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Schedules are subject to change, especially prior to and during the first few weeks of the semester and are shown here for your information only.  Please check Studiport for valid times, dates, rooms and when courses start.

Semester schedules show which courses are taught when and by whom. Each slot also shows which module and module component this course belongs to.  Please also check for limitations (eg. surnames A-K or L-Z only) and if classes start at a later date. Courses may be size restricted. If the course is full, please choose another option.

Check the curriculum to see which courses must be taken and the number of ECTS that must be achieved each semester.

For registration dates please refer to the University homepage.

Lecturers usually hand out course syllabi in their first sessions.

For general course information, please refer to 'Remarks' on Studiport or Moodle.

Classrooms at Europa-Universität Flensburg are located in different buildings. (Please view interactive campus map!).

Rooms have names (building abbreviations) with numbers (123: 1 = first floor, 23 = room number).

Following buildings are located on campus (see "map of campus" below):

Oslo (OSL), Helsinki (HEL), Dublin (DUB), Amsterdam (AMS), Riga (RIG), Trondheim (Tro), Tallinn (TAL)

Following buildings are located off campus:

Madrid (MAD) is located off campus near the Flensburg train station at Munketoft 3b.

Semester dates

Semester dates

Important dates for students such as semester dates, when classes start etc. can be found on the University homepage.

Internships & summer schools

Internships & summer schools

Before starting your internship or summer school, please contact the coordinator of the M.A. European Studies programme Dr. Laura Asarite-Schmidt and submit one of the respective forms:

- Application for an Extracurricular internship

- Application for an Extracurricular summer school

Otherwise, acceptance of your internship or summer school cannot be guaranteed.


We recommend and support students in doing an internship related to the course content during their studies.

If you fulfill the following requirements, your internship can be accepted as an elective course:

  • The internship has to be related to the study programme
  • You have talked about doing the internship with the Coordinator of M.A. European Studies before the start of the internship
  • It was carried out after the beginning of your master studies in European Studies
  • It was a full-time internship of at least three weeks
  • Your participation can be confirmed by a reference letter or certificate
  • After completing your internship, you have to write a report of 7-10 pages which will be graded by the head of studies.

Your internship is worth 5 ECTS. Since it is graded on the basis of passed/failed the grade cannot be considered for your final average grade on your diploma (which indicates your overall performance in the master).

Acknowledgement of your internship is voluntary, you have to decide yourself whether you prefer to take an elective course which is graded within the regular grading system and will affect your final average grade or not.

We encourage our students to take part in summer schools related to the course content during their studies.

If you fulfill the following requirements, your participation in a summer school can be accepted as an elective course:

  • The summer school has to be related to the study programme
  • You have talked about doing the summer school with the Coordinator of M.A. European Studies before the start of the summer school
  • It was carried out after the beginning of your master studies in European Studies
  • It was a summer school on a Masters level and gives you at least 5 ECTS
  • Your participation can be confirmed by a reference letter or certificate

Your summer school is worth 5 ECTS. Since it is graded on the basis of passed/failed the grade cannot be considered for your final average grade on your diploma (which indicates your overall performance in the master).

Acknowledgement of your summer school is voluntary, you have to decide yourself whether you prefer to take an elective course which is graded within the regular grading system and will affect your final average grade or not.

The following list is supposed to give you an idea as to where you can apply for an internship:

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Master’s thesis

Master’s thesis

On this page you will find the relevant information about writing your Master’s thesis.

Registration timeline

Registration Timeline Supervisors
In order to register your MA thesis, please fill in the  corresponding form and hand it in to Karin Drenkow.

Please note: at most 4-6 weeks may pass between the initial topic discussion with your supervisors and the registration of the thesis (at the examination office).

You have five months to complete the Master thesis. The subject and task of the Master thesis  must be such that the deadline can be kept. The minimum time for processing a thesis (from registration to handing-in) may now not undercut ½ of the total allotted time.

