My studies as an Erasmus Mundus Global Studies Scholar:

EMGS Global Studies program is:

“An international research-based Master’s which combines perspectives, methods, and theories developed in history, the social sciences, cultural as well as area studies and economics to investigate phenomena of global connectedness.

We [the consortium] do not believe that globalization exists as an objectively given, material reality which can be measured, but that we have to understand the phenomena described as globalization as a bundle of political, economic, social and cultural projects to manage increasing transnational and transcontinental connectedness (the so-called global condition). Therefore, the multi-national class-room of the program and the cross-over of contributions from various disciplines and universities dealing either with some of these projects or/and with their conflicts and resulting entanglements offer a substantial added value to the study of processes of globalization.

Since we [the consortium] start from the assumption that there is no single discipline, which is able to cover the whole set of phenomena summarized under the term globalization, the program favors a post-disciplinary organization of knowledge production by privileging comparative approaches (both diachronic and geographic), encompassing constructivist approaches, and questioning essentialist notions. Taking the postcolonial challenge seriously we would argue that the current disciplinary organization of universities (with which we have nevertheless to deal with) is often inadequate for the production of knowledge on the current world and that we have to reflect upon this in-adequateness to overcome it at least partly.”

The program is administered by a consortium of universities, which are:

The University of Leipzig, and three leading European universities, namely the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), the University of Vienna (Austria) and the University of Wroclaw (Poland). In 2007 the EMGS-Consortium established partnerships with four well-known non-European Universities that are the Dalhousie University (Canada), the Macquarie University (Australia), the University of California at Santa Barbara (USA), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) which allows to offer to European students to study for one term at one of them. In 2010 the Consortium was extended to the Roskilde University (Denmark), the Fudan University (China) and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) covering an even broader geographical area and academic scope. In 2015, the Ghent University (Belgium) joined the program as an associated Partner University.”

Each of the primary universities has a focus:

“The Consortium’s universities share a joint understanding of the field and privilege a comparative and historicizing approach within which local course content differs according to comparative advantages. According to this emphasis upon certain fields within the participating universities and its already existing Master programs – which the MA in ‘Global Studies – a European Perspective’ is drawing upon -, students can specialize in particular areas of globalization research:

at the Roskilde University on development studies, global political economy and global governance, political culture and civil society
at the University of Wroclaw on the analysis of transformation processes in Central and Eastern Europe, security issues, regional cooperation, communications and the media

All modules comprise history, cultural, area studies, social or political based approaches upon historical and contemporary patterns of globalization and different societal responses, towards these processes.

For my first year, held in Wroclaw I completed the following courses with full marks:

First Semester:
National Identity and European Identity
Methodology of Social Sciences
Human Rights in the Contemporary World
Globalization and Regionalization
International Protection of Environment
Theory and Politics of Foreign Aid
Resource Curse: Oil, Minerals, and the Development of Nations
Democracy and the Global Condition: Perspectives and Challenges
EMGS Winter School: Located in Payerbach, Austria

Second Semester:
Global Processes and the New Security Challenges in the South Caucasus
Introduction to International Migration and Immigrant Integration
Methodology of social sciences
Solutionism to Singularity: Expansion of the Digital Economy
Transition of power: concepts, approaches and empirical findings
Diplomatic Protocol
International Economic Transactions
War crimes and genocides in 20th century and beyond
EMGS Summer School: Located in Puck, Poland