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 27 April, Ass. Prof. i. R. Dr. Reinhard Rublack passed away. Reinhard Rublack came in the pioneering phase of the University of Salzburg as a graduate theologian (studies, inter alia, Rudolf Bultmann) with Professor Rudolf Gönner from Saarbrücken to the (then) Institute for Education. As early as 1970 he completed his second degree with the interdisciplinary humanities dissertation on "The educational political trend of the 'Salzburger Intelligenzblatt' 1784 - 1806."
    In the fall of last year, our university passed the "college and family" audit. In January, the Federal Minister for Women, Families and Youth, Dr. Juliane Bogner-Strauß, recognized the certification of the PLUS as a family-friendly university.
    The Kurt-Zopf-Förderpreis 2018 was awarded on Wednesday, 24 April, 2019, to the plant ecologist, Stefan Dötterl, the sleep researcher, Manuel Schabus, and the mathematician, Wolfgang Trutschnig. The Salzburg scientists each received prize money of € 5,000 for their outstanding publications.
    Latin Curse Tablets Doc. PhDr. Daniela Urbanová, Ph.D., Masarykova univerzita in Brünn 20 May, 2019, 18:30 s.t., Residenzplatz 1/4, SR. 1:42
    On Monday, the 20th of May, the SCEUS hosts two joint events specialised on the European Elections. Don’t miss them!
    The Language Centre of the University of Salzburg celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019. On this occasion, the 21st of May, a training afternoon for the teachers of the Austrian Language Centres/ÖdaF will take place, and following, a celebration.
    On Tuesday, 21 May, 2019, at 19:00, the Department of Slavonic Studies will open the exhibition "Ein Jahrhundert des Tschechischen Comics - währenddessen an einem anderen Ort". The Vernissage takes place at the Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1 in room 1,003.
    The time of the Croatian-fascist Ustasha is at the center of the event, with historian Marie-Janine Calic and the author, Robert Kleindienst.
    Wednesdays, 8 and 22 May, 2019, from 13:00 to 14:00 in the Clubraum of the KHG (Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 2, Salzburg).
    On 22 May, 2019, it's once again time for the PLUS Health Day. This event will take place from 9:00 – 14:00 at the Faculty of Natural Sciences!
    22 MAY: Marco RISPOLI (Padua): Zwischen Öffentlichkeit und Intimität: HEINES Federkriege // 29 MAY: Dirk ROSE (Innsbruck): "Ich bin Dynamit" - NIETZSCHE als Polemiker // PUBLIC LECTURE SERIES // 6 March to 26 June, 2019, every Wednesday, 18.00-19.30h, at the Unipark Nonntal // www.wk.sbg.ac.at/de/kunstpolemik
    Series of lectures on the UNESCO Year of the Periodic System of Elements for pupils, teachers and students.
    International Workshop - HARTMUT STÖCKL & JANA PFLAEGING - English & Applied Linguistics / Department of English and American Studies – 23rd and 24th of May, 2019, UniPark Nonntal 1.009.
    The Botanical Garden invites you to a free guided tour! Meeting point: Entrance to the Botanical Garden. Duration: approximately one hour. The tour takes place regardless of the weather. Botanical Garden, Hellbrunnerstrasse 34.
    PD Dr. Dominik Martin-Creuzburg will give a lecture on "Essential lipids in aquatic food webs: nutritional requirements, physiological constraints, and trophic transfer" on 24 May, 2019, at 14:00 in Hörsaal 421 of the NW Faculty. The Department of Life Sciences invites you to attend!
    Thanks to a generous legacy on the part of Herrn Kurt Zopf, the University of Salzburg is endowing the €10,000.00 Kurt Zopf Prize for habilitated members of organizational units of the University, which include the fields of Humanities, Cultural and / or Social Sciences, Law or Theology.
    What is a successful life? The encounter with the unconventional grandmother, who is believed to be dead, and who lives in a hidden house in the middle of the forest, brings a young woman to unexpected discoveries that turn her life upside down. (Picus Verlag)
    It's that time again, on 29 May, 2019, the concert of the University Orchestra will take place for this semester. We look forward to seeing you!
    Guest Lecture on Ancient History, Archaeology and Mycenaology, A City of Stones. The topography of the Athenian inscriptions, Dr. Irene Berti, Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, Monday, 3 June, 2019, 18:30 s.t., Residenzplatz 1/4, SR. 1.42.
    6 June, Katharina PRAGER: Der Zeitkämpfer KARL KRAUS – polemische und satirische Praktiken in der Ersten Republik // 12 June, Uta DEGNER: Literatur als „Kampfgas“. Polemik als produktives Prinzip bei ELFRIEDE JELINEK // 19 June, Daniel FULDA: Polemik im Dienst der guten Sache? ROBERT MENASSES Hallstein-Zitate und der Streit über die europäische Einigung // 26 June, Herwig GOTTWALD: Der Kampf um die Gesinnungsästhetik. CHRISTA WOLF und der deutsch-deutsche Literaturaturstreit.
    The continuing education offer for committed teachers and interested parties in the new compact conference format in the Großen Universitätsaula Salzburg. Register now and learn how to make children and adolescents feel secure!
  • Veranstaltungen
  • 20.05.19 Lateinische Fluchtafeln
    22.05.19 Gesundheitstag 2019
    22.05.19 Operant evaluative conditioning as a mechanism for behavior change
    22.05.19 Ustascha-Regime: Hintergründe & literarische Aufarbeitung (Workshop & Lesung)
    22.05.19 Zwischen Öffentlichkeit und Intimität: Heines Federkriege
    22.05.19 Sprachwandel R/Evolution von unsichtbarer Hand ?
    23.05.19 Praxisseminar Sozialversicherung - 15 Jahre Verordnung 883/2004 - aktuelle Fragen
    23.05.19 Some Diophantine problems connected to binary recurrences
    23.05.19 Joshua Bell und Andrew Manze
    23.05.19 Shona Skulpturen, Kunst aus Simbabwe im Botanischen Garten
    23.05.19 On defensive thoughts and hostile actions - How motivated processes within and between groups may help explain the rise of populist parties, the “refugee crisis”, and “alternative facts”
    23.05.19 Moderne Forensische Sprecher-Erkennung: Speech Science im Dienst von Polizei und Justiz
    23.05.19 Vortrag: "Good people or good laws - Philosophy and the fight against corruption in Kenya"
    24.05.19 Essential lipids in aquatic food webs: nutritional requirements, physiological constraints, and trophic transfer
    26.05.19 Streifzug durch den Garten
    26.05.19 Shona Skulpturen, Kunst aus Simbabwe im Botanischen Garten
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