1st supervisor: Any lecturer (minimum: PhD degree) of the Europa-University of Flensburg.
  2nd supervisor: Any lecturer of the MA European Studies programme (including external lecturers).


You have to be registered as a student at Europa-Universität Flensburg until the day of your oral defence of the Master's thesis. This means that you have to re-matriculate as a student also when writing your Master's thesis. Not re-matriculating will lead to your removal from the register of students and you will not be able to finish your studies.

4th Semester - Master's Colloquium

In the 4th semester you will attend a Master’s colloquium which aims at supporting  students in the thesis writing process.

Master's Colloquium (5 SWS = 75 hours)

Master's thesis Supervisor

Before registering their thesis students have to find two supervisors:

  • 1st supervisor: Any lecturer (minimum: PhD degree) of the Europa-University of Flensburg.
  •  2nd supervisor: Any lecturer of the MA European Studies programme (including external lecturers).

Should you choose an external supervisor, please get in contact with programme coordinator before registering your thesis.

Identifying who can be your supervisor may seem a difficult task. For this reason, the table below has been created to help you. See who could be your potential supervisor by matching them to your area of interest.

List of Supervisor Master’s thesis

General guidelines for registering, writing and submitting MA thesis

Please read about the MA thesis registration, writing and submitting process in Part III of our exam regulations

Guidelines Master’s thesis

Master’s thesis titles

The list of former Master's theses already written can give you an idea of what to write about.

How does the digitalization of the workplace affect psychological wellbeing? - A quantitative analysis

Citzizenship in the European Union: proud bastion of state sovereignty or incomplete integration project

The impact of the left-wing in the rise of the ultra right-wing. The case studies of Germany, Hungary and Finland

EU Civilian Missions in post-conflict countries and their impact on the rule of law

Rule of Law and Development: Albania's Justice Reform as a Milestone towards EU Integration

The Council of Europe's decisions and their impact on legislation and Political economy of the EU and Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus in the field of Data Privacy and Artificial Intelligence

The impact of Media on Majority-Minority Relations pre-and post-Migrant Crisis

The Eastern Partnership and Russian Influence as Forms of Soft Power in Azerbaijan and Ukraine

The EU-Central Asia Relations in Light of The New Strategy

The case of Bosnian-Herzegovinian diaspora: Exploring Migration Tendencies and Integration Perspectives in Baden-Württemberg and Schleswig-Holstein

Euroregions and cross-border cooperation

Reassessing the Concept of Populism in Europe

The role of mass media in the construction of public opinion about migrants in Germany and the UK: common beliefs and reality

Global Climate Governance: EU leadership and impact.

What boundaries do European Union policies create for asylum seekers?

Local Currencies in the United Kingdom: The failure and success of Alternative Trading Systems

Reassessing the construction of gender inequality through mass media: the cases of Germany and Russia

The origins of Central and Eastern European 'illiberal' revolution after the Eastern enlargement of the European Union: a Polish case

Promoting the environmental revolution? EU external relations and energy transition in developing countries

Education and social cohesion in multiethnic communities of Georgia

The Impact of social modernization on emigration: A comparative case study of economically modernized Spanish and Italian regions

EU-Nigeria and Migration policy: An Obstructor or Enabler of the trafficking of Nigerian women to Europe?

The Trajectory of the Brexit Vote on European Capital Market

Influence of Deliberative Democracy on the Political Culture of Hungary

Unemployment in Europe

Acceptance of LGBT Rights in the European Union

The Economy for Common Good, an European grassroots initiatives with a future in Asia?

