What if we tore down the separations between politics, philosophy and economics and entirely rethought the way in which we live together? In the Politics, Philosophy & Economics course of study, we explore the thinkable and the doable and test our ideas again and again in real projects.  

Politics, Philosophy and Economics

In the Politics, Philosophy & Economics course of study we are, more than anything else, philosophers – philosophers with a well-developed sense for what is practical. We don’t just want to know what holds the world together at the deepest level. We also want to know how, why, and why can’t it be completely different?

We are interested in economics – but not in the kind that reduces everything to that which can be quantified, and which seeks only profit. Not in the kind that reduces people, with all their complex needs, and fragile nature to simple cost/benefit analyses. Instead, we want a kind of economics that makes people the starting point for any action.

The course of study for all those, who

  • understand the rules of the game, and want to change them
  • see the economy as more than just a numbers game
  • want to combine pure thought and practical reasoning 

What would the kind of economics, and the kind of lifestyle, that do not inevitably destroy this planet over the long run, look like? Here we work on approaches which genuinely achieve well-being for all, including non-human beings and future generations. We also ask ourselves questions like: why, in the media, is it always experts in economics who explain crises to us and never philosophers? What would it do for our understanding of politics to re-read Aristotle and Confucius, Hobbes and Marx, Lao Tzu and Kierkegaard? 

At Karls, we think about alternatives to the status quo and are actively committed to greater sustainability. In studying the philosophers and in exchanges with our fellow students and our professors, we find answers to the questions of successful co-existence, fair trade, and societal forms which are just.

This course of study starts every winter semester in September.

 

Factsheet on the study program

All at a glance

Application Deadline

EU: 15. Sep., non-EU: 15. Jul. or later, depending on the visa process of your home country

Study program start

End of September

Study Duration

6 semesters

Tuition fee

690 € / month

Total ECTS

180

Taught in

English + other language courses

Practice

Company projects, practical and semester abroad

Lectures

On Mondays to Fridays (as well as block seminars)

Program Structure: Politics, Philosophy and Economics

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.

Global Economy

4 ECTS

Cultural Studies

4 ECTS

Civil Society: Ethics, Culture, Society

4 ECTS

Introduction in Philosophy

5 ECTS

Introduction in Political Science

5 ECTS

Introduction to Scientific Research Methods

8 ECTS

English / German as a Foreign Language 1.1

4 ECTS

Sustainable Development

4 ECTS

Political Philosophy

6 ECTS

Introduction in Strategic Practice

6 ECTS

Foreign Policy Analysis

6 ECTS

English / German as a Foreign Language 1.2

4 ECTS

Area Studies

6 ECTS

Anthropology

6 ECTS

Conflict Resolution

6 ECTS

Introductory Project

6 ECTS

Foreign Language 2.1

6 ECTS

International Collaboration

6 ECTS

Contemporary Society

6 ECTS

Elective

6 ECTS

Advanced Project

6 ECTS

Foreign Language 2.2 or Host Language

6 ECTS

Economic Institutionalism

6 ECTS

Ethics... and Globalization / and Sustainability / in Practice

6 ECTS

Justice, Human and Constitutional Rights

6 ECTS

Change & Innovation

6 ECTS

Foreign Language 2.3

6 ECTS

Internship

18 ECTS

Bachelor Thesis including its Defense

12 ECTS

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