International Relations

I get switched on when others tend to turn off. I'm passionately interested in what's happening in the world and it's effects. I soak up new information like a sponge and throw myself into any new political debate. The major issues and challenges in our world especially revolving around peace, prosperity, environmental protection, justice and human rights are what excite and drive me on.

I want to be socially engaged and I'm curious about other cultures and ways of thinking. I'm interested in building bridges and find it rewarding when I can contribute to achieving or helping to develop solutions to the major challenge of finding peaceful resolutions to a conflict.

I believe in diplomacy as a driving force on the conflict-ridden world stage. I want to encourage people to stop fighting each other with weapons or exploiting their economic power, but negotiate instead with words, knowledge and values. I see myself as a future intermediary between cultures and their respective interests. In future I can see myself either in the Federal Foreign Office, working for an international company or with an NGO.

I want to learn about and understand the context of international politics and economics, ecology and ethics, legal regulations and cultural ideas, as well as the art of diplomatic negotiations from scratch. That's why I'm studying International Relations at Karlshochschule.

Svenja Osmers, International Relations

"Current topics, political issues or economic news…I used to look at them from my perspective, the point of view that I developed over time. But, surprise, that is not the only way to look at them. How would realists react to the invasion of Iraq? What would constructivists make of the refugee crisis? International Relations is a brand new study program here at Karlshochschule where we learn to look at things a different way. When I first thought of International Relations, I used to think of a very theoretical approach where one would have to read texts written by philosophers and thinkers of a bygone era, like Marx, Kant, Schumpeter and Habermas. But here at Karls that is not the only thing we do. The focus lies on team work and critical thinking, learning by doing and questioning everything in the process."

Degree Program Structure

Each module in the International Relations course at Karlshochschule opens up a new and exciting world. When I look at the module overview, I can see how my course contents are logically interlinked and how this provides me with a much broader spectrum of International Relations.

 

 

Study year 1

Global Economy

6 ECTS
6 ECTS
Global Economy
As a critical introduction to the many backgrounds of globalization, this module will provide me with key insights about our global economy and its implications for business, politics and society. Among others I will investigate the following topics:
  • History and theories of globalization
  • Classics of economic theory: Adam Smith, David Ricardo, Karl Marx
  • Globalization as innovation: Joseph Schumpeter
  • John Maynard Keynes and Bretton Woods: global gconomic institutions
  • International actors: governments, inter-governmental and supra-national bodies, multinationals
  • Globalization and ecology
  • Postcolonial perspectives
  • Globalization at the crossroads: "Clash of Cultures" or global cooperation
Type of examination: Examination (120 minutes)

Cultural Studies

5 ECTS

Introduction to International Relations

5 ECTS

International Organizations

5 ECTS

Introduction to Scientific Research Methods

10 ECTS

English/German as a Foreign Language 1

4 ECTS

Sustainable Development

6 ECTS

Political Philosophy

5 ECTS

Introduction in Strategic Practice

5 ECTS

Foreign Policy Analysis

5 ECTS

English/German as a Foreign Language

4 ECTS

Study year 2

Area Studies

6 ECTS
6 ECTS
Area Studies
  • Global dynamics (politics, society and population, economics, ethics, etc.) and their crystallization in local processes
  • The main features of integrated civilization and culture
  • Demography and regional stereotypes
  • Socio-economic society structures
  • Current economy and politics
  • Composition and dynamics of the market and its media
  • Case studies on representative companies
  • International aspects of business activities in the host country, as well as market and demand requirements, in particular as regards exchanges between the host and home country
Type of examination: Presentation

Anthropology

6 ECTS

Introductory Project

6 ECTS

Conflict Resolution

6 ECTS

Foreign Language 2.1

6 ECTS

International Collaboration

6 ECTS

Contemporary Society

6 ECTS

Change & Innovation

6 ECTS

Elective

6 ECTS

Foreign Language 2.2

6 ECTS

Study year 3

Economic Institutionalism

6 ECTS
6 ECTS
Economic Institutionalism
  • Institutionalism in economics, politics and sociology 
  • Heterodox economic theory 
  • Old and new institutional economics (e.g. Veblen, Hayek, Common; Coase, North) 
  • Markets & organizations 
  • Information in society 
  • Behavioral theory of the firm 
  • Agency theory 
  • Transaction cost economics 
  • Evolutionary economics 
  • Market and contract failures 
  • Fairness, cooperation and reciprocity 
  • Social preferences
Type of examination: Written assignment

Justice, Human and Constitutional Rights

6 ECTS

Elective: Ethics in Management: Globalization - Sustainability - Practice

6 ECTS

Advanced Project

6 ECTS

Elective: Culture & Language

6 ECTS

Internship

18 ECTS

Bachelor Thesis including its Defense

12 ECTS

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Anthony Amato, International Relations

"I thought I knew the world, but I was wrong.
Through the International Relations Bachelor at Karlshochschule I am pushed to question what I already know, or thought that I knew about international relations. By using critical theories and other perspectives, I learned that some things (nationality, culture, and politics) are not always what they seem to be. A big advantage of studying International Relations at the Karls is its small class size and student diversity. Here I have learned that the value of a discussion isn't what I can add to it, but how much I can learn from other people's ideas. From a young age we are told that there are two sides to every argument, however, with history as our backdrop and through regular discussion we see this idea come to life."