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 20 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, in my annual seminar ‘Making Sense of International Relations‘, my first semester lectures on ‘History of International Politics‘ , as well as in my second semester course on ‘War Studies‘.
During their second year, they can choose to spend their first semester in one of BIRD’s 3 partner universities before writing their Master thesis and undertaking an internship – they are likely to find worldwide – during the second semester.
US Partner: the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California.
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.
Asian Partner: the College of Social Sciences at the National Taiwan University in Taipei.
The National Taiwan University is a world-class interdisciplinary university whose College of Social Sciences hosts a Jean Monnet Center for European Studies. Being the Chinese-speaking world’s flagship educational institution, the NTU will offer BIRD students the opportunity to directly get in touch with the East Asia-Pacific Ocean region whose role will be critical for the future of world politics and globalized economy.
Middle East Partner: the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy at the IDC Herzliya in Tel Aviv, Israel.
IDC Herzliya is Israel’s first private higher education institution founded in 1995. The Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy, and Strategy, ranked in the cluster between the 101 and 150 top universities of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), offers specializations in Diplomacy, Conflict Studies, and Counter-Terrorism.
They can also prefer to spend the full year at, and to otbain the Double Degree of, the Department of Political Science of the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli in Rome, Italy.
Ranked among the 100 top universities in the world in Political Science, LUISS is a private institution and Italy’s main English-speaking university. The Double Degree Program in IR permits BIRD students to deepen Global Studies or European Studies.
Whatever their choice, BIRDs, thanks to the specialization perfectly complementing the education received at Sciences Po Bordeaux, acquire a very high added value likely to be a springboard for their professional projects in today’s globalized world.
All the details needed to apply can be found on Sciences Po Bordeaux’ website.