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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Department of Social Sciences

Academic Program

Euromasters focuses on the comparative analysis of European polity, politics and policy. Each of the program’s sites have developed an individual curriculum related to these overarching themes, thereby addressing a wide variety of subjects from a multitude of academic and political perspectives. Students have the exclusive opportunity to tailor their academic program by choosing their individual study sites according to their own academic interests.

The Berlin Modules

After a pre-semester orientation module the second semester, the Specialist Module I at Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität focuses on „Comparative European Governments“ and „Foreign and Security Policy in Europe“. During the third semester, the Specialist Module II concentrates on „Democracy and Democratization in Europe“ and „Europe’s Borders and Neighbors“. In addition, students can choose elective courses from the broad course catalogue of all the universities in Berlin to deepen their knowledge of the many facets of transatlantic relations and Europeanization.

Specialist Module I

Comparative European Government

Systematic comparison of liberal Western democracies concerning typologies of institutional settings, decisionmaking structures and the processes and various types of actors involved in modern mass democracies.

Foreign and Security Policy in Europe

Analysis of EU foreign policy, including the comparison of nation-state, supranational and inter-governmental approaches.

Facets of Europeanization

Elective chosen from the course catalogues of either Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Freie Universität Berlin.

Specialist Module I

Democracy and Democratization in Europe

Investigation of social, economic and political changes as an outcome of democratization processes in Europe, by reflecting on examples from Western, Central and Eastern Europe.

Europe’s Borders and Neighbors

Discussion of EU-enlargement regarding policies and consequences. Analysis of instruments such as the European Neighborhood Policy or regional EU-initiatives.

Facets of Europeanization

Elective chosen from the course catalogues of either Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or Freie Universität Berlin.

Please note: Core courses in Berlin are taught in German. Electives are chosen from the regular course catalogue and will therefore be held in German or English. Students are expected to speak German at a level of B1.2 and/or complete the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin online German test with at least 60 points.

For information on the other sites' modules visit the official Euromasters website and the website of the University of Bath.