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"World Studies: Orders, Politics, Cultures" / Master of Arts

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Brief information on the subject

Der internationale Masterstudiengang World Studies: Orders, Politics, Cultures vermittelt vertieftes Wissen zu globalen Strukturen und Interaktionen und zielt auf die interdisziplinäre Auseinandersetzung mit politischen und kulturellen Prozessen im Weltmaßstab ab. Gegenstände sind internationale Ordnungen, das komplexe Zusammenspiel international agierender Akteure, die Verbreitung von Ideen und Wissen mit globaler Spannkraft sowie die divergierenden und konvergierenden kulturellen Deutungsmuster weltweit wirkender Prozesse. Orders bezieht sich im Kontext der World Studies auf eine stabile Beziehung zwischen Teilen und einem Ganzen (z.B. im Sinne von Mehrebenenpolitik und internationalen Rechtsordnungen), Politics betrifft die Gestaltung des gesellschaftlichen Lebens in grenzüberschreitenden Zusammenhängen, Cultures verweist auf (umstrittene) Deutungen, Praktiken und Werte dieser Ordnungen und Gestaltungen.

Der Studiengang thematisiert die Vielfalt globaler Prozesse und Strukturen aus sozial-, kultur- und geisteswissenschaftlichen Perspektiven und beruht auf einer Kooperation von Rechtswissenschaft, Soziologie, Politikwissenschaft, Geschichtswissenschaft, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft. Er ermöglicht das systematische Zusammendenken von mehreren disziplinären Perspektiven, die sich gegenseitig ergänzen und (gelegentlich) irritieren. Der Masterstudiengang will anregen und anleiten, globale Strukturen und Prozesse in ihren Verflechtungen zu verstehen und fachübergreifend zu analysieren.

Neben inhaltlichen Zugängen vermittelt der Masterstudiengang seinen Studierenden die Kompetenz, Problemstellungen eigenverantwortlich zu erkennen, zu bearbeiten und die Ergebnisse in verständlicher Form mündlich und schriftlich darzustellen. Die Absolvent*innen des Studiengangs verfügen damit über eine besondere wissenschaftliche Professionalität, die sie für Berufsfelder in der Wissenschaft und in weiteren beruflichen Feldern qualifiziert.

The international Master's Program World Studies: Orders, Politics, Cultures provides students with in-depth knowledge of global structures and interactions. It aims at examining political and cultural processes at a world scale from an interdisciplinary perspective. We engage with international orders, the complex inter-relations between international actors, the global dissemination of ideas and knowledge, as well as diverging and converging modes of understanding in intercultural contexts. We understand ‘orders’ as stable settings gathering the parts and a whole (e.g., in the sense of multi-level governance and international legal systems). ‘Politics’ is concerned with the regulation of societies in transnational contexts. ‘Cultures’ refers to disputed interpretations, practices, and values pertaining to these orders and politics.

The MA program is jointly convened by the faculties of Law, Sociology, History, Literary Studies. Accordingly, we address global processes and structures from diverse perspectives including social sciences, history, literary, and cultural studies. Combining those enables students to bring different perspectives and approaches together in systematically developing their own interdisciplinary perspective, taking into account both how different disciplines address each other, but also how they at times contradict each other. Taken together, the Master's Program aims at facilitating an enhanced understanding of structures and processes as globally interdependent and interconnected relationships; and to do that in an interdisciplinary way.

Beyond that, the Master's Program helps students develop competences in independent academic working such as identifying appropriate research questions, conducting research, and presenting their work in writing and oral presentations. MA ‘World Studies’ graduates, thus, possess specific academic skills that qualify them as ideal candidates for careers in academia as well as in other professional fields with interdisciplinary and international requirements.

The courses

You will find the programme of lectures for this course in the eKVV.

An overview of the introductory and information events is provided by the central student counselling services.

Formalities / Important information

Course start

Studies can be commenced only in winter semester.

Length and scope of studies

The standard duration of studies is 4 semesters.

The studies World Studies: Orders, Politics, Cultures comprise 120 credit points.

Admission requirements

Students who have completed a first university degree with a standard duration of at least six semesters according to the subject-related regulations, will be admitted to the Master degree course.

The specific entry requirements for this Master degree course are set down in the subject-related regulations (see menu on right-hand side).

Degrees from accredited Bachelor degree training courses at vocational schools are equivalent to Bachelor degree courses from universities. Applicants with a degree acquired abroad will be admitted, provided equivalence and, in general, adequate language skills can be proven. Find further information here.

Bewerbung, Zulassung und Einschreibung  1

Places for this course are not subject to any restrictions on admission (Numerus clausus). However, you have to apply for the admission procedure with the student office of Bielefeld University by Internet. For an overview of the currently valid application deadlines for the individual Master degree programmes, go to here. As soon as you have received a positive reply on the online portal (admission notice of the faculty), you can enrol or transfer within the set deadline. The enrolment documents can be filled in at the student office of Bielefeld University, using the online enrolment assistent. Detailed information and notices regarding the application procedure are provided by the student office.

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Die Angaben zu Zulassungsbeschränkungen / Numerus clausus beziehen sich auf die Bewerbung zum Wintersemester 2021/22 und Sommersemester 2022.