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Political Science
Bachelor of Arts (Minor subject)

Short description

Short description

The minor subject Political Science introduces into the basics and essential research results. In Düsseldorf, the focus lies on the analysis of political systems and processes, the cross-national comparison of political systems, political action within the European Union and questions of international relations. As a minor subject, Political Science in Düsseldorf can only be studied in combination with a major subject.

Combination options

For this study programme you need a major subject

Art History
English and American Studies
German Languages and Literatures
Historical Studies
Japanese Studies
Jewish Studies
Romance Languages and Literatures

Entry/Admission requirements

The general prerequisite for the admission is a general higher education entrance qualification (Abitur, etc.). A good command of English is advantageous.

Programme content

The study of political science is devoted to (among others) political systems, the impact of European integration, the effects of electoral systems, the quality of representation in democracies, the functioning of political parties, and the analysis of international conflicts. In Düsseldorf, particular emphasis is placed on party research, on European research and on researchon  voting advice applications.
Typical classes are:
- The German Political System - Introduction to Political Theory - Comparative Political Science - Conflict and Peace Research - International Political Economy - Parliamentarism - Democracy in the European Union - Parties and Party Systems - Elections and Electoral Systems.

Programme structure

The study program proceeds as follows: You start in the first semester with a combination of lecture and exercise. In the lecture you will get an introductory overview of political science in its breadth, in the exercise you will discuss classics of political theory. In the second semester, you will combine a lecture on the German political system with an exercise on the analysis of political systems. At the end of your first year, you will take a final module examination for these courses, which together form the basic module of Political Science. Parallel to this introduction you will learn the basics of the qualitative and quantitative methods of the subject.
From the second academic year onwards, you are free to choose your courses. You will take a total of nine courses from three areas of political science, namely Europe and International Affairs, Systems and Structures, and Areas and Processes of Political Science.

Programme objectives/Career prospects

administration, political parties, political foundations and interest groups; journalism

Programme start:
Winter semester
Programme duration:
6 semesters
Language of instruction:
German (partially: English)
Application procedure:
Local admission restrictions - HHU
Closing date for applications:
by 15/07/2024
Closing date for enrolment:
As stated in letter of acceptance
Closing date for re-registration:
01/07/2024 - 15/08/2024
Relevant documents:

Examination regulations

Module guide

Both available in German only.

Study programme contact:

PD Dr. Ingo Take

Ulenbergstr. 127, 40225 Düsseldorf

Geb. 37.07 1. Stock, Raum 01.16

Study programme/Department
SSC contact:

Student Services Center (SSC)
Building: 21.02 / SSC
Phone +49 211 81‐12345


For questions regarding the course of studies and for examination issues:

Student and Examination Administration
Contact Examination Administration

Student Services Center (SSC)

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