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

Wednesdays, 2.30 p.m. - 4 p.m., weekly
starting 14.04.2021


This weekly master forum supports students in writing their master theses. Topics include a) the development of research questions and designs, b) the presentation of papers relating to the thesis, c) comments on paper presentations by fellow students, d) group discussions on the papers and related issues. In addition, the master forum offers a regular platform for discussing issues and problems relevant to the course of study, including students' feedback an evaluation the master program.

Business and European Integration - Prof. Hartwig Hummel

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, weekly
starting 13.04.2021


The course addresses the specific role of business benefiting from, and thus advancing, European integration. Topics include issues and actors relating to agricultural, manufacturing, and services industries, as well as financial markets. We will discuss the role of business interest groups and decision-making processes in EU institutions. The seminar covers EU policies relating to the free movement of goods, capital, services, and people, industrial policy and state subsidies, competition policy, supervision of financial markets, and corporate social responsibility.

The Evolution of a European Public Sphere - Dr. Jörg Waldmann

Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, weekly
starting 15.04.2021

There are many barriers to a real European public sphere. Should they be overcome, and if yes, how? In which sectors of society we are already living in a European public sphere? The course starts with elaborating on the theoretical implications of public spheres. Yet the main part of the seminar is devoted to case studies which touch upon very different aspects of society (culture, economy, sports, media, habits etc.).

The course is delivered through a combination of assigned readings, group research and presentations. With the help of groups, students will explore the Europeanization of the public sphere in a variety of fields.

Certificates of attendance require participation in group presentations or minor research projects. The module is assessed by oral examinations. A detailed course outline, further information and relevant literature will be provided via course website.

Idea(l)s of Europe: The Historical Perspective - Dr. Oliver Kiechle

Friday, 23.04.2021, 18.06.2021 & 25.06.2021, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

From Antiquity until the European Union of nowadays, Europe has always been an object of ideas and projections, even fantasies. In one part of the seminar we will discuss this different concepts of Europe in history with their respective ideas of the characteristics and borders of Europe.

In a second part we will take a closer look on structural evolutions in European history. This will cover for example economical and cultural developments, but also changes of society with their associated ideologies.

Students are expected to prepare a presentation for one of the block days to have a basis for discussion.

European Corporate and Competition Law – Dr. Patrick Hauser

Monday, 31.05.2021 & 14.06.2021, 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The course provides a basic overview concerning the core areas of the Common Market and its legal framework beyond the fundamental freedoms. These core areas are
1. European Corporate Law
2. Antitrust Law
3. Merger Control Law
4. State Aid Law
5. Public Procurement Law
Each area will be briefly presented with its legal cornerstones. The course is taught by two different lecturers specialized in the respective areas.
Students do not need legal experience for this course.

Excursion Programme – Dr. Jörg Waldmann


Language Courses

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

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.