy and the conduct of foreign relations as well as mass media, policy planning or academic research etc. The program aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to take advantage of an increasing range of professional opportunities of an international dimension. The students can develop their specialisation in the narrower fields of political, legal and economic studies. The students obtain a solid basic knowledge and skills in planning and doing research in their field. They learn about the basics and latest developments in theories of political science and international relations. Current issues on the scene of international life today are frequently discussed in class with a special focus on the problems concerning security, conflict resolution and terrorism. The students take a special module concerning European-Asian studies, including European/Asian politics, economy and EU law. This educational background offers them the possibility to obtain excellent qualifications for a successful career in the EU and Asian institutions. In addition, academic career is open for those willing to pursue it. The Department of International Relations at Tallinn University of Technology offers advanced programmes in the field of International Relations at the Bachelor and Master level, which are unique in the region. International Relations as an interdisciplinary field of social science typically consists of international politics, international law and international economy. These fields are in the main focus of our programmes. Concerning teaching the law courses, we are developing cooperation with The Tallinn Law School. In addition, there is an emphasis on courses introducing the history and basics of diplomacy, security studies, political and cultural communication, etc. Our students learn about the foundation, historical development and current trends of the democratic society in the international context. Language-based area studies are becoming an important research focus of the department. This brings us into direct contact with the developing world. Our students have the requirement to learn at least two foreign languages. In addition, our students have an opportunity to take or choose from seven Asia-related courses framed by the interdisciplinary joint educational module that is offered by our university as well as Tartu and Tallinn University. The aforementioned module is called ‘Asian Societies, Economy and Politics’. The graduates of our programmes have a wide range of opportunities open in front them. They can work in different types of institutions ranging from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassies to several kinds of international organisations and companies in both public and private sectors. Besides local Professors, the faculty comes from a large variety of different regions of the world, i.e., the USA, Spain, 1 Netherlands, Italy, New Zealand, Japan and Ukraine. The faculty members have solid academic background and substantial teaching experience. In addition, we have interesting practitioners with a background in diplomacy, foreign office and other areas of political activity as part time faculty. Our cooperation partners abroad include Bologna University, Stanford University, Canterbury University in New Zealand, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Pusan National University, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and many other outstanding centers of social sciences all over the world. Programme specific requirements Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites: CV - working experience benefits Skype interview- will be conducted to candidates who have passed preliminary evaluation Motivation letter/personal statement For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted. Please include following: What and where have you studied, how does your academic background fit to the degree programme you are applying for? What knowledge and skills gathered in your previous education will be useful? (0-2 points) Describe your professional goals. How will the degree programme you are applying for support your professional profile? (0-2 points) Have you already gathered any relevant practical work experience? (0-2 points) Why do you want to come to study at a university in Estonia? (0-2 points) Please point out 1-2 potential research questions of your interest (0-2 points) Grading scale: 0-10 points. Positive scale: 5-10 points. The candidate must collect at least 5 points to be in the competition. PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification. For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section. ... [-]

MA in American Studies

The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 USA Washington + 1 more

Candidates for admission to the MA program in American Studies should have taken at least one yearlong course beyond the introductory level in American Studies or American social, cultural or intellectual history in preparation for graduate study. [+]

