Curriculum of the Joint Master’s Programme in Political Science – Integration and Governance (PoSIG)

The Joint Master’s Programme in Political Science – Integration and Governance (PoSIG) represents a shared academic ambition and cooperation of the EuroPS consortium. The implementation of this curriculum is regulated by an institutional agreement signed by the EuroPS partner institutions.

The Joint Master’s Programme in Political Science – Integration and Governance (PoSIG) is based on international standards and benchmarks of teaching political science in accordance to level 7 of the European Qualification Framework. The EuroPS partners contribute with their specific academic profiles in Comparative Politics, European Integration, International Relations, Public Administration and Political Theory. The Western Balkan partners additionally deliver the specific academic competencies regarding political developments in the region.

The Joint Master’s Programme in Political Science – Integration and Governance offers five modules, from which students will need to select two in order to pursue their field of specialization.

Module 1: Political Theory
Module 2: Comparative Politics
Module 3: Public Policy and Administration
Module 4: International Relations
Module 5: European Integration

 

Advanced methodological and applied courses will complement an intense engagement with the individual module. This will enable students to carry out independent theory-driven empirical-analytical social science research, while meeting high methodological standards and developing innovative research strategies and solutions for politically and socially relevant problems.

The structure of the curriculum of the Joint Master’s Programme in Political Science – Integration and Governance (PoSIG) is presented below:

 

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The Master’s Programme consists of 10 obligatory courses, 1 internship, 24 ECTS of additional courses, and a Master’s thesis, with a total number of 120ECTS credits. The Master’s thesis is worth 30 ECTS credits, including the preparation for the Master’s Thesis Defence (worth 6 ECTS credits):

ECTS
Obligatory Elective Modules (2 of 5) 36
Political Theory (18)
Comparative Politics (18)
Public Administration (18)
International Relations (18)
European Integration (18)
Obligatory Courses 24
Internship (6)
Course Methods I (6)
Course Methods II (6)
Master’s Thesis Seminar (6)
Obligatory Elective Courses (1 of 2) 6
Advanced Methods in Political Science (6)
Applied Course (6)
Additional Courses 24
Master’s Thesis incl. Master’s Thesis Defence 30
Total 120

 

International mobility is an important part of this master.  Students of this program have to do their studies at least at two, and at most at four EuroPS partners. The international mobility of students has to cover at least academic studies at one or two EuroPS partners in Salzburg, Ljubljana or Pavia in the first academic year (60 ECTS), and one or two EuroPS partners in Sarajevo, Tirana, Skopje or Pristina in the second academic year (60 ECTS). The duration of an international mobility is at least one academic term.

The first intake 2017-2018 will take place at the University of Salzburg and the available modules and courses for the first year 2017/18 are now published here PDF
Please note that this is the first program draft and that the final version shall be available in May and then all details about the courses online from July 2017.