Banner Viadrina

Master of Arts
in European Studies


Hier finden Sie alle kommenden und vergangenen Lehrveranstaltungen der Gastdozentur der Meyer-Struckmann-Stiftung.

European Entrepreneurship

Seminar (Präsenzveranstaltung): MES: Zentralbereich Politik // MES: WPM 6:Wirtschaftspolitik in Europa
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 19.04.2023 Mi, 11 - 13 Uhr
Entrepreneurship has become one of the most important issues in European economics and politics over the last twenty years. It is often defined as a key factor for economic growth and overcoming refugee crises, (post-)pandemic crises like SARS-COV 19 or energy crises. Entrepreneurship has been defined as an object of European policy (economic policy, social policy) in the context of sustainability and digital transition. On the other hand, it is also an everyday activity of “Europeanness” in family businesses, selfemployment, social or ethnic entrepreneurship. The aim of the course is to study the entrepreneurial activity of Europeans, focusing on the analysis of EU economic and social policies and entrepreneurship as a social and cultural phenomenon. The course provides knowledge and skills necessary to understand European entrepreneurship in an interdisciplinary way. Students attending this course will acquire a thorough knowledge of how European entrepreneurship has become established in the economy and public policy, what the relationship between the European economy and society/culture is, how European policy supports everyday activities through programs and instruments, how Europeans respond to innovation policy, what is characteristic for self-employment and family business, and finally, whether social entrepreneurship is developing in the European context.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: Registration via e-mail to Further details on Moodle.
Leistungsnachweise: presentation and essay.
Sprache: Englisch


Poland and the EU: Regions and regional policy in focus
3/6/9 ECTS

Seminar (Präsenzveranstaltung): MES:  MES: WPM 1: Regieren in Europa // MES: WPM 4: Stadt, Region und Grenze in Europa
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 20.04.2022 Do, 16 - 18 Uhr
The EU regional policy is one of the most important and influential among European countries. Launched 50 years ago, it was, however, not until the EU enlargement in 2004 that regional policy became impactful for citizens and local communities with its special funds and programs. The new member states (such as Poland) and especially their regions became important subjects and objects of the EU regional policy. This led to (1) a new territorial order, (2) the institutional framework building related to democracy and (3) economic growth. The course focuses on the analysis of EU regional policy, regional policy in Poland and European regionalisms. The course provides the students with knowledge and skills necessary to understand the EU regional (cohesion) policy and regional policy in Poland. Additionally, different types of regions, e.g. administrative, economic, cultural, metropolitan, rural and digital, will be examined. European regionalisms movements will also be analyzed as interesting case studies. Analytical skills related to evidence-based methodologies, Big Data analysis and qualitative approaches will be required during the seminar.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: Registration via e-mail to
Leistungsnachweise: Attendance; presentation or presentation and essay (10-12 pages) or presentation and paper (20-25 pages)
Sprache: Englisch

Political Parties and European (Dis)integration
3/6/9 ECTS

Seminar (Präsenzveranstaltung): MES: Zentralbereich Politik // MES: WPM 1: Regieren in Europa
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 25.04.2022 Mo, 14 - 16 Uhr
What role do regional, national, and EU-level political parties play in the process of European integration? Do the experiences related to party politics and European integration differ across the continent, and if so, how do we explain them? Because attitudes toward European integration have become one of the main cleavages these days, much effort in the literature has been put into analysing voting behaviour, election campaigns, the media coverage, party programmes, and many other issues, quite often in relation to Europeanization. More recently, Brexit has sparked discussions about the potential for further political (dis)integration, whereas the overall effects of the economic and financial crisis seem to have strengthened the appeal of Eurosceptic and populist parties. This course will try to integrate these perspectives into one coherent piece.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: Registration until 19 April via e-mail to Moodle course
Leistungsnachweise: presentation, essay, paper
Sprache: Englisch

Poland’s Clashes with the EU: On the Road to Polexit?
6/9 ECTS

Vorlesung (Präsenzveranstaltung): MES: Zentralbereich Politik // MES: WPM 1: Regieren in Europa
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 25.04.2022 Mo, 9 - 11 Uhr
Recent discussions in Poland about the EU have revolved around a possible Polexit, an eventuality strongly rejected by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party as fake news, but nonetheless predicted by the opposition as an unintended consequence of the PiS’s policy toward the EU. How did it happen that Poland, characterised not very long ago as a role model EU member state in many spheres, is now depicted as an enfant terrible? In a broader perspective, what factors cause political conflict over European integration? To shed light on these questions, this course integrates various perspectives and sources of knowledge of historical, political, societal, and economic nature that allow one to frame the topic in both domestic and international perspectives, link theoretical and empirical accounts, and combine case study and comparative approaches.

Hinweise zur Veranstaltung: Registration until 19 April via e-mail to Moodlekurs
Leistungsnachweise: written exam, or paper
Sprache: Englisch

Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Lehrveranstaltungen ab dem 23.06.21 in Präsenz. stattfinden.
European clashes: continuities and ruptures, Freitag 09:15-10:45 Uhr, Raum GD 05
 Europe, West and East: history, sociology and anthropology of a division, Mittwoch 14:00-16:00 Uhr, Raum GD 07 


Łukasz Mikołajewski
European clashes: continuities and ruptures
6/9 ECTS
Seminar (Präsenzveranstaltung): MES: Zentralbereich Kultur // MES: Zentralbereich Politik // MES: WPM
3: Migration, Ethnizität, Ethnozentrismus // MES: WPM 5: Kultur, Geschichte & Gesellschaft in Europa
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 16.04.2021 Fr, 9:15 - 10:45 Uhr Ort: GD 05

The aim of this seminar is to read and discuss academic texts and literary essays that deal with some of the key political clashes within Europe. More specifically, clashes within the EU and non-EU European countries that were, to a large extent, ignored in the 1990s and early 2000s for the sake of swift EU integration but which have now returned in force: the issues connected to gender and women’s reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and sexual education; the relation between state and religion; various policies towards refugees and conflicting concepts of the nation state and European federalism; and questions related to the shared currency of the euro. What is the historical background and context of the current political clashes within the EU and neighboring countries? Where do they come from? How do various social scientists and political thinkers suggest we could solve the present conundrum of the trembling and shaky EU? During the semester we will also explore some of the previous ruptures in Europeanist discourses, connected to the legacies of European colonialism, antisemitism, and elitism: how do those legacies live on nowadays in various parts of the continent?

