Professional Master programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe

Code 0000
Academic Year 2016-2017
Subject area Humanities
Campus Forlì
Level Second
Director Stefano Bianchini
Duration Annual
Teaching methods Conventional
Language English
Study grants yes
Application deadline

Sep 10, 2016 (Expired)

Main Department
The Master is coordinated by the School of Political Sciences "Roberto Ruffilli" together with Istituto per l’Europa Centro Orientale e Balcanica (IECOB) in cooperation with the University of Sarajevo.
Professional Profile
The European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA) is an international, full time, interdisciplinary programme focused on the development of democracy and human rights in South East Europe. It is a joint initiative by University of Sarajevo, CIS Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and University of Bologna, IECOB Institute for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe, jointly co-financed by the European Union through the EIUC (European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy via the Embassy of the Republic of Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The programme lasts for one year (November-October), awarding the students with 60 ECTS and a double-degree diploma of both founding universities (UNSA and UNIBO).

ERMA is an intensive academic educational activity intended for students that wish to combine academic studies with practical and field research experience in human rights and democratization issues. ERMA is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach recognizing that human rights are a crosscutting theme among different disciplines of study, such as political science, social sciences, law, sociology and philosophy. The aim of the Programme is to promote the development and realization of young generations of officials for state management, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, for universities and think-tanks in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as in the countries belonging to the EU, the rest of Europe, and worldwide.
Overall 33 students will be selected, in the second half of September 2016, from the following target groups:

Target group I (25 places reserved): Citizens of target countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia.

Target group II (5 places reserved): Citizens of the European Union countries, countries of the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and Russian Federation.

Target group III (3 places reserved): Citizens of other countries.
Study grants
Admission qualifications
Candidates should hold a university degree in disciplines relevant to human rights; in particular law, social, political sciences and humanities from an accredited university.
Selection criteria
Documents’ based
Place of teaching
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS), University of Sarajevo; University of Bologna, School of Political Science, UNIBO-Forlì Campus; University Residential Center of Bertinoro (CEUB)
Study plan

The Master consists of two semesters with three terms:

Term I: students follow courses and take exams at the University of Sarajevo, CIS Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. The term is structured in six educational modules and three elective courses, together awarding 30 ECTS: Philosophy of Human Rights; Democracy; Ethnicity, Nationalism and Religion; Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Mechanisms for Human Rights Protection and Implementation; Methodology of Academic Research and Writing.

Term II: students participate in seven-week internships at selected IGO’s, NGO’s, think-tanks and  research institutes working in the field of human rights and democracy across SEE; 12 ECTS

Term III: students focus on finalizing their master’s theses in Italy, accommodated at the CEUB University Residential Center of Bertinoro and attend short seminars and lectures within the yearly international summer school organized by IECOB; 18 ECTS

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