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Political Science, Department

Philosophische Fakultät at the Uni Passau

Department für Governance und Historische Wissenschaft

  • Dr.-Hans-Kapfinger-Straße 14
  • 94030 Passau
  • Phone: +49 851 509-2900
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General remarks
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Basic information

Teaching staff in core subjects
Teaching staff at the department 71
Total number of students 940
Number of master degree students 163

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 9/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 100.0 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 96.4 % *

International orientation

International orientation, bachelor's 3/9 points
International orientation, master's 4/9 points


Research reputation 0.3 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.3
Support in studies 2.4
Courses offered 2.0
Study organisation 2.8
Exams 3.1
Research orientation 2.9
Job market preparation 3.0
Support for stays abroad 2.4
Rooms 1.8
Library 2.1
IT-infrastructure 2.1
Overall study situation 2.4

Teacher qualification

Teacher qualification students 0
Teacher qualification programmes no
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Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department none
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  • Special features regarding teaching
    Strong interdisciplinary character and work at the interface to other disciplines: Emphasis on the comparative aspects of political science, international focus provided by many visiting academics and international events (EurasiaMUN conference), comparative government theory; Comparative political culture, governance; Political Field Analysis; European integration, comparative foreign policy and EU foreign policy; Identity theory and comparative regionalisation; Totalitarianism/extremism
  • Special features regarding the international orientation
    Partner university of the DAAD for the programme ‘Good Governance and Public Policy’, in which every year 8-10 Master students from developing and emerging countries come to Passau for full-time study. Recommended stays abroad (work placement, study, practical experience, final thesis, research placement) at various international partner universities or practice institutions
  • Exchange universities for stay abroads
    Frankreich Institut d'Etudes Politques de Grenoble; Universität degli Studi di Parma, Universität degli Studi die Pavia, Universität degli di Torino, Mittuniversität Schweden, Universidad de Heulva, Universidad de Vigo (Spanien) Eötövös Loránd Tudományegyetem
  • Support for founders
    participation in the annual “5-Euro Business” simulation game, participation in the monthly founders café and transfer centre consultation hours, research in the university’s own patent research database, participation in the GROW holiday academy of the Hans Lindner Foundation, faculty-wide “Business Plan Writing” seminar, applications for “start-up leave” to implement a business plan, i.e. students can take time out of their studies for two semesters, during which they have the support of the start-up coach, contact to representatives in business and industry, mentoring
  • Characteristics of assistance to differently abled persons
    Close cooperation with the relevant officers for students with impairments, more flexible examinations and programme schedules, intensive counselling and guidance by students and teaching staff
  • Characteristics of diversity advancement
    Family-friendly campus programme, nursery on the campus, liaison officer for lesbian, gay, transsexual students; PhD students come from different countries; Posts for research associates are allocated to different sexes wherever possible; To develop a diversity concept, the University of Passau holds round-table discussions, in which the department is involved. Since 01.10.2017 there has been a Vice-President for Quality Management and Diversity.
  • Other special features
    The range of options and specialisations in the courses of study are large, choice of cultural areas in the Master's course, Comparative Governance Research, Comparative Political Cultural Studies Research, Ancient Political Philosophy, European focus, Foreign Policy Research, internationality expressed by structural partnerships: PPGG programme of the DAAD, DAAD project on Tunisia, Eastern Central Europe-related, execution of International Summer Academies with AT&Texas and Klausenburg.
  • Further information on research activities
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Last update 2018: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education.
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