GRADE Normative Orders

GRADE Normative Orders

Research Focus

Freedom and justice, tolerance and participation: the researchers in the Cluster of Excellence "The Formation of Normative Orders" are reflecting on such rights and principles in social life. How are political, legal, religious or economic orders established, and how do they change? How do structures of power crystallize in such processes of social dynamics? How are power and life chances distributed, on national and transnational levels? The topic is of high social relevance: we need to reflect on a world the orders of which are defended with power and yet are still fragile. The research of the Cluster focuses on current social conflicts about a fair order of society in times of globalization, as well as its long prehistory. It examines the normative ideas that play a role in such processes and conflicts, as well as how they can be criticized or justified. Above all, the fundamentals of politics and law are highlighted in the humanities and social sciences.
Within the GRADE Center Normative Orders such processes will be analyzed from the standpoint of the formation of normative orders, drawing upon disciplines ranging from philosophy and history to political science and legal studies, in addition to ethnology, economics, theology and sociology.


Objective

The GRADE Center Normative Orders is organized around the Cluster of Excellence »The Formation of Normative Orders« at Goethe University. Graduate training is a central concern of the Cluster. The Center perceives of the doctoral phase as the central step leading to an independent career in research. As a result our graduate support is designed to ensure that outstanding young scholars enjoy the best initial conditions for an academic career. These conditions must satisfy two requirements: they should ensure that the members acquire independence from an early stage, while at the same time imparting the skills required to plan their subsequent careers. In order to promote the independent character of the doctoral phase, the curriculum is geared primarily to the doctoral candidates’ independent work on their dissertations, to need-oriented, elective courses designed to support the work on the dissertation and to targeted training of the requisite skills in methods and research design. Thus, apart from the doctoral colloquium which runs through all stages of the program, doctoral candidates are required to take set courses only during their first year in the Graduate Program.