Course Concept at the University of Leipzig

At the University of Leipzig the core module "Global History" focuses on approaches to rewrite world history in a global age and explores how historians of different times and places have answered questions  about the understanding of social transformations, intercultural contacts and political conflicts worldwide. Globalisation, understood as a political project, pursued by specific actors with conflicting interests and characterised by dynamic power relations across time will be analysed on a variety of key areas such as economic and social inequalities, global governance and world orders, the role of technology, worldwide migration systems or the history of war and political competition over the 19th and 20th centuries.  

The second core module introduces "International Studies" with an emphasis on Africa and its role in the Globalisation debates. Complementary to this is the third module “Methods for the Study of Globalization” which provides an overview on the development of debates on methods and the professionalisation of various disciplines now converging into the study of Globalisations. It introduces what might be called a post-disciplinary methodology including quantitative and qualitative approaches, comparison and various methods to analyse interactions, interpretation of historical source material, and the visualisation of results in maps. 

In the second and third term of the programme, the multi-perspectives of area studies – what is thought of as the second pillar within the programme – is emphasised. A broad variety of seminars deal with different world regions from which students have to choose two in order to acquire in-depth knowledge. Furthermore, students are prepared for the fourth term with two workshops on how to write a master thesis and on academic writing skills. The fourth term consists of modules called “World Orders under the Global Condition”, “Cultural Transfers under the Global Condition”, and the Master Thesis combined with an accompanying colloquium in which peers discuss and challenge their individual project status. 

The courses offered in Leipzig to Global Studies students are taught entirely in English, but also offering the possibility of choosing a German taught class. In order to take a truly global perspective not only from the student’s but also from the teacher’s side, guest lecturers from partner universities are invited to teach their classes here in Leipzig. Some of the best students having finished their master thesis and the programme in Leipzig decided to pursue one of the structured PhD classes at the Research Academy in Leipzig. The research-oriented master in Global Studies equips students with an in depth-knowledge of state of the art knowledge and helps them to analyse and discuss critically and laterally, key qualification for researchers.