Graduate School students have completed an intensive seminar in International Relations as the beginning to their CGP PhD program.
News from Oct 05, 2015
Alongside our in-house classes last, the Center for Global Politics held an intensive seminar for our Graduate School students. This intensive seminar, held by International Relations (IR) expert Prof. Spindler, ran over the course of the week at FU Berlin. The first half of the week was taken up with introductions to the campus, digital systems and fellow students, leaving the second half dedicated to educational material.
Prof. Spindler started by taking students through a brief introduction into the origins and requirements for a theory of interstate relations. She then continued to work through key concepts such as the definition of a nation-state, the functions of sovereign states in the modern day. Afterwards, students were then educated on the key split between the internal functions of a state, and the international politics which are the concern of IR theory. Throughout this seminar however, students also were provided which a large amount of time for discussion and feedback on the topics at hand.
This year the intensive seminar was attended by 5 students in total. Two of these were ‘sandwich students’ from China who, while taking part in this program, will complete their studies back at their primary university. The other three, 1 each from Germany, Taiwan, and China, are current PhD students at the Berlin Freie Universität. Following the conclusion of last week’s intensive seminar, the Graduate School students will complete their programs using online correspondence.