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Comparative Politics: Central and Eastern European Politics and Societies

This International Master Program is jointly organised by the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the University of Bucharest; the University of Wroclaw and the Babes Boyai University (Cluj)

  • The two-year master program in comparative politics taught in English at the Political Science Faculty of the University of Bucharest is among the very few of its kind in Central, Eastern, and and South-East Europe. Our curriculum stresses both the theoretical and empirical dimensions related to the modern and contemporary evolution of politics and society in the region. The program is methodologically eclectic yet rigorous, with an emphasis on historical and political science approaches. 
  • The master program is meant for students with a BA degree (180 ECTS) in political science, history, sociology, law, economics, philosophy, and philology, coming from Romania, Central and South-East Europe, EU and Non-EU coutries. 
  • The courses focus on the historical roots of political processes, explore how can democratic institutions and practices be generated, challenged and sustained, recognize and cope with the particular features of the area, studying them in a wide comparative perspective. 
  • The program looks for sophisticated analytical answers to such basic political questions as: 'why are some countries democratic while others are not?' 'why are some countries torn by ethnic conflict?' 'do constitutions matter?' 'what is the impact of global capitalism on state sovereignty?' 
  • Addressing these and similar questions, the program offers courses in the fields of democratisation, nationalism and ethnicity, political elites and institutions, and constitutionalism. These processes are analyzed as embedded in their area- and country-specific particularities and contexts. 
  • The program has been designated a political science resource by the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute. 
  • The program is part of a Consortium that includes the University of Bucharest, Universite Libre Brussels, University of Wroclaw, and the Babes Bolyai University of Cluj. Further academic partnerships with European and North American higher education institutions are actively sought. 
  • The duration of the program is 2 years. 

  • MCP students can be awarded two Master diplomas, one from the home (Bucharest), and one from the host University (Universite Libre Brussels, University of Wroclaw). In this sense they will attend the first year in the department of political science of University of Bucharest and continue the second year in another one of their choice (Universite Libre Brussels, University of Wroclaw). Studying abroad will be the most rewarding and eye-opening experience of university life. Besides the one year mobility, the Master program offers the opportunity to take part in a series of study trips in Poland and Belgium. A series of joint activities (conferences and seminars) will be organized in the partner universities. 
  • The MA in Comparative Politics will provide students with an intellectually stimulating analysis of the key issues in regional and European politics, such as the changing dynamics of state power, the dimensions of regime change, and the challenge posed to states by ethno-nationalism and political radicalisms. 
  • Students, many of them international and exchange, will take part in small graduate seminars and thus benefit from the direct guidance of the professorial body. The faculty/student ratio (currently approximately 1:3) meets the most demanding standards of higher education.
  • Courses will be taught by academics with solid credentials in their respective fields of expertise; all faculty members have had extensive exposure to the international academic world. 
  • Students will benefit because they will gain from the opportunity to study a specialisation within a broader subject area. 
  • The opportunity to study in a large, internationally renowned department in the only Romanian institution devoted solely to the social sciences. 
  • A good preparation for further research work or for a career in media, political consultancy, international organisations, public administration or the private sector. 


With this Master program the graduates will be well prepared for various jobs opportunities requiring an in-depth knowledge of the political, economic and social issues at stake in Central and Eastern European Countries. The Master program prepares students for careers in academia, enterprises, public bodies, think thanks, NGOs, foundations, media, EU institutions and international organizations. Most of our graduates succeded in their pursuit for a successful career in a wide range of public and private institutions, in Romania and abroad.

Central and Eastern European Politics, Damiana OTOIU (and invited lecturers)
Democratic Transitions, Cristina PETRESCU
Nationalism and Citizenship. Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives, Victor RIZESCU
European Fascisms, 1919-1945, Mihai CHIOVEANU
Comparative Ethnopolitics, Cristina PETRESCU
Modern Political Thought in Eastern Europe, Victor RIZESCU
Comparative Post-communism, Dragos PETRESCU
20th Century Genocides, Mihai CHIOVEANU
Electoral Behaviour in Central and Eastern European Democracies, Gabriel SEBE
Political Representation of Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, Oana-Valentina SUCIU
Political Radicalism and Mass Democracy, Camil PARVU
Political Modernities in South Eastern Europe, Dragos PETRESCU
European Constitutionalism, Bogdan IANCU
A Comparative Approach to Political Elites, Alexandra IONASCU
Revolutions and Regime Change in Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Silvia MARTON
Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe, Claudiu TUFIS