The Erasmus Mundus Master in “Global Studies – A European Perspective” is a two-year master’s programme divided into four phases (two winter and two summer terms). Students study for one year at one of the European member institutions, and for the second year at another European member university. For an overview of the European member institutions, their specializations and course offer, see https://globalstudies-masters.eu/about/members/.
The joint module structure of the EMJMD consists of the following components. In the first term, the basic understanding of global studies is presented. This consists of an “Introduction to Global History”, an interdisciplinary introduction into “Theories of Global Studies”, and a post-disciplinary module on “Methods of Global Studies”.
During the second and third term, specialized thematic modules on global phenomena based on specific case studies from different world regions are offered. Students have the option to spend the third term at one of the non-European partner universities of the EMGS Consortium. For an overview of the non-European partners, see https://globalstudies-masters.eu/program/course-offer-at-non-european-partner-universities/.
In the fourth, and final, term, students write their master’s thesis as well as attend thesis seminars and colloquia.
In addition, winter schools take place each year in December, some weeks after students have started the programme, and focus on introductory information and courses. The winter school familiarises students with the complementary study programme of each partner university.
This process is further strengthened during the summer schools, which take place in July of the following year. Co-taught courses focus on methodological aspects and provide important support and advice to students for drafting their master’s thesis. A further essential component to start the process of the master’s thesis is a workshop in which students present their first ideas about the topic upon which they would like to write. The summer schools finally prepare students not only for the second year in the programme but also for challenges they will face in the labour market after graduation.