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Justicia y desigualdades: Estudios comparativos culturales (M.A.)

Master of Arts (M.A.) | Begins in the winter semester of 2024/25 | Taught in Spanish


Image: Till Schürmann
Painter: Joaquín Torres García (Montevideo, Uruguay, 1874–1949), América Invertida, 1943.

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“Justicia y desigualdades: Estudios comparativos culturales” is a consecutive interdisciplinary Master’s degree programme with a cultural studies focus. It is taught entirely in Spanish on campus (some online sessions are possible) and has an international profile.

Providing access to justice or overcoming injustices and reducing historically persistent intersectional inequalities are global issues for the future. They are also included in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda, where its 17 Sustainable Development Goals address the three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic and environmental. Our Master’s degree programme focuses on this subject area, and, in addition, addresses North-South asymmetries and discusses postcolonial perspectives. It qualifies graduates for senior employment opportunities in social transformation processes in one of the world’s largest language areas. This orientation is our programme’s unique selling point since other degree courses on justice usually focus on individual or specific perspectives.

Target Group

The programme is directed at students from all over the world, primarily Latin America, North America and Europe, especially Spain and Germany. It welcomes all students who are interested in its thematic orientation and have appropriate language skills (non-native speakers should have C1-level Spanish). In terms of academic, geographical, social and cultural background and professional experience, the programme is open to students who are at different stages of their lives, either directly after they have completed their Bachelor’s degree or after several years of professional activity.

Course content

We offer students an interdisciplinary programme on a highly relevant subject area which explores the interface between the cultural, social and legal sciences and such thematic areas as peace and conflict research, global health, gender studies and development research as well as sustainable development.

The programme focuses on justice and inequalities, analysed from different perspectives in the following fields:             

  • representations of justice, social inequalities and human rights violations       
  • social policy (work, education, health, pensions, transport, housing, social rights) and the transformative potential of law in contexts of extreme social inequalities  
  • political economy of development processes, alternative concepts of development and alternatives to development;
    glottopolitics and social justice, discourses of justice, the role of language in social participation and in the democratisation of access to social resources  
  • intersectionality, gender studies and struggles for social justice;           
    democratic participation mechanisms and authoritarian movements;
    human rights violations and their treatment by transitional justice or the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and collective memory processes
  • North-South asymmetries and global solidarity;                                                                               
  • extractivism, Just Energy Transition, socio-ecological conflicts and climate justice;
  • social, political and cultural determinants of health, as well as the interactions between health, equity/justice and sustainable development.


The international, interdisciplinary and theoretically and methodically pluralistic nature of this Master’s programme enables students to reflect on key issues of justice of our time from multiple perspectives and in their respective cultural contexts and to present their own points of view in a scientifically sound manner. They learn about political and social means of promoting different aspects of justice and they critically discuss the political and social feasibility of these options. They also acquire the skills to formulate solutions relevant to practical policies but also to make (constructive) criticism. Students learn about theoretical and conceptual approaches, but they also improve their methodological skills, analyse current empirical case studies as well as apply and reflect on the knowledge they have acquired in the context of a compulsory internship.

In addition to academic training, emphasis is placed on the development of intercultural competencies, various soft skills (academic presentations; writing different types of text; preparing work for a broad target audience) and on the transfer of professionally relevant knowledge (event organisation; project management; didactics of adult education). The degree programme enables students to focus on research as well as prepare for careers in a wide range of professional fields (science, development cooperation, international organisations, NGOs, ministerial bureaucracy, political education, cultural work, etc. ). The heterogeneous nature of the student body and integration of teaching staff from partner universities or with practical backgrounds enable students to build international and transdisciplinary networks that benefit their future academic and professional careers. This is enhanced by active alumni work.


All applicants need to present English skills at B2 level. For students whose first language is Spanish, a buddy programme is being piloted to provide support in all administrative processes (consultation, enrolment, registration for courses and examinations).

Composition of the Study Programme


Duration of Studies

4 semesters − 120 credit points (CP)

Composition of the Study Programme

The Spanish-language Master’s degree programme “Justicia y desigualdades: Estudios comparativos culturales” provides graduates with a further qualification for a profession.

