GLOBAL STUDIES AND DIPLOMACY PROGRAM
Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences
Global Studies and Diplomacy
Accumulative Academic Credit Hours
Years of Study
International Relations/ global studies
Fields of Postgraduates Studies
N/A, it is a new Program
Graduates will receive two degrees one from Al-Quds University and one from Bard College in New York.
The program brings together theoretical and practical learning regarding global studies and diplomacy such as writing, public speaking, and dress code, etc.
Enrolled students will be eligible to apply for one semester abroad such, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA)
The idea for this newly established program on “Global Affairs and Diplomacy” is to contain a focused curriculum that combines theory with practice. It is designed to meet a need detected by experts and practitioners in Palestine and beyond. There is a need for a Palestinian diplomatic cadre that has the qualifications, knowledge, and skills to engage the Palestinian question in global conversations with multilateral or regional bodies.
As part of the program's plan students will study core courses that reflect its inter-disciplinary approach such as: Evolution of Diplomacy, Public International Law and Diplomacy, Political Economy of Globalization, and Arab – Israeli Conflict…. As students’ progress in the major, they enter more courses that take an interdisciplinary approach. These courses weave together strands of thought from various disciplines and apply them to specific themes and situations. A flexible set of elective courses allows students to bring their knowledge to bear on a wide variety of topics.
Students conclude the program with a year-long senior project which requires extensive research and analysis, drawing on all of the tools acquired during their undergraduate careers.
The Global Studies and Diplomacy program includes a strong foundation in writing, research and analysis, and it also provides significant opportunities for students to acquire valuable qualitative skills, which will be of great value to them in the marketplace. It is important to note that opportunities to study one semester abroad are available. Also, the Global Studies and Diplomacy program will be excellent preparation for graduates who wish to pursue their studies at the MA and PhD levels.
- Tawjihi certificate with 80% GPA and above, or its equivalent (CLEP, IB, GCE, GCSE, IGCSE, Bagrut…). Exceptions might be given to students with an average between 72% - 79% depending on performance in an admission interview.
- English Language Competency is preferred, i.e., writing, comprehension, and conversation.
For those whose English language skills are a barrier for matriculating in Global Studies and Diplomacy, the College is providing an admission path through the Al-Quds Bard Academy program. AQB Academy is a one-year English language preparatory program. In parallel, the College is also offering the Pylon’s track as another path for admission for those whose English is not yet strong enough for AQB’s core division courses. Pylon students are AQB undergraduate students who divide their time in their first year between Intensive English courses and elective courses.
WHY WOULD YOU CHOOSE GLOBAL STUDIES AND DIPLOMACY?
The program aims to offer an elaborated and academically innovative program curriculum that will take into consideration several outcomes. The teaching pedagogies of the program will be student-centered with inclusive, interactive and interdisciplinary approaches requiring continuous student’s engagement. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
- Knowledge and understanding:
- Identify foundational knowledge in several disciplines (political science, economics, international relations, public international law and human rights) which enables engaging in interdisciplinary approaches to Global Studies and diplomacy
- Recognize the foundations of Palestinian history, politics, and narrative
- Recognize how the different sub-disciplines relate to one another, and acquire the critical thinking skills to reflect upon knowledge and its production from several disciplines
- Aware of the roles of diplomacy and their importance in international and global affairs
- Explain diplomatic protocol and its usage
- Intellectual skills:
- Address global and diplomatic issues from an interdisciplinary approach.
- Discuss global issues and political resolutions that include multilateral interests on both the regional and international levels
- Develop complex questions, and innovative answers
- Professional (Practical Skills):
- Apply theoretical insights from the social sciences to real-world problems
- Exercise political and diplomatic skills informed by a global studies approach in oral and written communications and negotiations
- Write diplomatic documents and communiques
- Design, conduct and analyze research in the field of social sciences.
- Attitudes and Values (Transferable skills):
- Work in teams and the ability to tackle practical work.
- Practice time-management and organization skills.
- Demonstrate an ethical attitude and approach to society.
- To offer a liberal arts interdisciplinary and focused undergraduate program in Global Studies and Diplomacy, by taking into account the specificity of the context, through combining both theory and practice.
- To offer undergraduate studies in Global Studies and Diplomacy that will respond to the current and upcoming global challenges, and prepare future decision makers for a career in global affairs and diplomacy.
- To educate and train the future Palestinian leaders and decision makers in the field of global affairs and diplomacy.
- To create a cadre of young professionals, both practitioners and scholars, who can critically and along a broader spectrum of global issues relate these to Palestine and the approaches to Palestinian foreign policy.
- To create a strong cadre of professionals and scholars who would be competitive in governmental institutions (MFA) and various international, regional organizations and international NGOs.
Our feasibility study indicated that there are high-quality entry-level positions available in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in such positions as:
- Formal diplomat (economic and cultural assistant Attaches)
- Public diplomat (PR and advocacy officers in national and international NGOs)
- Research assistant (local and international academic institutions)
- Communications officer (public, private and civil society organizations), and other positions with comparable titles. As the Palestinian Deputy Chief of Mission at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Dr. Amal Jaddo told us, “Global Studies and Diplomacy graduates will be strong candidates for jobs in many government ministries, as well as in multinational organizations who have branches in Palestine and abroad.