2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Interdisciplinary research and studies on Eastern Europe

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8049
Degree Programme Class LM-52 - International relations
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Type of access Restricted access
Curricula From the cohort of studentsenrolled in 2016/2017, the joint degree is awarded by the University ofBologna, Vytautas Magnus University at Kaunas and Saint-Petersburg StateUniversity
Place of teaching Forlì
Degree Type Joint degree
Inter-University programme SAINT PETERSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY , VYTAUTAS MAGNUS UNIVERSITY AT KAUNAS , BUDAPESTI CORVINUS EGYETEM
Degree Programme Director Francesco Privitera
Language English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

For admission to the Master of Arts in"Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Europe" it isnecessary to have a First Cycle Degree from an Italian university or anequivalent first cycle degree from a non-Italian University which grants accessto a Second Cycle Degree in the issuing country.

Moreover, candidates must meet thecurricular requirements and pass a test to assess their personal competencesand skills.

Curricularrequirements

An Italianqualifications belonging to one of the following disciplinary fields accordingto the Italian Ministerial Decree D.M. 270/04:

L-5 Philosophy

L-33 Economics

L-6 Geography

L-36 Political science and internationalrelations

L-10 Humanities

L-37 Peace studies

L-11 Modern languages and civilisations

L-40 Sociology

L-12 Linguistic mediation

L-42 History

L-20 Communication

DS/1Defence and security

Or possession of a first cycle degree in adifferent class having acquired credits (ECTS) in the subject areas listed inthe Degree Programme Regulations.

- ex Italian Ministerial Decree no. 509/99:

the degree classes are equivalent to theclasses under ex DM 270/04 indicated in this article, pursuant toInterministerial Decree of 9 July 2009;

- Degree systems prior to DM 509/99(including three-year university diplomas) and qualifications obtained abroad:

An appointed Board will assess thecorrespondence between the original subject fields and the classes DM 270/04indicated in this article.

ASSESSMENT OF PERSONAL COMPETENCES ANDSKILLS

Admission to the degree programme issubject to the passing of a test to assess the candidates' personalcompetencies and skills, which will follow the methods laid down in the“Admission Methods”.

Candidates must also possess appropriateEnglish language skills to level B2 (CEFR).

More details can be found in the DegreeProgramme Regulations.

Programme profile

MIREES main characteristics are based on: 1) aninternational Faculty (provided by partnership); 2) an international students'environment (provided by an internationally wide students' enrollment); 3) acompulsory students' mobility within the partnership; 4) a strong researchcomponent; 5) language skills; 6) interdisciplinarity; 7) a wide and intensivemethodology aimed to encourage active participation and to provideorganizational, analytical, multifunctional, cross-cultural mindset skills andempathy towards the geopolitical Area of specialization.

Indeed, the main educational goals of MIREESProgram are inspired by a comprehensive rationale, marked by the following:

- Providinga specialized, in-depth regional knowledge of the Post-socialist Countries intransition, the new EU member States after the Enlargements of 2004 and 2007,as well as the New East-European Neighbor Countries;

- Encouragingan interdisciplinary approach, able to encompass economic, social, politicaland cultural studies and understand their interaction and interdependency;

- Invigoratinganalytical skills with language expertise and transnational mobility, in orderto get access to primary sources, strengthen the empathic approach to the areaof studies and diversities on the basis of the 1996 UNESCO report Learning theTreasure Within and its four pillars of education applied to MIREESpeculiarities (i.e. Learning to know: the Area studies; Learning 08/04/2014 todo: analytical, research, organizational and other skills as reported in theabove boxes;

- Learningto Live Together: thanks to mobility, international environment andcross-cultural communication; Learning to Be: building a strong sense of socialresponsibility to public and common goals in terms of trust, knowledge andcooperation).

- Equippingthe students with multifunctional abilities through an educational 2-yearsprogram, whose disciplinary learning goals are expended by a set ofproficiencies in terms of work organization, respect of deadlines, multipleobligations to fulfill, dynamic life experiences, transnational and cross-cultural commitments and challenges.

Thanks to these comprehensive learning goals,MIREES combines an academic approach with professional training, forging potentialinsightful consultants, analysts, and managers as Area Experts forinternational agencies, public administrations, Ministries and EU institutions,private and public companies, NGOs, and Research and Study Centers, while alsooffering a solid basis for further academic studies at the PhD level.

Eachstudent attends the third semester abroad in one of the partner Universities inorder to fulfill the required number of University credits while the fourthsemester is devoted to the thesiswriting and implementation.

Students are expected to attend the firstsemester of the second year in one of the partner Universities for at least 5months. The student mobility can be carried out also at an associated partnerUniversity, on the basis of separate specific agreements. The mobility is anintegral part of the student teaching program and is aimed at carrying outeducational activities in order to fulfill the required number of Universitycredits as well as the research activities related to the master's thesis.

Living and studying for a semester in a MIREESPartner University allow students to combine knowledge, fieldwork, and concreteexperience on the ground. In addition, they will become aware of the importanceof learning different languages (even less used or taught languages) andperspectives in order to get access to local primary sources, to become moreopen minded and tolerant in the context of multilingual and multiculturalEurope, to acquire an insightful empathy towards the Area for his/her owninterest. As a result, they will be better prepared in managing differences,cross-cultural communication, transnational interaction as well as in rooting asense of co-ownership of the process of European integration.

Therefore, as soon as the 1st and 2nd term arespent in Italy, where in any case the Faculty is international and provided bythe partner Universities, MIREES students can experience their mobility andattend courses in the 3rd semester in another academic institutions after theperiod of study in Italy.

The selection of the University partner for themobility period is to be negotiated with the MIREES International AcademicBoard (IAB) on the basis of the following:

- Theteaching plan and the thesis project

- Thestudent's skills developed during the first year of study in Forlì andmotivation (including language skills)

- Thenumber of available exchange places offered by the hosting University.

MIREES mobility is provided by Erasmus+, by theMIREES Mobility Scheme (MMS, for European countries or students who are noteligible to the Erasmus+ scholarships) or by any other bilateral agreement withthe University of Bologna. Exceptions might be considered by the IAB andinvolve the Associate partners' Universities.

One of the main peculiarities of MIREES programis its research component. Particularly, students are strongly encouraged toimprove their research and data processing skills by collecting essentialsources for their thesis work in the geo-political field as well as in theselected disciplinary field through fieldworks. This is one of the main task oftheir mobility experience in one of the Partner Universities during the 3rdsemester.

Moreover, in order to strengthen the researchdimension, a compulsory methodological seminar is foreseen during the secondyear (between February and March), when students are expected to present awork-in-progress of their thesis research, including research questions,bibliography, and one chapter to an international Commission of Mireesprofessors. These work-in-progress seminars take place in the Universities werestudents spend their mobility and in Forlì, for those who are spending themobility in Associated Universities. Furthermore, during the second year,students are warmly invited to apply to apply and submit paper proposals tointernational convention: if included in panels they can compete for a MIREESgrant.

The 4th semester, when no teaching activity isscheduled, is completely devoted to the thesis writing and implementation.

Finally, during the whole academic year and forthe purpose of expanding its range of cultural activities, MIREES organizes orpromotes together with other subjects, many extra-curricular activities (inparticular conferences, seminars, workshops, book presentations, cinema events,summer schools) on topics relating to the challenges of modern society inpolitical, historical, economic and sociological thought concerning theEastward enlargement of EU, relationships with new neighbors and the changestaking place in Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans.