MA Programs in Area studies. The American Studies Department offers several approaches to the MA. Concentration options: General Studies (30 credits) Museums & Material Culture (30 credits) (NOTE: MA students in the above concentrations who matriculated between fall 2007 and fall 2009 are required to complete 36 credits of graduate coursework.) All MA students must also successfully complete the research requirements and specific course requirements associated with their particular concentrations. Candidates for admission to the MA program in American Studies should have taken at least one yearlong course beyond the introductory level in American Studies or American social, cultural or intellectual history in preparation for graduate study. Applicants lacking some of this background can be admitted to the program with the understanding that they will take the appropriate courses as prerequisites during the first academic year in which they are enrolled; such prerequisite courses, however, do not count toward degree requirements. All coursework and other requirements for the MA degree must be completed within four full years after matriculation in one of the department’s MA programs. MA Requirements During their first year in the program, all MA students are required to take AMST 6100 (Scope and Methods in American Studies; 3 credits). Additional course requirements vary by concentration. Museums & Material Culture: AMST 6710 (American Material Culture; 3 credits). Folklife: AMST 6561 (American Folklife; 3 credits) and AMST 6562 (Folklore Theory; 3 credits). (NOTE: Starting in the Fall 2012, the Department of American Studies will no longer be accepting applications for the Folklife concentration.) To choose courses that will fulfill the remaining requirements for the degree, students should meet with the MA advisor in their concentration at least once each semester. This faculty advisor will assist students in formulating a coherent program of study. Research Requirement As part of their coursework, students in the General Studies, Folklife, and Museums & Material Culture concentrations must complete at least 2 approved research seminars offered by American Studies or another GW department, in which they produce an original article-length (25-35 pages), primary-source-based, research essay of publishable quality. Students should consult with the MA advisor in their concentration each semester to identify appropriate courses for fulfilling this requirement. Thesis A thesis is not required for the MA program in American Studies. However, in exceptional circumstances and with the consent of the director of the student’s concentration (when applicable) and the potential thesis director, students may petition the DGS to substitute 6 credits of thesis research for 2 courses. Students interested in this option should meet with the DGS no later than the middle of the semester before they wish to write the thesis. Permission will be granted according to the student’s performance in the program, the quality of the research paper(s) produced to fulfill her/his program’s research requirement, and the usefulness of the thesis as preparation for future professional work. Students granted permission to write an MA thesis will be provided with thesis guidelines and requirements. [-]

M.A. North and Latin American Studies

University of Passau
Campus Full time 4 - 6  October 2017 Germany Passau

The Master of Arts programme in North and Latin American Studies combines North American and Latin American Studies into a single and unique syllabus which draws from a variety of academic disciplines and gives its students profound insight into the two Americas as distinct entities, as well as their global ties and relations. This answers to a rising demand for graduates with a broad academic background and specific knowledge of America, particularly at a time when North and South are growing together on many levels, while the gap between Europe and America is widening [+]

About the programme The Master of Arts programme in North and Latin American Studies combines North American and Latin American Studies into a single and unique syllabus which draws from a variety of academic disciplines and gives its students profound insight into the two Americas as distinct entities, as well as their global ties and relations. This answers to a rising demand for graduates with a broad academic background and specific knowledge of America, particularly at a time when North and South are growing together on many levels, while the gap between Europe and America is widening. This is an accredited programme which has received the Seal of Quality of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany. Features Emphasis on both Americas Core subjects: Geography, Literary and Cultural Studies, Political Science and Business Administration The degree programme includes foreign study in Latin America in which students learn first-hand about the South Americans' attitudes towards their big neighbour in the north Transferable skills are developed with the aim of generating inter-disciplinary co-operation Students can create an individual study profile Programme syllabus The programme consists of three module groups: Foundation module American modules Profile modules Academic entry requirements Applicants should have an undergraduate degree obtained after a programme of at least three years' full-time study in a social science, cultural studies, business, economics or a related discipline with a result of 3.0 or better according to the German marking system or its foreign equivalent. Languages of instruction German; includes individual modules taught in English, Spanish and Portuguese German language requirements You need good German language skills to study this degree programme. Therefore, unless you speak native-level German, you will need to provide one of the recognised German language certificates when enrolling for the programme. The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. If you do not have any existing German language skills, you may wish to study its Academic German Year preparatory language programme, which will take you from absolute beginner to near-native level in just two semesters. You may sit the DSH language test for university admission as part of this programme. The Academic German Semester and summer courses offered by GCP are suitable for you if you already have some German language skills. Additional language requirements English language proficiency at level B2 CEFR/UNIcert® II Portuguese or Spanish language proficiency at level B2 CEFR/UNIcert® II [-]

