Societatea Româna de Stiinte Politice (SRSP) The Romanian Society of Political Science Announces the initiation of a new project The Invisible College TheMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2001View SourceSocietatea Româna de Stiinte Politice (SRSP)
The Romanian Society of Political Science
Announces the initiation of a new project
The Invisible College
The Invisible College is a pilot project run by SRSP in conjunction with the US Embassy and conceived as a research-focused alternative to mainstream higher education in Romania.
The Invisible College aims at promoting an educational method based on close interaction between students and professors, mentorship, pro-active pedagogical methods, the use of new teaching materials and resources for research, and providing students with the opportunity of being involved in professional research activity while having access to recent professional resources (databases, reference books, Internet).
During its first year, the Invisible College proposes the following courses in applied and fundamental political science:
- Theories of Political Elite Recruitment (course instructor Laurentiu Stefan Scalat)
- Minorities, Democracy, Rights in Post-Communist Europe (course instructor Romanita Elena Iordache)
- The Ethical Demands of Professions in Democracy (course instructor Gabriela Blebea Nicolae)
- Private Property and Social Cooperation (course instructor Emilian Manuel Socaciu)
- Participatory Democracy (course instructor Annette Freyberg Inan) and
- Bio-anthropological Foundations of Political Science (course instructor Mircea Boari)
The Invisible College invites applications from students in the fields of humanities, social sciences and life sciences, with an interest in political science. The successful applicant would meet the following criteria:
* genuine commitment to knowledge acquisition,
* an inclination for research and theoretical investigation,
* working knowledge of the English language (which includes the capacity to write papers in English) as the College is bilingual,
* prospects or plans to continue his/her studies in a field related to political science,
* interest in developing, in a student team in close relation with a professor, one of the following research projects:
- Political Elite Recruitment And Party Political Performance in Romania,
- Defining Minorities in a Democracy,
- Professional Ethics in Romania: Between Ideal and Reality,
- The Status of Private Property in Romania after 1989,
- What Democracy Means to Romanians: A Survey and Analysis
- The Bio-politics of Ethnic Power: Theory and Applications.
Applications must include a CV and a statement of intention justifying as clear and explicit as possible the interest of the student in two of the research projects listed above and how the foreseen studies meet the present and the future education plans of the applicant (both documents should be in English). The statement of interest should be up to 500 words long and should elaborate on the preference of the applicant for the two research projects by linking the topic of the research to be undertaken with the individual career goals of the applicant.
Applications should be mailed to Laurentiu Stefan Scalat, Str. Plantelor, Nr.21,Bucuresti, sector 2, cod 70309 or via e-mail to stefanscalat@..., or to rei@.... For further questions or clarifications you can join us on October, 4th between 4-6 pm on Bd. Unirii, no.76, bl.J3A, ap 2, extension 02.
The deadline for applications is October 10th, 2001. Selected students will be invited to an interview by October 18th in view of a final decision. Teaching activities commence October 23rd and are completed by Aptil 15th . Research projects will continue up to July 31st.
The Romanian Society of Political Science (SRSP) is an independent professional organization of Romanian and international scholars teaching and researching in the field of Political Science. The Society was founded in January 2000 as a response to the growing need for better communication and exchange of information among young scholars and researchers who conduct their work within established institutions or on an independent basis, both inside and outside Romania. Currently, the Romanian Society of Political Science has over sixty members, most of them Ph.D. candidates or having already completed a Ph.D. degree in political or related fields.