Post-Brexit EU Integration: Examining the Impact of the British decision to withdraw from the European Union on vertical integration among the remaining Member States

A New Wave of Intra-European Migration?: The case of Spain and Germany

Metamorphosis of Europe? Franco-German Energy and Climate Politics and European Integration

Empowerment of Romani Women in FYR Macedonia

Selection of Right B2B-Customers for NPD-process: applying to Lead User method

CSR Strategy Implementation through Transnational Company Agreements

The integration of female refugees in Germany

The European Union Cyber Security and Protection of Human Rights

It is Time for Gender Equality - The French Case of the 35-Hour Working Week

Europe in Transition. Sustainability Approaches by the European Union and the Transition Town Movement

Innovation in Europe and the role of the Horizon 2020 program

Europeanization of Western Balkans: Kosovo's challenges on the Rule of Law Reform

Understanding the AfD breakthrough in the 2017 German federal election

Digital Transformation: The Fourth industrial Revolution (industrie 4.0)

Minority Languages in the European Union and their Protections

Limitations of Soft Power: EU's vague influence in Western Balkans

Distributing Communal Wealth

The role of community integration on state security and social stability. The case of Kosovo

The refugee crisis as a challenge to the European Union

An ever stronger Union in International Relations and the use of Sanctions

Labour Market Liberalisation in France and Germany: A Comparison

Unaccompanied Minors on the Move. The European Response to the Violation of Children's Rights.

Export or consumption-led growth: a statistical analysis of how much the government orientation matters

How international students perceive their higher educational achievements and prospects in Germany? A case study on Bangladeshi students in Germany

Russian migrants in Europe: reasons for mobility and issues of integration in the European social environment

Linking the Labor Market to Education: The Case of Turkey

The EU after Lisbon Treaty. Sovereignty in Disguise

Changes in the Bundestag political agenda and radicalization of the electorate as a consequence of migration processes

One Belt One Road Initiative: the European Union's perception of the partnership with People's Republic of China.

Europe of the Regions and the secessionist movements in Flanders and Catalonia

Higher education and job mismatch on the Bulgarian labour market

Effectiveness of EU development funds in East Africa

From Semi-authoritarian states to European-style democracies, the cases of Georgia and Ukraine

Youth Unemployment in Western Balkan Countries and how is Unemployment Affecting these countries Joining EU?

How terrorism stopped in the case of IRA, ETA? - Comparative analysis between IRA and ETA.

Gender Equality in Ukraine in Law and Practice

Deliberative Democracy and Social Media

The role of democracy and human rights in Turkey-EU relations under the AKP rule

Evaluation of DCFTA and its impact on Small and Medium Enterprises in transitional democracies: The case of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

Challenges and Opportunities for Small and Medium Airlines in the EU. Case Study: Czech Airlines vs. Air Berlin

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Job Guarantee for Kosovo

European Neighbourhood Policy: the future of the Eastern Partnership

Are the various peacebuilding programs implemented by the European Union promoting conflict resolution in South Sudan? A mixed method research through a feminist theory perspective.

Sugar quotas in the European Union - The effect on sustainable development

The EU's role in climate change negotiations within the United Nations framework

Counter Argumentations of Right-Wing Groups in the United Kingdom - A Research on the Economic Policies and the Movements

The Role of Jihadist Role Models in the Recruitment of Radicals: An Analysis of ISIS's propaganda.

The influence of the European Union on Georgia and on Georgian conflicts.

Lifestyle and the Creative Class

Fostering Equality in Kosovo: the Role of Civil Society and of the European Union for Combating Gender Discrimination

Euroscepticism and de-bordering: the Italian case of the 5 Stars Movement Party

Socio Economic integration of Third-Country Nationals into the EU: The Case of Cameroonian Immigrant in Germany

The Regulatory Approach to Prostitution in Germany from a European Perspective. A Policy Analysis of the German Prostituion Act 2002

The EU's Conception of Security and Defence. Questioning the success of EU and NATO Missions

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights and Fundamental Rights of the EU

To what extent does the European Union resemble a state?

