Faculty of Economics and Social SciencesPolitical Science – Bachelor 50%

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.
Teaching degree optionYes

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. The B.A. degree programme as a major (B.A. 75% and B.A. 50%) is divided into two sections. In the first three to four semesters, students in the B.A. 50% programme will complete modules POL_P1 and POL_P7, as well as three of the remaining five modules, which may be individually selected:

  • POL_P1: Introduction to Political Science  
  • 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
  • POL_P7: Empirical Methods 1 (Economics and Social Statistics)

In the second portion of the programme, students will build upon the fundamental knowledge acquired in the courses already taken and will determine their own individual areas of specialisation, with a broad, and generally free, selection of advanced courses from the elective modules.