I get switched on when others tend to turn off because I'm passionately interested in what's happening in the world and its effects. In this way, I soak up critically new information like a sponge and throw myself into any actual political debate and international developments. 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. Moreover, together with others I want to socially engage and I'm curious about other cultures with their ways of thinking and living. I'm interested in understanding how to build bridges and getting involved in its construction.
Therefore, I find it enriching when I can contribute to achieving or helping to develop peaceful solutions to major challenges or conflicts.
As I believe in diplomacy and forms of constructive politics as a driving force on the conflict-ridden world stage, I want to better understand its conditions, functions and possibilities.
Because violence is not a sustainable way for international relations, I would like to contribute so that people stop fighting each other with weapons or exploiting their economic power, but negotiate instead with words, knowledge and values.
Accordingly, I see myself as a future intermediary between cultures with their respective interests and particularities. In the future, I can see myself either in the Federal Foreign Office, working for a supranational institution, an international company or with an NGO.
I want to learn the art of diplomatic negotiations and understand the nexus of international politics and economics, ecology and ethics, legal regulations and cultural ideas, from scratch.
For all these reasons, I'm studying International Relations at Karlshochschule.
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.
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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."
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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."