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Overview

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 arise. 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.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

 

Political science as a 90 CP core subject with the option to become a teacher is studied with a range of 60 CP modules that are suitable for the desired teaching position and the subject of teaching-related vocational studies (LBW). Political science as a 60 CP module offering with a teacher training option must be combined with a suitable 90 CP core subject with a teaching training option and the teaching profession-related vocational studies (LBW) study area.

The study of political science as a 90 CP core subject with the option to become a teacher comprises four study areas: introductory area, basic area I, basic area II and the specialization area.

In the case of the core subject, at the end of the course there is an exemplary deepening and differentiation of a selected field of study through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The teaching profession-related vocational studies (LBW) study area is a compulsory component of all teaching-related bachelor's degree programs. It consists of two educational modules, the module German as a second language and two subject didactic modules. Part of one educational science module is a school internship lasting several weeks.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. 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 exams. 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 90 CP core subject with the option to become a teacher

Introductory area

module Introduction to Political Science B
module Introduction to the methods of scientific work

Basic area I

Basic module Foundations of Political Theory
Basic module Foundations of the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany
Basic module Theory, empiricism and history of international relations

Basic area II (1 out of 7 modules has 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

Specialization area (2 out of 3 modules are to be chosen)

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

 

Political science as a 60 CP module offering with the option to become a teacher

Introductory area

module Introduction to Political Science B

Basic area I

Basic module Foundations of Political Theory
Basic module Foundations of the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany
Basic module Theory, empiricism and history of international relations

Basic area II (2 out of 7 modules must 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

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. Teaching at public schools in the State of Berlin is only possible for Bachelor graduates with a teaching degree option with a relevant teaching degree (Master of Education).

In addition to teaching at schools, there are other fields of activity: 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 university degrees find employment opportunities at political science institutes of universities, in public administration, in specialist editorial offices of daily newspapers or publishers as well as in radio and television companies. Political institutions such as the German Bundestag and the state parliaments are also potential employers. In addition, they work for political parties, party-affiliated foundations, trade unions and associations. They can also work 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.

For managerial positions or employment in research and teaching, a master’s degree and possibly a doctorate are prerequisites.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Admission mode 1st semester
Local admission restriction
 
Admission mode higher semester
Local admission restriction (for the winter semester for the 3rd and 5th semester, for the summer semester for the 2nd, 4th, 6th semester)
 
 


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