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.

  • News
    Rudolf Mosler, Labor and Social Law expert at the University of Salzburg, talks about the topic "Schöne neue Arbeitswelt. Wie reagiert das Arbeitsrecht auf die Arbeit 4.0?"
    Graduates provide tips for the successful implementation of their business ideas for students in the Salzburger Nachrichten career forum. A linguist who is the founder of the publishing house and a DJ, as well as two computer scientists whose startups have become successful companies, tell what is important in the realization of a good idea.
    Archaeologists discovered the ancient bronze figure from the second century after Christ in the late summer during excavations in the industrial area of Neumarkt-Pfongau.
    On Friday, 27 October, 2017, two identical workshops on the prevention of religious radicalization ("Religiöse Radikalisierungsprävention") will take place in HS 103 of the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Salzburg (Universitätsplatz 1, Salzburg, 3rd floor). The Workshop I will take place from 10:00 - 12:30; Workshop II from 13:30 - 16:00.
    In July 2017, the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies awarded an annual grant to Assistant Professor Joshua Parker (American Studies) for the project "Flowers in the Snow: Austrian Refugees in Manhattan".
    The university course, "Kuratieren in den szenischen Künsten" is being offered for the second time in 2018 at the University of Salzburg. The course introduces the foundations of curating in theater, dance and music theater.
    In 2017, the eruption of the Russian Revolution marks the 100th anniversary. On this occasion, the Russia Center of the University of Salzburg, together with the Department of Slavic Studies, is organizing the "Russia 1917" series of events.
    The Center for Ethics and Poverty Research at the University of Salzburg, together with the IFZ (Internatioal Research Center for Social and Ethical Issues) and the KHG (Katholische Hochschulgemeinde Salzburg) will be hosting for the fifth time the Lehrgang für Soziales Engagement during the winter semester 2017/18.
    Nationalpark Austria (nationalparksaustria.at) and Nationalpark Hohe Tauern (hohetauern.at) will be hosting the "6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas" from 2 to 3 November, 2017, in Salzburg.
    Prof. Erich Müller, Vice Rector of Educational Affairs of the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg, opens the festival in the lecture hall E.001 in the Unipark Nonntal together with Dr. Elfriede Windischbauer, Rector of the Pädagogische Hochschule Salzburg Stefan Zweig, and Dr. Mario Kostal, Vice-President of the University of Mozarteum Salzburg, on Tuesday, 7 November, at 17:30.
    Jan Rybak, MA (European University Institute, Florence) Tuesday, 24 October, 2017, 18:00, HS 380 (GesWi, Rudolfskai 42)
    Project presentation and reading from "Ubuntu and the Birds".
    In the minimum time of four semesters, six students of the University of Salzburg successfully completed the course of studies Bewegtes Lernen.
    Since 1979, a congress of the European Society for Herpetology (Societas Europaea Herpetologica) has been held every two years. This year, for the second time in Austria and for the first time in Salzburg, the Congress took place 18 – 23 September, 2017.
    Christina von Braun, cultural theorist, author and filmmaker, will be holding a guest lecture at the Unipark Nonntal (Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1, HS E.004 Anna Bahr-Mildenburg) on 25 October. www.w-k.sbg.ac.at/kunstpolemik-polemikkunst/aktuelles
  • Veranstaltungen
  • 23.10.17 "Ubuntu und die Vögel" - Eine Fabel über Flucht, Friede und Solidarität
    24.10.17 Kulturelle Teilhabe in Salzburg. Wer macht wo was für wen im Kulturland Salzburg - ein Praxistest
    24.10.17 Die Balfour-Deklaration und die Russische Revolution: Zur Gleichzeitigkeit widersprüchlicher jüdischer Emanzipationsperspektiven in Zentral- / Osteuropa
    25.10.17 Universitätsprofessur für „Fachdidaktik Biologie der SoE"
    25.10.17 Dr. Josef Kröll
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