The Master of Arts International Studies / Peace and Conflict Research course takes place in cooperation with the Goethe University in Frankfurt, the Technical University of Darmstadt and the Hessian Foundation for Peace and Conflict Research (PRIF). Therefore, at least four courses at the TU Darmstadt and at least six courses at the Goethe University in Frankfurt must be attended.
The course starts at the interface between peace and conflict research, international relations, political theory and philosophy. The focus is on
problems of regional and global order, the differentiated analysis of conflicts and a reflective development of strategies for conflict regulation and peacebuilding are therefore the focus of this course.
In principle, the possible fields of activity for humanities scholars and thus also for graduates of political science or the Master of Arts in International Studies / Peace and Conflict Studies are widely spread. This broad spectrum results not least from the practical experience that the students were able to gather during their studies or to which content-related focal points they primarily devoted themselves to.
Generally speaking, they can work, for example, in school or specialist book editorial offices, in publishing houses (e.g. in proofreading), in radio, television and newspaper editorial offices, in PR and advertising agencies, in libraries and archives, in international organizations and in the cultural sector . With additional business management qualifications, they can also work in commercial enterprises (e.g. in sales and marketing or in human resources). Activities in press and public relations or, as already mentioned, in journalism are further professional options that are not infrequently sought by humanities scholars.
Of course, political scientists also work in research and teaching at universities. You can also work for statistical, market and opinion research institutes, as well as for political parties, associations, international organizations or in public administration.
It is therefore important, in addition to studying, to gain practical experience in relevant institutions at an early stage, to prove one's general suitability for practice and to establish contacts. The prospect of a good position is increased by the willingness to move professionally, also abroad. A good command of the English language is particularly recommended if you have an international focus.
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