Higher Education Policy in France & Germany: Tendencies towards a Shared Framework vs National Traditions

Cross-Border Cooperation in the Catalan Cross-Border Area

The Role of Immigration/Xenophobia in the UK's EU Referendum

Political transition and integration stages of Albaniz to the European Union

European Women in Politics: Shattering the Glass Ceiling with Stricter EU Measures

Europe Schools between Competition and Inclusiveness

The EU in Ukrainian discourses

Political Participation Mechanisms of Territorial Autonomies - the case of Gagauzia

The Rights of Asylum Seekers within the Schengen Area

How Islamic Radicalization turns into Islamic Terrorism among Muslim Minorities

The Concept of Identity in the Discourse on European Identity

The cultural identity of citizens with a migrant background in Germany

Western and Eastern European Populism compared. The Cases of France and Hungary

The Rise of Separatist Sentiment in Catalonia, 2005-2016: Searching for Explanations

Legal Aspects of Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. The EU - UNESCO Cooperation

EU as a global non-proliferation actor: the case of Iran nuclear deal

BREXIT and Bourdieu: How important was the role of class in the British vote to leave the European Union

The EU as a Maritime Security Actor in the Mediterranean Sea

Beyond Catch and Release: An Analysis of the EU Naval Force's Disruption and Deterrence of Somalian Piracy

Comparative analysis of immigration policies and welfare regimes in EU

On the Political Economy of European Foreign Trade Policy - A Case Study of the Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and West Africa

The change of the EU image in Belarusian media

Hopes and fears on Ireland: A critical discourse analysis of Irish media coverage on a United Ireland whilst Brexit

Distortion of reality by usage of powerful rhetoric against refugees: A comparative analysis of speeches by Alternative für Deutschland and Partij voor de Vrijheid

Russia's invasion in Crimea and integration of Ukraine with the EU

Health in the European Union: the Role of the Lobby Groups in the Implementation of eHealth

The principle of subsidiarity in EU. What are the benefits and drawbacks of the application of subsidiarity principle in enhancing democracy in the EU?

The European Union's Influence on the Fight against human rights violations in Mexico

Georgia towards Democratization and Europeanization, the Eastern Partnership Initiative and its benefits

Promoting European identity abroad through public diplomacy: The case of EUNIC in Brazil

Social and cultural integration of refugee migrants from Syria. Case study: Flensburg and Sonderborg

Curriculum & Module Catalogue

Curriculum & Module Catalogue

In the first and second semesters, students take compulsory modules, which introduce them to the topics of European law, the actors and decision-making processes of European politics, the history of European integration and European ideas, the theories underlying them, and the methods of empirical European and social research. They also deepen their competences in the fundamentals of good scientific practice (Crititical Writing and Thinking, 5 ECTS). A special focus (15 ECTS) is on political science and sociology. In addition, students acquire 10 ECTS each in the fields of law, economics, research methods (Research Design for EU Studies) and the humanities.

In the third semester, students choose 30 ECTS from elective modules in three areas: Political and legal Europe, Societal and economic Europe, and European ideas and diversity. They acquire the ability to discuss and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses in a field, to justify their position in discussions and defend it argumentatively. In addition, they learn to critically examine and abstract various research questions and problems and to independently develop and work on further research questions.

 In the fourth semester, students come together for a master´s colloquium. This helps them understand the more practical aspects of thesis writing and provides them with a platform to discuss their research, which then results in their Master´s thesis.

Students also have the option of completing an internship to further their practical education in their field of choice, as an optional module (module 16) in the third semester which would credit them with 5 ECTS.

Our programme also offers students the opportunity to spend their third semester in one of our partner universities abroad, either through the Erasmus programme or pursuing a optional double degree with the University of Catania, in Italy and the University of Limerick, Ireland.

M.A. European Studies: Curriculum

Module Catalogue

Here you will find your study and examination regulations as well as the module catalogues in your degree programme.


Third Semester Electives

Third Semester Electives

Please find all relevant course information below.

In some cases you may find the syllabus of the previous winter term, which will still give you an idea of the contents of the course.

