FAO: The analysts and the speculators, the starry-eyed idealists and the pragmatists, the disciplined and the irritated, the yeasayers and the naysayers, the determined and the hesitant.
Is there more to national debt than just an economic aspect? Can political science sufficiently explain the influence of citizens' initiatives? Do sociologists always know best in the end? Drawing on such topics as urbanity, sustainability and migration, the SPE syllabus correlates perspectives from the disciplines of Sociology, Politic Science and Economics. SPE students work using an interdisciplinary approach to find comprehensive solutions to society's important questions.
How do you define basic concepts such as power, money, justice, war and peace, playing and scheming? How does society distinguish itself from the political system and the economy?
“Taking classical theories from Sociology, Politics and Economics and applying these to current problems – that is the academic approach of the SPE program. Outside of the curriculum I have the luxury of finding out about the topics that interest me.”
Marie Jacobs | BA SPE, enrolled spring semester 2012
How do policy and law shape the conflicts of global society? How do migration and urbanization change people's living conditions? How abstract can scientific findings be? And how abstract do they need to be? How does the market economy develop under the conditions of international policy coordination? How does a democracy function under the conditions of multinational companies, speculative capital markets and fluctuating protest movements? To what extent do social inequality, poverty and exclusion compromise social harmony?
SPE delves into these and other weighty issues. It comprises the testing of theories, methods and models that aid the understanding of complex systems and networks and that allow for the creative exploration of these systems and networks.
Although quite a few courses at ZU are offered in English, it is not possible to complete a degree program entirely in English. Language skills in English are preferred, while German is an absolute necessity. ZU requires very good proficiency in German language on C1 level for all degree-seeking applicants.
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The critical assessment of our study program by third parties is a key part of our quality assurance concept. Political and economic experts are involved as external appraisers on all aspects of improving and reconfiguring our study and exam regulations.
The current members of the program advisory board are: