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Overview

Overview

 

The Master's course of study Political Science has two particular characteristics.

1. Students select a political science focus starting in the second semester:

  • International Relations or
  • Political Theories and Systems

2. The course of study makes it possible to have an interdisciplinary orientation so that students can build an individual profile

The focus Political Theories and Systems imparts comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary to understand and scientifically analyze the political present. It deals with knowing the history of political thinking in view of the relevance of past political theories for understanding current political problems. It also deals with theory-driven, comparative examination with basic characteristics of political organizations and institutions and typologies of different political systems. Furthermore, normative fundamentals of political decisionmaking will also be taken into account.

The focus International Relations concentrates on the central, transgressive political actors, structures, and processes, that are indispensable for understanding the current and future problems of a globalized and increasingly complex interconnected and simultaneously fragmented world. Along these lines, studies in international relations contribute to imbedding technological and social developments into the political context. Students learn to evaluate the systematic compatability and functional adequacy of theoretical and practical approaches to solutions for global problems.

The interdisciplinary modules offer students both a broad perspective of the social, natural, and technological sciences as well as the opportunity to specialize.

The curriculum for a Master's in political science is shaped by a variety of seminars, in which students intensively work on research questions in political sciences with each other and with instructors. In doing so they participate in current research work at the Institute of Political Science. Additionally, the courses are set up in such a way that the course of study opens up prospects for other qualified employment opportunities. An eight-week internship offers the possibility to get more in depth orientation regarding career fields.

Programme Structure

The course of study consists of

  • Two mandatory political science modules
  • Three elective modules
  • Two interdisciplinary modules
  • Internship module
  • Master's thesis module

Program Structure

1st semester

Mandatory modules:

Political Science in a Social Context, Selected Problem Fields in Political Science, Interdisicplinary Module 1

2nd semester

Elective Modules 1 and 2

3rd semester

Elective Module 3

Interdisciplinary Module 2, Internship

4th semester

Master's Thesis

Entry Requirement

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

 

The career opportunities for political scientists are as diverse as the subject itself. Political science graduates are expected to be able to efficiently include themselves in complex contexts, precisely sort them out, critically evaluate them, and communicate them in a comprehensive manner.

Public administration, political institutions, international organizations, political advising, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, publishing houses, media, and educational institutions are just a few fields, in which this expertise is sought.

Non-university contacts are extremely important during studies as well as experiences in the practical application of political science skills. They can be the start to one's professional career. For this reason, students should carefully select an internship durign their studies and supplement their studies with other employment.


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