Programme goals

  ECTS Semester
Compulsory modules 60  

A. Introduction

16 1

Introduction to the interdisciplinary approach

The lecture provides an introduction to the basics and interrelationships of law, politics, economics and cultural studies. The seminar will discuss interdisciplinary research methodologies and discuss interdisciplinary approaches based on different core readings and presentations.


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

Socio-economic development in South-Eastern Europe

The lecture explores the legacy of the past (of the Empires on urbanisation and industrialisation, of communism on transition economics) and SEE’s present and future role in the world’s global economy.


Transition Economics in Southeastern Europe

The seminar analyzes and assesses the successes and failures of the past decades of transition of the South-Eastern European 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  

Master’s thesis


Presentation and Defence

Total 120 4