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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    "Students, including many international ones, opened this year's Paris Lodron Ball at the University of Salzburg in the Carabinierisaal of the Old Residence. Rector Heinrich Schmidinger once again was pleased with the great popularity that the University Ball received. "It is wonderful to welcome so many illustrious guests from the university, as well as from politics, culture, business, and it shows that the university is firmly anchored in Salzburg Society
    The organizers are the Literaturarchiv Salzburg together with the Literaturforum Leselampe and the Department of German Studies. The presentation starts at 19:30 in the rooms of the Literary Archives, Kapitelgasse 5-7, 2nd floor. Admission is free!
    Wednesday, 24 January is Austria’s "Day of Elementary Education" and many initiatives are attracting attention.
    Do you know the saying: "Praktikum im Ausland - das wird ja noch nichts. Außerdem zu kompliziert...?..." IT’S NOT TRUE - it's not as hard as it looks. Extensive information on 24 January from 15:00 in the Unipark!
    Austrian universities look at individual life plans of fathers. Do Papamonat and paternity leave experience a first-time boom?
    The team of the Kooperationsschwerpunktes Wissenschaft und Kunst at the University of Salzburg and the Mozarteum invites you to both events.
    "The way out of poverty is the way to school." The University Library Salzburg supports a school project by EcoHimal in Nepal.
    The lecture follows the reception of Confucian thought in the classical German philosophy of Leibniz and Wolff via Herder to Hegel and Schelling.
    English Studies Professor, Simone Pfenninger, from the University of Salzburg has shown in her long-term study that early foreign language teaching - as it is currently being carried out in Europe - brings little benefit. Pfenninger has now been awarded the renowned prize of the Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Foundation for her research on the role of age in learning a foreign language. The ceremony will take place on 19 January, 2018, in Zurich. The award amount is CHF 20,000.
    Stefanie Manhart and Martin Happ were recently awarded the honorary prize of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. The best diploma and master theses of the academic year 2016/17 were awarded.
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    24.01.18 "Go International" - Praktikum im Ausland
    24.01.18 „Von der Moralität ohne Religion zur Religion ohne Moralität. Der sinokritische Diskurs der klassischen deutschen Philosophie“
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