Are you interested in studying at the Institute of Political Science? You can find an overview of our study programmes and their individual profiles on our home page. At present, around 250 students are enrolled on the social studies teaching degree and around 400 students are enrolled on the BA or MA in Political Science or the MA in European Integration in East Central Europe. Furthermore, we frequently have mature students join us in our lectures.
We complement academic training with first-hand experiences, e.g. by organising regular field trips to Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Prague and Dresden, and inviting professionals from the field to give talks. Students training to be teachers are supervised throughout their practical teacher training. We offer exercises specifically designed for trainee teachers aimed at improving understanding of the material found in the basic modules alongside training sessions on how to use state-of-the-art, interactive whiteboards.
The institute maintains cooperative relationships with many other universities, supported through semesters abroad and Erasmus+ applications. The MA in European Integration in East Central Europe comprises a mandatory semester abroad and facilitates an integrated, international double degree programme. The Jean Monnet Chair regularly organises events with a European focus. Our teaching events are enriched by visiting researchers and students from abroad.
Alongside conventional didactic approaches, we pursue various other ways of developing and acquiring knowledge and skills in teaching and research, such as
- lectures held by different teachers aimed at offering a range of perspectives,
- formal discussion and/or debate formats,
- simulation games,
- teaching events held as part of research projects, e.g. qualitative data collection in group discussions, expert interviews, transcription, evaluation based on grounded theory and other methods, discourse analyses,
- colloquia to discuss theses during the preparatory phase.
Any students interested in carrying out their own research are able to do so under professional guidance at an early stage as part of project seminars, a teaching-oriented research workshop and through active involvement in the professorships’ research projects.