Why and How Shall We Study Global Politics: Introduction to and Tools for Your Studies

Understanding the Concepts of Social Sciences

Dr. Stefan Engert
Dr. Stefan Engert
Julian Junk
Julian Junk


Stefan Engert is an associate professor at the University of Konstanz. In his PhD thesis he focused on "Explaining EU Enlargement and Socialistation. Turkey and Cyprus: A Double Puzzle." Stefan Engert has taught in Darmstadt, Munich, Frankfurt/M. as well as Berlin and was a visiting fellow at the University of Birmingham.

Julian Junk is currently co-leader of the research projects "Administrative Science Meets Peacekeeping" and "Coping with the complex side of bureaucracy at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. He was a visiting scholar at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB), at the School for International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at the Columbia University in New York, and at the Institute of Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH).

Module Summary:

This Module introduces you to the study of global politics and area studies. It provides you with a short overview of both fields to support you in choosing your study focus later on. Basic research methods and tools will be explained and trained as well as different argumentation strategies will be analyzed. Therefore theoretical and practical tasks will be addressed simultaneously in this Module.

Educational Goals:

  • You will learn how to create research designs and how to work methodologically sound on your research question.
  • You will be able to build a common basis for you and your peers from which to proceed to further modules.
  • You will be provided with practical skills concerning active participation in controversial discussions, presenting and supporting your own arguments and elaborating a well-structured research paper. 


  • Participation in a Discussion Board Task including the preparing and uploading an essay as well as giving constructive feedback on the post of one other participant.
  • Preparing the final empirical research paper based on a research question linked to the field of research on humanitarian interventions. The final paper determines your final grade and can only be submitted if the previous tasks were passed

Key Facts:

  • 10 ECTS
  • 12 weeks
  • 1.195 Euro
  • Optional On-site Workshop in October each year

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