International Economics | HWR Berlin - PEP - Promoting Economic Pluralism

International Economics | HWR Berlin

The M.A. International Economics offers an in-depth exploration of international macroeconomic problems from a pluralist and interdisciplinary perspective, like global imbalances, macroeconomic instability, inequality and ecological constraints. It aims at a critical understanding of current debates, in economics, including heterodox approaches.

How does the programme provide content to ensure students achieve an understanding of a reasonably diverse set of perspectives on understanding economies?

The programme focusses on real world problems in international economics, like global and regional imbalances, macroeconomic instability, inequality and ecological constraints on economic activity, and it follows a pluralist approach. Different theoretical perspectives on the economic problems are discussed, different methods of analysis are studied, and the economic policy implications are derived. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, the programme seeks to stress the importance of social and political institutions for economic development. Students obtain a critical understanding of modern versions of orthodox economics and of a range of modern heterodox approaches, like post-Keynesian economics, monetary Keynesian development theories, Marxian political economy, international political economy, gender and ecological economics.

How does the programme ensure students understand the interaction between economic and ecological systems?

Ecological constraints on economic activity and the ecological crisis are touched upon in some courses in the first semester, and students can deepen their knowledge in courses like Labour & Ecology, Feminist & Ecological Economics and Current Issues in International Economics in the second semester. Also courses like Distribution and Growth are dealing with ecological constraints to economic growth and concepts of de-growth, zero-growth or green growth. In the 3rd semester students can do an internship in NGOs, public or private institutions related to ecological or other topics of their interest.

How does the programme ensure students understand how to critically explore real-world evidence, both qualitative and quantitative?

Teaching focusses on real-world problems, referring to both qualitative and quantitative empirical methods. A pluralist perspective is adopted, both theoretically and empirically. In the first semester, students work on term papers, usually in groups, in order to apply the theoretical and empirical methods they have learned. In the second semester project course Current Issues in International Economics students work in small teams on research projects, supervised by a professor. This provides a good exercise for the later Master thesis supported by a research seminar. Furthermore, students can attend courses in Quantative Methods for Economists, Econometrics or in Programming in order to improve their respective skills.

What pedagogical approaches does the programme use to ensure that students examine the historical context, assumptions and values in all economic thinking?

Learning about the historical, social and institutional context of economic thinking is most important for the M.A. Internationale Economics programme, and is the backbone of several courses. For example, the Macroeconomics course of the first semester starts with an overview of economic development of modern capitalism since the 1950s, and then discusses the dominant macroeconomic paradigms of the 1950s and 1960s, the neoclassical synthesis, of the 1970s and 1980s, monetarism and new classical economics, and since the mid 1990s, new Keynesianism, against this changing background. An alternative approach is studied, starting with the works of Keynes and Kalecki in the 1930s, before modern post-Keynesian approaches as potential alternatives to new Keynesian economics and answers to the current challenges in modern capitalism are explored.

How does the department ensure that the teaching culture and capacity to deliver economic pluralism are continually improving?

The staff of the M.A. International Economics includes senior professors from economics, sociology, political science and law, who are well established in their areas of research and teaching, as well as several young researchers and lecturers with a high potential. This variety provides a pluralist and interdisciplinary atmosphere. Students are taught in courses with no more than 40 participants, which allows for intense discussions and personal relationships with the lecturers. Student feedback is most important for the improvement of the quality of teaching. The didactics of the courses include lectures, plenary discussions, group work, and students’ peer-to-peer commenting which provides for a high degree of social learning. Students’ cohorts are highly international (50% non-EU, 30% non-German-EU, 20% German).

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Admission requirements include English language skills on a high B2 level proved by a standardised test and evidence of having completed undergraduate modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics in a Bachelors Degree.The graduates of this degree programme hold all the qualifications required to work in state and private organizations, internationally-orientated companies, economic associations and labour unions. The M.A. degree also qualifies its holder for the higher levels of public administration and for national and international doctoral programmes.The M.A.International Economics participates in the international double-degree Master Economic Economic Policies in the Age of Globalisation (EPoG2) and in the international Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Master Economic Policies for the Global Transition (EPoG+).Admission requirements include English language skills on a high B2 level proved by a standardised test and evidence of having completed undergraduate modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics in a Bachelors Degree.The graduates of this degree programme hold all the qualifications required to work in state and private organizations, internationally-orientated companies, economic associations and labour unions. The M.A. degree also qualifies its holder for the higher levels of public administration and for national and international doctoral programmes.The M.A.International Economics participates in the international double-degree Master Economic Economic Policies in the Age of Globalisation (EPoG2) and in the international Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Master Economic Policies for the Global Transition (EPoG+).Admission requirements include English language skills on a high B2 level proved by a standardised test and evidence of having completed undergraduate modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics in a Bachelors Degree.The graduates of this degree programme hold all the qualifications required to work in state and private organizations, internationally-orientated companies, economic associations and labour unions. The M.A. degree also qualifies its holder for the higher levels of public administration and for national and international doctoral programmes.The M.A.International Economics participates in the international double-degree Master Economic Economic Policies in the Age of Globalisation (EPoG2) and in the international Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Master Economic Policies for the Global Transition (EPoG+).Admission requirements include English language skills on a high B2 level proved by a standardised test and evidence of having completed undergraduate modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and International Economics in a Bachelors Degree.The graduates of this degree programme hold all the qualifications required to work in state and private organizations, internationally-orientated companies, economic associations and labour unions. The M.A. degree also qualifies its holder for the higher levels of public administration and for national and international doctoral programmes.The M.A.International Economics participates in the international double-degree Master Economic Economic Policies in the Age of Globalisation (EPoG2) and in the international Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Master Economic Policies for the Global Transition (EPoG+).

