Visionaries Wanted! - Bachelor degrees in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Pareesha studies Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at the Karls because she wants to make a positive change in the world. What is your mission in life? Could you imagine setting your own focus in your studies by grappling with economic as well as philosophical querries? If so, perhaps the program in International Relations or PPE is for you.
The features of the Karls: 01. Personalized focal point 02. Focus on practical experience + Company projects 03. Language courses + Study abroad semester 04. Friendly atmosphere + Friendly professors 05. Small class size + Interactive lectures 06. Personal development
# Why is the study of society relevant in this day and age?
As we live in such a multidimensional and interconnected world there is no issue – whether human rights, environmental, security or political economy – that does not require a thoughtful and pro-active response. In order to understand our place in the world, and how we can contribute, taking a degree in International Relations (IR) or Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) provides important tools for exciting work possibilities, as well as understanding how the current crises we have on a local, national or international level can be (potentially) resolved. Being socially engaged and attempting to constructively deal with these complex issues is heavily encouraged on this study of society program/s.
# What makes these interdisciplinary programs at the Karls so special?
There are a number of factors that make these programs so special. Firstly, there is a small class size. Secondly, due to this small class size, professors/lecturers and students have a very close working relationship, and it is very interactive. Thirdly, students are very pro-active in class and outside. Fourthly, there is a very cosmopolitan, creative and critical feeling in class. Fifth, the students have the opportunity to study and work abroad during their time at the Karls. Sixth, the various theories and concepts taught can be practically applied during their internship and/or thesis. Finally, there is an excellent, non-hierarchical and co-operative spirit in the study of society classes and around the university.
# What is particularly important to you when working with students?
That I can see students develop and enjoy the process of learning. When I work with students I want them to learn theoretical and conceptual tools that can help them think with more depth and systematically about an issue at hand. Alongside this, it is very important for me that students are curious, open-minded, hardworking and excited about being in class.
Dr. Prof. Anthony Teitler
Aside from his teaching at the Karlshochschule, Dr. Professor Anthony Teitler has, among other things, worked as a political consultant in England. These days he is the head of the study programs of International Relations and Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and teaches on themes such as Governance, Anglo-American studies or Corporate Social Responsibility.
May 2018 marked the month of a significant event and turning point for my home country of Malaysia. A couple of months prior, I wrote an essay on the racial riots that divided the nation on May 13th, 1969. The date that is now etched in my memory is May 9th, 2018. Our 14th general elections paved the way for the opposition party to win for the first time in history, resulting in a change in government after 61 years. Effectively, this altered the political landscape of the nation since its independence in 1957.
Like many other nations, our country had been plagued with and embroiled in a vast majority of downfalls such as corruption and scandals, at the behest of the previous governments. Although I was far away from home, witnessing history was an indescribable feeling. I vividly remember staying up to follow the updates throughout the election day, on the edge of my seat hoping for a moment that was in the making for a long time. It was a great feeling, seeing my friends and family, as well as the rest of the country go out and vote, making them the real heroes.
People from all walks of life were coming together and helping one another to ensure their votes were counted. I remember reading about pilots flying home who offered to take the ballots of those who were overseas because they couldn’t send it off in time due to systematic restrictions put in place in order to deter voters. It was truly amazing and it is a feeling you can’t quite pen down in words.
In the days that followed, I received emails and cheers from my professors and friends alike who read it across news platforms from their own home country. It was an emotional and euphoric moment experiencing the entire event. I recall sharing the sentiment with my classmates, that as Politics and International Relations students, we are often analyzing the pitfalls of foreign policy and politics in general and it is seldom one hears of occurrences that have the ability to restore your faith in justice and show you that power really does belong to the citizens of a nation. As much as it was a win for the country, the real work such as rebuilding, redemption and accountability, only began after the elections. There is still so much to do, and so many heights to reach but I think these elections already showed us a better nation, one that Malaysia has always had the capability to be, a united front regardless of our racial diversities, background and circumstances in life.
The turnout of youth voters during the elections played a big role in securing a win for the opposition. Given that news spreads like fire in this day and age, I’m glad to be part of a generation that knows how to exercise their voice. I’ve wanted to be a journalist for as long as I can remember, and for the first time I’m excited of the prospect of going home and working in a country I am blessed to have grown up in, by covering stories no holds barred. It is my dream to be able to do that through writing pieces about causes that are dear to me, wherever I am. I hope to do that by covering every nook and cranny and giving a voice to those who need it the most. The reality of it is that the real work never ends. For me, change makers are everywhere around us. As long as people are out there fighting for the truth and the ability to tell it, as well as equal rights for everyone, hope never ceases and there are endless possibilities to break glass ceilings and redefine stereotypes.
About Pareesha Nayar
As a student of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Pareesha pursues the dream of being a journalist in an international environment one day. In her home country, she has experienced that freedom of press isn't self-evident and therefore in the future wants to tell the stories of people that aren't being told.
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