SPECIALISATIONS WITHIN EUROPEAN STUDIES
The focus of the Master of European studies is EU and how it is organized and works both internally (the organization and the member states) and as a foreign political actor. Still, it is possible to tone your European Studies with an additional specialization. This implies that you basic education remains European Studies, but ‘with a little extra’. We offer the following possibilities:
Arctic Studies provide an opportunity for students to focus on the Arctic as a particular field of specialization within their chosen master’s degree programme. In the present years Arctic scholars have to rethink how we approach and understand the Arctic, not only because the ice is melting, but also because the political and societal scenes are changing rapidly. The specialization in Arctic Studies provides an advanced understanding of the Arctic region and its relationship with the rest of world, seen in historical, social, political and cultural dimensions. Arctic Studies contribute with new problem-based research and teaching that engages the real-life problems which Arctic communities are facing today. This specialization gives particular attention to studies in the human sciences within the areas of social, cultural and political analysis, inter-cultural communication, nation-building, post-colonialism, geo-politics, international relations, globalization, governance and sustainable development (including tourism and the management of the natural and cultural heritage).
China and International Relations (CIR) is a double degree MA programme offered by Aalborg University, Denmark and the University of International Relations in Beijing, China. It is a two-year program taught in English. The first year is spent at Aalborg University (AAU) in Denmark and the second year at the University of International Relations (UIR) in Beijing, China. The program currently admits 24 students in all, twelve from UIR and twelve from AAU.
Part of the specialisation programme under the Study Board of International Affairs, the interdisciplinary programme in Latin American Studies enables students to approach key issues confronting the region from multiple perspectives and study alongside our team of expert scholars. The course explores the main issues and dynamics of contemporary political and social issues in Latin America including the complex character of the society-environment nexus, new social movements and civil society organisations in the region, the politics of human rights and Latin American cultures and societies. Students undertaking the Latin American Studies pathway will develop skills and knowledge that will prepare them for a range of career paths in areas such as international trade, regional & multilateral institutions, the public sector, NGOs, etc.
Chinese Area Studies enables students to focus on “China” as a particular field of specialisation within their chosen Master’s degree programme. Chinese Area Studies provides a broad understanding of Chinese society, history and culture, economic and political development, as well as the scale of China’s impact on the world economy and international relations.
Gender and related categories of e.g. religion, ethnicity, ‘race’, class and sexuality pose multiple inequalities which are vital for our understanding of development and international relations in a globalising world. Discriminations and inequalities (e.g. at the labour market) can be related to different globalisation processes (e.g. global migration processes) as these can be recognised in different regions and continents of the world.
The Global Gender Studies programme gives a specific focus to gendered perspectives upon structures and processes in international law (including human rights), equality politics on national, transnational and international levels, global democracy and governance, international institutions and transnational actors.
APPLICATION AND REQUIREMENTS
The admission requirement for the master’s degree programme in European Studies is a completed relevant bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree in a social science discipline is considered relevant. The following bachelor’s degrees from the humanities are also considered relevant: History, Language and International Studies (SIS/LISE, AAU) and bachelor’s degrees including a minimum of 30 ECTS credits within one or more of the following subject areas : International relations, development studies, international political economy, area studies (e.g. China Studies or Latin American Studies), migration studies, refugee studies, cultural studies, globalization studies, integration studies, international law.
The programme is offered in English, and a minimum of B-level English language proficiency is required.
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