The political projects of the students are the core of the MPP-program. They link theory and practice and represent the underlying idea of the curriculum of the MPP.
Acceptable projects require to be:
- Sustainable: projects set institutional standards for implementation into place and provide the basis for future innovations
- Comprehensive: projects must imply the creative use of existing resources, as well as the identification of new ones
- Practical: projects must have a practical relevance, and be feasible during master timeframe (2 years);
- Goal Oriented: projects must deal with a problem from within the student’s own organisation, and have the potential to successfully implement a long-lasting change
- Cooperative: projects implement both national and international collaboration
- Responsible: projects must be socially relevant, and support the concept of Good Governance
- Understandable: project goals and objectives must be relevant and clear
- Challenging: projects must deal with issues which have not already been successfully addressed
The completion of an approx. 2000-word Project Report is a prerequisite to the admission to the final exam, and a part of the final grade. The work on the project may be the subject of the Master Thesis.
WHAT IS A POLITICAL PROJECT?
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Gesine Schwan:
“When confronted with problems or obstacles – be it in our personal or professional life or as a result to our occupation with societies and politics – we are, in general, eager to find solutions.
Sometimes such problems or obstacles only concern us personally. Once, however, multiple people or institutions, entire systems or whole regions are affected, deriving suitable solutions is dependent on bargaining processes and, if necessary, comprehensive regulatory frameworks.
For example: We consider good food for our children as important. As soon as “good food” is not the objective of an individual taste, but subject to social health standards in a wider context of e.g. food production mechanisms in general, a collective and most likely controversial discourse is needed in order to achieve common results.
Thus, difficulties become political, when they expand the area of the private, therefore individual or smaller social circles – such as families and friends – and its solution is controversial and affects a wider public.
A political project often is controversial and affects others, sometimes many, in which deliberation is central to decision-making so as to stipulate socially acceptable solutions. Scope and method vary according to the project and are not fixed. However, the goal of each process is to include external stakeholders and their free choices as much as possible.”