In the course "Transformation of European Economies" students are acquainted with theories concerning the transformation of European economies. The aim of this module is to qualify students for institutional analysis, enabling them to transfer theoretical knowledge to empirical cases and further their skills in assessing comparative advantages and disadvantages of national and regional economies. Students will analyse the way in which these economies meet the challenges of recent transformation processes.

The course is divided into two subsections: European Governance and policies and Developments in European Economies. The initial sessions of this course deal with the economic impact of the governance of the European Union, and some of its most prominent policies. Consequently, the remaining sessions are dedicated to notable economic transformations within the last decades. The participants will be acquainted with contemporary developments such as austerity, taxation, migration, etc. Students who attend this course will develop deep understanding of the consequences of economic transformations.

*(will be offered instead of Modul 12 ‘Europe in the Global Economy’ in fall 2020/21)

This joint seminar focuses on current issues in European Union (EU) decision-making, legislation, adjudication and politics. We will look into the EU’s management of the various ongoing and simultaneous crises, notably the Covid-19 pandemic, Europe’s single currency, and migration. Moreover, the seminar focuses on key controversies such as the current negotiation of the EU’s budgetary framework (how will the money be spent?), threats to democracy and the rule of law (especially in Hungary and Poland), challenges to the EU’s legal order (the German Federal Constitutional Court's decision on the ECB), as well as the EU’s ongoing attempts at (and difficulties with) reforming its institutional architecture and the roles of different actors in this process. Together, we will explore how law, politics and policy choices are interconnected and how different actors such as the EU institutions, member state institutions, citizens and advocacy groups interact. Students learn how lawyers and political scientists respectively address a similar analytical or normative issue. The seminar is co-taught by professors from both disciplines.

The course "EU Security Policy" is offered by the Institute for Security Policy Kiel (ISPK). It aims to introduce students to the ISPK’s main fields of research, deepen their knowledge with regard to relevant internal and external EU policies in these areas, and offer practical insight to the work of a German think tank. Accordingly, the course is structured into "workshop-style" sessions dealing with the EU’s approaches to 1) conflict analysis and international crisis management, 2) maritime security, 3) counter-terrorism and 4) strategic development in Asia-Pacific.

In November 2020, four turbulent years of a President Trump administration will have come to an end. In his first term, there was a significant deterioration of EU-US relations. This covers all kinds of usual cooperation fields, e.g., external policies, the tackling of climate change, and trade agreements. In our seminar, we want to ask what are the sources and reasons that such a policy change seems to be attractive to many Americans. Given the highly dynamic situation due to the consequences of the Corona pandemic and that we will have then the outcome of the election in the USA, we will include both academic background texts and more actual sources like newspaper clips, blogs, etc.

In this seminar, we aim at explaining the emergence of value conflicts and new social cleavages in Europe and the growing tendency in and across Europe to contest the core values that anchor the European project (i.e. freedom of speech; (gender) equality; independence of judiciary) and to clarify how this new trend relates to digital media usage.

The rise of populist parties threatens the internal cohesion of European states and challenges the expectation that European integration will lead to a convergence around democratic values, as seemingly immutable values like adherence to the rule of law and the promotion and protection of individual freedoms come into question.

In this seminar, we aim at analysing the convergence of these trends by exploring how digital and social media channel and amplify value conflicts. The seminar thereby addresses two key challenges to European societies: the rapidly growing influence of digital media as a politically polarizing force, and the emergence of new social cleavages within and across Europe regarding support for/opposition to democratic values.

The seminar will mainly be structured in three parts:

Firstly, we will get familiar with the topic by reading and discussing the most relevant literature.

Secondly, you will start doing your own research by formulating a research question and outlining a research design in the field of the seminar.

Thirdly, you will carry out this project under my supervision and guidance.

The module examination foresees a written paper of 15 pages, describing your research process and interpreting the results obtained.

First Readings

Norris, P. and Inglehart, R. (2016). Trump, Brexit, and the rise of populism: Economic have-nots and cultural backlash. Harvard JFK School of Government Faculty Working Papers Series, pp.1-52.

