WHAT IS ERMA
The Global Campus South East Europe – European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (GC SEE / ERMA) is a one year, full time, interdisciplinary programme, lasting from November until October. Its aim is the development of democracy and human rights in South East Europe. It is a joint initiative by the University of Sarajevo, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) and the University of Bologna, Department of Political and Social Sciences. GC SEE/ERMA is co-financed by the European Union through the Global Campus of Human Rights and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy, via the Italian Development and Cooperation Agency (AICS), with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Programme awards students with 60 ECTS and a double-degree diploma of both founding universities (UNSA and UNIBO).
The Master Programme is an academic educational activity intended for students who wish to combine studies with practical and field research in human rights and democratization issues. Recognizing that human rights are a crosscutting theme among different disciplines of study, such as political science, social sciences, law, sociology and philosophy, ERMA is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach. Enrolled students have the benefit of studying in a highly international environment together with colleagues from all over the region, European Union and the world, attending lectures and workshops held by over 38 professors from 12 partner universities: University of Bologna, Italy; University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina; University of Belgrade, Serbia, Karl Franzens University of Graz, Austria; University of the Ruhr, Germany; University of Peloponnese, Greece; University of Zagreb, Croatia; New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria; University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia; Higher School of Economics-National Research University, Moscow, Russia; and University of Pristina, Kosovo.
The Master Programme promotes the development and realization of young generations of officials for state management, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, for universities and think-tanks in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia, as well as in the countries belonging to the EU, the rest of Europe, and worldwide.
STRUCTURE AND CONTENTS
The Programme consists of two semesters with three terms.
The First Term is taking place at the University of Sarajevo, CIS Center for Interdisciplinary Studies from November to mid-June. It is structured in six educational clusters and three elective courses ( 30 ECTS ). Students are taught by professors and lecturers from the participating universities. The language of instruction is English and attendance is compulsory. The structure of the lectures and its research dimension are shaped in order to emphasize a shared consciousness among the students about the democratic development and the human rights promotion as well as their protection and implementation in the SEE Region.
Cluster 1: PHILOSOPHY OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY (5 ECTS)
Cluster 2: DEMOCRACY (5 ECTS)
Cluster 3: ETHNICITY, NATIONALISM AND RELIGION (5 ECTS)
Cluster 4: ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS (5 ECTS)
Cluster 5: MECHANISMS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION AND IMPLEMENTATION (5 ECTS)
Cluster 6: METHODOLOGY OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC WRITING (4 ECTS)
- LIFE STORIES AND DIALOGUES (1 ECTS)
- GENOCIDE AND GENOCIDAL ATROCITIES IN THEORY AND INTERNATIONAL LAW (1 ECTS)
- THE RIGHTS OF REFUGEES UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW (1 ECTS)
Alongside with the lectures and seminars, students have also visits to state institutions, international and intergovernmental organizations, as well as to NGO’s active in the field of human rights and democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Moreover, students take part in two academic field trips to Mostar and Srebrenica/Potočari.
The Second Term is designated for students to acquire working experience in the field of human rights and democracy throughout the SEE, boosting their mobility and international experience, and most importantly, conducting their research and data gathering related to the MA thesis topic. In this framework, from mid-June to end of July, students take up six-week internships at selected IGOs, NGOs, think-tanks, and research institutes across the region. Over the years more than 100 partner organizations from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia hosted and trained our students as their interns. The internship awards 10 ECTS.
ERMA students spend the Third Term of the Programme, from September to mid-October, at the University of Bologna, one of the oldest Universities in the Western world, dating all the way back to the 12th century. Today Bologna University is the number 1 University in Europe for international mobility and it is among 200 top universities in the whole world. During this time students focus on the finalization of their Master’s Theses, attend short seminars and lectures, enjoy living together, and also travel around Italy for short excursions and field visits. For 7 weeks students are accommodated at the Bologna`s University Residential Center of Bertinoro (CEUB). This term is compulsory and awards 20 ECTS.
During the first term in Sarajevo, students benefit from the course on the Methodology of scientific research and academic writing. Also, students have regular consultations and workshops with their academic tutors. By the end of May, students are required to submit a thesis proposal to potential supervisors for the approval, after which the Executive Board of the Programme approves the topics and the supervisors. Also by the end of May students have to finish the process of finding the internship organizations and agreeing on their internship placement during the field research period.
The Executive Board, on the basis of student applications and Faculty availability, approves the dissertation topic, the internship choice and the supervisor for each student. Eligible supervisors are professors’ members of the Programme from partner universities. ERMA’s students are required to finalize a master’s thesis on the current issues related to human rights and democratic development in the SEE region by mid-October.
In order to gain a deeper understanding of the regional dimensions of issues connected to human rights and democratization, students are strongly encouraged to write the MA thesis on countries other than those of their citizenship and to do comparative studies on the countries from the SEE region.
After successfully finalizing their research and thesis writing, students regain in Sarajevo to defend their MA Theses and finally after a successful defense celebrate the finalization of the Programme during the Graduation Ceremony at the Rectorate of the University of Sarajevo.