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


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

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

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)



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
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