The study programme worth a total of 120 credits (ECTS) consists of

(a) four compulsory basic modules (Basic Module I: Justice, Fundamentals from a Cultural Studies Perspective, Basic Module II: Social Justice from a Cultural Studies Perspective, Basic Module III: Justice and Human Rights, Module IV: International Justice) amounting to 40 credits,

(b) compulsory elective area: two of four modules (North-South Perspectives and Issues of Gender/Intersectionality, Social Justice II, Justice and Human Rights II, International Justice II) amounting to 20 credits,

(c) a compulsory module “Internship” amounting to 20 credits,

(d) the compulsory elective module Extracurricular Skills/Employability, which can be completed either through Extracurricular Skills modules or through modules from the field of Intercultural Communication offered by the Institute of Romance Studies, amounting to 10 credits,

(e) a compulsory module “Master's thesis” amounting to 30 credits.

(d) the compulsory elective module Extracurricular Skills/Employability, which can be completed either through Extracurricular Skills modules or through modules from the field of Intercultural Communication offered by the Institute of Romance Studies, amounting to 10 credits,

(e) a compulsory module “Master's thesis” amounting to 30 credits.

Information on the programme and modules

You will find the detailed study plan and module descriptions in the special regulations.



Commencement of Studies

Winter semester (October)

Application Procedure

Depending on where you obtained either your university entrance certificate or your Bachelor degree, you should follow one of two application procedures, as applicable:

Case A

Use JLU’s application portal if

  • you completed a Bachelor’s degree at a German university (the country of origin of your university entrance certificate is of no importance).
  • you have not yet completed your JLU Bachelor’s degree. Please provide a preliminary report. The country of origin of your university entrance certificate is of no importance.
  • you obtained your university entrance certificate in Germany and attended a Bachelor programme at a German university other than JLU. Please provide a preliminary report if you have not yet completed your programme.
  • you wish to switch to another degree programme at JLU. The country of origin of your university entrance certificate is of no importance.

Case B

Submit your application to uni-assist if 

  • you completed a Bachelor’s degree at a non-German university.
  • (the country of origin of your university entrance certificate is of no importance).
  • you obtained your university entrance certificate abroad and are taking but have not yet completed a Bachelor’s degree at a German university other than JLU or at any other university within the EU. Please provide a preliminary report.



  1. Admission Requirements

    To be accepted into the Master’s degree programme, applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject at a university in Germany or abroad. Recognised Bachelor degrees are in Intercultural Communication and Business (ICB), Cultural and Literary Studies, Latin American Studies, Inter-American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Law, Geography and Environmental Science. Completed teacher training programmes for primary schools, secondary schools, grammar schools, special needs schools or vocational schools are also recognised, provided that the teaching subjects are politics and economics, German, Spanish, English, French or geography.

    For acceptance into the Master's degree programme, the Bachelor’s degree must be worth at least 180 CP (ECTS or equivalent).

    The Examination Board may recognise other degrees as equivalent based on a case-by-case assessment.

    In cases of doubt, the Examination Board shall decide whether or not the applicant fulfils the admission requirements.

    Language Requirements
    1.    Language skills in Spanish (C1); This can also be proven by submitting a Licenciatura certificate for a Spanish-language Bachelor’s degree programme;
    2.    B1 English proficiency according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This is proven by:
    1. a)    the Abitur certificate,
      b)    upper secondary school certificates or proof of at least four years of English lessons,
      c)    proof of at least 120 hours of language instruction,
      d)    expert opinion or lecturer’s examination of B1 English language skills,
      e)    proof of a UNIcert® level I qualification,
      f)    proof of a TOEFL test (computer-based score of at least 43, written test at least 550 points) or
      g)    other proof recognised as equivalent by the Examination Board.
WiSe, kein NC (Englisch)

Career Options

Career Options

Graduates are qualified to pursue a professional career in state, international or civil society organisations in Germany or abroad. Thanks to the knowledge and skills they acquire, graduates are able to successfully operate in different contexts and cultural environments.

International Office

International Office

The JLU international office is available to support international students at all times.

International Office

General Counselling and Support of International Students
Goethestrasse 58
35390 Giessen



Course-Specific Advice and Information

Prof. Dr Verena Dolle
Professor of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Literatures and Cultures
Institute for Romance Studies

Contact: Verena Dolle

Office: Phil II, Building G, Room 04a
Phone.: +49 (0)641/99-31150

Secretary: Pilar Diz Núñez,
Contact: Pilar Diz Núñez 
Secretary’s office: Room 04b
Phone.: +49 (0)641/99-31151
Fax: +49 (0)641/99-31159


Asesoramiento de estudios y apoyo a estudiantes internacionales (en español)

Nicole Bier
Phone: +49 641 99 12148
Goethestrasse 58, Room 230
35390 Giessen

Nadine Linßen
Phone: +49 641 99 12100
Goethestrasse 58, Room 20
35390 Giessen