Global Studies Consortium

European Master : Global Studies – A European Perspective

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Outline

Participating Universities
  • University of Leipzig (Germany), Global and European Studies Institute (co-ordinating institution)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom), Economic History Department
  • Roskilde University (Denmark), Department of Society & Globalization
  • University of Vienna (Austria), Department of History
  • University of Wroclaw (Poland), Institute of International Studies
Established 2005

Curriculum

Degrees awarded
  • Master of Arts
Organization of the MA curriculum

 

The course is divided into different modules. Within each module students are supposed to select 2-3 courses from approx. 5 courses offered. Altogether the program includes 12 modules at each study place.

Example for Leipzig:

1st Semester: Students attend courses within three introduction modules (Global History, International Studies and Methods for the Study of Globalization)

2nd Semester: Students chose courses within two of the interdisciplinary, regionally orientated modules (Regions in Globalization Processes: Africa and the Near East, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East and Europe). Students also attend a colloquium and a summer school.

3rd Semester: Students choose two of the interdisciplinary, regionally orientated modules Regions in Globalization Processes: Africa and the Near East, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East and Europe). Students also attend an Academic Writing and Research Skills Seminar.

4th Semester: Students attend two further modules (World Orders under the Global Condition and Cultural Transfers under the Global Condition) and an Academic Writing and Research Skills Seminar. Students also write their master thesis.

The degree Master of Arts certified by the master certificates of this program ("Master-Urkunde") entitles the holders to the legally protected professional title "Master of Arts". In addition to the master certificates the graduates receive a consortiums' certificate of successful completion of the master course, a transcript of records, an examination certificate and a diploma supplement.

Academic disciplines in curriculum
  • Area Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • Global History
  • Political Sciences
MA graduation requirements

Each student graduating in the program needs to collect 120 ECTS during the entire two years study period. To collect these credits students need to attend the required classes as well as to hold presentations, to submit essays and a Master thesis.

Practical education is part of the curriculum.

Practical education is part of the curriculum. For example students studying in Leipzig in their second need to conduct a research internship.

Language(s) of instruction

Courses are taught in:

  • English
  • German

It is possible to pursue the entire programme in English. However students with a very good knowledge of German studying in Leipzig and Vienna can also attend classes offered in German.

Students

Student numbers and profile

Currently 130 students are enrolled in the programme. The students are coming from all over the world. All of them do hold at least a BA degree (or a recognized equivalent) in the field of the Social Sciences or Humanities.

Graduate careers

As the Master program stresses the common, though differentiated debate of globalisation effects, it contributes to Europe's socio-economic and cultural cohesion, particularly since dealing with the consequences of globalisation will become a major task of Europe's future elites and will characterise their conceptions to elites outside Europe. ‘Global Studies' thus prepares young scholars not only for an academic career, but also for a variety of job opportunities in academia and elsewhere in an increasingly deterritorialised world (e.g. in cross-national and supranational agencies, non-governmental organisations, as intercultural mediators or in the field of development cooperation, economy and management).

Institution

Institutional Background

“Global Studies - A European Perspective” is an interdisciplinary and international Master course offered to excellent students by a consortium of five European universities (Leipzig University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Roskilde University, University of Vienna and University of Wroclaw). It is supported by the European Commission with a generous grant scheme for a limited number of students and a mobility scheme which links the consortium to six non-European partners (Dalhousie University (Canada), Fudan University, Shanghai (China), Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia), Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dehli (India), University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)) English and German are the main languages of instruction.

The Leipzig University has a long tradition in global oriented and culturally comparative historical research and third-level teaching. Several international research groups and PhD programmes at the Global and European Studies Institute where the MA in Global Studies is located do research on the following topics:

- Changing World Orders
- Portals of Globalization
- Reflexive Global and Area Studies 

The Economic History Department at the LSE is home to by far the largest group of researchers in economic history in the UK and probably the world. The composition and international diversity of its staff, academic visitors and research students mean that its interests range from the medieval period to the current century, from Latin America to China via Africa and Europe, from questions about the institutions of economic change to ones on technology and finance, and from the history of economic ideas and policy to the measurement of past human well-being and explanations for global trade patterns. The fruits of the research have been used by international agencies, such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, government departments and local communities.

At the University of Vienna there has been, for many years, a conscious effort to advance global historical themes within the Humanities and Cultural Studies. The main focus of attention in relation to the area of “Global History” has, in the organisational as well as the conceptual sense, been influenced by the discipline of History. Since 2002 there has been a definite sense of cooperation at the University of Vienna between "Global History" and the well established "Area Studies" such as African, Japanese, Chinese, Oriental, Southern Asien, Tibet and Buddist Studies, but also with Human Geography. This academic exchange has continually intensified over the last few years and has exhibited itself in the publication series "Edition Weltregionen" and "Edition Weltgeschichte" (World history).

The Institute of International Studies (ISM) is a part of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Wroclaw. Since many years its main fields of research has been global governance, international economic relations, international communication, transition in post-communist countries and development economics. Most recently the ISM has been involved in international projects on European and global governance and development problems in Africa. The interest for global studies has emerged from expanding program of studies in international relations and cooperation with researchers of other faculties, in particular from the field of law and economics. The general foundation of the global studies idea is the problem of transformation in Central and Eastern Europe, which has created paths out of the communist system, but lead into very diversified institutional solutions adjusting the countries to the global environment. The goal of the approach is to systematize this answers looking at some selected fields, like transitional justice, public communication, security and economic systems. The next step for the global studies at ISM will be a broader comparison of these solutions with tendencies in other regions of the world.

 

Administrative status

The European Master “Global Studies – A European Perspective” is partially financed through the Erasmus Mundus programme of the EU. The Master course is offered by five European universities (Leipzig University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Roskilde University, University of Vienna and University of Wroclaw and holds intensive partnerships to Dalhousie University (Canada), Fudan University, Shanghai (China), Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia), Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dehli (India), University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa).  

The programme can be studied for one year at one of the European universities (Leipzig University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Roskilde University University of Vienna, University of Wroclaw) and for the second year at a different university.  Futhermore students have the possibility to study one semester at one of the non-European partner universities of the Consortium (Dalhousie University (Canada), Fudan University, Shanghai (China), Macquarie University, Sydney (Australia), Jawaharlal Nehru University, Dehli (India), University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa)).

Global Studies Consortium meeting participation:
  • Santa Barbara 2007
  • Tokyo 2008
  • Leipzig 2009
  • Shanghai 2011
  • Melbourne 2012
  • Moscow 2013
  • Roskilde 2014
  • Cairo 2015
  • Pittsburgh 2016

Contact details

Global and European Studies Institute

Leipzig University

Emil-Fuchs-Str. 1

04105 Leipzig

Germany

Director
Prof. Dr. Matthias Middell