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Expected learning outcomes


Knowledge and understanding

Il Laureato magistrale - possiede una conoscenza generale introduttiva e comparata degli aspetti principali che hanno caratterizzato la sfera economica, politica e culturale dell'Europa Centro-Orientale incentrati sulla modernizzazione e processi di costruzione dello stato;
- possiede una metodologia di ricerca ed elaborazione dati in termini qualitativi e quantitativi, competenze analitiche e di scrittura accademica, conoscenze interdisciplinari di metodologie (in storia, scienze politiche, sociologia e antropologia, statistica), abilità a svolgere presentazioni orali, commenti e analisi critiche
- sviluppa una mentalità ed empatia transnazionale verso le regioni/paesi di specializzazione

Le conoscenze e l'approccio interdisciplinare sono conseguiti tramite la partecipazione alle lezioni (frontali e seminariali), la partecipazione a conferenze, lo studio personale (guidato e autonomo) nell'ambito delle attività formative attivate anche con l'ausilio di un Tutor. La verifica del raggiungimento dei risultati di apprendimento avviene principalmente mediante: esami orali e scritti, redazione di paper su temi assegnati ed esposizioni orali dei medesimi, partecipazione attiva alla discussione nell'ambito dei singoli insegnamenti e delle altre attività.

Applying knowledge and understanding

MIREESgraduates:

- analyseand interpret the broader East European context comparatively;

- developmethodological maturity in research, analysis, data elaboration and academicwriting;

- conductresearches on political, social and economic sciences;

- identify,organize and revise the reference literature in a critical way;

- gainexperience in peer-review publishing in academic journals and publishing chaptersin collective volumes;

- gain interdisciplinary sensitivity to the politicaland social implications of transformations which characterize the complexity ofCentral, Eastern and Southern Europe in modern age.

For all thelearning activities, the abilities to apply the above-mentioned knowledge andunderstanding are obtained by means of critical reflection on readings suggestedfor the individual study, stimulated by class activities, case studies andinstances shown by professors. The ability to apply an interdisciplinaryapproach to the above-mentioned knowledge and understanding is achieved byparticipating in the conferences and seminars offered by the degree programme.The ability to apply the knowledge acquired is mainly verified by: oral and written exams, papers on assigned topics and oralpresentations, active participation during classes and other internationalactivities.

Applying knowledge and understanding

MIREESgraduates:

- analyseand interpret the broader East European context comparatively;

- developmethodological maturity in research, analysis, data elaboration and academicwriting;

- conductresearches on political, social and economic sciences;

- identify,organize and revise the reference literature in a critical way;

- gainexperience in peer-review publishing in academic journals and publishing chaptersin collective volumes;

- gain interdisciplinary sensitivity to the politicaland social implications of transformations which characterize the complexity ofCentral, Eastern and Southern Europe in modern age.

For all thelearning activities, the abilities to apply the above-mentioned knowledge andunderstanding are obtained by means of critical reflection on readings suggestedfor the individual study, stimulated by class activities, case studies andinstances shown by professors. The ability to apply an interdisciplinaryapproach to the above-mentioned knowledge and understanding is achieved byparticipating in the conferences and seminars offered by the degree programme.The ability to apply the knowledge acquired is mainly verified by: oral and written exams, papers on assigned topics and oralpresentations, active participation during classes and other internationalactivities.


MAKINGJUDGEMENTS

MIREES graduates:

- are able to gather and processsocio-economic data; to use them in order to produce projects, managemediations, draw up assessment reports at the request of research departments, internationalorganizations, ministries, businesses and trade associations, public andprivate companies, public administrations.

Autonomous analytical skills are developedwithin all learning activities during the 2-years programme implementation, in particular in disciplinary fields concerning anthropology,economics, political sciences, sociology, quantitative statistics, history,cultural and cross-cultural communication subjects. Independent criticalelaboration of sources is reinforced by the active participation in classroom activities,presentations, simulation exercises, seminars, paper research which areregularly required during the study programme. Furthermore,this approaches are stimulated by raising research questions, doing researchand fieldwork, consistent with the thesis objectives and their defense in frontof an international commission.

Graduates learn to apply their knowledge andacquire analytical skills with academic critical approaches through a varietyof actions, as follows:

- in their relationship with an internationalpool of lecturers who, applying a wide range of teaching and testing methods,allow the students to work in a complex and multi-stimulating environment andthus to acquire flexibility and adaptability;

- during the mobility period, in whichstudents combine disciplinary and language skills with life experience, as wellas direct contacts with their area of specialization;

- during the research activity, since studentsare expected to combine theoretical and methodological skills acquired duringthe first year of the programme with theoretical and practical skills of thesecond year, the identification and the processing of original sources takeplace with the support of international lecturers;

- in their relations with the supervisor andother lecturers, who transfer a more complete and complex set of methodologiesas well as the familiarity to a multitude of approaches, stimulating graduatesto gather and assess data and manage mediations.

