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Seminars abroad

As a special feature, the P&E MA programme frequently offers integrative seminars on topics of philosophical as well as of economic relevance in cooperation with universities abroad, located in countries where these issues are of major importance.


In summer 2019, the MA Integrative Seminar will take our students to Ukraine:

The year 2019 marks the fifth anniversary of the Russian annexation of Crimea (which Russia regards as a “secession”) and the beginning of the armed conflict between Ukraine and separatist forces in the region of Donbass. The University of Bayreuth endeavours to mark this notable anniversary by holding its MA Integrative Seminar at the Yuriy Fed’kovych Chernivtsi National University on the topic “Conflict, Democracy, Governance, and Economic Success. The Case of Ukraine”. The aim of the seminar is to research, present, and discuss the impact of the Ukrainian conflict on the transformation of the economic system, the rule of law, the civic democracy, and the political system and to offer solutions for integrating Ukraine within Russian-European relationships. The event seeks to create a platform of dialogue between and among faculty members and students of Czernowitz and Bayreuth and to improve the awareness of the importance of a resolution of the Ukrainian conflict. This event is also embedded within the University of Bayreuth’s (UBT) latest strategic orientation to extend scientific cooperating and student recruitment to Central & Eastern Europe. By holding the seminar at the Chernivtsi National University, we intend to build a sustainable and long-lasting cooperation between Bayreuth, Chernivtsi, and other Ukrainian institutions. 
The MA Integrative Seminar is sponsored by the DAAD programme “Ost-West-Dialog”. More info: https://www.daad.de/hochschulen/programme-regional/europa/de/12799-ost-west-dialog/

Past integrative seminars abroad

2016: PPE Spring School (Mumbai)

Together with the J.S. Mill College VU Amsterdam, the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research (IGIDR) in Mumbai, the P&E MA programme organized a Spring School on "Individual Choices and Collective Decisions." Students travelled to Mumbai with the financial support of PEMA (a whole-grain bread producer from the region) and the Wissenschaftsstiftung Oberfranken.

The Spring School consisted of three courses: "The Politics of Freedom", "Ethics of Public Policy" and "Collective Decision-Making".

2015: Beyond Sovereign Debt: A New Philosophy and Economics for Europe (Athens)

As part of its “University of the Future” funding initiative, the VolkswagenStiftung supported a research-led integrative seminar on the European sovereign debt crisis that was organized by the P&E MA programme and the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences of the University of Athens.

The topic of this seminar has been the European sovereign debt crisis with special reference to Greece. It has been implemented in teams, comprising P&E students from Bayreuth and graduate students in political economy and political science from the University of Athens, and it dealt with questions like: “What are the origins of the Greek crisis?”, “Are the demands of the Troika justified?”, “What is a just financial system for Europe?”, “What economic responsibilities do European citizens owe to each other?”, or “How to legitimize economic policy in Europe?” all set against the scene of the Greek sovereign debt crisis.


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