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.
All at a glance
EU: 15. Sep., non-EU: 15. Jul. or later, depending on the visa process of your home country
Study program start
End of September
690 € / month
English + other language courses
Company projects, practical and semester abroad
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.
Civil Society: Ethics, Culture, Society
Introduction in Philosophy
Introduction in Political Science
Introduction to Scientific Research Methods
English / German as a Foreign Language 1.1
Introduction in Strategic Practice
Foreign Policy Analysis
English / German as a Foreign Language 1.2
Foreign Language 2.1
Foreign Language 2.2 or Host Language
Ethics... and Globalization / and Sustainability / in Practice
Justice, Human and Constitutional Rights
Change & Innovation
Foreign Language 2.3
Bachelor Thesis including its Defense
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