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
    Around 200 representatives from all Austrian universities and colleges met at the University of Salzburg to discuss developments in international cooperation.
    The university fitness center presents itself in new clothes. Six years after its opening, it has now been expanded over the summer.
    Dr. Thomas Berger is this year's winner of the GÖCH Best Habilitation Research Award of 2017 awarded by the Society of Austrian Chemists (GÖCh) during the occasion of the 17th Austrian Chemistry Days, held 25 - 28 September, 2017, at the University of Salzburg.
    ICANN is considered the "government" of the Internet. This NGO ensures that access and retrieval function smoothly and it awards the so-called Top Level Domains. While ICANN has a central position in the worldwide network, it has also been criticized - in particular, consideration of the politics of relevant civil society organization give way to discourse.
    On Saturday, 11 November, Rector Heinrich Schmidinger was awarded the Cardinal Innitzer Award 2017 in the category "Geisteswissenschaft".
    On Thursday, 23 November, 2017, at 19:00, Alt-Bundespräsident, Dr. Heinz Fischer, will speak on "Democracy in Transition". The venue for the 38th Salzburg Lecture is the Große Universitätsaula on Max Reinhardt Square. Please register at: here
    Thursday, 23 November, 2017, 17:15, HS E.001 (Unipark) - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gerhard Langer (Vienna) - Demons in Persian and Talmudic texts.
    The research group Medienwandel organizes an event on the topic Fake News with two podium discussions in the SN-Saal.
    Dr. Maddalena Barenghi, University of Salzburg, Department of History, will hold a lecture on 22 November at the China Center, on "Writing of Events Past to Understand the Ages to Come: An Introduction to History Writing in Imperial China".
    The eighth conference of the "Salzburg Interdisciplinary Discourses" on the subject "From 'Beautiful Diversity' to Precarious Heterogeneity." Educational processes in plural society takes place on 30 November and 1 December, 2017, in HS 2.407 of the School of Education in the Unipark Nonntal (Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, Salzburg, 2nd floor).
    Mag. Melanie Kerschner received her doctorate in July 2017 at the Department of English and American Studies in the field of linguistics. Her book "Fifty Shades of Opinion: Culturally Induced Style Differences in the Opinion Discourse of British, Italian and German Quality Papers" has been published by Wiener Praesens Verlag and is now availab
    Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey, University of Bielefeld, will give a talk on the Artist as Intellectual in the tradition of the avant-garde (KunstQuartier, W&K-Atelier, Bergstr. 12a, 1st floor) on 1 December, at 19:30.
    Symposium - Friday, 1 December, 2017, 14:00 – 19:30, W&K Atelier, Bergstraße 12a, Salzburg. Escape is a central topic in Austria's media coverage, and it also has been increasingly used in contemporary art and cultural work for some time - particularly since summer / autumn 2015.
    Institutional critique and polemics as a dual performative strategy of empowerment – 16:30 - 19:30. Keynote speeches with contributions by Sandra Chatterjee, Nikita Dhawan, Stefan Kaegi, Cynthia Ling Lee, Marissa Lobo, Post Natyam Collective, Tomaž Simatovic, Tomaž Tomljanović and others. in the Republic Theater (Anton-Neumayr-Platz 2, Salzburg).
    A learning process that requires courage. Courage to try new things, make mistakes, get in touch and open up. With Nadja Al-Masri-Gutternig and Monika Daoudi-Rosenhammer - Tuesday, 21 November, 2017, 10:30 – 12:00, Salzburg Museum, Mozartplatz 1.
    In the early modern period, a variety of mediators - between power blocs, states, denominations, languages, cultures, status groups, genera, genders, sciences and the arts - establish themselves.
  • Veranstaltungen
  • 18.11.17 Institutionskritik und Polemik als zweifach performative Strategie von Empowerment. How to Empower Anything With What?
    20.11.17 Fragmentary Latin and low literary laughter
    22.11.17 Sozialpädagogische Blicke
    22.11.17 „Writing of Events Past to Understand the Ages to Come: An Introduction to History Writing in Imperial China“
    23.11.17 The dual Minkowski problem
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