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Master Political Science

Core and Advanced Section Political Science 2

Core Module Seminars

The modules consist of seminars where students write a seminar paper. There may be several seminars available in a given module; however it is only possible to complete one seminar per module.
Students choose two (out of six) modules from this section. Each module is awarded 9 credit points. The seminars in Module IV may be held in English or German, all other courses are taught in English.

Core module Seminar Political Science I (Political Institutions)

The seminars focus on certain aspects of Political Institutions, including: Institutionalism; preference aggregation, co-ordination, collective action, and principal-agent relations; veto player theory and types of democracy as well as comparative policy analysis.

Examples of seminars offered in past semesters:

  • Stability, Quality, and Performance of Democracy
  • Distributive Politics
  • The Life and Death of New Political Parties
  • Federalism and Multi-level Governance

Core module Seminar Political Science II (Comparative Political Economy)

The seminars cover, inter alia, approaches of comparative political economy, analysis of capitalism or the political economy of particular countries.

Examples of seminars offered in past semesters:

  • Models of Capitalism
  • The Political Economy of Labor and Business
  • The Political Economy of the USA

Core module Seminar Political Science III (Empirical Democratic Theory)

The seminars cover varying topics from the field of empirical political theory as well as research approaches and methods.

Example of seminars offered:

  • Parties and Elections in Comparative Perspective

Core module Seminar Political Science IV (International Relations)

The seminars offered in this module cover a wide range of topics related to the field of international relations, including: international politics, foreign policy, transnational politics, conflict- and cooperation studies, security politics, geopolitics, international regulatory policies, information and communication.

Examples of seminars offered in past semesters:

  • Global Security Threats and Trends
  • Internationale Klima- und Umweltpolitik als Herausforderung für die politische Praxis und die politikwissenschaftliche Analyse
  • Gender and Terrorism

Core module Seminar Political Science V (European Politics)

Seminars in this module deal with comparative European politics, political representation, party competition, national parliaments, legislation, coalition governments, political behaviour and the European Union.

Examples of seminars offered in past semesters:

  • Comparative Legislative Politics
  • Political Representation in Europe
  • German EU Politics
  • The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union

Core Module Seminar Methods of Political Science

Seminar - Introduction to quantitative Methods

This course provides an introduction to quantitative analysis in political science using R. Topics include the essential elements of sampling, statistical inference, the estimation and interpretation of the linear regression model and data visualization. Students will have brief introductions to more advanced topics, including time-series and panel data analysis, multilevel models, and predictive modeling (aka machine learning).