New courses at LMU
Double Masters with Barcelona and Paris
The current semester sees two new Master’s courses at LMU, each of which leads to two Master’s degrees – in Political Sciences in cooperation with Barcelona University and in German-French History in partnership with the Sorbonne in Paris.
One study program, two degrees: The double Master‘s degree in Political Sciences from LMU and Barcelona University has one obvious advantage – those who successfully complete the course emerge with not one, but two Master’s degrees. But that is not the primary motivation for the creation of the new Master’s study program. “The major reason for setting up the cooperative venture was the quality of the courses in Statistics and Political Theory available at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra,” as its initiator Professor Christoph Knill, who holds a Chair in Empirical Theories of Politics at LMU, explains. Moreover, the university in Barcelona is one of the best third-level institutions in Europe – and thus a good place to choose for a course of study abroad.
“The double Masters is a fantastic idea. At the Universitat Pompeu Fabra I get a really good grounding in the subject,” says Louisa Bayerlein (24), who has embarked on her first semester in Barcelona. And how does the system there differ from the one at home? “It’s much more regimented. There is a set schedule of lectures, and students even get assignments to do at home,” Louisa tells us. “Then again, the university is sited directly on the Mediterranean coast, which is another point in its favor!”
German-French History in Paris
Cordula Bauer has also selected an innovative course: She is taking the new double Master’s in German-French History at the Université Panthéon Sorbonne. For her, the new course provides an ideal opportunity to combine the study of a complex history with an intensive immersion in French. “I have a Bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages with French as my major, and History as my minor subject,” she says. “For my Master’s I wanted to focus on History – if possible without having to set French aside. The new joint German-French Master’s course in Paris was the perfect solution to my dilemma.”
In initiating the new double Master’s course, Professor Mark Hengerer of the History Department at LMU hoped to stimulate German-French contacts and interactions in his field. “In recent years, he remarks, “Germany and France have, to some extent, lost sight of each other. The new Master’s program, jointly conceived by LMU and the Sorbonne, can certainly help to establish new ties between us.” – And the participating students stand to benefit in several ways. They learn about the different approaches to historical research employed in the two countries, extend their knowledge of the other language, and improve their professional qualifications and job prospects. “Many employers simply prefer to select a candidate who has mastered the art of studying in an unfamiliar setting,” Hengerer adds.