The Specialist Module I at Bath University is called “Global Europe: Roles and Comparisons.” This module has a strong IR focus. Courses include: Organised Crime in Europe: Threats and Challenges, International Security: the Contemporary Agenda, Britain and Europe, International Organisations in World Politics, Economic Foreign Policy and International Trade, Theories of Conflict and Conflict Resolution.
Specialist Module II’s main emphasis at the University of Bath is on the issue of IR and is called “European Perspectives on International Relations and Security”. Since the end of the Cold War, the concept of security has been increasingly broadly defined. The Bath Specialist II Module includes such courses as European Union policies and policy-making, Scopes and Methods of Politics and International Relations, Comparative European Politics, International Security, Theories & Concepts, Memory Culture-Memory Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis, Governance.
In Berlin TransAtlantic Studies students will begin in February with a pre-semester mini-module. They will have the option to take German-language classes as well as a workshop on research design and methods in political science and a thematic Colloquium. Humboldt and Free Universities will offer a Specialist I module called “Democratic Government in Europe.” Courses may include: Comparative European Government, Facets of Europeanization, and Foreign and Security Policy in Europe. This module is offered in German. Please note that some of the coursework during this module will be offered in English. However, the universities in Berlin have now set a standard of B2 / intermediate German-language ability (in the CEFR: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). This level serves as a guideline intended to help applicants determine whether to pursue study in Berlin. Past site visits during this module in Berlin have taken students to the parliament and an NGO called Lobby-watch Berlin’s Specialist Module II for TransAtlantic Studies students is called “Democratisation and Political Change”. Course titles include: Facets of Europeanisation, Europe’s Borders and Neighbors, and Democracy and Democratisation in Europe.
German-Turkish Studies track students in their second year of the program will take classes at Humboldt University in Berlin. Their core courses will be “Germany, Turkey and the EU” and “German Democracy in Comparison.” Language classes as well as electives will be on offer as well.
Our newest TransAtlantic Studies track partner is Sciences Po Grenoble in the French Alps. TAM students who opt to study here must speak French. They join the School of European Governance’s (l’Ecole de Gouvernance européenne) MA Program at Sciences Po Grenoble for one or two semesters of overseas coursework. In the spring semester, the Specialist Module I at S-P Grenoble offers courses from January to March. Course titles may include: Europeanisation of public policies, Politiques européennes de l’environnement, Droit social de l’Union européenne, Contentieux européen, Economic Governance, and EU External Action. TAM students then take part in individual study courses with S-P Grenoble faculty. In the fall semester, or SM II, TAM students in Grenoble take classes such as Séminaire EU Law and Politics, Les entreprises et les sociétés dans l’Union européenne, Parliaments and Parties in the EU, Interest groups and collective action in the EU, Public Opinion in the UE, and The Relations between Europe and the US Since World War II.
Students will need to be proficient in Spanish to study at Complutense University in Madrid (CMU) and to take part in this module. The courses will most likely focus on Spain in Europe and the Mediterranean. Course titles may include The Europeanization of Spanish Foreign Policy, Economic Governance of the Mediterranean Countries in the European Context, Immigration in Spain: between Europe and North Africa, Political Geography and Geopolitics of Europe, European Political Systems, and The Construction of the European Social Model. In addition, it may be possible for students to enroll in classes such as Supranational Regulation of European Social Policies, Challenges of Contemporary Political Parties in Europe, and Europeanization of Equality Policies.
TAM students who study at CMU for SMI will have the option to remain on site and enroll in mainstream courses in Spanish for SMII. The Faculty of Political Science and Sociology there currently offers twelve different MA degree programs, comprising a total of 200 courses in different fields such as Political Science, Methodology, IR, Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Government. In semester three, SMII TAM students will be able to choose five courses of interest from a wide range of options.
The Siena’s Specialist Module II, “From National to Global: Changing Perspectives on a Changing World”, is offered in collaboration with the MA in Political Science at the University of Siena. The Module examines the particular pressures to which Italy is subject. Course titles may include: Multiculturalism in Europe: the Mediterranean Dimension, From the Nation State to European Polity, The Political Economy of the EU, National Perspectives: Italy, Europe and the EU, European Perspectives: Migration, Culture, Markets, and Europe in Global Perspective. This module is primarily taught in English.
At the VU in Amsterdam, courses focus on comparative welfare states, international political economy, international security, and global environmental governance. Some research internships may be available to TAM students who study at the VU.
