Political science is a social science. Their subject matter is political decisions and political action in the state and society or between different states. In doing so, she examines the theoretical and philosophical foundations of political action as well as its specific conditions of development and effects: How do political decisions come about? How do certain political events influence developments in the state and society, in what larger historical, social and economic context do they stand? On which contractual theoretical and institutional foundations is a state based and what effects do these have on the coexistence of its citizens? More generally speaking, political science researches the interrelationships between (political) actors, structures and processes.

Political science as such could only emerge since one can speak of a state in the modern sense. According to a famous American political scientist, political science is "the study of the way in which decisions for a society are made and considered binding most of the time by most of the people" (Easton). It thus tries to explain controversial decisions that are controversial and at the same time socially binding and how they come about. This usually involves decisions that are preceded by a discussion about values ??and interests. Even if political science results and considerations can acquire practical significance, it is not the declared aim of political science to conduct scientific politics. On the other hand, it is more about a systematic and objective reflection on politics. For this purpose, political science uses classical social science methods of a quantifying or qualifying nature. Last but not least, political science also reflects on the historical development conditions and scientific premises of the political science analysis itself. In terms of content and methodology, it is related to sociology; there are also areas of overlap with philosophy, law and economics.

Program Structure

Political science is combined with a 90-credit core subject as a 60-credit module.

The political science course comprises modules from three areas of study:

  • Introductory area
  • Basic area I
  • Basics area

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module examination. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Political science as a 60 CP module offer

Introductory area

module Introduction to Political Science B
module Theory, Empirical and History of International Relations
Basic area I (2 of 3 modules are to be chosen)
Basic module Foundations of the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany
Basic module Fundamentals of Political Theory
Basic module Theory, empiricism and history of international relations

Basic area II (3 of 7 modules are to be chosen)

Basic module Legal and philosophical foundations of politics
Basic module International Political Economy
Basic module Political Sociology
Basic module Regional policy analysis
Basic module Peace and Conflict Research
Basic module European Integration
Basic module Policy field analysis, especially environmental policy

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. Since political science is studied as a module within the framework of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen 90 CP core subject usually shapes the professional qualification.

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