Luisa Bunescu

07/04/2021

I very much enjoyed this MA programme for the critical thinking that it promoted, its interdisciplinarity and heterodox economics that we got to discuss at length. Teaching staff is very well prepared and the student cohorts are highly international. Much recommended!

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Ayoze Alfageme

07/04/2021

As former student, I can say that the HWR International Economics MA program is great, with a pluralistic approach to economics and special focus on Post-Keynesian theory. The professors were not only outstanding teachers but also of great personal support during the program and after it. The IE MA program prepares you for employment options both in academy or outside of it. And, of course, the international diversity of classmates is top!

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Karolis Arbaciauskas

07/04/2021

It's a great program for those who are driven by the depths of Economic research.

I think that the research work at HWR both with peers and professors significantly improved the way I defined and tackled big questions of economic nature.

I was also lucky enough to get a tutoring experience which deepened my knowledge in the domain as well as boosted my confidence.It's a great program for those who are driven by the depths of Economic research.

I think that the research work at HWR both with peers and professors significantly improved the way I defined and tackled big questions of economic nature.

I was also lucky enough to get a tutoring experience which deepened my knowledge in the domain as well as boosted my confidence.It's a great program for those who are driven by the depths of Economic research.

I think that the research work at HWR both with peers and professors significantly improved the way I defined and tackled big questions of economic nature.

I was also lucky enough to get a tutoring experience which deepened my knowledge in the domain as well as boosted my confidence.

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Juan Martin Ianni

08/04/2021

A truly pluralistic program. As an actual student from the M.A. International Economics, I can say it is a rigorous and fruitful experience, in which students learn several schools of thought and address both the developed and developing countries phenomena. I strongly recommend it!

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Miquel Bassart i Loré

08/04/2021

I have studied this master and I have nothing but good words about it, it was a really estimulating learning experience. The organization is very well designed and the professors are well prepared in their field of study. It is great for those interested in heterodox economics in today's context.

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Christian Jimenez

08/04/2021

I enjoyed the programme when I joined some 4 years ago. It is a truly pluralistic programme where critical approaches to current economic affairs were offered in a very diverse environment. I had the opportunity to deepen my knowledge in practical skills too such as programming and econometrics as there were part of the optional classes available.

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Santiago Graña Colella

08/04/2021

I have taken the master last year. It has excellent courses following different heterodox approaches and teaching several thematises such as post-Keynesian Macro, global governance, Marxian political economy, among others. It is well organized, and most professors are very approachable. Additionally, it is a highly international program. It was a great experience to know people from all over the world and learn of their realities and experiences. I strongly recommend it.

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Facundo Lastra

08/04/2021

Great program with a truly international and plural approach, as well as outstanding professors! This Master stimulates critical thinking, which is necessary for all kind of jobs and activities in life. My former classmates are now contributing in policy making at different governmental and non-governmental institutions, they are also working in companies or doing a great job at academia.

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Sara Feiner Solís

09/04/2021

I incredibly benefitted from this unique MA. As opposed to most other schools that indoctrinate students with orthodox (neoliberal) theories presenting them as unchangeable facts, this programme sees Economics as a social science, understanding the political and social aspects entangled in Economics. It critically offers a variety of perspectives and offers tools and the motivation to define through Economics the type of society we want to live in. Great international exchange opportunities too.

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Jordi Schröder Bosch

24/04/2021

A great heterodox programme. You will learn several schools of thought, specially Post-Keynesian economics. Very well-rounded programme in all aspects. I highly recommend this programme! The professors are great in both the academic and human sense, helping whenever it is necessary. Coming from an orthodox degree, this MA has motivated me a lot to continue my journey in the Economics discipline.

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Country:

Germany

University:

HWR Berlin

Course name:

International Economics

Department/school:

Department of Business and Economics

Course level:

Taught Masters

Course language:

English

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International Economics | HWR Berlin

International Economics

Department of Business and Economics