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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.

Structures of Power, Dominance and Freedom

The subject area “Structures of Power, Dominance and Freedom” contains textbook extracts about colonialism and imperialism as well as depictions which deal with overcoming imbalances of power and the post-colonial era. This subject area also comprises descriptions of different social and political movements from the past or the present, which oppose unequal distributions of power and oppression in favour of freedom and independence.

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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