Master of Arts in Political Science (without a major)


This area of studies offers you the possibility to freely choose the main substantive focus out of a broad spectrum of selectable modules. If you are interested in a comprehensive education in political science which reflects the full range of the discipline, this is the right choice for you. You may choose courses out of all political science subject areas offered in Bamberg, which enables you to set your own study focus.

The field of study International and European Politics is particularly dealing with International Institutions and Global Governance as well as with the function and operation of international Institutions; with issues such as European Integration, especially the policy-making procedures at the supranational level and the function of the European Union; as well as with foreign and security policy.

Central areas of interest are research on attitudes and  behavior as well as identities and group conflicts, especially in combination with migration and xenophobia.

Comparative Political Science is focusing on the analysis of governmental systems and their structures (e.g. parliaments and cabinets), on collective political actors (e.g. parties and unions) as well as on the political processes of convergence and divergence (such as processes of diffusion and learning within the European Union or within states). The geographical research focus of the courses encompasses the member states of the European Union and liberal democracies in the English-speaking area.

The subject area Political Theory is dealing with economic models of politics; with theories of action and decision-making, with normative theories and analytical ethics as well as with the philosophy of science. Moreover, modern instruments regarding the game theory and simulations as well as politico-philosophical classics are subject of the field of Political Theory as long as they are relevant for the Modern Political Theory.

The main focus is on the interdependence between politics and the economy; selected theories of the public policy making as well as processes and developments in specific issue areas (e.g. social policy, tax policy and financial market regulation).

This new field of study encompasses issues of the design and governance of complex technological and social systems such as the infrastructure (tram companies, airport projects), mobility and climate change.

Teaching profile

Political science in Bamberg is research oriented and characterized by its theory-driven and methodologically reflected analysis of empirical puzzles. Therefore, great importance is attached to the linkage between theory and empirics in all fields of political science. Moreover, great importance is attached to a high methodological level of empirical research in all political science fields. Some fields of study (such as International and European Politics, Governance of Technological Systems) focus more on qualitative methods, whereas others are dominated by the use of quantitative methods (e.g. Political Sociology, Comparative Political Science).

In recent semesters, courses of Bamberg’s political science fields encompass the following topics:

  • International and European Politics:
    The Role of International Organizations in World Politics; External Relations of the European Union; International Politics of the Middle East;
  • Political Sociology:
    Political Attitudes:  Attitudes: Transnationalism, Citizenship and National Identities;
  • Comparative Politics:
    Comparative Political Institutions; Government Stability in Liberal Democracies and Authoritarian Regimes; Diffusion of Institutions, Policies und Strategies;
  • Modern Political Theory:
    Modeling social and economic processes; Classicist of the positive Political Theory
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Political Economy:
    The Market and the State; Politics of Inequality; Internal Security Policies;
  • Governance of Technological Systems:
    Socio-Technological Evolution, Governance of complex technological Systems

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