The content of this program includes theory and practice of governance beyond the nation state and their analysis in relation to political, historical, economical, legal as well as philosophical viewpoints. Furthermore, this program will introduce students to advanced research methods to enable them to analyze problems of international governance.
The core of the program of studies is composed of four main fields:
1. Theories and Issues of Global Governance
This field focuses on basic theories and themes of international relations and governance including issues of international security and international political economy.
2. Changing Context of Global Governance
The second field highlights broader processes of political change which impact international and transnational cooperation including state transformation and the legalization of world politcs.
3. Theorizing Social Order and Change
Covering classical as well as contemporary social theory, as well as normative theory of world politics, this component aims to provide a theoretical framework for understanding and evaluating issues of governance.
In order to provide students with the techniques to conduct up-do-date research, the program offers courses on advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as on research design and the logic of scientific research.
During the course of study students will take three modules from each of the four fields. Each module is offered in a small and a large version worth 6 and 9 ECTS credit points, respectively. Students will take one half of the modules in the small and the other half in the large version, thus obtaining 90 ECTS credit points in the four fields. The MA thesis, which is written in the fourth semester, is worth 30 ECTS credit points.