Initiation: Why and How Shall We Study Global Politics? (Compulsary Module - 10 ECTS)

This module introduces you to the study of global politics and area studies. It provides you with a short overview of both fields to support you in choosing your study focus later on.

Dr. Stefan Engert / Dr. Julian Junk
Dr. Stefan Engert / Dr. Julian Junk
Dr. Stefan Engert
Dr. Stefan Engert
Julian Junk
Dr. Julian Junk

Instructors: Dr. Stefan Engert / Dr. Julian Junk

This module introduces you to the study of global politics and area studies. It provides you with a short overview of both fields to support you in choosing your study focus later on. Furthermore, this module introduces you to relevant research techniques. You will learn how to design research designs and how to work methodologically sound on your research question. In other words, you will be equipped with the tools and the handicraft of social sciences that you will apply in either study focus. The module thereby aims at building a common basis for you and your peers from which to proceed to further modules.

Initiation: Why and How Shall We Study Global Politics?

Module Structure

Part I: Introduction to Global Politics and Area Studies

Unit 01: Why Study International Relations – Introduction to the Disciplin
Unit 02: Why Study Areas – Introduction to the Discipline
Unit 03: The Evolution of the Modern State System
Unit 04: Sub- and Supranational Challenges to the Modern State

Part II: Introduction to Designing Research

Unit 05: Behind the Iron Curtain: Eastern Europe and Communism
Unit 06: Return of the Native? European Dimensions of Post-Communism
Unit 07: EU Enlargement, Newcomers and Others
Unit 08: Europe as the Other?

Part III: Introduction to Qualitative Research Strategies

Unit 09: East at the West: Cultural Stereotypes about Eastern Europe
Unit 10: Identity Crisis, Wars of the Past and Politics of History in a New Europe
Unit 11: Russia, Ukraine, Europe and Claims for a New Order
Unit 12: Discussion. Eastern Europe: How We Make It