Graduate School students took part in an intensive seminar in International Relations as part of their CGP PhD program.
News from Oct 05, 2015
Last week, as well as our in-house classes, the Center for Global Politics held an intensive seminar for our Graduate School students. This intensive seminar, held by Prof. Spindler, an expert in International Relations (IR), ran over the course of the week at Berlin Freie Universität. With the first half of the week taken up with introductions to the campus, digital systems and fellow students, the second half was dedicated to educational material.
To begin with Prof. Spindler took students through a brief introduction into the beginnings and needs for a theory of interstate relations. She then went on to work through key concepts including defining a nation-state, and explaining the functions of these sovereign states in the modern day. Following this, students were then educated on the key split between the internal functions of a state, and the international politics which is the key focus of IR theory. Throughout this seminar however, students also were provided which a large amount of time for discussion and feedback on the topics at hand.
This time around the intensive seminar was attended by 5 students all-up. Two of these were so-called ‘sandwich students’ from China who, while taking part in this program, will finish their studies back at their home university. The other three, from Germany, Taiwan, and China respectively, are current PhD students at the Berlin Freie Universität. Following the conclusion of last week’s intensive seminar, the students will complete their programs through mostly online interaction.