Politics, Philosophy and Economics

I've often wondered where I come from, where I'm going and what "binds creation's inmost energies". I'm interested in economics – but not the one that's limited exclusively to mathematics, strives for profit and with its complex needs for simple cost/benefit analyses, leaves people out.

I've always wondered why it's always economists that tell us about crises in the media and philosophers are never asked for a solution. Whether our politicians have ever read Hobbes, Marx or Kierkegaard. I don't want to choose between a world of numbers, one of the words and the deeds.

I long for answers to the questions about the equitable co-existence of fair trade and fair society reforms and often only find criticism of the thinkers and philosophers suggestions. I'm interested in politics as a practical tool of reason and am fascinated by the differences of cultures that clash with the globalization of economies.

I also wonder if there's an economic system that doesn't, in the long term, destroy the planet. Maybe there's a different approach that brings prosperity for all and is an alternative to what we already have.

I want to learn how to resolve conflicts, to debate and to not just simply express my views, but to steadily develop them. I want to have very broad horizons. That's why I'm going to be a universal scholar of our time and study Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Karlshochschule.

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Degree Program Structure

Each module in the Politics, Philosophy and Economics 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 Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

 

 

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 in Philosophy

5 ECTS

Introduction in Political Science

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 2

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

Ethics: 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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