Study Programme

First Year - First Term

GS 710 Global History: Lecture, Tutorial and Seminar

  • Approaches to world and global historiography
  • Historical narratives to explain globalization processes
  • Methodological reflexion of interrelations of political, social, economic and cultural history
  • Historicizing holistic world views
  • Methods of historical comparative analysis
  • Analysis of cultural encounters and confrontations

Topics: global development paths, multiple modernities, great divergence since 16th century, historical migration regimes, world orders, critical junctures of globalization, imperialism and colonialism, territorialization regimes, portals of globalization, cycles of economic entanglement, history of international organizations, history of consumption in global perspective, history of technology and asymmetries of power

GS 720 International Studies: Lecture, Tutorial and Seminar

  • Multiperspectivity in debates about globalization processes
  • Preconditions, strengths and weaknesses of sociological approaches
  • Possible interrelations between sociological entry points and new political geography
  • Author profiles and literature review

Topics: international relations, development economics, new urban sociology, global history, new political geography, special focus on globalization processes in Africa, rise of China, climate change

GS 730 Methods for the Study of Globalization: Lecture, Tutorial and Case Study

  • Introduction to methods of globalization research

  • Combinations of methods from different disciplines
  • Guidelines to academic methodological work 

=> Lecture, tutorial and case study are compulsory. In the global history and international studies modules up to three seminars are offered from which students can choose.

First Year - Second Term

GS 810 Regions in Globalization Processes: Africa and the Near East

  • Theories and methods in cultural history
  • Role of regions in international relations
  • Analysis of (inter)societal conflicts
  • Reconstruction and reflexion of scholarly debates in African and Oriental Studies

Topics: peace and security architecture, pan-African institutions, respacing Africa, borderland studies, new regionalism, historical economic entanglements, slavery, missionary work, colonialism, museums and tourism, land grabbing, de- and reterritorialisation, African art, cartographic encounters

GS 820 Regions in Globalization Processes: The Americas

  • Political concepts and reflexion of globalization phenomena in North, Central and South America
  • Economic integration, migration processes and foreign policy
  • Transatlantic cultural comparison

Topics: comparative societies, culture and religion, political cultures, transatlantic context, indigeneity, post-colonialism, Brazil’s foreign and economic policy, oil policy, peak oil

GS 830 Regions in Globalization Processes: Asia and the Middle East

  • Complexity, inconsistency and consequences of modernization theories in Asian societies in a global context
  • Correlation of economic requirements and political institutions
  • Introduction to problems of intercultural communication between western and eastern cultures
  • Political, economic, societal and cultural response of China, India and Japan and the conflict zone of the middle east to globalization processes

Topics: (post)colonialism, state and social formation, transformation in the modern Middle East, security architecture in South Asia, SAARC, Asean, 1989 in India, religion, visual arts and traditional arts in Japan, women and Buddhism

GS 840 Regions in Globalization Processes: Europe

  • Supra- and transnational integration processes of the region
  • Political economy of European Integration
  • Approaches to the history of Europeanization
  • Remembrance culture and national identities
  • Special focus on Central and European Countries

Topics: supranationality, intergovernmentalism, subsidiarity, transitional justice, ethnicity, modern Balkans, (post)pan-Slavism, Eurasia and Eurasianism

=> In the second and third term students have to select two seminars from two regional modules.

GS 850 Global Studies Colloquium and Summer School

  • Introduction to different occupational fields and dimensions of research in global studies by guest  lecturers and PhD students
  • Selection and reasoning of a master thesis topic
  • Master thesis related literature review and report
  • Planning of third term semester abroad and related field research

=> The colloquium and the summer school are compulsory for everybody in the second term.

Second Year - Third Term

GS 910 Regions in Globalization Processes: Africa and the Near East

  • Theories and methods in cultural history
  • Role of regions in international relations
  • Analysis of (inter)societal conflicts
  • Reconstruction and reflexion of scholarly debates in African and Oriental Studies

Topics: peace and security architecture, pan-African institutions, respacing Africa, borderland studies, new regionalism, historical economic entanglements, slavery, missionary work, colonialism, museums and tourism, land grabbing, de- and reterritorialisation, African art, cartographic encounters

GS 920 Regions in Globalization Processes: The Americas

  • Political concepts and reflexion of globalization phenomena in North, Central and South America
  • Economic integration, migration processes and foreign policy
  • Transatlantic cultural comparison

Topics: comparative societies, culture and religion, political cultures, transatlantic context, indigeneity, post-colonialism, Brazil’s foreign and economic policy, oil policy, peak oil

GS 930 Regions in Globalization Processes: Asia and the Middle East

  • Complexity, inconsistency and consequences of modernization theories in Asian societies in a global context
  • Correlation of economic requirements and political institutions
  • Introduction to problems of intercultural communication between western and eastern cultures
  • Political, economic, societal and cultural response of China, India and Japan and the conflict zone of the middle east to globalization processes

Topics: (post)colonialism, state and social formation, transformation in the modern Middle East, security architecture in South Asia, SAARC, Asean, 1989 in India, religion, visual arts and traditional arts in Japan, women and Buddhism

GS 940 Regions in Globalization Processes: Europe

  • Supra- and transnational integration processes of the region
  • Political economy of European Integration
  • Approaches to the history of Europeanization
  • Remembrance culture and national identities
  • Special focus on Central and European Countries

Topics: supranationality, intergovernmentalism, subsidiarity, transitional justice, ethnicity, modern Balkans, (post)pan-Slavism, Eurasia and Eurasianism

=> In the second and third term students have to select two seminars from two regional modules.

GS 950 Academic Writing and Research Skills, Part 1

  • Seminar on how to write a master thesis
  • Seminar on content and formal requirements of a master thesis in global studies
  • Research Internships

=> The master thesis seminars are compulsory for students in their third term. Limited places for research internship available, not compulsory.

Second Year - Fourth Term

GS 1010 World Orders under the Global Condition

  • Development of new world orders as result of hegemonic ambitions and synchronization of
 political-social crises in different world regions.
  • Knowledge from the regional modules is brought together and students generate historical analyses and development scenarios of future world orders

GS 1020 Cultural Transfers under the Global Condition

  • Mechanisms of cultural interaction when world orders are in crises
  • Identifying actors and their way of coping with the challenges of global change in a different cultural context
  • Transnational ideologies (pan-Africanism, pan-Asianism), organizations as mediators and the role of the media in globalization processes

GS 1030 Academic Writing and Research Skills, Part 2

  • Contextualization of master thesis topic on global studies research agenda
  • Structuring of research process: research goal, methods design
  • Discussing and managing challenges during the process of writing
  • Presentation of draft chapters

=> Students have to chose one seminar in module GS 1010 and GS 1020. GS 950-1030 Part 2 is compulsory.

Master Thesis in Global Studies

  • First suggestion of topic and literature review by the end of August
  • Proposal (3 pages) by end of September
  • Exposé (10-15 pages) by the end of December
  • Final submission July 31st