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Political Science

Polyvalent dual-major bachelor's degree program - Major field (with secondary-school teaching degree option)


Are you familiar with the world of politics? Have you always wanted to know how parties campaign for voters and how they are influenced by parties? How ASEAN operates politically, or how Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau have influenced our political thinking? The Political Science degree at the University of Freiburg offers you wide-ranging studies on which you can learn about every aspect of the subject.

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Political Science sees politics as a social construct and attempts to provide systematic explanations for social and political phenomena. It studies political processes, state and civil society stakeholders and institutions. The aim is to find out how social coexistence is organized and in the best case also to give an idea of how it could be improved.
At the University of Freiburg, unlike other universities, we cover every discipline of political science. You will acquire extensive fundamental knowledge enabling you to pursue your own special interests at the end of your studies.

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

6 semesters required for the full degree programme

ECTS points:

180

Admission: First semester:

restrictive admissions (University): replacement procedure
(Average grade in the German higher education entrance qualification and, where applicable, extracurricular activities)

Germans and EU citizens: 90% of study spaces are granted in a selection procedure and 10% after a waiting period. Non-EU citizens (without German school-leaving certificate): do not take part in this selection procedure. Study spaces are granted according to a quota of 8% of the available spaces.

Remark: Please check again at the beginning of the application period to make sure that the admission requirements for this degree program have not changed in the meantime.

Further information on the selection process for German nationals, non-German nationals educated in Germany and EU nationals can be found on the faculty web pages

Higher semesters:

free admission

Please note: University admission requirements may change up to the start of the application period.

Application period: First semester: 1 June–15 July
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Humanities

Political science aims at scientific analysis of the “political” in all of its facets. In particular, the course of study focuses on various forms of government, political institutions, and leadership structures, as well as their social and economic foundations and the values on which they are based. Owing to the methods applied and the questions dealt with in political science, the field has many points of contact with other disciplines, e.g., law, economics, history, sociology, and philosophy. This broad disciplinary scope led one of the early practitioners of political science (Arnold Bergstraesser) to refer to it as a “synoptic science.” However, the field has also been subject to an increasing specialization in the past decades. Today it is common to draw a basic distinction between the subdisciplines “political theory and the history of ideas,” “comparative government” or “comparative analysis of political systems,” and “international politics.” In basic terms, the field of political science deals, first, with the preconditions, criteria, and general framework of politics and political action, second, with the analysis of political processes, and third, with the study of special fields of politics, such as developmental politics, environmental politics, or gender politics. In the first case it is interested particularly in the legal, economic, and societal foundations of politics. The central concept in this context is “constitution,” both in a direct and a metaphorical sense. The analysis of political processes and their actors, on the other hand, focuses on the concepts of “power” and “conflict”: How do politicians acquire, maintain, and pass on power? How are conflicts dealt with and regulated in a national and international context? Finally, research on fields of politics concentrates on the actors involved in the particular fields and the question of how political decisions are reached and implemented in them. These three dimensions refer both to politics in the national and the international sphere. These three areas may be approached from an empirical, historical, or theoretical stance. In order to meet scientific standards, the political scientist must explain which approach is being applied and carefully document each step of the argumentation.

An overview of all the subjects that can be taken in combination with subject Political Science by students who started their Polyvalent dual-major bachelor's degree program in the winter semester 2015/16 or later:

Biology | Chemistry | German | English | French | Geography | History | Greek | Computer Science | Italian | Catholic Theology | Latin | Mathematics | Philosophy/Ethics | Physics | Economic Science | Russian | Spanish | Physical Education | Chinese |

It is possible to study music at the University of Music in Freiburg and art at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe. Make sure to inquire about the admission requirements at these institutions before deciding on these fields. You may combine any teaching degree field with either of these two artistic fields. However, it is not possible to combine music and art.
Please also note that it is not possible to be admitted as a student teacher with a combination of any of the following fields: Catholic theology, Protestant theology, Jewish theology, Islamic religious studies. It is not possible to combine one of these fields with philosophy/ethics either.

Disclaimer
The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Student Advising Office


The central student advisory service - the Central Student Advising Office (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. The Student Service Center – Center for Teacher Education [de] offers a special academic advising for current and prospective students of teaching degree programs. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor

Departmental Academic Advising


Cita Wetterich
Seminar für Wissenschaftliche Politik
KG IV, Raum 4312
Rempartstraße 15
79085 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-3467

lehramt-pw@politik.uni-freiburg.de
Sprechstunde: 

Fragen betreffend den Lehramtsstudiengang senden Sie bitte an: lehramt-pw@politik.uni-freiburg.de
Für Fragen der Anerkennung von Studienleistungen schreiben Sie bitte an: anerkennung@politik.uni-freiburg.de
Die aktuellen Sprechstundentermine finden Sie auf der Webseite.


Webseite


Examination Office


Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg
Fax: 0761 203-9267
http://www.geko.uni-freiburg.de

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
tobie.walther@geko.uni-freiburg.de
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Magister- und Promotionsstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß WPO
Annette Ehinger
Tel. 203-2011
annette.ehinger@geko.uni-freiburg.de
Raum 03 011/3. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.

The tables with the results of the last selection processes allow you to see the assigned grade/number of points in the selection process which would have sufficed and what the waiting period would have been to secure admission. The assigned grade/number of points is based by subject on the average grade or weighted grades achieved in the German higher education entrance qualification, on test results and/or outcome of the selection interview, and also on professional or practical experience in the respective subject.


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Applicants who are not nationals of EU member states and/or do not have a German higher education entrance qualification cannot participate in the lottery procedure.

Lottery procedures are conducted in subjects with restricted admission where places are still available. Should places still be available after the final waiting list procedure, these are allocated in a lottery procedure. Application for participation in the lottery procedure must be made online and separately for each degree programme to which admission is sought. The application period for the winter semester is from 1 September to 30 September and for the summer semester from 1 March to 31 March. Applications received earlier or later than stipulated will not be considered.

The online application portal for the lottery procedure is only open during the application period.