SEMESTER in SIENA (SPRING 2015 term)
March 3 - June 10th, 2015
(30 Credits) (University of Siena; Siena, Italy)
Students will start working at the University of Siena during the second semester of the program. The primary focuses of the curriculum for the second semester are the essential theories, practices, and institutions in the fields of International Relations and Global Governance. Four modular classes are compulsory for the whole group of students. Students from the Cultural Diplomacy curriculum will take two specific modules, while students from the IR curriculum will have a long course devoted to them. Students' grades will be assessed based on class participation and the completion of term papers.
The courses taught during the Siena semester are intended to cover a wide range of topics, all of them connected to the two phenomena at the core of this program: the rise and transformation of a system of global governance in the IR scenario and the multifaceted practices of cultural diplomacy.
The courses will have a interdisciplinary approach, and they will be taught all along the semester, on the basis of weekly meetings. Each course will have a main instructor (responsible for the final assessment) and it will be organized in two modules. In addition to the formal courses, the Master students will have to attend a series of seminars, focused on case studies and practical experiences strictly interconnected to the matters covered by the courses. The seminars will be open to other academics with specific knowledge in the field, pratictioners from international organizations and opinion makers.
Student are expected to complete 4 papers from the different courses offered from the Master (see below).
Proactive students' participation in all the classes and seminars is strongly welcome.
- New Media and Transnational Identies
- Global governance and the European scenario
- Topics in International Human Rights
- International Relations and Cultural Diplomacy
Modules offered to the CD curriculum
- International Management
- International Management
Courses offered to the IR curriculum
- Middle East and International Relations
A course on European Union Politics, offered by the Master Programme in International Relations, is also offered to the students of the GGCD Master.
Courses evaluation and grades
At the end of each course the instructor will provide individual evaluations for each student, based on different types of exam and different criteria (see the details in the outline of each single course below). Different modes of assessment (term papers; evaluation tests; etc.) will be determined autonomously by each instructor. However, the scientific council of the Master may establish some general criteria in order to standardize the evaluation procedures and make the distribution of the homework more homogeneous.
The instructors will communicate the grades to the Scientific council of the master by a date to be established at the beginning of the semester.
The courses will be held at the teaching centers of S. Niccolò and Mattioli, where the students will have full access during the whole length of the program. Large studying spaces are available for graduate students at the libraries located within these centres. Wi-fi connection covers the whole area of the buildings.
Plagiarism is among the gravest forms of academic dishonesty and it will be severely repressed in the preparation of all papers and assignments in each course. Students who will commit plagiarism, beside any legal action undertaken by the University, will be immediately considered as failed in that class.