Social Sciences

Three Explanations for the Unfavorable Views of China in Germany

Christoph Lhotka | The Indo-Pacific region is arguably the new center of geopolitical and economic power. For this reason, established countries such as Germany are adapting their stances to regional realities. Stances towards China have been particularly fragile, which is why this inquiry aims to explain the negative public sentiment towards China in Germany.

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“Remove all the bars”: the struggle of Artsakh

João Jesus | In the South Caucasus, the unrecognized Republic of Artsakh has been disputed for decades both by Azerbaijan and Armenia. Nowadays, the enclave is known as Nagorno-Karabakh Region (NKR), and it is internationally recognized as part of the Azerbaijan Republic even though 99% of the population are ethnically Armenian.

Can student evaluations be trusted?

Can student evaluations be trusted?

Karl Kilbo Edlund | Although nearly ubiquitous in the modern higher education sector, student evaluations of teaching, or course evaluations, have been frequently criticised in scientific literature. From a student’s vantage point, these feedback systems represent one of the most commendable ideals of modern pedagogy: the involvement of student voices in course design and development.

The Importance of Hybridity: Patchwork Identity as the Foundation and the Future of the EU

Miša Glišič | The European Union of today is the result of a process that began over half a century ago. I personally understand »union« as a word that includes and connects diverse cultural mindsets. The EU as a community should serve the people and their diversity since hybridity overall is essential in every aspect of life. What creates the framework of our existence?

Towards a Greener Future for Europe?

Fiona De Cuyper | Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic are the hallmark challenges of the 21st century, yet their intersection is not often discussed. Despite its devastating effects, this paper argues that the pandemic can be seen as an opportunity for a green recovery in Europe.

Rethinking our Microeconomics curriculum

Matthew McCarthy | If you take a closer look at the microeconomics curriculum taught at many European universities, you might find it worrisome, if not deeply problematic. It frames a discourse around ‘the consumer’, ‘profit seeking firms’ and ‘rationality’, and in doing so, locks our economic imagination into strict ideological borders.

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The Korean Triad: Measuring the Effectiveness of the Inter-Korean Peace Negotiation

Pau Álvarez Aragonès | Since the armistice of 1953, the fire between both Koreas stopped – yet the war has not officially ended, as there has not been any peace treaty to date. This paper handles the following research question: “Have the diplomatic summits in 2018 and 2019 been effective towards the development of an inter-Korean peace agreement?”. In order to answer the question, this paper has tried to measure the effectiveness of the Summits through the degree of compliance with the main points of the Summits using three categories as the main elements for a peace treaty: security provisions, economic cooperation and identity construction.