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Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

The master's degree "International Criminal Justice (Law, History, Politics) is a research-focused, interdisciplinary and internationally oriented programme.

The overarching aim of the programme is to generate a comprehensive understanding of international criminal justice, its mechanisms, its potential and limits, and thus to train qualified researchers and practitioners.

Legal, social and historical methods form the indispensable teaching and learning basis of the programme, with an aim of advancing interdisciplinary research skills. Students examine international criminality as a legal, empirical and social phenomenon. They reflect critically on current dynamics of the research field, and acquire extensive knowledge of relevant historical and political developments which enable them to contextualise international criminal justice, as well as to contemplate its functional constraints and social impact.

Through the acquisition of interdisciplinary knowledge, the development of theoretical and analytical skills, and the performance of independent research activities, the students acquire both general skills for qualified professional activities as well as comprehensive skills for active and independent academic research at doctorate’s level.

Graduates of the Master’s degree “International Criminal Justice: Law, History, Politics” are able to critically and comparably reflect on the rules, mechanisms, actors, and problems of international criminal justice. They are also able to apply acquired knowledge in order to independently develop new research perspectives. They demonstrate social skills, such as intercultural sensitivity, interaction and team skills, as well as communication skills and organisational competency.