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Program and courses Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges

Learn to understand and ask critical questions concerning international societal challenges, such as terrorism, socio-economic inequality, migration, populism and human enhancement.

Program structure

This one-year program consists of 60 credits (ECTS):

  • 10 core courses:
    - 7 track-specific courses of 3 ECTS (21 ECTS)
    - 3 common courses of 6 ECTS (18 ECTS)
  • Master Seminar (0 ECTS)
  • 1 or 2 elective courses (6 ECTS)
  • 1 Master’s thesis (15 ECTS)

You can start either at the end of August or at the end of January.

Program content

Core courses
Elective courses
Master's thesis

You will find a detailed description of the courses and required literature in our course catalog.

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Please Note: programs are subject to change. We advise you to look up the current program in Osiris Student at the start of the year.

Part-time study program 

  • Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges can also be followed part-time.
  • Part-time students usually take two years to complete the master (and three years for pre-master plus master). However, a higher or lower study tempo is also negotiable.
  • The courses are scheduled so that the course can be followed partly in the evening hours. Subjects that are given during day time of one academic year are offered in the evening where possible during the next academic year. Evening lectures are given on one or two regular evenings during the week.
  • Please note that not all lectures can be scheduled in the evenings. If you want to combine this Master’s program as a part-time student with a job, it is important that you have some flexibility in scheduling your working days and working hours.

Short overview of Philosophy of Contemporary Challenges

Learn to understand and ask critical questions concerning international societal challenges.

  • Human enhancement – in physical and cognitive respects – is no longer the science fiction it used to be. What can we learn from the experience of disability to understand enhancement better?
  • Terrorism poses a continuous challenge for the ways in which we organize our societies and our lives. How should we respond when our security and thus also our basic liberties are under attack?
  • Socio-economic inequality is and remains a crucial challenge within countries, Europe and the world. Which socio-economic inequalities can be justified and on which basis? Which policy proposals would best tackle the many problems posed by inequality?

All courses are taught by experts in their respective fields and revolve around state-of-the-art literature from contemporary thinkers. You learn how to come to grips with these at a high academic level and apply them to contemporary challenges in society. You can expect small-scale working methods with a great deal of interaction with your fellow students and teachers.

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