Political science is about systematic and critical examination of political issues. The material, ideal and normative foundations of politics are examined in a differentiated manner. The diversity of political actors, processes and structures are examined and forms and functions of political systems and institutions on social, transnational, state, regional and global level are examined. It examines which factors influence political processes and their results. 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.

Program Structure

The mono Bachelor's degree in Political Science comprises six modularized study areas: introductory area, basic area I, basic area II, elective area (specialization and related area), specialization area, general vocational preparation (ABV).

Modules in the related areas expand the specialist spectrum.

At the end of the course, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study takes place through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis). The bachelor thesis is accompanied by a colloquium of two hours per week.

The General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area includes an internship and the following areas of expertise: foreign languages, information and media skills, gender and diversity skills, organizational and management skills, personal and social-communicative skills as well as additional specialist qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. Aims, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in a separate ABV study and examination regulations.

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 examinations. 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, Mono Bachelor

Introductory area

module Introduction to Political Science A
module Introduction to the methods of scientific work
module Introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods

Basic area I

Basic module Political theory
Basic module Political Systems and Comparison
Basic module Theory, empiricism and history of international relations

Basic area II (2 out of 7 modules have to be chosen)

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

Elective area (either 3 specialization modules or 2 specialization modules and related area)

Specialization module Political theory
Specialization module Political Systems and Comparison
Specialization module International Relations
Specialization module Legal and philosophical foundations of politics
Specialization module International Political Economy
Specialization module Political Sociology
Specialization module Policy field analysis, especially environmental policy
Specialization module Peace and Conflict Research
Specialization module European Integration
Specialization module Regional policy analysis
or affine area Modules in the context of other subjects and specialist areas

Specialization area (2 of 3)

module Specialization - Political Theory
module Specialization - Political Systems and Comparison
module Specialization - International Relations

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course.

Political scientists analyze the political, legal, social and economic system of the Federal Republic, the international relations of states or associations and the respective historical bases. This also includes an examination of the institutions, organizations and processes of political decision-making. They also consider political theory and philosophy in their historical context and with regard to constitutional and economic foundations.

Political scientists with a university degree can find employment opportunities at political science institutes at universities, in public administration, in the specialist editorial offices of daily newspapers or publishers, and in radio and television companies. Political institutions such as the German Bundestag and the state parliaments are also potential employers. They also work for political parties, party-affiliated foundations, trade unions and associations. They can also be active in the field of political education, for example at adult education centers. Other fields of activity are development cooperation organizations and PR agencies that focus on political communication. Political scientists are sometimes entrusted with press and public relations tasks in commercial enterprises. Non-governmental and international organizations are also potential employers.

When looking for a job - regardless of the degree you are aiming for - a high degree of initiative is required: contacts with potential employers should be established during your studies. Last but not least, the compulsory internship is ideal for this. A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.

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