Institute of the Weltethos Foundation
at the University of Tübingen

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Human-Dignity Based Globalization in a World of Conflicts

LecturerProf. Dr. Dr. Ulrich Hemel
Type of CourseBlock seminar, Master’s Seminar
Semester hours per Week2
Date / TimeWednesday, 25.10., 1.30-5.15 p.m.
Wednesday, 08.11., 1.30-5.15 p.m.
Wednesday, 22.11., 1.30-5.15 p.m.
Wednesday, 06.12., 1.30-5.15 p.m.
Wednesday, 17.01., 1.30-5.15 p.m.
Location         Weltethos-Institut, Hintere Grabenstraße 26, 72070 Tübingen
PrerequisitesBachelor’s degree
Proof of performance/ form of examination ECTS-CreditsActive participation, presentation, term paper 
3-6 ECTS
RegistrationRegistration by email – stating name, matriculation number, subject and semester number, address, place and date of birth at
Registration DeadlineOctober 6, 2023
Maximum number of participants24


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In this course we are going to explore and challenge the concept of globalization and analyze how it has impacted the world that we live in today. We will introduce ourselves to the concept of „Globalization with Human Dignity“ which will enable us to think critically and reflect on why we need the concept of ‚Human Dignity‘ when we think about development and globalization. The course will ask questions like: „Who has globalization benefited?“, „Is globalization happening in only one direction west–>east or north–>south?“, „Who should globalization benefit?“, „How can we ensure that globalization benefits all equally?“.

The objectives of this course are to provide you with different theoretical perspectives to critically analyse (a) the continuing relevance of the State and (b) positive and negative consequences of globalization processes for various dimensions of security, such as military, political, economic, cultural and psychological.