MA Asian and International Studies

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences
Campus Full time September 2017 United Kingdom Nottingham

This course is an ideal foundation to embark on a career in Asia. The time spent in either China or Malaysia will develop your knowledge and experience of the culture and politics of the region. [+]

MA Programs in Area studies. MA Asian and International Studies On this tri-campus MA programme, you will study at our UK campus for the first semester, moving to either our Ningbo, China campus or Malaysia campus for the second. This provides you with the genuinely distinctive opportunity to study the countries of Asia, and the relations between them and the rest of the world. This course is taught by academics across the University's UK, China and Malaysia campuses, who are experts on Asian politics, history and international relations. The core module, Global Asia, will introduce you to Pan-Asian themes such as nationalism, globalisation, environmental challenges, resource politics and gender relations. It challenges the prevailing conception of 'Asia Rising' as a new phenomenon and will also allow you to specialise on specific country or regional studies. You will be able to immerse yourself in the culture of these countries and take language options if required. Accommodation will be organised by the University, although it is not covered by the course fees. Key facts The School of Politics and International Relations was ranked in the UK top 15 for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) The school is home to the interdisciplinary Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies, which provides opportunities for engagement with policy practitioners on our UK, China and Malaysia campuses Course details All students will take a core module and an additional minimum of 20 credits and a maximum of 40 credits in the autumn semester from a list of modules offered by the School of Politics and International Relations (UK campus). You will also have the opportunity to take 20 credits of options outside the school. Your studies will culminate in the research and writing of a 60-credit, 15,000-word dissertation, which must be related to Asia. This represents a substantial piece of independent research drawing on primary source material as well as secondary literature. You will be allocated an appropriate dissertation supervisor who will oversee your progress. Teaching is spread across two semesters: autumn, which begins in September and ends in January; and spring, which begins in January and ends in June. You will spend the summer months between June and September writing your dissertation. Student profiles "The MA Asian and International Studies is a tri-campus programme, taught on the UK campus for the first semester and on either the Malaysia or Ningbo campus for the second one. Being passionate about the South East Asian region and its culture, I decided to opt for Malaysia for my spring semester and I am currently living in Kuala Lumpur. This course offers a combination of high quality education, practical experience in the region of study and personal growth. One of the main benefits of living, while studying, in Asia is the possibility to confront and verify (whenever possible) the concepts learnt in class and to interact with other students from the region." Carlotta Panchetti "I chose to do the MA Asian and International Studies because it seemed like an adventure. I initially thought that I was limited in my options because of my lack of foreign languages, so was looking in the UK and a few places in Europe which taught in English. But when I saw that I could study in China, in English, I decided to go for it. The split-campus nature of the course seemed like a good first step to studying abroad; if I hated the food I'd only have to put up with it for a couple of months, while still getting a taste for living in another country." Gabriel Leatham Modules Core modules Dissertation on Asian and International Studies Global Asia Optional You will take a minimum of 20 credits and a maximum of 40 credits from the following list in the autumn semester: Comparative Democratic Development Contemporary Chinese Culture and Society EU-China: Trade, Aid and Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century Europe and the Developing World European Union Politics Gender and Development Grand Strategy International Political Economy Justice Beyond Borders: Theories of International and Intergenerational Justice Political Utopianism The Politics of South Asia* The Road to Guantanamo: The Treatment and Experience of Prisoners, Civilian Internees and Detainees since 1860 Special Project A Special Project B War, Peace and Terror When Does Russia Expand and Why? *This module is particularly recommended. Then you can choose either: Spring semester, Ningbo Campus 60 credits to be taken, with appropriate modules including: China in International Relations Global Development Politics OR Spring semester, Malaysia Campus 60 credits to be taken, with appropriate modules including: Human Security The International Relations of South East Asia Watch our lecturers talking about some of the modules on offer in our virtual module fair. The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list. Careers The MA Asian and International Studies will attract both those who seek an academic programme of study at an advanced level, and those who wish to pursue a professional career in Asia. It does not presume any pre-knowledge of the region. The course is designed to have broad appeal to students not only from the UK, but also Europe, North America and Asia. However, the modules are also designed to provide students who have previous experience of living or working within the region to expand and build on their existing knowledge. The tri-campus element will make you particularly attractive to employers seeking graduates with cultural and political experience of engagement in the region. The professional relevance of the course will make it attractive to those considering careers in: Academia The civil service International cultural exchange International organisations Journalism Ministerial advising Non-governmental organisations Policy research It is suitable for those in mid-career who wish to change direction, move into policy areas, or who wish to take time out to make sense of their day-to-day policy activities. For those students who wish to continue with their studies following the successful completion of one of our MA programmes, the school offers MRes and MPhil/PhD degrees. Research degree supervision in most of the major sub-areas of the discipline of politics is offered by the increasing number of academic staff working in the school. Average starting salary and career progression In 2014, 92.9% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,409 with the highest being £29,000.* *Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2013/14. Careers The MA Asian and International Studies attracts those who are seeking an academic programme of study at an advanced level, and those who are looking to pursue a professional career in Asia. It does not presume any pre-knowledge of the region. The course is designed to have broad appeal to students not only from the UK, but also Europe, North America and Asia. However, the modules are also designed to provide those who have previous experience of living or working within the region to expand and build on their existing knowledge. The tri-campus element will make you particularly attractive to employers which are seeking graduates with cultural and political experience of engagement in the region. The professional relevance of the course will make it attractive to those considering careers in: academia the civil service international cultural exchange international organisations journalism ministerial advising non-governmental organisations policy research It is suitable for those in mid-career who wish to change direction, move into policy areas, or who wish to take time out to make sense of their day-to-day policy activities. Students who wish to continue with their studies following the successful completion of one of our MA programmes may wish consider our MRes and MPhil/PhD degrees. Research degree supervision in most of the major sub-areas of the discipline of politics is offered by the increasing number of academic staff working in the school. Average starting salary and career progression In 2015, 82% of postgraduates in the School of Politics and International Relations who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.* * Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Career prospects and employability The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential. Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops. Entry requirements 2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent) Other requirements Mature applications without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered. IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available [-]