Jacobs, K., & Spierings, N. (2018). A populist paradise? Examining populists’ Twitter adoption and use. Information, Communication & Society, 20(9), 1-16.

Flaxman, S., Goel, S. & Rao, J. (2016). 'Filter Bubbles, Echo Chambers, and Online News Consumption', Public Opinion Quarterly, 80: 298–320.

(Please note that this module consists of two parts!)

This module takes up vital social and political topics in today’s European societies (and not just there). They investigate the nature and significance of political emotions as well as the meaning and extent of inequality in the European Union. The module as a whole is designed to deepen participants’ understanding of the normative dimensions of social constellations and political arrangements. Both seminars in this module aim at familiarity with the relevant literature, the main views and arguments in the respective fields, and at critical assessments of both the academic debates and the phenomena in question.

Since this module will be taught online, the main readings and additional literature will be made available at the beginning of the semester. There will be weekly online sessions, group work, and continuous exchange and feedback throughout the semester.

Module-Exam: Regular written and/or oral contributions to both seminars and a research paper in one of the seminars (10-15 pages).

Attitudes and emotions (e.g. hope, resentment, fear) are not only of individual importance, but also of social and political relevance. On the basis of philosophical theories of individual and collective emotions we will discuss the role of emotions like anger, indignation, and resentment within the social realm. Emotions expressed in the public sphere (e.g. in social movements, protests, media, art) are analysed regarding their diagnostical as well as their evaluative, critical, and transformatory roles within society. The ambivalent role of public anger on the one hand expressing emancipatory claims and on the other expressing hatred and ressentiments against certain social groups will be discussed. Emotions and their expressions as well as evaluations of emotions are analysed as well as critically assessed. How can public emotions be evaluated, critizised or legitimized?

The course adopts a philosophical, conceptual and argumentative approach to the analysis and evaluation of current examples and expressions of collective emotions (e.g. in protest-movements) in the EU (and beyond).

Preliminary Bibliography

Cherry, Myisha (2018): "The Errors and Limitations of Our ‘Anger-Evaluating’ Ways". In: Cherry, Myisha/Flanagan, Owen (Eds.): The Moral Psychology of Anger. London/New York: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 49–65.

Hochschild, Arlie (2016): Strangers in their own Land. Anger and Mourning on the American Right. New York: The New Press

MacLachlan, Alice (2010): "Unreasonable Resentments". In: Journal of Social Philosophy, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 422–441.

Mishra, Pankaj: The Age of Anger. A History of the Present. 2017

Nussbaum, Martha: Anger and Forgiveness. Resentment, Generosity, Justice, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016

Reichold, Anne (2017): "Resentment and Societal Transformation: A Rule-Related Argument against Martha Nussbaum’s Critique of Anger". In: Brunkhorst, Hauke, Dragica Vujadinovic, Tanasije Marinkovic (Eds.): European Democracy in Crisis: Polities under Challenge and Social Movements. Utrecht: Eleven International Publishing, pp. 167–187.

Scheler, Max (1998): Ressentiment. Milwaukee Wisconsin: Marquette University Press.

Smith, Angela (2013): "Moral Blame and Moral Protest". In: Coates, D. Justin/Tognazzini, Neal A. (Eds.): Blame: Its Nature and Norms. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 27–48.

Stockdale, Katie (2013): "Collective Resentment". In: Social Theory and Practice, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 501–521.

Strawson, Peter F. (2008): "Freedom and Resentment". In: Strawson, Peter F.: Freedom and Resentment and Other Essays. London/New York: Routledge, pp. 1–28.

In this course, we survey recent philosophical literature on equality as a political value, we investigate the state of play regarding equality and inequality (in their many forms and guises) in the European Union, and we formulate assessments of the relevant policies of and within the EU to address problems of inequality. We will likely concentrate on economic inequality and unequal access to education and health care, but this is open to suggestions and preferences of participants. The focus of readings and discussions will be on normative arguments regarding equality as a pillar of justice. At the same time, we will incorporate empirical data and engage in policy analysis and assessment in order to either apply or modify the more abstract philosophical arguments.

