Welcome to the Department of Political Science at the University of Salzburg!

Gebäude GesellschaftswissenschaftenIts faculty and staff are committed to a high quality education and excellence in research. Annually, the department attracts up to 100 new students and boasts a total student body of some 400.

Being one of only three full-fledged departments in this field in Austria, Political Science at the University of Salzburg possesses particular strengths in the fields of comparative democracy, party politics, international trade policy, and international organization as well as the politics of the European Union. With some 80 courses annually, Political Science offers a wide range of classes in both German and English that seek to meet the highest level of academic excellence. To remain an attractive place of study, the Department of Political Science has been proactive by continually adapting its curriculum and was the first such unit to implement the Bologna Process in Austria.

Being comprehensive in nature, Political Science at the University of Salzburg offers the full range of academic training from the BA to the PhD. All three programs do not only represent different academic levels but have also distinct profiles and qualities. The academic training offered reflects the department’s empirical and analytical approach to quantitative and qualitative research and is especially known for providing a thorough foundation in advanced research methods and research design. While the bulk of political science students are drawn from the wider region, especially Salzburg, Upper Austria, and Southern Germany there is also a growing number of ERASMUS and other international students. In turn, the students of Political Science have the opportunity to go to some 30 affiliated ERASMUS and other international programs amongst others.

The department's internationally trained faculty is especially accomplished in publishing in leading international journals and attracting third party funding both from national and European sources. Its faculty members are not only well integrated in international research collaborations but serve in a leadership capacity in multisite research initiatives.

The members of the department are also committed to public service and regularly offer their expertise to regional and national public institutions, government agencies, and the media. As such the Department of Political Science is a vital and active component of the University of Salzburg and the wider community.

Of particular importance is the department’s affiliation with the Salzburg Center of European Union Studies (SCEUS) – designated a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in 2008. As such the Political Science faculty has contributed to the success of SCEUS in attracting outside funding such as a Horizon 2020 grant by the European Union and in recruiting excellent candidates to its PhD fellowship program. Members of the department also teach the political science courses offered in the master’s program in European Union Studies launched in 2005.

For further information on academic programmes, the research focus or individual members of the department please refer to the links provided along the left margin.

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    The Munich group of the Alumni Club was founded last week with a kick-off event in the Kunsthalle. It is also possible to keep close contact with graduates who do not live in Salzburg and to offer them a common communication platform.
    Kristin De Troyer from Salzburg is the new president of the "European Society for Theological Research of Women" (ESWTR). In order to strengthen the feminist agenda, De Troyer wants to network theologians even more closely.
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    Fifty-five participants and 15 lecturers from all over the world will be taking part in the 19th summer course of the Salzburg Law School on International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (SLS, http://sls.sbg.ac.at), Sunday, 30 July until Wednesday 9 August, 2017.
    Following the success of the previous year, the PLUS Green Campus Summer School took place from 17 to 21 July, 2017, with participants from different disciplines such as material sciences, mathematics, politics, biology and psychology.
    From 1 to 31 August, the Literaturarchiv Salzburg will display valuable autographs and documents from the Haslinger Collection. The opening of the exhibition takes place on 31 July with readings by Alois Brandstetter and Erwin Einzinger.
    In Salzburg, the art business will be in full swing in Summer 2017. During the five week Festival, the city, as the cultural centre, is promoting numerous musical and theatrical productions, as well as exhibitions.
    The Summer Uni "ditact_women's IT" of the University of Salzburg is specifically aimed at women with technical interests. It takes place from 21 August to 2 September at the Unipark Nonntal and at the Fachhochschule Salzburg. Information: http://www.ditact.ac.at.
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