Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, Economics & Politics | PEP

Bachelor in Psychology, Economics and Politics

Structure & Content of the four-year Bachelor's Degree Program

Content and Structure of BA CCM
Content and Structure of BA CCM

Program-specific downloads

The Zeppelin Year

Semesters 1-2 | in the scope of 60 ECTS credits

Interdisciplinary module | Zeppelin project

  • Subject-specific perspectives
  • Methods workshop I+II
  • Group project work

Interdisciplinary module | Scientific Basics

  • Theory of science
  • Scientific working methods

Methodological basics

  • Empirical Social Research
  • Statistics

Program module PEP

  • Social Psychology
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Polity, Politics, Policy

Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3 out of 8)

  • Introduction to Business Management
  • Public Administration
  • Fundamentals of Law
  • International Relations
  • Introduction to communication science issues
  • Introduction to cultural studies issues
  • Cultural history
  • History of problems in sociology
  • Business accounting

The Major Phase

Semesters 3-7

Compulsory modules with a total of 82 ECTS credits

  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Research practice
  • Advanced Methods I-II


  • Psychology of Decisions
  • Cognition, language & perception
  • Emotion, Motivation & Action


  • Comparative political science
  • Political Philosophy
  • Global governance


  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Theoretical history of economics

Practical experience

  • Professional practice | Internship at home or abroad or
  • Professional practice | own business start-up

Compulsory elective modules worth 60 ECTS credits

Of which PEP compulsory elective modules worth at least 42 ECTS credits and multidisciplinary compulsory elective modules from other ZU Bachelor's degree programs worth a maximum of 18 ECTS credits.

You also have the innovative opportunity, e.g. during a semester abroad, to deepen your knowledge of economics topics that we do not offer at ZU and to have these credited as a specialization in the compulsory elective area.

  • Theories of democracy & the state
  • Politics of the European Union
  • Governance and law of the European Union
  • Decision theory & game theory
  • Social movements and political protest
  • Electoral systems & voting behavior
  • Political actors & institutions
  • Political communication & the public sphere
  • Strategies of political communication
  • Political attitudes & political behavior
  • Basics & Topics of Political Sociology
  • Behavioral Business Ethics
  • Socio-psychological aspects of communication
  • Human Decisionmaking
  • Determinants of Honesty
  • Psychology of Environment and Climate Change
  • Political Psychology
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Corporate Responsibility & Leadership
  • Theory of the Firm
  • Money and capital
  • Capitalism - idea, development, future
  • Political & economic aspects of regulation
  • Business informatics & digitalization
  • Administrative informatics & digitalization
  • Sustainable governance & public policy
  • Public Entrepreneurship & Corporate Governance
  • Selected topics I - IV

The Humboldt Year

Semesters 6-7 | 2 specializations worth 30 ECTS, one of which must be chosen

Focus: Student research

  • Own research project in combination with other courses

Focus: Specialist specialization

  • Proseminars in combination with other courses

The Bachelor Phase

Semester 8 | in the scope of 30 ECTS credits

Final module

  • Bachelor's thesis
  • defense

Two internships (1 in Germany, 1 abroad; to be completed in the course of the degree program)

Bachelor phase
Bachelor phase


Semester 1-8 | to the extent of 2 ECTS-Credits

Optional modules, do not contribute to the final score.

  • Workshop | Creativity & Performance

  • Workshop | Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Program responsibility | Academic contacts

Erzene Bürgin, Defne
Erzene Bürgin, Defne Dr
Program Director | Sociology, Politics & Economics | SPE
Phone:+497541 6009-2232
Room:FAB 3 | 0.73
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
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