Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesPolitical Science – Bachelor 25%

Students of the degree programme in Political Science primarily study the organisation and functioning of political institutions, the agencies and processes operating between state and society, the complexion of governance as a function of state policy, and international relations.

Facts & Formalities

DegreeBachelor of Arts
Type of programmeUndergraduate
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study6 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman and English
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureSubjects with local admission restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

Political science is the study of the organisation and functioning of political institutions, the agencies and processes operating between state and society, the complexion of governance as a function of state policy, and international relations. To this extent, Political Science is the designation for scholarly analysis of the “striving for a share of power or for influence on the distribution of power” (Max Weber) and the binding settlement of societal conflicts over desired values and goods in domestic policy, foreign policy, and international relations. 

In Germany, Political Science was only established to any significant degree as a scholarly discipline after World War Two. However, its traditions are in part much older. Ultimately, philosophical engagement with policy and politics dates back to the theories of governance advanced by the Greek philosophers of antiquity, notably Plato and Aristoteles. But Political Science also has a younger component. As a social science, it is a modern empirical discipline initially established largely in the United States and Europe.

Course Structure

The Bachelor’s degree programme consists of a variety of modules, typically made up of two courses and their associated examinations, for which students normally earn ten credits. Students pursuing the 25% (minor) degree  will enrol in the introductory module POL_P1: Introduction to Political Science (lecture only) as well as three modules of the student’s choice from modules POL_P2 through POL_P6:

  • POL_P2: Fundamentals of Political Theory
  • POL_P3: Fundamentals of the Political Systems in Germany and the EU
  • POL_P4: Fundamentals of International Relations
  • POL_P5: Fundamentals of the Comparative Analysis of Political Systems
  • POL_P6: Fundamentals of Policy Research