POLITICAL SCIENCE BA


Course Duration / ECTS6 semesters / 180 ECTS
University degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty Faculty of Cultural and Social Sciences
Department Political Science and Sociology
ModeFull time
Study ID
D 033 624
Admission Requirements Matura or school leaving certificate (e.g., Abitur (GER), GCE
levels (UK), Diplome du Baccalaureat de l’Enseignement du
Second Degre (F), Titulo de Bachiller (E), Attestat (RSF)),
which is comparable in length and quality to the Austrian Matura.
Language of instruction German  Proof of language proficiency

What will I learn?

In the BA degree course in Political Science, you will deal with political players, institutions and processes, the political culture of various countries and selected fields of politics. You will examine how political players understand their roles and the motives by which they are driven, how their actions are restricted by political institutions and how political power is exerted. Moreover, you will develop empirical and analytical, professional and methodical skills. These skills enable you to develop innovative research questions and to compose written works, which are theoretically and methodically profound. Students acquire the ability to grasp political and social problems, to work out practical solution strategies, to present them convincingly and to advocate them argumentatively.


Which career opportunities do I have?

Through this BA degree course, you are qualified for responsible tasks in public administration, lobbying and non-government organizations (NGOs), in the field of PR and foreign ministries.


Why Salzburg?

There are several good reasons to enrol for a BA degree course in Political Science at the University of Salzburg, such as the high quality and international orientation of teaching and research, the flexible and individual organisation of the courses, small seminar groups, close supervision, the cooperation with the Salzburg Centre for European Union Studies (SCEUS), and the appeal of the course locations.


How is the course structured?

Political Science BA
STEOP (Introductory and Orientation Phase: 2 STEOP-VUs,
PS Academic Research Skills and Techniques)
14 ECTS
Introduction to the 5 core subjects (1 VO and 1 PS each)45 ECTS
Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (1 VO and 1 PS each)18 ECTS
Bachelor’s seminar6 ECTS
Deepening in 3 out of 5 core subjects (optional, 5 courses)30 ECTS
Advanced Methods or courses with practical experience
(compulsory but optional, 2 courses each)
12 ECTS
Basics of related disciplines (of choice)13 ECTS
Bachelor’s thesis6 ECTS
Obligatory work placement12 ECTS
Optional subjects24 ECTS
Total180 ECTS

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