In Bremen, research internships are often available to TAM students and can serve as an integral part of the program. Some of these positions may be paid. In addition, social policy coursework focuses on the economy and on health policy. We specifically recommend International and European Social Policy and Comparative Social Policy. These are both courses offered through Bremen’s MA Program in Social Policy. In addition, TAM students may also have the option to take classes through other MA programs offered in English at Bremen and at nearby Jacobs University.
At UPF, course titles may include Statistical Analysis I, Electoral Systems, Multiculturality and Immigration Policies, The Welfare State, Globalization and European Integration, Democracy and Political Liberalism, Social Policy and the Welfare State, Electoral Competition and Voting Behaviour, and Migration and Society.
TAM is currently pursuing a partnership with the Center for European Studies at Gothenburg University in Sweden. This Center runs under the auspices of Gothenburg’s Department of Political Science. We anticipate that Gothenburg will join TAM’s European Governance consortium and will offer a double degree program in starting in 2018. Within this proposed track, TAM students will have the opportunity to spend one year at UNC-CH and the following year at the University of Gothenburg – pending agreement signature in the fall of 2017. Once in Sweden, during the second year in the program, students who choose this option will join Gothenburg’s Master’s of European Studies (MAES) Program. Click to see which courses will likely be offered.
Semester one, autumn semester, at CES-UoG
One of the following three semi-elective courses:
- European Environment and Energy (15 ECTS credits, code EU2210)
- Europe in the World (15 ECTS credits, code EU2215)
- Social Europe (15 ECTS credits, code EU2220)
Both core courses:
- European Integration: Current Research and Theory (5 ECTS credits, code EU2121)
- Integrating European Markets (10 ECTS credits, code EU2120)
Semester two, spring semester, at CES-UoG
Master Thesis for European Studies (30 ECTS credits, code EU2500), In practice, the thesis course starts already during the mid-autumn semester.
Gothenburg’s Center for European Studies has existing double degree programs in place with
the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz in Germany and the School of International Relations and Public Affairs (SIRPA), Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
In late May 2017 STINT – The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education – awarded Gothenburg’s Center for European Studies a grant for double-degree program development. This two-year award has enabled our colleagues at Gothenburg to start a new double degree collaboration with TAM. STINT’s international board of reviewers ranked the funding application very highly, and Gothenburg’s Faculty of Social Sciences will provide matching funds. As a result, some scholarship money will be made available to students who enter the program in the fall of 2018.
Please find further information, including sample syllabi, here.
Please note that UNC-CH has placed restrictions on study and travel to Turkey due to security concerns. Please check the Travel Warning section of UNC Global’s website to stay up-to-date on this situation. Students in this track currently have the choice to study in Chapel Hill or Berlin for their second semester in the program.
In Ankara, at the Middle East Technical University, German-Turkish Studies TAM students take two required content courses: A German-Turkish Joint Seminar called “Current Issues of Social and Political Transformations” and a course called “Turkey, the Middle East and Eurasia.” Students also take a German- or Turkish-language course as well as an elective. Past electives have included such classes as “Politics of Migration in Europe” and “Human Rights Issues in Europe.”
Paying for TAM
An affordable program that gives you options.
When it comes to affording TAM, you have options. We deliberately keep tuition low as we wish to make the TAM experience as accessible as possible to those who share our passion for European Studies and Transatlantic Affairs. In the past, TAM students have received funding in the way of Foreign Language Area Studies awards, Fulbright awards, Ford Foundation Fellowships, IREX grants,Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) funding, and DAAD scholarships. We are also able to offer a few tuition remissions each year. Many students will also take out federal loans to support their TAM studies.
We expect that total program tuition will be $20,000 in the 2017-18 and 2018-2019 academic years. Students will be billed $5,000 each semester by the UNC Cashier’s Office. This tuition rate applies to all TAM tracks and covers instruction at all sites involved. Please note that we do expect the double-degree program to be slightly longer in duration (August graduation) and to cost an additional $5,000. Students are guaranteed access to academic facilities at the participating universities. Please note that the UNC Cashier’s Office will apply student fees to your account.
TAM program tuition does not cover certain minor charges at some universities. Access to recreational facilities at UNC, for example, requires payment of a nominal fee. Cost-of-living estimates will vary according to individual circumstances and according to the sites and residences chosen by different students. Further, changes in exchange rates may impact these estimates. Please contact the TAM Office for more detailed financial information.