Banner

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Politics, Administration & International Relations | PAIR

Content & Structure 

Studienstruktur des BA-Studienprogramms PAIR
Studienstruktur des BA-Studienprogramms PAIR

Zeppelin Year

1st - 2nd Semester | to the extent of 60 ECTS-Credits


Interdisciplinary Module | Zeppelin Project

  • Disciplinary Perspectives

  • Methods Workshop I+II
  • Project Work in Groups


Introduction to Science

  • Philosophy of Science

  • Introduction to Academic Research


Foundation of Methods

  • Empirical Social Research

  • Statistics

Program Module PAIR

  • Public Administration

  • Polity, Politics, Policy
  • International Relations


Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 of 8)

  • Introduction to Issues in Communication Studies

  • Introduction to Issues in Cultural Studies

  • Cultural History

  • Introduction to Business Management
  • Introduction to Economics

  • Business Accounting

  • Foundations of Sociology
  • Fundamentals of Law

Zeppelin-Jahr
Zeppelin-Jahr

Major Phase

Mandatory Modules

3rd - 4th Semester | to the extent of 30 ECTS-Credits


  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Basics & Topics of Political Sociology
  • Global Governance
  • Public Management
Major-Phase
Major-Phase

Elective Modules

3rd - 7th Semester | 15 elective modules; to the extent of 90 ECTS-Credits

at least 11 major elective modules and max. 4 multidisciplinary elective modules

Track: International Relations


  • International Political Economics
  • International Security Policy
  • Selected Topics: International Relations
  • International Law
  • Governance and Development
  • International Organizations & Institutions
  • Governance and Law of the European Union


Track: Public Management, Public Policy & Digitalization


  • Organizational Theories
  • Sustainable Governance & Public Policy
  • Public Entrepreneurship & Corporate Governance in the Public Sector
  • Management, Leadership & Public Corporate Governance
  • Comparative Public Policy Analysis
  • Administrative Law
  • Business Informatics & Digitalization
  • Public Sector Informatics & Digitalization
  • Selected Topics: Public Management, Public Policy & Digitalization I + II

Track: Political Behavior & Institutions


  • Decision & Game Theory
  • Political Actors & Institutions
  • Political Attitudes & Political Behovior
  • Elections & Electoral Behavior
  • Social Psychology
  • Political Communication
  • Applied Data Analysis in Empirical Policy Research
  • Selected Topics: Political Behavior & Institutions I + II


Elective Modules without Track


Advanced Methods

  • Advanced Methods I
  • Advanced Methods II



Humboldt Year

6th -7th Semester  | to the extent of 30 ECTS-Credits with 2 major fields of study of which 1 major has to be elected

6th -7th Semester | 2 main areas totaling 30 ECTS, one option has to be elected


Focus: Student Research

  • Research Project combined with additional lectures


Focus: Advanced Studies

  • Advanced Seminars combined with additional lectures
Humboldt-Phase
Humboldt-Phase

Bachelor Phase

8th Semester | to the extent of 30 ECTS-Credits


Final Module 

  • Bachelorthesis
  • Disputation


Two Internships (to be completed during the entire course of study)

Bachelor-Phase
Bachelor-Phase

ZU|Plus

1st - 8th Semester | to the extent of ECTS-Credits

Optional modules, do not contribute to the final score.


  • Workshop | Creativity & Performance

  • Workshop | Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship


Program Director

Behnke, Joachim
Behnke, Joachim Prof Dr rer pol
Academic Program Director Politics, Administration & International Relations | BA/MA PAIR | MA IRPG | MA PMD
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1431
Room:Semi 0.02
Bürgin, Alexander
Bürgin, Alexander Dr
Program Director of the study programs in the fields of Politics | Administration & International Relations I BA/MA PAIR | MA IRPG | MA PMD
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1405
Room:FAB 3 | 0.71
Time to decide

This website uses external media, such as maps and videos, as well as external analytics tools – all of which may be used to collect data about your online behavior. Cookies are also stored when you visit our website. You can adjust or revoke your consent to the use of cookies and extensions at any time.

For an explanation of how our privacy settings work and an overview of the analytics/marketing tools and external media we use, please see our privacy policy.