Curriculum

The curriculum consists of four modules

Module 1 (Development) is dedicated to developmental problems from a governance perspective. It comprises two courses: Global Governance and Development discusses basic theories and concepts of global governance, with a special emphasis on developing regions and their participation in global governance processes. The seminar on Dynamics of Violent Conflict reflects current debates in peace and conflict studies, based on national, regional and global conflict resolution strategies and will also discuss the interface between development and conflict.

Within the three courses of Module 2 (Governance) students gain knowledge of governance processes in industrialised and developing countries. An introduction on basic concepts and approaches in Comparative Policy Analysis is complemented by a seminar on management and juridical aspects of administrative processes and reforms (Public Administration). The third course is focused on Democracy and Governance highlighting the applicability of democratisation and governance concepts in the non-OECD world.

Module 4 (Area Studies) complements the first two modules with an in-depth study of region-specific governance structures. Students select two out of the three courses on African Politics, European Politics and East Asian / Chinese Politics. Students shall learn to critically assess the relevance of general theoretical models and problem solving strategies for governance problems in their home countries.

Module 3 (Research Practice) is dedicated to the writing of the Master’s Thesis. Within this module, students start with a course on Research Practice which introduces to the main logic and technical elements of academic paper writing in the German setting, complemented by tutorials in which students do practical exercises in small groups with senior students/mentors. In the second semester students will then start working on their MA thesis. 

We will offer additional courses or workshops depending on the availability of practitioners and lecturers and depending on the specific demands of students. The University of Duisburg-Essen is also offering different types of language courses.

 

Semester

Course

SWS

CR

 

1.

Module 1: Development

(L) Global Governance and Development

 

Module 2: Governance

(S) Policy Analysis

(S) Public Administration

(S) Democracy and Governance

 

Module 3: Research Practice

(S) Research Logic and Academic Writing

(T) Tutorial

 

2

 

 

2

2

2

 

 

2

2

 

5

 

 

6

6

6

 

 

4

2

 

Total Courses 1st Semester:

10

29

2.

Module 1: Development

(L/S) Causes and Dynamics of Violent Conflict

 

Module 4: Area Studies (two out of three courses)

(L/S) African Politics

(L/S) East Asian Politics

(L/S) European Politics

 

Module 3: Research Practice

M.A. Thesis

 

2

 

 

2

2

2

 

5

 

 

5

5

5

 

 

16

 

Total Courses 2nd Semester:

6

31

 

Total

16

60