The programme comprises compulsory core modules as well as elective courses:
Two Introductory Modules (INT) that are based on blended-learning: INT 1 Democracy in Theory and Practice and INT 2 Theory and Methods of History and Social Sciences
Semester two and three:
Two out of four Thematic Modules (TM): TM 1 Democratisation, Political Cultures and Media (Siegen), TM 2 Democratisation, Political Cultures and International Politics (Siegen), TM 3 Democratisation in a Global Context (Coimbra), TM 4 Roads to Democracy(ies) - Alternative Thematic Module Abroad (Partner Institution)
Semester one to three:
Three out of six Optional Modules (OM), OM 1 (Additional Special Studies I), OM 2 (Internship), OM 3 (Transferable Skills), OM 4 (Additional Special Studies II), OM 5 (Transferable Skills/ Additional Special Studies I) and OM 6 (Transferable Skills/ Additional Special Studies II)
Semester one to three:
Master Thesis Module MM 1 Thesis Forum
MM 2 Master Examination (Master's thesis and the Master's thesis presentation)
Course work and thesis work take place simultaneously throughout the programme. Modes of teaching are seminars, blended-learning courses, workshops, projects, conferences, and lectures.
Students are expected to obtain an average of 30 credit points per semester and must acquire 120 credit points over the entire programme.
Study abroad unit(s)
International academic exchange is an important aspect of the programme. It is strongly recommended that students spend a semester abroad at the partner institution University of Coimbra or at another participating partner university.
Students can choose to go abroad either in the second or the third semester and attend during their study semester at the Partner University either Thematic Module 3 (Democratisation in a Global Context, third semester Coimbra) or Thematic Module 4 (Alternative Thematic Module Abroad).
Internships are not compulsory, but are integrated into the optional area of the study programme (eight weeks/nine credit points). Students are encouraged to complete an internship and will receive assistance from the study course advisers in finding a suitable institution.
Forms of assessment
- Seminar papers
- Shorter written pieces of work
- Oral presentations
- Oral or written exams
- Project or internship report
- Thesis proposal
- Master's thesis and Master's thesis presentation
Students of Roads to Democracy(ies) will:
- acquire an awareness of the diversity and complexity of and variations in the processes of the social and political construction of democratic ideas, institutions, and structures
- develop a broad, comparative understanding of the mechanisms behind democratic transitions in a historical perspective
- be able to assess present-day democratic developments on a national as well as on a supra-national level
- gain a high level of consciousness of the fragility of democratic institutions and of the relevance of citizenship and participation in the democratic process
- obtain insights into comparative research methods in history and social science
- acquire the capacity to plan, manage and execute complex tasks
- attain extensive skills in problem identification and solving, communication, and knowledge sharing
The Master of Arts Degree in the programme Roads to Democracy(ies) qualifies successful graduates to pursue a further academic qualification in doctoral studies/PhD studies. The Master's programme provides a good basis for responsible positions in, e.g. international governmental and non-governmental organisations, national and international aid and development agencies, public and private research institutions and institutes of higher education, cultural agencies and cultural heritage institutions, publishing agencies and media institutions focusing on international and intercultural issues, political parties, private associations, foundations or internationally operating companies.