Literatur: To be announced at the beginning of the seminar.
Hinweise zur Veranstaltung/zum Blockseminar: Registration until 11.04.21 via:
Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung sind hier zu finden:
Leistungsnachweise: 6 ECTS active class participation, one seminar paper about a reading (10 pages) and presentation; 9 ECTS
active class participation, a longer seminar paper (20 pages).
Sprache: Englisch


Łukasz Mikołajewski
Europe, West and East: history, sociology and anthropology of a division
6/9 ECTS
Vorlesung (Präsenzveranstaltung): MES: Zentralbereich Kultur // MES: WPM 5: Kultur, Geschichte & Gesellschaft in Europa
Veranstaltungsbeginn: 14.04.2021 Mi, 14 - 16 Uhr Ort: GD Hs7

The aim of this course – taught through lectures, with elements of research workshops – is to explore the cultural, political and economic history of Europe’s division into West and East. Together with other similar concepts of spatial division that marked the history of the continent (such as the concept of the Balkans, Mitteleuropa and Central Europe), the course will present academic literature on the topic (including Said, Wolff, Todorova, Berend, Wallerstein) and different methodologies of researching it. We will also reflect on the relevance of such divisions and concepts today, taking into consideration various theories of mental mapping, prejudices and stereotypes (Gilman, Allport, Young-Bruehl, Tokarska-Bakir). Part of the course will be devoted to a discussion of selected texts: travelogues and autobiographies written by writers and travelers in the 20-th century (Döblin, Miłosz, Kundera, Drakulić), and writing by the students themselves.

Literatur: To be announced at the beginning of the seminar.
Hinweise zur Veranstaltung/zum Blockseminar: Registration until 11.04.21 via:
Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung sind hier zu finden:
Leistungsnachweise: 6 ECTS active class participation, two short papers/travelogues (both 4-5 pages), a short presentation on a
reading; 9 ECTS active class participation, a short presentation on a reading, seminar paper (20 pages).
Sprache: Englisch

Elżbieta Opiłowska

Seminar: Transformation of Polish society after 1989

6/9 ECTS

The aim of the seminar is to discuss the main changes in Polish society after the fall of communism regarding social structures, changes in values and social attitudes, increase of nationalism and populism in the last years and the condition of civil society including the phenomenon of new social movements (e.g. black Friday). Students will study the most important phenomena and processes taking place in various spheres of social life in contemporary Poland as well as sociological categories of description and analysis of these phenomena. The year 1989 was an important turning point, although the longue durée perspective will be also implemented in order to explain the current processes by referring to historical factors.

Literatur: Will be announced at the beginning of the seminar.

Leistungsnachweise: 6 ECTS active class participation, a discussion paper (presentation) on the selected reading and research paper (Hausarbeit, 12 pages); 9 ECTS active class participation, a discussion paper (presentation) on the selected reading and research paper (Hausarbeit, 25 pages).

Sprache: English

Elżbieta Opiłowska

Vorlesung: Deutsch-polnische Beziehungen in multidimensionaler Perspektive (1945-2020)

6/9 ECTS

Die deutsch-polnische Geschichte stellt ein interessantes Fallbeispiel für die Untersuchung der bilateralen Beziehungen in Europa dar. Krieg und Versöhnung, Vertreibung und Neuanfang, zwangsverordnete Freundschaft und Partnerschaft sind nur einige Wortpaare, die verschiedene Facetten der bilateralen Beziehungen widerspiegeln. Die Vorlesung gibt einen Überblick über die Entwicklung der deutsch-polnischen Beziehungen von 1945 bis zur Gegenwart. Es werden die wichtigsten Wendepunkte in der bilateralen Geschichte sowohl von der Perspektive der großen Politik, als auch der gesellschaftlichen Kontakte analysiert. Darüber hinaus sollen die zentralen Konzepte zur Untersuchung der bilateralen Beziehungen in Europa wie Versöhnung, Annäherung, Interessengemeinschaft, Nachbarschaft und embedded bilateralism kritisch reflektiert werden. Die Vorlesung wird einige partizipatorische Elemente, wie Diskussion, Gruppenarbeit und kritische Evaluierung der Daten beinhalten.

Literatur: E. Opiłowska, K. Ruchniewicz, M. Zybura (Hrsg.) (2012), Kreisau und Verdun. Wege zur deutsch-polnischen und deutsch-französischen Versöhnung und ihre Symbole im kollektiven Gedächtnis, Osnabrück: fibre; D. Bingen u.a. (Hrsg.) (2012), Erwachsene Nachbarschaft. Die deutsch-polnischen Beziehungen 1991 bis 2011, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag; B. Kerski, K. Ruchniewicz, S, Stekel (Hrsg.) (2019), Facetten der Nachbarschaft. Beiträge zur deutsch-polnischen Beziehungsgeschichte, Berlin: dpgbv.

Leistungsnachweise: Klausur 6 ECTS; Hausarbeit (25 Seiten) 9 ECTS

Sprache: Deutsch