The ability to make judgements is assessed bylecturers during the exams of each learning activity; the assessment ofstudents' ability to work autonomously and capacity to make judgements alsotakes place during the case-study research and fieldwork implementation, the processof writing the thesis and the defense.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

MIREES graduates:

- are able to communicate and write in Englishlanguage, as well as to read and communicate at intermediate level in oneEastern European language;

- are able to adopt appropriate communicativeregisters according to the different socio-economic and geographic contexts ofthe Eastern European area;

- are able to apply confidencly cross-culturalcommunication and empathic approaches to diversity.

Written and oral communication skills areextensively developed in class, while oral presentations of documents, excerptsof theoretical studies and the production of reports are regularly requested tostudents and fully included in the lecturers' methods. Furthermore, studentscan rely on the MIREES academic tutor's assistance. In addition, simulationexercises and

specific workshops are designed to reinforcecommunication skills, while memories and socio-cultural

representations in movies or in literature arespecifically included in the teaching plan.

Acquired communication skills are assessed bylecturers in class as well as during the exams of each learning activity;assessing students' ability to communicate is also part of the activities developedin methodological seminars and during the thesis defense.

Languages skills are acquired/reinforced inclass and through the active participation of the students in differentteaching activities. As MIREES is entirely taught in English, fluency in thislanguage is naturally strengthened with the attendance of the Programme. Laboratorygroups take place for students with a similar level of language knowledge. Inaddition, MIREES also enrolls East European students every year, who assistwith pleasure their classmates interested in learning one of their languages.This form of solidarity has a circular dimension and is highly beneficial forthe students' education, since it contributes to reinforce significantlylanguage skills acquirement, as well as cross-cultural communication. In thesecond year, during mobility, language skills are further strengthened by attendingcourses at the partner universities and life experience at the hosting country.

To conclude, knowledge of languages skills is assessed:

- through mid-term and final exams in allcourse units (as for English);

- through mid-term and final exams of theprovided East-European language courses;

- by the Faculty of partner universitiesduring the mobility period in the 3rd semester.

LEARNING SKILLS

MIREES graduates:

- are able to organize their work, to carryout networking activities and to work under stress;

- are able to present elaborate and in-depthregional arguments, to apply cross-cultural behaviors and provide useful informationfor effective negotiations, being aware of the different needs to be mediated,the geopolitical and cultural contexts of the European countries they come intocontact with, as well as the social and ethical implications of the measuresthat might have been adopted;

- are able to interact empathically with theindividual and the dynamics of the area of their expertise;

- are able to use analytical tools and applylearned methods, developed to improve their own knowledge;

- are able to identify appropriate tools andlearning paths to develop their own cultural and specialist knowledge andprofessional skills.

While dealing with disciplinarycontents in anthropology, economics, political sciences, sociology, quantitative-statistics,history, cultural, and cross-cultural communication subjects, the students' abilityto apply the conceptual and empirical knowledge is achieved both in class activitiesand in study-group exercises, as well as through the critical analysis oftexts, documents, statements, theoretical contributions of the internationalliterature proposed for self-learning phases. In addition, crucialopportunities are offered through the elaboration and assessment of evidence,collection of primary sources for case-studies research and fieldwork, designedand carried out under the guidance and the assistance of the professors and theMIREES academic tutor.

Learning skills are acquiredthroughout the whole study period, using the above-described teaching methodsand tools, in contexts marked by needs of adaptability, deadline stress, work organization,intercultural communication within the international environment. Together, allthese experiences contribute the achievement of professional, analytical andresearch learning outcomes.

The achievement of these outcomestakes place regularly throughout the different learning activities of theProgramme, the research period, the fieldwork and the presentation of thecollected and processed data, included in the thesis during the defense.