Participants in this course will practice reconstructing as well as constructing normative arguments, they will engage in conceptual analysis just as much as in non-ideal political philosophy, and they will be asked to form reasoned views both on the nature and significance of inequality in the EU and on avenues for amelioration of political institutions and practices.

Preliminary Bibliography

Anderson, Elizabeth S. (1999): "What Is the Point of Equality?" Ethics 109 (2): 287–337.

Beckfield, Jason (2019): Unequal Europe – Regional Integration and the Rise of European Inequality. New York: Oxford University Press.

Cohen, Gerald A. (2009): Rescuing Justice and Equality. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Frankfurt, Harry (1987): "Equality As a Moral Ideal." Ethics 98 (1): 21–43.

Sangiovanni, Andrea (2007): "Global Justice, Reciprocity, and the State." Philosophy & Public Affairs 35 (1): 3–39.

Scanlon, Thomas M. (2018): Why Does Inequality Matter? Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

The major aim of this Seminar is to provide students with in-depth knowledge and robust skills on the basis of which to develop an informed understanding of minority rights in Europe in the 21st Century. We will ask why ethno-cultural minorities are seen as a ‘problem’ by tracing ethnocultural diversity and governments’ treatment of minorities from the beginning. We will investigate who are the ethno-cultural minorities that need protection today? We will analyse the minority rights regime that emerged in the 20th Century by examining the different approaches to managing diversity at the international level. We will try to understand what is a special right to protection, and why should governments agree to protect some when not others? We will ask whether multilateralism is effective enough in implementing minority rights, and why there are so-called ‘black holes’ in Europe where rights of ethno-cultural minorities are disregarded. Finally, we will examine how governments have attempted to implement minority rights at the national level by examining the most important minority rights in areas, such as selfidentification, meducation, language use, political participation and degrees of self-government.

The approach of the Seminar is multi-disciplinary. Minority rights will be examined from the

perspectives of political science and law, including international human rights law and

international relations studies, political theory, political sociology and cultural studies. The

Seminar will familiarize students with critical and post-structural methods of analysis through

the reading and discussion of key texts.

The specific objectives of the Seminar are to enable students to:

1. Place the existence of ethno-cultural minorities in the wider context of European

history/politics and the practice of European intergovernmental cooperation;

2. Understand, critically analyse and evaluate contemporary debates about minority rights

and multilateralism;

3. Understand the political and ethical implications of academic research in relation to

minority issues;

4. Understand how minority claims are made and addressed in practice.

The Seminar is taught once a week by the Course Director. It will consist of lectures, discussions,

short student summaries, non-teaching weeks for individual research in preparation for exam

paper and presentations based on individual research projects. Students will be expected to

read/access assigned texts and media..

One of the key questions facing contemporary societies is how to accommodate and ultimately integrate communities whose ethnic backgrounds, religions, or languages, are different from those of the majority populations. Most states have on their territory ethnic minority groups or are impacted by migratory flows that increase the ethno-cultural heterogeneity of their population. Multiculturalism has been one of the most prominent responses to this question, with many countries adopting various policies and strategies in this respect; nonetheless, multicultural approaches are not without their critics, both from within academic and policy-making spheres.

This course proposes an examination of the theoretical and practical implications of multiculturalism for minority groups and will cover the main topics relating to the integration of ethnic and national minorities. The course will enquire how political institutions at various levels have addressed the issue of diversity and will examine various special measures, such as linguistic rights, minority participation in public life, minority education – to name just a few, which will be discussed both in light of their theoretical underpinnings but also of their practical effect on the integration of national minorities. At the same time, the course will address the impact of recent phenomena on minority populations, such as the rise of hate speech and populist politics.

