Winter 2017: Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Comparative Public Administration and Collaborative Research Experience
(UAPP 667-17S, 3 credits)
This two-week program encompasses a comparative study of public policy and public administration involving students from UD and Faculty of Political Science, Administration and Communications (FSPAC), Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) in Romania – one of the largest and most renowned higher education institutions in the country – through a dual course in which students register at their home institutions. Required interactive video sessions held in Pearson Hall before and after the trip will bring students together for collaborative discussions. Research topics will be identified in consultation with teams of students from both institutions and approved by course leaders.
BBU and UD students will work cooperatively to develop study methodology and survey instruments in advance of the trip, conduct interviews and collect primary and secondary data in Romania, and write papers to be drafted during our stay in Romania and submitted at the conclusion of the course, with a deadline in the spring semester. Meetings with well-informed individuals, and classes and briefings led by course leaders, BBU faculty and Romanian public officials will complement information presented during orientation. Group reports will be presented by student groups during a press conference before the conclusion of time in Romania. Further discussion of papers will occur during interactive video class sessions following return to the United States. Students will be housed in double room accommodation.
The experience will also feature a weekend excursion in the Transylvania region, including Sibiu, an important medieval city that dates to the 12th Century and European Capital of Culture in 2007. The group will also visit Budapest, Hungary, prior to returning to the U.S.
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- Interest meetings: April 12 (5 p.m. – 187 Graham Hall); April 15 (2 p.m. – 185 Graham Hall)
- Early Application Deadline: May 1, 2016 (Students who apply by this date will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble)
- Final Application Deadline: September 16, 2016
- Travel dates: January 13-28, 2017
Contact information: David Karas, SPPA Doctoral Candidate, email@example.com