Programme goals

  ECTS Semester
Compulsory modules 60  

A. Introduction

16 1

Introduction to the interdisciplinary approach

The course deals with key approaches and methods from different areas of social sciences and shows the ways in which they can be applied by focusing on examples that can be found in contemporary research of political science, anthropology and law.


History of Southeastern Europe

The seminar gives an introduction to historical development of South East Europe from the 18th century until the late 20th century.


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B. Politics and Law in Southeastern Europe​

20 1-2

Political and constitutional systems in Southeastern Europe​

The lecture offers a broad constitutional and political portrait of the South East European states with the aim to enable students to understand the context, current varieties and perspectives of the SEE internal politics. The seminar will discuss key features of the political and constitutional systems of Southeastern Europe.


European integration and enlargement

The lecture explores the processes of deepening and widening of the EU in light of integration theories (federalism, neo-functionalism, intergovernmentalism, multilevel governance) 


Human rights, minority protection and conflict management

During the seminar the universal and regional legal instruments for human rights and minority protection and their role for conflict management in self-determination disputes and ethnically divided societies are discussed and assessed.


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C. The Socio-Economic Context

10 1-2

Political economy of the Post-Communist Transition in Southeast Europe

The course is aimed at introducing students with the process of economic transition from communism to capitalism in Eastern Europe, with a particular emphasis on the Southeastern European region.


Variety of Capitalism in Southeast Europe

The principal idea of this course is that post-communist capitalisms can only be understood through an analysis of the communist systems which preceded the transformation of these more than 50 countries into market economies.


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D. Cultures and Societies of Southeastern Europe

10 1-2

Cultures and societies of South-Eastern Europe

The lecture familiarizes students with key aspects of cultural and social development in the 19th and 20th century. It explores aspects of culture from a historical and contemporary perspective, including music, literature, art and film.


Social Transformation in Contemporary Southeastern Europe

The seminar discusses the societal and cultural transformation in the post-Socialist period in Southeastern Europe, focusing on the impact of political and economic transition on civil society, culture and political culture.


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E. Summer School (Studying Southeastern Europe: Interdisciplinary approaches, research and thesis writing)

4 2

The summer school will discuss key themes in researching Southeastern Europe, focusing on current developments and interdisciplinary approaches. The summer school will further be dedicated to research methodology and academic writing.

Restricted electives 30  
Students can specialize in law, political science, economics, history and cultural studies, sociology, social policy or journalism. Depending on the specialization chosen and the topic of their master’s thesis, students elect courses from the respective discipline taught by the cooperation partners. A list of courses will be provided to the students at the beginning of each semester. At least 3 ECTS credits must be completed through participation in foreign language courses.   1-3
Free electives and/or practice placements 6 3

Free electives

Any course at any university can be chosen.


Practice placements

ECTS credits prescribed in the free electives can also be earned by a practice placement of a maximum of 4 weeks. Students may be placed in governmental organizations, research organisations, consultancy firms, NGOs, or companies from the list of possible institutions for internships prepared by the cooperation partners. More details...

Master’s thesis 30  

Academic writing


Master’s thesis

Total 120 4