This course is designed to develop a more critical point of view on how global actors and their activities influence the world at large.  

Research methods and design

This course aims to introduce the students to the discipline of political science. It focuses on the major issues of political science including the scope and definition of politics and political activity, approaches to politics, political regimes, political ideologies, democracy, the state, party systems, political executive, legislature and constitution.

This course surveys the most significant influences and issues which have shaped Europe since the Second World War starting with the basic and somewhat contested question: 'What is Europe?' During the semester, the course will then focus on a variety of themes relating to post-war Europe, the evolution of European integration and political change on both sides of the old "Iron Curtain". In general, it aims to provide insights into post-1945 political developments throughout Europe as well as at the level of the European Union and its predecessor, the European Community.

This course primarily focuses on traditional and modern understanding of international security. The traditional focus of security studies: diplomacy, settlement of international disputes, war and arms limitation, are analysed alongside non-military security issues such as international crime, environmental degradation and human rights abuses. The course offers a comprehensive survey of how and why states and people are threatened in the contemporary world.