Cette rubrique porte sur le programme de Master BIRD qu’avec le soutien très actif de Ludovic Renard j’ai créé à Sciences Po Bordeaux en 2015.
Bordeaux International Relations Degree is a graduate program whose substantial contents – International Relations – and language of study – English – reinforce each other in order to provide students with a diploma permitting them to successfully apply on the worldwide market of International Relations specialists – experts, consultants, and scholars.
BIRD students form a small, dynamic group of some 10 to 15 highly motivated young people from Bordeaux, France and beyond, selected on the basis of their undergraduate level, fluency in English, IR knowledge and career project. Teaching and evaluation methods used in classes are aligned with American standards: home readings, class discussions, research papers, Master thesis. During the first Master year, students acquire basic knowledge in IR theory and history, in the domain both of international security and international political economy – for instance, my annual seminar ‘Making Sense of International Relations‘, my first semester lectures on ‘History of International Politics: World Orders in International History‘, as well as my second semester course on ‘War Studies‘.
During their second year, they spend their first semester at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. MIIS is the graduate program specialized in international affairs of Vermont’s Middlebury College.
The American magazine Foreign Policy ranks it among the world’s top 25 master programs for policy career in international relations. The courses proposed by the Institute focus on Conflict Resolution, Non-Proliferation, Terrorism, Environmental Studies, International Trade Diplomacy, notably. Thanks to this specialization perfectly complementing the education received at Sciences Po Bordeaux, BIRD students acquire a very high added value likely to be a springboard for their professional projects in today’s globalized world.
What’s more, Monterey has other assets than MIIS… Located some 120 miles south of San Francisco and 320 miles north of Los Angeles on Central California’s Pacific Coast, it was the former Capital of both Spanish and Mexican Alta California, and as such, hometown of … Zorro! A small city of less than 30,000 people, Monterey is well known for its annual Jazz Festival, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Naval Postgraduate School operated by the U.S. Navy. It is directly connected to California « All American Road » Highway 1 starting in Leggett, north of San Francisco, ending in Dana Point, south of Los Angeles, and crossing the famous Big Sur – among other amazing landscapes.
Once back in Bordeaux, BIRD students take some classes during the first 6 weeks of the second semester, before dedicating the rest of their second year to writing their Master thesis they defend in September.
All the details needed to apply can be found on Sciences Po Bordeaux’ website.