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Cancelled: Individual rights and global citizenship – How the UN are relevant to the local level and the local level to the UN


Course periodJune 15, 2020 - June 26, 2020 Session I
Category Social Sciences, Politics & History
Course levelsMaster
Class size

max. 15 participants in class

Credits and certificate

You will receive a final grade certificate and 5 ECTS credit points as well as six weeks after the end of the course a transcript of records only in the event of regular attendance (must be present 80% of the time) and active class participation.

Application deadline June 1, 2020, or when participant quota is reached Application period over.
Course fee680.00 Euro | (excl. program fee and discounts)


The course will start with a round of mutual introduction, to learn about the specific backgrounds and expectations of each of the participants and of the instructors.
Instructors will
- present the details of the programme, and the required assignments for the students.
- present an institution economics approach (“three-level model”) as a tool to analyse socio-economic change processes in modern societies, followed by group work
- present an overview on history, functions, and structure of the UN system, followed by group work (“My country in the UN, the UN in my country”)
- present an overview on global action plans, as consolidated in the SDG and the Agenda 2030
- introduce selected thematic topics related to SDG and invite specialized guest speakers (i.e. human rights, climate change, ocean resource management, migration, …)
To exemplify the role of the parliament, the government and the civil society, four visits to selected organizations in Berlin dealing with international affairs are planned. A detailed list will be sent to the accepted participants two weeks before the course starts.
Participants will also have the chance to discuss their career perspective with instructors and guest lecturers.


Course Program (PDF)

Course structure

A team of two lecturers with extensive UN and international work experience, are coordinating the course, but also integrate additional lecturers from academia, politics, business and civil society. Max. 15 participants will attend 40 working hours within two weeks, both in class, in smaller working groups, and on excursions. Occasional preparatory reading is required.


June 15th - June 26th, 2020
Monday - Wednesday: 9am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
Thursday: 9am - 1pm

Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Boat trip, Beach Volleyball, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2 - proof will be required
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Applicants have to be Master students (any discipline), preferably with some working experience in international development organizations on any level.

Participants are expected to have studied in advance the reader/instructions provided by the coordinators.

In order to follow the course, a very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Dr. Kerstin Leitner

Prof. Dr. Matthias Weiter

CoordinatorPierre Steuer/ Carmen Opolski/ Sanja Müssig
Contact detailsInternational Department
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin