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Political Science / Social Sciences

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How can movements like Black Lives Matter and Fridays for Future have a political impact? What are the political and social consequences of the corona pandemic? Why was Donald Trump not re-elected as President in the US? Political science deals with questions like these. She compares the political systems of different countries and deals with political economy, political theories or conflict research. "Current, specific topics and complex theories - this mixture makes our subject so exciting," says Claudia Ritzi, Professor of Political Science at Trier University and board member of the German Association for Political Science (DVPW). Neighboring subjects are also included. The most important include sociology, economics, law, history, communication studies, and philosophy. Politics studies are not limited to theories - the students also learn, for example, how to analyze election results or social trends using statistical methods.

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Requirements from the point of view of professors for studying political science / social sciences

  • Interest in politics
  • Interest in dealing with theories
  • Interest in research and scientific work / basic knowledge of scientific work
  • abstract / logical / analytical thinking skills
  • Association and transfer skills / systemic thinking
  • Reading and writing skills / text comprehension / enjoyment of reading)
  • Ability to argue and discuss
  • Ability to reflect and criticize / critical thinking
  • Independent, self-organized and self-disciplined learning and working / self-management / willingness to self-manage
  • good general education
  • English skills

Source: Survey of professors as part of the CHE Ranking 2021/2022.

This is how the course works

In the first semesters, the major sub-disciplines of the subject are in the foreground: comparative government, political systems, international relations and political theory. In addition, in method courses, the students learn how to evaluate statistics, design surveys and carry out computer-aided text analyzes. In later semesters, the above-mentioned subject areas are deepened. In addition, the universities also offer elective courses with different focuses. This can be Europe or Asia, domestic politics, international comparisons or methodology and statistics. You should find out more about this before starting your studies. Internships are compulsory at most universities and are usually done during the semester break. The students can gain their first professional experience with political parties and associations or in the media. In the Master’s program, graduates can then specialize, for example, in international relations, research on democracy or political management.

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Typical questions of the subject

  • How do populist movements change political processes?
  • What significance does Karl Marx have for today's left politics?
  • How is the European Union structured and what future does it have?
  • How are different governments reacting to climate change?
  • How can citizens participate in political processes?
  • What is the impact of the pandemic on the separation of powers?
  • How are social media like Twitter changing political communication?

The subject suits you if ...

... you are interested in how societies work and follow current political events. You should also like to read a lot and be able to cope well with theoretical texts, including in English. "Many believe that we discuss personal political positions in the seminar, but that rarely happens," says Florian Grotz, political professor at the Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg and chairman of the German Society for Political Science (DGfP). Instead, it discusses political theories and how to apply them. An interest in numbers and data is also important. "You don't have to be a math genius, but a solid statistical education is important to understand research," says Claudia Ritzi. Political scientists later work in policy advice, as research assistants for members of parliament, as journalists or in industry, where they do lobbying work, for example.

Is there an NC?

More than half of the courses have an NC, and this is often in the range of two.