|Degree awarded||Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)|
|Duration and credits||6 semesters; 180 ECTS credits|
|Starts in||October (winter semester)|
|Language of instruction||German|
Politics is a process that seeks to distribute social resources in a binding manner. But how do politics, the economy, justice and society interlink with each other? What are the effects between them? How are conflicts of interest handled? Studying the B.A. Governance and Public Policy programme, you will deal with the structure and organisation of the state and its institutions. The programme also looks beyond nation-states, as it explores the roles of other political actors, such as international and non-governmental organisations and the mass media. You will look at the challenges within our society as well as in the globalised world from different perspectives and find solutions using methods informed by different academic disciplines.
As part of the programme, you are also given the opportunity to complete one of two double degree options, studying international relations at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) or the Scienze politiche e delle relazioni internazionali programme at the University of Parma (Italy).
- Uniquely for this type of programme among German universities, courses in public law are included in the curriculum
- A compulsory two-month internship in Germany or abroad
- Double degree options: German-Slovenian orGerman-Italian double bachelor's degree
- Foreign university partnerships specially for students on this degree programme (including in France, the UK, the US and Pakistan)
This degree programme gives its students access to careers in international organisations, associations and political parties, in media and public relations organisations, in the public administration, in foundation trusts or political advisory institutions as well as in education institutions. Depending on your chosen focus modules, a variety of other professional areas in private companies will open up for you. In addition, the interdisciplinary nature of the programme gives you further career prospects at the intersection of different academic disciplines.
The degree programme is divided into four module areas. As part of the programme, you will write a dissertation on a topic chosen from one of the focus (area B) or extension modules (area C).
A) Principles of Political Science
B) Political Science Focus Module Groups
C) Political Science Extension Module Groups
D) Foreign Language and Internship
A) This module area imparts essential methods and theory from the subject disciplines represented in the four introductory module groups: political science and methods in sociology, economics, society in transformation, and public law.
B) In module area B, you will gain advanced knowledge of political science. Here, you will choose two of the three focus module groups offered: governance/public policy, political theory and intellectual history, or European and international politics.
C) Building on your prior knowledge gained in module area A, you will consolidate your theoretical and methodological expertise in one or more part disciplines by choosing three of eighteen extension module groups offered.
D) In the practice-oriented module area D, you will gain subject-specific language skills. Depending on the track your choose, your language programme will have a social science, legal or business/economics focus. You can choose from the following languages: Chinese, Czech, English, French, German as a Foreign Language, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai or Vietnamese. You will, furthermore, complete a compulsory two-month internship in Germany or abroad in this module area.
To apply for this degree programme you need a recognised university entrance qualification, e.g. the German Abitur or an equivalent qualification.
You will need German language skills at level C1 CEFR or higher to study this degree programme, as that is the main language of instruction for this programme. Therefore, you will have to provide a recognised German language certificate such as DSH-2 or TestDaF 4 in all four categories, unless German was the language of instruction for your secondary school education (e.g. Abitur at a German international school) or prior tertiary education.
The University of Passau has set up a German language teaching unit, German Courses Passau, which offers a selection of preparatory language programmes tailored to the needs of international students. These range from summer courses to a full academic year and cater to learners of all levels.