Stand alone modules

We offer all modules of our blended learning master programs East European Studies and International Relations Online as individual professional training options. If you wish to learn more about Eastern Europe or international affairs, be it concerning politics, society, economy, law, culture, history or a variety of other topics, then join our Center for Global Politics stand-alone modules. You can earn ECTS credits that will be recognized in full-fledged master programs at an eventual later stage. Have a look at the information below and contact us for more information via and +49 30 838 54033.

You prefer to study towards a master degree? Applications for the master programs East European Studies and International Relations Online starting in October 2016 are welcome.

How to register?

Please complete the registration form and submit it. Please include the following documents within the form:

Curriculum vitae (in English)
First university degree certificate
Letter of motivation (up to 500 words, in English)
If English is not your native language, a language certificate verifying English proficiency is required (TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent).


For one stand-alone module, the tuition fee is 1,130 €.
For each additional stand-alone module you will receive a 20 percent discount.
Members of the “CGP Alumni e.V.” receive a 25 percent discount on the first stand-alone module and a 35 percent discount for each additional module.

Modules starting soon!

Introduction & Tools (12 ECTS)

You will learn how to define Eastern Europe. You will be introduced to basic working methods and key tools from the different disciplines integrated in East European Studies. You will be familiarized with strengths and weaknesses of area studies and disciplinary approaches and various theories as well as their application. As you are expected to have rather diverse backgrounds, this introduction also aims at achieving a common base from which to proceed to the specific modules.

Globalization (8 ECTS)

Firstly, you will be introduced to causes, history, and basic definitions of globalization. In the second part, the broad impact of globalization will be analyzed in the areas of governance, economics, culture, and the environment. This includes a special focus on developments in Eastern Europe. In conclusion, you will learn about the effects of globalization regarding their consequences for global equality, conflict and security, as well as economic and social stability.

Policy Issues: Conflict Management and Reconciliation (8 ECTS)

This module explains the basic theories dealing with conflict management. Case studies illustrate various phenomena, options for action, and consequences. As conflict managers to be, you will learn useful tactics and strategies to enhance planning and policy-making in conflict and post-conflict management. The module will introduce you to sources and legacies of conflicts, and ways to cope with them.

Global Flows: ICT Powered Governance Modes (8 ECTS)

Information and communication technologies – globalized media structures, the Internet and social media, satellite imagery and GIS applications – open up new ways of communication, interaction, and organization of collective action in global politics. You will learn about the influence of new information and communication technologies on international relations. Furthermore, you will be able to recognize and evaluate new forms and processes of governance that become possible because of changing communication channels.

Lost in Transformation (8 ECTS)

Within this module the decolonization movement and the non-aligned movement in the Cold War, the wave of democratization in Latin America in the 1960s, the dissolution of the Soviet Union in the beginning of the 1990s, the recent color revolutions in Eastern Europe, as well as the Arab Spring revolutions will be looked at from a comparative perspective. What has guided these transformations, how was social change induced in each of these regions? Were the transformations driven from above or below? Were external or internal factors crucial for bringing about social change? What were the major challenges and impediments? Looking at these transformations from a comparative perspective enables you to make general statements about the process of social and political change in different areas and regions of the world.

Dr. Stefan Engert

Changing Pattern of Governance: Coping with Global Risks and Uncertainties (8 ECTS)

Within this module you will get to know the conventional approaches to security politics as well as new concepts and risks concerning security and be able to analyze them. The theoretical section places the focus on four different conflict situations (war, civil war, terrorism, and ethnic conflict), which are explained in-depth. The module concludes with a longer section on the different approaches to security. War, defense mechanisms, and peace-keeping efforts are among the subjects that are broached within this module.

Dr. Stephan Heidenhain

Law (8 ECTS)

You will be introduced to the constitutional law of three model countries. The module focuses on the institutional setting of the states, the structure of the administration, and the development of local self-govern¬ment as well as on the powers, rights, and duties of the different organs of state power, the role of the judiciary, and the develop¬ment of minorities’ rights and property rights. You will learn to identify the main sources of law in the sample East Europe¬an countries and to conduct research on East European law. Moreover, you will get acquainted with the legal approach towards political and social developments. The goal of the module is not only the conveyance of knowledge of East European law, but also of the skill to individually process legal information and broaden the acquired knowledge of East European law.

Dr. Kerstin Zimmer

Society (8 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to examine the key social aspects of post-communist transition, the emerging fault-lines in the region and the wider international context. The module is divided into three sections. The introductory section examines long-term socio-political traditions in Central and Eastern Europe and the communist legacy as essential preconditions for understanding the socio-structural changes now under way. The second section looks at the main social groups in the post-communist societies and a range of social processes and issues. The final section seeks to analyze these issues within broader debates about generational change and EU integration. The module takes a historical-thematic approach and aims to identify both the commonalties and differences in the development of Central and East European societies.