Capital and Finance taught by Dr. Ingo Bordon
Flows of capitals and trade don't stop at national borders and often create dynamics that challenge the nation-state. This module dives into this comprehensive field of analysis at the intersection between political science and economics. It comprises a broad and elaborated theoretical foundation and a variety of sound methodological tools, often borrowed from micro- and macroeconomics. Furthermore, this module familiarizes students with the structure of international organizations, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). With the help of different case studies, important aspects such as the rise of multinational companies, the question of trade and human rights standards, as well as the new environmental challenges will be discussed.
Changing Eastern Europe taught by Dr. Georgiy Kasianov
Eastern European countries have taken different pathways after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. While some have succeeded to establish consolidated democracies, others remain unstable or have drifted back into autocratic structures. While some have succeeded in building innovative market economies, others are still struggling to do so. Therefore, the following questions arise: How can these different pathways be explained? What are the lessons learnt for institutional design after major social and political turn-overs? How can we gain a better understanding for the post-revolution processes we see in different regions like the Arab Spring countries?
The European Model taught by Dr. Julian Junk
One of the major challenges but also opportunities for traditional statehood 'from above' is the attempt to bargain for supranational models such as the European Union. This module introduces you to the rationale for creating the union and for working towards its widening and deepening. In addition to that, the course discusses the multiple problems and challenges along the way. The module then introduces you to the EU as a foreign policy actor and provides knowledge about the External Action Service, as well as tools such as the neighborhood policies. You will subsequently inquire into the economic and financial architecture of the union and discuss implications of the sovereign debt crisis of the Euro zone.
We wish all students best of luck and a successful completion of their modules!