Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz leads research project on „The Authority of International Organizations and Institutional Overlap“ as part of the Vorab programme of Lower Saxony

Tobias Lenz

Global and regional international organizations (IOs) have become key players in international politics, facilitating cooperation in every corner of the world and with respect to almost any issue area, from economics to security, to immigration, to the environment. This ubiquity of IOs is reflected in the enormous growth in the post-World War II era of both their institutional authority and the institutional overlap between them, that is, the growing number of IOs with similar (but not necessarily identical) membership that are active in similar issue areas. For example, the World Bank, the United Nations, and the recently established New Development Bank all seek to facilitate economic development.


Profile of the Faculty of Science


The distinguishing characteristic of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen is its broad combination of subjects ranging from Ethnology, Educational Science, Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Sport Science to Modern Indian Studies. The Faculty also runs a cross-departmental Center of Methods. In the past few years, it has been increasingly successful in establishing interdisciplinary links between these subjects in both teaching and research.


Göttingen – An academic venue par excellence


Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, founded in 1737, sees itself as a global player among the world’s major research institutions with a focus on research-based teaching. As many as 25,000 students are enrolled at the 13 faculties at any one time. By engaging international scholars, researchers and scientists and a high proportion of foreign students, the University of Göttingen follows its tradition as a research campus of international significance and renown. In 2007, thanks to its institutional strategy to promote top-level research entitled “Tradition – Innovation – Autonomy”, Georg-August-Universität was successfully included in the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal Government and the State Governments. This placed Göttingen among the top nine German universities accredited with a pedigree in international competitiveness.

Especially in the social sciences and humanities, Göttingen University boasts a diversity of subjects and a robust infrastructure:

• Good equipment: The Göttingen State and University Library (SUB) is among the five largest academic libraries in Germany.

• Personalised advice and support: Aspects such as academic advisors, mentors and small seminar sizes with a manageable number of participants all foster a productive and trust-inspired studying atmosphere. Subject-specific writing advisors offer individualised help in writing academic and scientific papers.

• Close proximities: The main university campus, downtown area and railway station are all situated within walking distance of each other in this 130,000-inhabitant town. All of the Faculty’s institutes, except for one, are located in the downtown area.

• Attractive leisure-time activities: As a town much dominated by the university and its students, Göttingen has a wealth of leisure-time choices on offer. Rich in music and culture with cinemas, theatres and an abundance of cafés and pubs, Göttingen is also home to many facilities for university sports, so there is never a lack of pleasant distractions from academia either ...

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