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MA Labour Policies and Globalisation

Fact sheet

Abschluss
Master, MA

Unterrichtssprache
Englisch

Fachrichtung
Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Schwerpunkte
Handelswesen / Trade, Internationale Ausrichtung, Öffentliche Verwaltung, Volkswirtschaft

Studienart
Vollzeit Studium

Kontakt

Ansprechpartner
Dorothee Braß
Programme Coordinator
Anschrift
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht (HWR) Berlin
Berlin Professional School
Badensche Str. 52
10825 Berlin
The Master programme Labour Policies and Globalisation is a 1-year MA programme on Sustainable Development, Social Justice, International Labour Standards and Trade Unions.

The programme in Germany is jointly offered by the University of Kassel and the Berlin School of Economics; two German academic institutions with special expertise on global governance, macroeconomics, and trade union strategies.

The focus of the Masters programme in “Labour Policies and Globalisation” is on the challenges for labour posed by corporate decisions on investments across nations, by predominantly supply-side oriented macroeconomics, and by neo-liberal rules for trade and finance at a global level. Discussion of the adequacy of alternative policies for labour is a central element throughout the programme

The course in Germany takes place at the University of Kassel (1st semester) and the Berlin School of Economics and Law (2nd semester) and is taught in English.

Seminars:

1st Study Term / University of Kassel
  • Trade Union Strategies in a Global Economy
  • Governance of the World Market
  • Advanced Writing Skills and Research Methods
  • One World Seminar
  • Workers´ Rights: The Law of the ILO*
  • Global Environmental Change and Multiscale Governance*
  • Europe`s Role in the Globalisation Process*
  • Environmental Politics in a Global Perspective*
  • Internship and Internship Report

2nd Study Term / HWR Berlin
  • Economic Policy and the Role of Trade Unions
  • Strategies of Corporations and Labour Multinational
  • Global Workers' Rights
  • Workers´ Rights in the Informal Economy*
  • Gender and Globalisation*
  • International Institutional Economics*
  • Worker's Rights in the Informal Economy*
  • Economic Policy in Europe: The challenges and Constraints*
  • The role of Europe in a Multi-Polar World*
  • Master´s Thesis & Oral Defence

    * Elective Courses
Students have also the possibility to study one term of the programme in Germany and one term at one of our partner universities in Brazil, India, USA or South Africa (however, applicants should indicate this already on their application).

Akkreditierung

Voraussetzungen / Zulassung

  • A first degree (Bachelor or equivalent) in Political Sciences, Sociology, Law or Economics;To the extent possible within accreditation requirements and national university regulations skills and qualifications as well as professional experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree may be recognized.
  • Experience in trade union work or related fields is absolutely essential. Language Proficiency in English is an entry requirement (e.g. TOEFL cbt 213 or ibt 79; IELTS 6,5).

The board of examiners will assess in personal interviews the equivalence and where required advice for prior skills upgrading. The board may also make use of external examiners in the regional offices of the ILO and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) as well as at the partner universities. Admission of non-traditional learners and guest students is only possible on an exceptional basis and will be assessed at the end of the pilot phase.

Wichtige Termine

The student intake for the programme is once a year in October and starts in Kassel.
For students whose English language proficiencies are not sufficient, an intensive English course will be obligatory prior to the Masters Programme.

Closing Date for Applications:
1 March

Please note that applications for this joint degree programme are processed only by our partner university, the University of Kassel. For detailed information on the application process and the requirements for admission please refer to the website of the Global Labour University (GLU).

Kosten und Gebühren

Semester fees and semester ticket for both Kassel University and Berlin School of Economics and Law amount to approx. 500 EUR altogether.

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to students. The scholarship includes free tuition, travel costs and a monthly grant to cover living expenses.

Applications for a scholarship can be indicated in the application form. A support letter from a trade union organisation is an application requirement. Please also note that the scholarship is a matching grant. It will only be awarded, if a trade union or another institution is co-sponsoring the programme with 1500 EUR. The potential co-sponsor has to be indicated on the application form and his/her contribution has to be paid before the start of the programme to the university scholarship account.

In addition, German students can apply for a scholarship at the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.

Förderungen

A limited number of scholarships will be awarded to students. The scholarship includes free tuition, travel costs and a monthly grant to cover living expenses.

Applications for a scholarship can be indicated in the application form. A support letter from a trade union organisation is an application requirement. Please also note that the scholarship is a matching grant. It will only be awarded, if a trade union or another institution is co-sponsoring the programme with 1.500 EUR. The potential co-sponsor has to be indicated on the application form and his/her contribution has to be paid before the start of the programme to the university scholarship account.

In addition, German students can apply for a scholarship at the Hans-Böckler-Stiftung.

Dauer des Studiums

The M.A. Programme begins in October in Kassel. The full-time course takes 12 months to complete. The first semester takes place at the University of Kassel. Following the first term students will do a six-week internship. In the second term the programme is continued at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin) starting in April and ends with the three-months writing period of the Master´s thesis
Students have also the possibility to study one term of the programme in Germany and one term at one of our partner universities in Brazil, India, United States or South Africa (however, applicants should indicate this already on their application).

Teilnehmer

The M.A. programme addresses young people who have acquired their first degree (Bachelor/Diploma) in Political Sciences, Sociology, Law or Economics and who have a particular interest and work experience in the field of trade unionism and related areas.
Average age: 25-40 years
Nationalities: Students come from all over the world - Albania to Zimbabwe.

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