At the end of the course, students will have gained a thorough understanding of the key concepts related to multiculturalism and multicultural policies and will have acquired the theoretical skills needed to make an informed judgment on these issues. The course will combine insights from political science, political theory, law, and sociology, and will  make use of a range of case studies (e.g. the case of the Roma minority, the Danish minority in Germany etc) to illustrate the topics covered.

Academic Writing

Academic Writing

The M.A. European Studies lecturers, students and programme administration of the Europa-Universität Flensburg agreed on the following academic writing guidelines. The guide provides information on all formal and academic standards.

Students are supposed to acquire the contents independently. Written assignments are graded under the expectation that students took note of the guidelines and applied them correspondingly.

Courses for Academic Writing

For further assistance in academic writing, students can make use of the courses, workshops and individual consultations that are offered by TextLab!



Please use STUDIPORT to register/de-register for courses/exams, print your transcripts and check your classrooms. 

More helpful information can be found on our ZIMT (Center for Information and Media Technologies).

Examination and Study Regulations (PO)

Examination and Study Regulations (PO)

Please take in consideration that starting from September 2019 new examination regulations and curriculum is in force.  

The "Rules and Regulations on Grading and Examinations of Europa-Universität Flensburg for the European Studies master's programme" are the legal framework of the master's programme (German: "Prüfungsordnung der Universität Flensburg für den Masterstudiengang 'European Studies'").

Please find here the currently valid Examination and Study Regulations:

Please be aware that the German version is the legally binding version, while the English one is provided for better comprehension purposes.

(for those who do not speak German).

Exams and Term Papers


  • Please make sure that you are registered for the exam on STUDIPORT! The appropriate dates for registration can be found on the University website.
  • Please note: For your own security be sure to print out the PDF of your registered exams list as this will prevent any problems arising.
  • Please be present at least 15 minutes before the exam begins.
  • It is vital that you bring your student ID with matriculation number with you as you will need this to sign into the exam.


  • Please make sure that you are registered for the exam on STUDIPORT! The appropriate dates for registration can be found on the University website.
  • With every term paper, the "Anti-Plagiarism Declaration", available here, has to be added, filled in and signed!
  • For all other matters, please follow the instructions given by your lecturer.

Going abroad

Going abroad

During the third semester students have the possibility to study abroad either in the context of an Erasmus exchange or within our Double Degree programme.

  • Double Degree

M.A. European Studies students have the opportunity to take part in double degree programme with either Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy or University of Limerick, Ireland.

The double degree with the University of Catania offers the students an opportunity to enlarge their knowledge about Euro-Mediterranean and international relations, while the double degree with Limerick offers a deeper insight into the cultural and linguistic aspects of European integration.

After finishing the double degree programme, students will receive the following degrees:

  • Master of Arts/Laurea Magistrale in Global Politics and Euro-Mediterranean Relations (Università degli Studi di Catania) & Master of Arts in European Studies (Europa-Universität Flensburg)
  • Master of Arts European Studies (University of Limerick) & Master of Arts European Studies (Europa-Universität Flensburg).


Please note that you may only apply to the double degree programmed if:

  • you are an admitted student of the MA programme European Studies after September 2019;
  • you already have taken part in all classes during your MA studies at Europa-Universität Flensburg

How to apply

  • Fill in the application form below on your computer.
  • Send the completed application form (pages 3-4) and an additional photo via email to the programme coordinator

The following documents (checklist) must be submitted:

1. Application form completely filled in and duly signed.

2. Copy of your Transcript of Records, showing that you have passed all courses form your first semester (until May 31st).

3. Curriculum Vitae showing complete education from start of primary school until today including professional experience, voluntary social and/or political activities, especially engagement in extracurricular activities of the MA European Studies, language skills etc.

Please be aware that we will only consider applications that were submitted according to the procedure outlined above. Please be aware that incomplete applications cannot be taken into consideration.

Application form: Double Degree

Erasmus exchange

Please find out more about an Erasmus exchange on the International Center Homepage.



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