International Relations and Communication

This program addresses the graduate students interested in the domain of international relations and willing to undergo an activity that presupposes international communication (diplomacy, international journalism, cultural exchanges, international public relations etc).
Finalizing the program offers the opportunity of successfully following a career in a wide field of international affairs, including intergovernmental (such as UN or EU), governmental and non-governmental organization etc.
The graduate program is structured in two main parts. During the first part, respective the 1st and 2nd semesters, the graduate students have the possibility of building a solid structure on fundaments of international relations, because the second part (semesters 3rd and 4th) will be centered on the study of various theoretical and practical aspects of international communication.
Overall, this program aims at the formation of a set of competencies and abilities necessary to a new generation of experts in international relations, diplomacy, intercultural communication, conflict/crises management and peace construction.
It is all about:
1. Cognitive Competencies:
– knowledge of theoretical, methodological and practical evolutions in the domain of international relations;
– knowledge of relevant theories for approaching diverse aspects and problems of communication, foreign and intercultural relations;
– utilizing instruments / theoretical constructs in the critical analysis of relevant literature and data in this field, such as the ones that refer to political evolutions of the European integration and the role of regional actors, main issues of the EU policies, the efficiency of international institutions and organizations, the more and more important role of the public diplomacy etc;
– utilizing specialty knowledge in the explanation and interpretation of new situations.
2. Functional Competencies:
– utilizing the specific conceptual and methodological international relations apparatus in solving issues, in the evaluation of arguments, the examinationa and selection of informative material;
– formulation of valuable judgments and basing constructive decisions through nuanced and pertinent use of criteria and evaluation methods;
– research and information analysis from a variety of sources and languages;
– professional and/or research projects elaboration, applying innovatively a diverse specter of quantitative and qualitative methods.
3. Transversal Competencies:
– performing complex professional tasks in a framework of professional autonomy and independence;
– academic writing;
– capacity of supporting and presenting orally and in writing personal opinions and conclusions.


The Graduate Program abides by the criteria of multi- and cross-disciplinary programs, engaging therefore other departments and faculties within “Dimitrie Cantemir” University (Law, History, Foregin Languages and Literatures) and the University of Bucharest. Along with well known professors, the program involves specialists in the fields, aiming at combining the academic and professional approaches. In the curriculum are included subject matters such as the following:


Mandatory Courses:
Theories of International Relations
Institutions and International Organizations
Contemporary Issues of International Law
International Security
EU Institutional System
Practice of Diplomacy. Public Diplomacy
Ethics in International Relations
Cultural Differences and Intercultural Communication
Concept of Intelligence. Theoretical Approaches and Practical Implicaitons
Theories and Practices of International Communication
Negociation, International Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Economic and Financial Aspects of International Relations
EU Law
Contemporary Tendencies in International Relations
Mass Media and International Conflicts
Research Seminar


Optional Courses:
International Policy and Foreign Policy; Comparative Analysis of Foreign Policy
Geopolitical Analysis of International Relations
Anglo-American Political-Diplomatic Language
French Political-Diplomatic Language
Ethnic Conflict and Communication Crisis: Study Cases
Culture, Gender and Global Communication


The Graduate Studies finalize with a dissertation, which offers graduate students the opportunity of researching a relevant issue / topic for the domain of international relations and communication, of interest to them. Through the dissertation, the graduate student must prove in depth knowledge of the field and the capacity of undergoing independent research, i.e. mainly to:
– define a research topic;
– utilize academic techniques of putting ogether bibliography and diverse academic citation systems;
– synthesize and organize the bibliographical material and data, relevant for the chosen topic;
– synthesize specific arguments and develop personal points of view;
– utilize data and statistics;
– coherently support with valid arguments a thesis/idea/main issue;
– organize/ integrate proofs / arguments meant to support the stated thesis;
– incorporate the methodology in the supported analysis or argumentation;
– elaborate a coherent paper, which follows and develops throughout the analysis or argumentation a main idea / thesis / core issue;
– become familiarized with ethical principles of research.


Teaching Staff involved in the International Relations and Communication Graduate Program:
Prof.univ.dr. Adrian Cioroianu (Facultaty of History, University of Bucharest)
Prof.univ.dr. Cristian Dumitrescu (Political Science Department, U.C.D.C.)
Prof. univ.dr. Constantin Hlihor (History Department, U.C.D.C.)
Prof. univ.dr. Cecilia Tohăneanu (Communication and Public Relations Department, U.C.D.C.)
Conf.univ.dr. Lucian Catrina (Political Science Department, U.C.D.C.)
Conf.univ.dr. Gheoghe Ciascai (Political Science Department, U.C.D.C.)
Conf.univ.dr. Constantin Degeratu (Political Science Department, U.C.D.C.)
Conf.univ.dr. Iuliana Paştin (Foreign Languages Department, U.C.D.C.)
Lect.univ.dr. Carmen Duţu (Foreign Languages Department, U.C.D.C.)
Lect.univ.dr. Iulian Fota (Political Science Department, U.C.D.C.)
Lect.univ.dr. Anca Păiuşescu (Communication and Public Relations Department, U.C.D.C.)