European Studies Course catalogue winter semester 2018-2019

as of October 16th, 2018
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Master Forum European Studies - Prof. Hartwig Hummel/Dr. Jörg Waldmann

Wednesday, 14:30 - 16:00, weekly, building 23.02.U1.22
required, starting October 17

Team projects bring together small groups of students with a diverse cultural background who devise research questions relating to European Studies, conduct a research project and present the results orally and in a written report. The weekly master forum offers a regular platform for discussing issues and problems relevant to the course of study, including students' feedback and evaluation of the master program. More specifically, the master forum prepares students for their team projects, including

  • compact presentation of social science methods frequently used in European studies (including case study method, policy analysis, process tracing, analysis of documents, interview techniques, systematic literature research)
  • the setting up of research teams, the development of research projects, the presentation and discussion of research drafts and the preparation of the master meeting

Certificate of attendance (Beteiligungsnachweis) will be issued for regular attendance and preparation of a team research project.

Master Course - Civilizing Impacts of European Integration - Dr. Jörg Waldmann

Thursday, 10:30 - 12:00, weekly, building 23.02.U1.22
required, starting October 18

The multi-layered processes of European cooperation and integration constituted an area of peace and security. The use of violence between European states participating in these integration projects seems to be unthinkable today. How does political theory explain this phenomenon? What is crucial about the functionalistic idea of a ‘working peace'? And - can Europe serve as a role model for other regions in the world?

The class aims to provide students with appropriate scientific expertise to answer these questions, or, at least, to come close to a suitable and satisfying answer. Based on Dieter Senghaas' Civilisational Hexagon different aspects of integration will be analysed in order to understand how Europeanization changed conflict management and generated new normative standards.

A detailed course outline, further information and relevant literature will be provided via course website.

Master Course - Democracy in the EU - Prof. Hartwig Hummel

Wednesday, 10:30 - 12:00, weekly, building
required, starting October 17

Europe is considered the “cradle of democracy”. But what is “democracy” exactly? How does it take shape in political reality? And how does a newly forming polity, like the European Union (EU), meet the credentials of democratic rule? Against the background of these questions, this seminar is structured in four parts. First, we will explore definitions of democracy, the scope and pitfalls of democratic governance, and how democracy can in practice meet the theoretical assumptions. The aim of this part is to develop basic categories of democratic rule that are necessary to speak about democratic rule in a meaningful sense. Second and third, we will turn to the EU and how democracy is exercised in this multilevel system. On the one hand, the spot light will be put on the EU’s alleged “democratic deficit” in order to critically establish your own, analytically founded diagnosis of the specific strengths and pitfalls of EU democracy. On the other hand, we will discuss approaches to democratise the EU. On the basis of the conceptual and general debate of democracy in the EU, we will, fourth, turn to current affairs. Since the wake of the economic and fiscal crisis, many national governments have fallen and the debate about whether decision making on the EU-level is at all legitimate is gaining prominence. Taking up these current affairs, we will return to the key questions of the course: democracy in the European Union.

Master Course - The EU as an Actor in Global Governance - Dr. Jörg Waldmann

Tuesday, 14:30 - 16:00, weekly, building 23.02.U1.61
elective (alt. course Foreign Policy), starting October 16

Beyond its policies covered by the CFSP umbrella the European Union is a major actor in different fora of global governance. How can we sketch EU's actorness in global politics? What is formative on Europe's democratic agenda? Beside these introducing questions the class intends to investigate and assess more civilian external policies of the EU. Special emphasis will be put on the Union's contribution to global environmental governance and climate change regimes or EU's development policy.

A detailed course outline, further information and relevant literature will be provided via course website.

Literature: Mario Telò (ed.) 2009: The European Union and Global Governance, London & New York

Master Course - European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World – Dr. Jörg Waldmann

Tuesday, 10:30 - 12:00, weekly, building 23.02.U1.23
elective (alt.course Global Governance), starting October 16

The European Union, representing more than 500 million citizens and the world's largest internal market, is acknowledged as an economic superpower. European Institutions conduct a tremendous number of external policies and assemble a large range of competencies to do so. However, the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), incorporated into the integration process by  the Maastricht Treaty in 1992, has to be perceived as a latecomer. Since most CFSP provisions are related to intergouvernmental decision - making, many scholars doubt that a coherent foreign policy will ever be possible.

This class, though, will put particular emphasis on CFSP and the accompanying European Security and Defence Policy (ESDF). The historic developments and achievements have to be addressed as well as current problems and shortcomings in this policy area. After analysing and assessing CFSP polity, policy and politics we will explore how Europeanization affected and affects Member States. Selected national foreign policies and their contribution to CFSP have to be compared in this second block.

A detailed course outline, further information and relevant literature will be provided via course website.

Stephan Keukeleire/ Jennifer MacNaughtan 2008: The Foreign Policy of the European Union, Basing-stoke & New York.
Karen E. Smith 2008: European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World, Cambridge.

Master Course - Europe: A History of Conflict and Cooperation – Dr. Oliver Kiechle

three sessions: October 20 (8:30-16:00), November 17 (8:30-18:00), November 18 (8:30-18:00), building
elective (alt. Law)

Concentrating on European history from the French Revolution onwards, it is the aim of the seminar to show how this continent has been torn apart over centuries by several conflicts, either national, religious or ideological.

At the same time there always have been developed ideas for a peacefulm cooperation in Europe - ideas that slowly became reality in the second half of the 20th century.

The seminar is based on the discussion about assigned readings from the relevant academic literature, students are therefore expected to prepare a presentation for one of the block days to have a basis for discussion.

Blanning, Tim: Oxford History of Modern Europe. Oxford; New York 2000.
Davies, Norman: Europe. A History. Oxford, New York 1996.
Simpson, William; Jones, Martin:  Europe 1783 - 1914. 2nd ed., London; New York 2009.

Master Course - Basic freedoms and basic rights within the EU - Michael Vetter

Wednesday, 08:30 - 10:00, weekly, building
elective (alt. course History), starting October 17

The class will introduce students to the fundamental freedoms and basic rights of the EU. The first part of the semester will deal with the four fundamental freedoms of the EU, the second half with the basic rights within the EU. The students will also learn how the evaluation of a case in European Law works from the perspective of a lawyer.

Master Course - The Economics of European Integration - David Heine

Thursday, 12:30 - 16:00, building (seminar room 2), starting October 18,

additional weekly from November 15 to January 17, 12:30 - 14:00, 25.11.HS 5A (lecture hall)

additional January 24 and January 31, 12:30 - 14:00, 25.22.U1.55

The Economics of European Integration is the core economics course in the Master's programme in  European Studies. This course provides the theoretical background for what students learned in their first year's course The European Economy: The Crux of European Integration. Students will be introduced to basic micro- and macroeconomic tools needed to deepen their understanding of key economic drivers of European integration.

Tutorial - Ferschinger/Roßmannek

from October 16 onwards

Tuesday, 16:30 - 18:00, building 23.02.U1.22

weekly meeting with the tutors

Excursion Programme – Dr. Jörg Waldmann


Language Courses

Required, placement test October 8 at 10:00, building

  1. Basic German (A1.1. beginners) - Bretschneider
    Monday, 8:30 - 12:00, building 24.21.U1.81, from October 15 onwards
  2. Intermediate German – Brendel
    Monday, 16:30 - 20:00, building 23.02.U1.24, from October 15 onward

For detailed information on courses and conditions visit the 'Department German as a Foreign Language' website.

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