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Models of Society and Visions of the Future

The subject area “Models of Society and Visions of the Future” comprises textbook sources containing ideal concepts of the society of a country or a larger social entity. The extracts convey hopes, expectations and fears that are rooted in certain historical situations as well as the present. The textbook extracts might address, for example, different areas of societal interaction or might evaluate economic and political systems. In colonial or post-colonial contexts certain countries are portrayed as progressive or backward in comparison to others by structuring underlying narratives with the help of keywords such as demography, migration, or globality.

Heterogeneity of Societies

The subject area “Heterogeneity of Societies” contains textbook extracts focusing on the societal status quo, which is often characterised by diversity in both past and present-day societies. The term “diversity” can be applied to a variety of different categories. An example is the phenomenon of migration. It can, on the one hand, be part of the national identity of a country or, on the other hand, be used as focal point to start debates about discrimination and dissociation.

Transnational and International Relations and Organisations

The subject area “Transnational and International Relations and Organisations” contains textbook extracts which deal with diplomatic and other institutionalised bi- and multilateral relations between different countries and regions. Organised associations between states and their activities in the areas of international politics, economics, and law (i.e. human rights, development cooperation, and humanitarian aid) are reflected alongside the political positions of the countries for which the textbooks were written.

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