Study Program

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The three levels of the curriculum are "concept", "project" and "practice".

On the concept level, candidates receive a broad introduction into the general topics of the CRC, as PhD-candidates cannot necessarily be expected to be fully qualified in specific law-and-literature research and topics. The concept level accompanies all candidates for the entire time of the PhD-program and includes obligatory classes as well as workshops and meetings within the CRC.

Candidates work together and connect with each other on the project level, which also allows room for the individuality of the projects. Classes on the concept level typically include graduate seminars with supervisors and other thematic assemblies within the CRC that are all accessible for the PhD-candidates.

The practice level offers the opportunity to work on the projects and other related publication activities as well as career-oriented workshops and conferences.

Concept Project Practice

Project Parts


Dynamic Clusters

Project Meetings






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    Obligatory standard

    The obligatory standard per candidate includes two lectures, two colloquia as well as two compact classes over the course of a 3/3.5-year PhD-program. Colloquia come together every other week and serve as discussion forums for the individual projects. Candidates have to attend during their first year and ideally contribute their own early research findings. Apart from supervision and feedback, the purpose of a colloquium is also to reflect on the theoretical frame of the CRC, but they primarily serve as modes of supervision that guide the process of writing a PhD-thesis. At the same time, young researchers can use this colloquium to discuss related publications or work experiences and career directions. Compact classes are designed to discuss research findings during the fourth and fifth term of the graduate program. Two or more PIs are responsible for offering the compact courses on a regular basis and the classes are usually also open to other students in Münster in order to introduce possible future candidates to the topic. Colloquia are also held by two PIs each from both literary studies and law.

      Semester 1 Semester 2
    Jear 1 Colloquium 1 Lecture
    Jear 2 Conference Colloquium 2
    Jear 3+   Submission and Disputatio/Colloquium


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    Elective modules

    Among the obligatory classes of the graduate program is a lecture, held every other year by all of the PIs, who present their own research findings and results from their projects in the CRC. All PhD-candidates are entitled to suggest topics or change the emphasis of the lecture course and they can submit possible suggestions through their chosen representative. Other events include workshops and reading groups. Candidates can attend workshops on presentation strategies or other more specific classes offered by the regular study program in Münster.

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    The graduate school pursues internationalization as one of its major strategies. Candidates are encouraged to visit one of the many international partners of the CRC at least for the duration of one term in order to work on their international profile and gain further insight and research experience. All partners have entered into supervision cooperations for these purposes and the CRC provides an adequate internationalization fund. Candidates ideally go abroad during their second year. In the interest of internationalization at home, PhD-candidates from abroad who work within the field can be given an associated status at the graduate school for a certain amount of time. During their stay, they are fully involved in the graduate program.

  • Weighting of program components

    • Dissertation: 120 ECTS
    • Lecture: 3 ETCS
    • Disputatio/Colloquium: 15 ETCS
    • Conference participation: 3 ETCS
    • Doctoral colloquia: 8 ECTS (2x4)
    • Elective modules: 31 ETCS