Climate change and scarcity of resources, wars and flight, hunger and mass poverty, terror and violence are representative for a multitude of unsolved global problems and challenges. The Master's programs in Global Studies at the Karl-Franzens-Universität prepare students to think and act holistically in an increasingly complex and dynamic globalized world.
In terms of teaching, Global Studies are interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary. This know-how enables graduates to professionally analyse the numerous international and intercultural challenges that society is currently facing as a result of globalisation. In the course of their studies, students develop the sensitivity and networked way of thinking required in a wide variety of multicultural settings.
The Master's programs in Global Studies have developed in a growth process that has been supported by the great commitment and interest of researchers, lecturers and students of the university in cooperation with external organizations. They bundle the professional expertise of the University of Graz in the fields of globalisation and (sustainable) development. Fighting poverty, world hunger, education, climate and environmental protection, human rights, worldwide production and working conditions, diversity and gender, peace and justice, etc. are central themes of Global Studies, which also corresponds to the contents of the "Sustainable Development Goals" of the United Nations.
Starting in the winter semester 2018/19, 3 new curricula with different specialisations came into force:
- Global Studies - major in Economics and Environment
- Global Studies - Specialization: Law and Politics
- Global Studies - Specialization: Society and Culture
The three new curricula have been developed to ensure more consistency from the preceding Bachelor's programmes to the respective Master's programmes. Thus, the focus on Business and Environment was developed especially for graduates of preliminary studies in Business and Environmental (Systems Science), Law and Politics for lawyers and political scientists, and Society and Culture for graduates of Sociology, (USW) Geography, Ethnology/Cultural Studies or History.
In comparison to the curriculum 17W, the first semester of studies remains almost the same. Thereafter, there is a new "disciplinary specialisation" in the respective specialisation, although in each of the three studies there is again a choice between several variants. The Master's thesis must also be written in the specialisation. In addition, there are two "interdisciplinary extensions", which consciously look beyond their own field and offer content from other disciplines or interdisciplinary content. Here, too, there are many choices available in all subject areas.
The non-university internship comprises 150 hours/6ECTS hours and is supplemented by an "Interdisciplinary Internship".