Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Specialization Modules

According to personal interests and professional aims, electives can be chosen in the specialization modules. Students must choose at least two of the four specialization modules, which are usually completed in the second and third semesters. Conflict Studies and Management is, however, an area of concentration, which means that students take Conflict Studies and Management I and II.  Each specialization module includes a variety of courses and helps students develop and specialize their individual profiles. 

  • European Public Policy

  • International Affairs

  • Public and Nonprofit Management

  • International Political Economy

  • Conflict Studies and Management

The European Public Policy specialization module is designed to give students a better understanding of how the integration of European countries changed policy making – not only within the respective nation states but also on the international level. Courses within this module will also cover policy making processes from different areas of competences of the EU. After completing this specialization module students should have deeper understanding of European governance.

The International Affairs specialization module introduces students to the theories of international relations, international organizations, how they function, and which of the policy problems affect countries and regions on a global level. Some courses included within this module are: Policy Making at the United Nations: The Growing Importance of Multilateralism and International Law.

As part of the Public and Non-profit Management module students learn more about the specific demands, characteristics and capacities within the non-profit sector. Courses within this module focus on regulatory and management structures and the provision of public goods, especially taking into consideration the financial situation of the public sector in many countries.

The International Political Economy module links the political and economic power, both of which are ever-increasing. International political economy primarily focuses on the ways that political forces shape and interact with economic systems. Courses within this module analyze international relations in combination with political economy and include Cultural Political Economy, Impact Evaluation of Development Programs and Globalization and Development Policies.