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European Studies Course catalogue summer semester 2019

as of 27 May 2019
please check regularly for updates

Master Forum European Studies - Prof. Hartwig Hummel/Dr. Jörg Waldmann

Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., weekly, building 23.02.U1.22
starting 17 October 2018

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

Thursdays, 10.30 a.m. - 12 noon, weekly, building 23.02.U1.22
starting 18 October 2018

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

Tuesdays, 2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m., weekly, building 23.02.U1.61
starting 16 October 2018
elective (alt. course Foreign Policy)

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 - 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.

Excursion Programme – Dr. Jörg Waldmann


Language Courses

For detailed information on optional German language courses and conditions visit the website of
University undefined'Department German as a Foreign Language'.

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.