MA Muslim Minorities in a Global Context (Online Leaning)

SOAS University of London
Online October 2017 United Kingdom Enfield

This new programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts. You will explore key themes such as ethnicity, gender, and the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities. [+]

Recent political shifts in Muslim majority countries have put Muslim minorities in the spotlight and impacted upon their relationship with their host societies. This new programme gives you an opportunity to consider Muslim minority communities comparatively, within both western and non-western contexts. You will explore key themes such as ethnicity, gender, and the varieties of religious interpretations and practices that have resulted in issues and challenges arising uniquely within different Muslim minority communities. The programme is highly interdisciplinary and offers a flexible combination of module choices, for example, law, history, international relations, and diplomacy. You will acquire skills necessary to work in a wide range of professions that require an understanding of inter-cultural relations and policy-making at both local and national levels. You will also gain the expertise to evaluate materials from different sources such as the media, government reports and legal documents as well as academic research. The programme is offered by the Department of Religions and Philosophies and delivered by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD). [-]

Master of Arts in American studies

University of Southern Denmark
Campus Full time September 2017 Denmark Odense

American Studies is a two year MA program that focuses on the world's leading superpower. It looks at culture, politics, economics, literature, and society... [+]

MA Programs in Area studies. Because of the global reach of the United States, most Europeans have the impression that they "know" America, which is often perceived as a single culture, with little recognition of the complexity and variety that are characteristic of the nation.American Studies is a two year MA program that focuses on the world's leading superpower. It looks at culture, politics, economics, literature, and society in a country of more than 300 million inhabitants in fifty distinct states. American Studies is an interdisciplinary study that draws on several disciplines that must be included in order to ensure that students can understand and analyze American cultural identities and the changing relationship between the United States and the rest of the world.Through its cooperation with several departments at the University of Southern Denmark, American Studies offers you the opportunity to shape your study program by choosing electives in the participating programs, including literature, history, politics, and journalism.  In the third semester, you also have the opportunity to go abroad to study in a European or American university through exchange agreements with selected institutions.   The application form is available by clicking on the appropriate box in the upper right hand corner of this page.This programme is offered in English. ... [-]

