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The single-subject Bachelor's degree in Politics and Economics combines two closely related scientific disciplines: political science and economics.
The Political Sciencefocuses on the investigation of cause and effect relationships in societies and the interaction of various state, civil society and private actors. In the main areas of political theory and governance in a national and international context, you will get to know relevant schools of thought in the history of political ideas as well as the structure and functioning of political systems. The focus here is on the characteristics of the Federal Republic of Germany as well as those of other systems that are compared. The development of power relationships and the course of decision-making processes are also taken into account. At the level of international politics, the relationship between individual states and internationally operating organizations is examined.
The economics , however, has the production and distribution of goods to the object, and also considers the economic behavior of individual households and firms (microeconomics) and macroeconomic processes and laws (macroeconomics). Furthermore, economics deals with state economic policy and, based on this, gives recommendations for the solution of economic and social problems.


The bachelor's degree has a modular structure. Within the modules, the course content is thematically summarized in different study and teaching forms. A fixed number of credit points as well as certain study and examination achievements must be achieved in each module


Credit points

politics 54 LP
economy 54 LP
Basic methods 24 LP
Key competencies 30 LP
Final modules (colloquium & bachelor thesis) 18 LP
total 180 LP

In the 'Politics' area , you take political science modules such as “History of Ideas and Political Theory”, “International Politics” or “Administration and Public Policy”. In the advanced study you can set your own priorities and thus develop an individual profile.
The area of 'economics' also includes a broad elective area. This gives you the opportunity to choose focus areas according to your personal inclinations and professional wishes. You can choose from modules such as “International Economy”, “State and Allocation” or “Competition Theory and Policy”.
The imparting of well-founded methodological knowledge is a central goal of the course. In the 'Basic Methods' areaexpand your knowledge of mathematics and acquire comprehensive knowledge in statistics and methods of empirical economic research. The method training is rounded off by seminars offered in the area of 'key competences' . In these courses you will learn techniques of scientific work and how to use the statistics software Stata.
In addition to basic academic competencies, you will also acquire interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and abilities in the 'key competencies' area (see the following illustration). Here you can choose from the wide range of Studiumpluschoose. Either you expand your interdisciplinary problem-solving skills and take the Studiumplus module “Art, Religion, Philosophy” or “Animus, anima, corpus.” Or you acquire practical skills and complete a multi-week internship at home or abroad. The faculty and other institutions of the University of Potsdam support you in your search for an internship.

Basic Academic Skills - Compulsory Modules (12 CP)

Occupational field-specific competencies -
compulsory elective modules (18 CP)

  • Introduction to scientific work as well as self-reflection and planning
  • Introduction to computer-aided data analysis

Modules from the Studiumplus offer must be taken. We recommend:

  • Foreign languages ??(especially the acquisition of English skills at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference)
  • Mathematics for Economists 2
  • Jurisprudence
  • Internship lasting several weeks


If you have a strong interest in political and economic topics or problems as well as a preference for analytical thought processes, you already have good qualifications for the degree. In addition, a good command of English and a good knowledge of mathematics are an advantage.


As a graduate of the bachelor's degree in Politics and Economics, you will have a broad knowledge of the fields and methods of political science and economics. They are able to describe the complex relationships that exist between politics and business and to explain current economic and political developments. In addition to the social and personal skills required for the professional and working world, you will also acquire the ability to apply acquired knowledge in a reflective manner and to develop well-founded approaches to thinking and solving political and economic problems.
The bachelor's degree qualifies for professional fields in which comprehensive economic and political science expertise, analytical skills, distinctive methodological knowledge and interdisciplinary problem-solving skills are required. These include, for example, activities in national and international organizations and institutions that operate at the interface between politics and business. Furthermore, the course opens up career prospects in public administration, in federal and state ministries, in chambers (such as the chambers of industry and commerce), parties, associations, foundations, consultations and in the media and education sector. Graduates of the course can also find their professional future in research facilities and institutes


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