MASTER OF ARTS: EAST-WEST RELATIONS
In Fall 2013, the Center for East-West Relations (CEWR) within the School of International Relations and Diplomacy (SIRD) at Beijing Foreign Studies University is opening its doors to students from around the world to enroll in the East-West Relations M.A program. This uniquely oriented M.A. program in East-West Relations will enable participants to pursue the comprehensive understanding of cultures, global dynamics, and international cooperation necessary for achieving diplomatic goals in the modern world.
(2 core courses and 1 elective per semester)
Final Thesis Project
Focusing on international diplomacy and multi-cultural communication, this program will address both theoretical and practical issues so that our graduates are prepared to engage in cross-cultural debate and conflict-resolution. Understanding the presuppositions that influence different cultural ideals will enable our graduates to bridge those differences through informed dialogue, while attending to the genuine concerns of all parties.
This degree program differs from mainstream international relations degrees because of its unique focus on the background assumptions and priorities that inform Eastern and Western policies and practices. This unique interdisciplinary perspective will give students the critical tools necessary to engage in thoughtful and strategic dialogue between cultures and the methodology to undertake further research in the fields of political theory, international relations theory, and comparative politics.
The East-West Relations curriculum is designed to show the intersection between cultural understanding and practice. Hence, the program hopes to draw students who have strong interests in the actual practice of international relations and diplomacy. Students who have experience in the foreign service and students who aspire to work in East-West diplomacy will greatly benefit from the blending of theory and practice in this program.
Introduction to East-West Relations Studies
Contemporary Chinese Diplomacy
Chinese Political Thought and IR Theory
Comparative Thought and Culture: China and the West
Geo-politics: Horizons East and West
East-West Economic Relations
International Organizations and East-West Relations
Comparative Government and Politics: China and U.S.A.
The Diplomatic Thought of Mao Zedong
Soft-power Strategies: China and U.S.A.
Sunzi’s Art of Warfare
Ancient Chinese Thought and History of Diplomacy
Legal Relations East and West
Non-Western Political Thought and Culture
Global Communication and East-West Relations
Human Rights and Non-Western Perspectives
Comparative Foreign Policy: China and U.S.A.
LANGUAGE COURSE Chinese
Note: All core and elective courses are taught in English.
This program is currently in the early stages of development. Courses are mainly focused on comparisons of China and the West. However, we hope to expand the program into a complete comparative discipline including the study of other Asian countries, Africa, and Latin America. In this way, we will be able to better serve the needs of a truly diverse global society.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent
LANGUAGE: TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or IELTS 6.5
Note: Only non-native speakers who did not complete undergraduate or graduate work in an English-speaking country are required to submit English proficiency exam scores. Applicants with English proficiency test scores lower than the above standard may still apply. All applicants will be interviewed in person or via phone prior to admission. The admissions committee will consider both the proficiency exam scores and English competency in interview.
•Statement of Purpose: Describe why you are applying to the East-West
Relations M.A. program in no more than 1000 words.
•Essay: Write a short essay of no more than 1500 words responding to the prompt: Describe an important problem in East-West relations or diplomacy from a cultural perspective.
•2 Letters of recommendation (original)
•Copy of official undergraduate transcripts (if transcript does not mark the degree granted, applicants should also submit a copy of diploma)
•TOEFL or IELTS test certificate
•Copy of passport
•2 passport-sized photos
•Non-refundable application fee: 800 RMB
•1 photocopy of all application materials
Notes: (1) All documents must be submitted in English or Chinese. For all translated documents, the document in the original language must be included; (2) All materials can be submitted online. However, students should still submit 1 photocopy of all documents via mail. For applications submitted online, the admissions committee will consider the application on time as long as the online application is completed prior to the January 31, 2013 deadline. Mailed applications must be postmarked before the deadline.
Submit required documents to the Center for East-West Relations no later than Jan. 31, 2013.