The outcomes achieved are assessedduring the exams of each learning activity which, as indicated clearly in eachcourse unit syllabus on the MIREES website, may be written and/or oral, in atext format or through the production of individual papers; the support ofMIREES tutor is an additional opportunity for students to rely on an academicfurther assistance.




Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (PHD Programmes/Specialisation Schools) or second level of Professional Master's Programmes

Career opportunities

Manager with economic and social area expertise, specialized inCentral-Eastern European and Balkan countries

role in awork context:

Managerwith economic and social area expertise, specialized in Central-EasternEuropean and Balkan countries :

- designs, directs and manages commercial andeconomic activities above all with international relevance;

- manages investment and production projects ofinternational relevance;

- works in the field of cooperation anddevelopment with Central-Eastern European and Balkan countries;

- works in market analysis, sale and mediation.

- operates as a corporate, economicorganization, or institute professional advisor on Central-Eastern European andBalkan countries.

competenciesassociated with the role:

Organizational expertise, language skills,adaptability, working skills in international environment, communicationcompetences and empathy, ability in working under stress, socialresponsibility, open-minded approach, writing and oral presentation skills,analytical skills, multifunctionality, interdisciplinarity, interculturalcommunication skills.

career opportunities:

Employed by or freelance consultant workingfor:

- public and private tertiary sectororganizations with international interests and activities in Central-EasternEuropean and Balkan countries;

- study centers of banks, corporations,foundations, International economic organizations (World Bank, ECB, OECD etc.);

- sale companies and investing corporations.

Mediator, Area expert in conflicts resolution and diplomatic relations

Role in awork context:

Mediator, Area expert in conflicts resolutionand diplomatic relations:

- organizes conferences and meetings,professional networks, cross-cultural events;

- works in the protection of human rightsthrough the monitoring, electoral observation, tutoring, and production ofreports;

- prepares and manages promotional programs andprojects for the culture of peace, human rights and international solidarity;

- assists/participates in democracy diffusionand European integration processes;

- implements programs for the pacificresolution of conflicts, disarmament and demobilization, economic reconstructionin deeply divided societies;

- organizes security systems and gives advicesin institutional building processes.

competenciesassociated with the role:

Organizational expertise, language skills,adaptability, working skills in international environment, communication

competences and empathy, ability in workingunder stress, social responsibility, open-minded approach, writing and oral

presentation skills, analytical skills,multifunctionality, interdisciplinarity, intercultural communication skills.

career opportunities

Employed by or freelance consultant workingfor:

- international institutions and bodies (UN,UNDP, NATO, etc);

- Ministries and public institutions

- Private and public research/study centers,foundations

- national and international civilorganizations and voluntary associations and tertiary sector institutions

-Academic and popular Journals and Magazines,publishing houses, academically specialized on-lines Portal.

Analyst, Area expert in international relations, journalist withinternational Area expertise

Role in awork context:

Analyst, Area expert in internationalrelations, journalist with international Area expertise:

- carries out analytical research and studiesin the referred sector; elaborates primary sources and provides arguments in

designing and implementing activities andprojects in/for East Central Europe and the Balkans

- is able to outline scenarios;

- is able to conduct/manage cross-culturalcommunication projects;

- is able to implement feasibility studies orprovide assessments on the state of implementation of reforms or measures

adopted in a region/country of Eastern Europein relation tom the EU integration processes;

- is able to elaborate primary sources ofinformation and refer with an in-depth knowledge of the Area of his/her ownexpertise.

competenciesassociated with the role:

Organizational expertise, language skills,adaptability, working skills in international environment, communicationcompetences and empathy, ability in working under stress, socialresponsibility, open-minded approach, writing and oral presentation skills,analytical skills, multifunctionality, interdisciplinarity, interculturalcommunication skills.

careeropportunities:

Employed by or freelance consultant workingfor:

- Research institutes, foundations;

- European Commission, Parliament and otherinternational institutions;

-Ministries, regional and local authoritiesworking in international activities;

-NGOs and INGOs;

-Study centers of Banks;

-Newspapers,Magazines, specialized on-line journalist Portals on East-Central Europe and theBalkans.