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Bachelor's Programme Political Science

Faculty Faculty of Social and Political Science
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0312 Political Sciences and Civics
Mode of Study
Full-Time
Study Code
UC 033 624
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2007W) *
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates
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* Information on the Curriculum (2007W)

The complete version of the curriculum (in progress) the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
  available at: https://lfuonline.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletin » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Fundamentals of Political Science (CM 1 lit. a, 2 h, 5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Scientific Working Skills in Political Science (CM 1 lit. b‚ 2 h, 5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until summer term 2020 »

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. VO Fundamentals of Political Science (CM 1 lit. a, 4 hrs., 7.5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. VO Scientific Working Skills in Political Science (CM 1 lit. b‚ 2 hrs., 5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 17.5 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

10.0 ECTS-AP: Introduction to Political Science
10.0 ECTS-AP: Applied Methods of Social Science
5.0 ECTS-AP: Political Theories and Political Thinking
5.0 ECTS-AP: VO from an introductory module (5-9)

Second Semester »

10.0 ECTS-AP: Statistics
10.0 ECTS-AP: Introductory module (5-9)
10.0 ECTS-AP: Introductory module (5-9)

Third Semester »

5.0 ECTS-AP: PS from an introductory module (5-9)
10.0 ECTS-AP: Introductory module (5-9)
10.0 ECTS-AP: Introductory module (5-9)
5.0 ECTS-AP: Political Theory - Enhanced Level

Fourth Semester »

7.5 ECTS-AP: Advanced module (10-17)
7.5 ECTS-AP: Advanced module (10-17)
7.5 ECTS-AP: Advanced module (10-17)
7.5 ECTS-AP: Advanced module (10-17)

Fifth Semester »

7.5 ECTS-AP: Advanced module (10-17)
7.5 ECTS-AP: Advanced module (10-17)
7.5 ECTS-AP: Advanced module (10-17)
7.5 ECTS-AP: Bachelor's Thesis

Sixth Semester »

30.0 ECTS-AP: Elective modules

Graphic chart »

Studienverlauf_BA Politikwissenschaft_en

Recommended Course Sequence until summer term 2020 »

First Semester »

12.5 ECTS-AP: Introduction to Political Science
10.0 ECTS-AP: Applied Methods of Social Science
5.0 ECTS-AP: Political Theories and Gender Studies » continue second semester

Second Semester »

5.0 ECTS-AP: Political Theories and Gender Studies
10.0 ECTS-AP: Statistics
10.0 ECTS-AP: Comparative Politics - Introductory Level
7.5 ECTS-AP: Elective Module

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-AP: European Integration and Political Theories - Introductory Level
10.0 ECTS-AP: Political System of Austria - Introductory Level
10.0 ECTS-AP: International Relations - Introductory Level

Fourth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-AP: Political Communication and Electoral Analysis - Introductory Level
10.0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module

Fifth Semester »

5.0 ECTS-AP: Political Education
10.0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module
5.0 ECTS-AP: Bachelor's Thesis » continue sixth semester

Sixth Semester »

10.0 ECTS-AP: Subject-Specific Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-AP: Elective Module
10.0 ECTS-AP: Bachelor's Thesis

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Studienverlauf

Qualification Profile and Skills

The Bachelor's Programme Political Science, grouped among the social and economic sciences, offers vocational preparation for the social sciences, conferring the degree of Bachelor of Arts upon completion. The goal of the bachelor's programme is to provide graduates problem-solving skills based on scientific theories and methods.

In the Bachelor’s Programme in Political Science students get up-to-date and practical knowledge about political systems, institutions, actors and processes at national, regional,  European and global level. These students deal particularly with the major challenges of our time, such as the erosion of social and political orders, the transformation of political and social participation or the effects of digital change on our world. In addition to technical skills and professional practice, the study programme also promotes universal social skills such as communication and presentation techniques, personal development, teamwork and the strengthening of rhetorical and written expression in all modules.

The Bachelor’s Programme in Political Science covers 180 ECTS-Credits, corresponding to a duration of the study programme of six semesters. During this period, the compulsory and elective modules which consist of lectures (VO), introductory seminars (PS) and lectures with practical parts (VU) must be passed.  In addition to a study induction and orientation stage, during which students get an insight into the subject and get to know fundamental aspects of scientific work as well as a basic methodological education, the students get a broad insight into the subject of political science during the introductory as well as the advanced modules. The focus lies in particular on subjects such as European integration, comparison of political systems, international relations, political theory and history of ideas, gender research, the Austrian political system, political communication and electoral research and applied methods in political science. The Bachelor’s programme also offers the opportunity to pass a practical training to prepare for professional life. In addition to passing the modules, the students have to write a Bachelor’s Thesis within the scope of a seminar from one of the advanced modules. The workload of such a thesis corresponds to 7.5 ECTS-Credits.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates have demonstrated knowledge of their understanding of political science and related fields. They are able to use this knowledge to develop scientifically sound solutions to practical problems, to assess and implement such solutions, and to apply their qualifications in a wide variety of occupational fields. They possess social competences, teamwork abilities, presentation and moderations skills, etc.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Bachelor's Programme Political Science find positions in public administration; in political institutions and organizations; in public relations; in the media; in national, international and non-governmental organizations; and in university and non-university research capacities. Have a look at some of our former students and their careers.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck

Minor (Complementary Subject Area)

As part of the Bachelor’s Programme, a Minor (Complementary Subject Area) of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:
https://www.uibk.ac.at/studium/angebot/ergaenzungen/

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information: https://www.uibk.ac.at/studium/angebot/es-informatik/

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
scheme
Definition
%-age
   
1 EXCELLENT:
Outstanding performance
24.2
= 100%

2

GOOD:
Generally good, but with some errors
30.0
3 SATISFACTORY:
Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
25.9
4 SUFFICIENT:
Performance meets the minimum cirteria
19.9
5 INSUFFICIENT:
Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     

March 2019


Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Recognitions (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Universitätsstraße 15 Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang 

Dean of Studies
assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Franz Eder

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