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
    On Tuesday, 22 October, 2019, the Salzburg Congress will host the Career Forum, the big job fair of the Salzburger Nachrichten, with a workshop program. For the 13th time, the University of Salzburg has partnered with Salzburg's largest career platform.
    On 22 October, 2019, 17:00 - 20:00, the conference "Erosion of the Rule of Law" takes place in the Europasaal on the Edmundsburg. Democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights are among the pillars of the European order. In recent years, however, these values have come under increasing pressure in some countries.
    At the 122nd Annual Meeting in Paderborn, the Salzburg educational scientist, Sabine Seichter, was elected to the board of the interdisciplinary and international Görres-Gesellschaft.
    "The Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg sincerely congratulates its honorary doctor, Peter Handke, on the award of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2019", emphasizes Rector Hendrik Lehnert. The University’s bond to the life and work of this important Austrian author is documented on several levels, in particular with the Salzburg Germanists and the Literary Archive, according to Lehnert.
    The battery researchers from the Department of Chemistry and Physics of the Materials of PLUS congratulate and rejoice with the three freshly curated Nobel Laureates John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino!
    On 18 September, 2019, the second round of Karriere_Mentoring III, the career development program for female scientists (PhD and post-doctoral students) of the Universities of Krems, Linz and Salzburg, began.
    History in regional museums, but how? A lecture series in cooperation with the Landesverband der Salzburger Museen und Sammlungen discusses concepts and practice.
    The moon as the brightest night star with its changing shape during the month, its disappearance on new moon or the exceptional event of an eclipse has inspired people of all ages, including Ancient Egypt, to reflect on the causes and effects of these phenomena.
    The Department of Slavonic Studies would like to cordially invite you, together with the cultural center DAS KINO, to the fourth part of our successful cinema series of East and Central European films. The film club "Slawistyka, Slavistika, Cлавистика" presents award-winning current Polish, Russian and Czech films with social and political themes.
    Become an expert in EU politics, law and economics
    Democracy and the rule of law seem to have experienced better times in Europe. The recent developments in many countries point to a dismantling of the rule of law, fundamental rights and democracy.
    On 24.10.2019, the Salzburg Social and Medical Law Days, which were launched in the previous year in cooperation between the Federation of Austrian Social Security Institutions and the Department of Labor and Economic Law of the University of Salzburg, will take place for the second time. The aim of this series of events is the discussion of current social security issues from the perspective of science and practice.
    On the podium: Christoph Bartmann, Germanist, literary critic and author, Warsaw; Mascha Dabić, author and translator, Vienna; Evelyne Polt-Heinzl, Germanist, literary critic and curator, Vienna - Moderation: Karin Buttenhauser, ORF Salzburg - THURSDAY, 24 OCTOBER, 2019 I 20:15, Unipark Nonntal Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1, HS E.002 (Agnes Muthspiel), 5020 Salzburg.
    Dr. Beate Apfelbeck will give a guest lecture on the topic of "Maternal investment strategies of a cooperative breeding forest specialist in degraded cloud forest fragments" at 14:00 on 25 October, 2019, in the Hörsaal 413 of the NW-Faculty. The Department of Life Sciences invites you to attend!
    On the 25th of October, the opening ceremony of the 20th anniversary of the China Centre takes place in the Großen Aula. There will be several performances, including Chinese dance, traditional Chinese acrobatics and Chinese music. All interested parties are invited to participate free of charge.
    The WissensNetzwerk Recht, Wirtschaft und Arbeitswelt der Universität Salzburg has organized a symposium, which will be held the 31st of October, 2019, on income taxation of partnerships (co-entrepreneurship).
    THURSDAY, 21 Nov.: LECTURES (08.30-19:00h) at Wissenschaft & Kunst, Bergstr. 12a, KunstQuartier, Studio 1.OG // FRIDAY, 22 Nov: EXCURSION (08:30-16:00h) Memorial Concentration Camp Ebensee, memorial Mauthausen. Departure: At 08:30, from Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1.
  • Veranstaltungen
  • 22.10.19 Dr. Roland Geisberger Venia: „Molekulare Biologie“
    22.10.19 Geschichte im Gespräch
    23.10.19 Praxisdialog im Steuerrecht
    24.10.19 Salzburger Sozial- und Medizinrechtstage "Umsetzung der Neuorganisation der Sozialversicherung"
    24.10.19 Effects of short-wavelength light on non-visual re-sponses: The role of S cones and rods
    24.10.19 Salzburger Museen und Sammlungen - Geschichte vor Ort. Turmmuseum Zell am See. Die Neugestaltung eines Regionalmuseums mit internationalem Publikum
    25.10.19 Auftaktfest zum 20-jährigen Jubiläum des Chinazentrums
    28.10.19 Living Legends: Fazil Say
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