International Relations

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 actual political debate and reflect about 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 on.

Moreover, together with others, I want to socially engage and I am curious about foreign cultures with their ways of feeling, thinking and living. I am interested in understanding how to build bridges and getting involved in its construction. Therefore, it is enriching for me when I can contribute to achieving or helping to develop peaceful solutions to challenging problems or conflicts.

As I believe in diplomacy and forms of constructive politics as a driving force on the conflict-ridden world stage, I would like to better understand its conditions, functions and possibilities.

Because violence is not a sustainable way for international relations, I would like to help that instead of people fighting each other with weapons or exploiting their economic power, negotiate with words, wisdom 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 working for example for the Federal Foreign Office, a supranational institution, an international company or an NGO.

I want to learn the art of diplomatic negotiations and comprehend the nexus of international politics and economics, ecology and ethics, legal regulations and cultural ideas, from scratch.

For all these reasons, I am studying International Relations at Karlshochschule.

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."

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.

 

Study year 1

Global Economy

6 ECTS

Cultural Studies

5 ECTS

Introduction to International Relations

5 ECTS

International Organizations

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

4 ECTS

Study year 2

Area Studies

6 ECTS

Anthropology

6 ECTS

Conflict Resolution

6 ECTS

Change & Innovation

6 ECTS

Foreign Language 2.1

6 ECTS

International Collaboration

6 ECTS

Contemporary Society

6 ECTS

Elective

6 ECTS

Introductory Project

6 ECTS

Foreign Language 2.2

6 ECTS

Study year 3

Economic Institutionalism

6 ECTS

Elective: Ethics in Management: Globalization - Sustainability - Practice

6 ECTS

Justice, Human and Constitutional Rights

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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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."