MA in International Relations and European Studies

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Cyprus Nicosia Greece Athens + 3 more

The students attain a broad understanding of the political, social and economic evolution of the international system in the 20th century as well as the new evolving international environment. [+]

Duration (years): 1.5 years Qualification Awarded: International Relations and European Studies (MA, 1.5 years or 3 semesters) Level of Qualification: 2nd Cycle (Master’s Degree) Language of Instruction: English Mode of Study: Full-time and part-time are both possible. Minimum Credits: 27 Minimum ECTS Credits: 90 Profile of the Programme: i. The students attain a broad understanding of the political, social and economic evolution of the international system in the 20th century as well as the new evolving international environment. ii. The role of law, business and diplomacy in the international system will form a vital part of this understanding. iii. The relative political and economic power of states, the role of international organizations such as the United Nations, and the existence of conflict will provide major foci for the program as a whole. Career Prospects: Graduates of this program go on to work in many different positions, both in the public sector as well as the private sector. Ministries within the Republic of Cyprus, United Nations and its associated agencies, non-governmental organizations, mass media and political parties, businesses, and banks. Access to Further Studies: Graduates of the program qualify to apply for doctoral study either at local or foreign institutions. Graduation Requirements The student must complete 90 ECTS and all programme requirements. A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required. Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this program, the students should be able to: 1. Critically evaluate key trends and developments within the field of International Relations and European Studies. 2. Effectively utilize research methods used in the field of International Relations, European Studies and the Social Sciences. 3. Readily deal with the complexity of the field of study and its relation to other subjects. 4. Engage in debates within the field of study. 5. Discuss recent world history and the European integration process in an intelligent and analytical way. 6. Independently identify, analyze and evaluate complex issues relating to International Relations and European Studies using a variety of methodological tools. 7. Analyze and evaluate complex issues both orally and in writing as well as organize and lead discussions regarding issues of an international nature. 8. Independently analyze, interpret and reflect upon key trends in development within world politics. 9. Critically analyze research within the field of study. 10. Communicate in English language both orally and in written form at (near) native level. 11. Employ organizational and analytical skills to allow them to research international phenomena competently with a minimal amount of assistance. 12. Make efficient use of libraries, bibliographical material and academic research. [-]

MA Islamic Studies

University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Ceredigion

The MA Islamic Studies is a dynamic and exciting programme of study, appropriate for all those seeking to further their knowledge in the multidisciplinary academic fields associated with the study of Islam. [+]

MA Programs in Area studies. The MA Islamic Studies is a dynamic and exciting programme of study, appropriate for all those seeking to further their knowledge in the multidisciplinary academic fields associated with the study of Islam. Course Overview The programme is taught by experts with diverse interests in Islamic Studies, encouraging students to explore in depth a range of topics relating to the Islam and Muslims in contemporary and historical perspectives. Islamic Studies is a long-standing discipline at the university, and our academic team have contributed to the field through publications, specialist research, and participation in international conferences. The MA provides a high quality student experience suitable for those working within – or associated with - Muslim communities, in minority and majority contexts, especially those wishing to develop a greater understanding of the people, cultures and religious perspectives with in which they are working. The programme is delivered as a full-time and part-time programme of study, and is also available as distance learning. All module content is available through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and students will be supported throughout their studies through regular access to their module tutors, either one to one (by email, skype, phone), in groups (using media such as Skype), or via VLE module discussion forums or wikis. Campus-based students will be supported through lectures, research seminars and public lectures. An annual residential graduate summer school is held for all students in July where students are able to experience lectures and seminars covering both issues related to generic learning and subject-specific information and to engage with a number of our research students [-]