I graduated from Marburg University in the Spring of 2012 after 6 Semesters at the University and an additional Semester at the University of Damascus.
My Bachelor of Arts in Social Science consisted of a mixture of modules in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Research - and Analytical Methodology and Sociological Theory and History. Interdisciplinary lines of scientific discourse have, among others, created a distinctive history of sociological thought in the tradition of critical and conflict theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
BA Social Science
Among others I developed a good understanding of theories of Political Integration in the European Union, fell in love with Jean-Jaques Rousseau and had first opportunities to apply scientific methodology. Social and Developmental Psychology, as well as Theories of Conflict and International Relations all found their application in my final thesis, which in turn, was related to my experiences in the Middle East
Planning might not have been on my agenda yet, but in Marburg I developed an understanding of aspects which are fundamentally important in my current studies: social injustice and its manifestation through and in political processes, economy and group formation. It is the quest for answers to fundamental questions on a philosophical and theoretical level which ultimately leads to the deployment of real-life policies and action to make an actual difference rather than just to think about it..
Activism, Political Struggle and Participation have a long history in Marburg. Life in the city of 80,000 people, out of which 25,000 are students, inspires and confronts:
Throughout my 7 Semesters at the University (out of which one was spent at the University of Damascus), I was involved with various groups. AFS Intercultural Experiences, where I held various positions, accompanied me through the years. Handala Marburg is a, today more than ever, active group of people with an affiliation to the culture and struggle of the Palestinian People which I co-founded in my second semester. Sneep was a great introduction to Project Management and an eye-opener regarding the importance of business ethics and international regimes for sustainable development.
I also met my fiance at the University of Marburg who is working on the application of quantifiable indicators in areas prone to (negative) conflict to prevent the outbreak of direct violence. She is a graduate of the World Peace Academy, Basel and currently studying in a Masters Program at the University of Sussex, UK.