The effectiveness and legitimacy of modern states is largely determined by the complex interaction of politics, law, and business and economics. Lately, in particular, these interactions have been affected by dynamic transformation processes resulting from globalisation and internationalisation trends. This has led to the formation of modified statehood forms and new patterns of relationships between state, society, and the economy.
The Master's degree in Public Economics, Law and Politics applies a theoretical and methodological, as well as problem-oriented and integrated, political analysis of these dynamic interactions.
Content and Rationale
Studies in political science at Leuphana Graduate School combine disciplines, which traditionally deal with the relationship of state, society, and business and economics. Questions, issues, and approaches to solutions resulting from these intricately interwoven relationships are analyzed and treated from the joined perspectives of political science, economics, and law.
The focus is placed on the causes, background, as well as social and economic effects and consequences, of government action. Thus, the course aims at achieving a comprehensive reflection on the relationship between politics, law, and economics by applying the tools provided by political science as a discipline, reinforced by interdisciplinary observations.
The discipline-oriented electives aim at training academics to develop in-depth competencies in the individual disciplines of political science, public law, and economics. Cooperation with the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg makes it possible to focus on the field of education development theory and policy. This is achieved thanks to a selection of more specialised course offerings. Six individually selectable and freely combinable modules largely convey theories, approaches and methods for analysing the state of academic questions and issues from a disciplinary perspective.
In the first semester, two individually allocated bridge modules convey basic knowledge in political science in the disciplines, which you have not yet or not sufficiently studied in your previous courses. The second and third semesters see the integration range extending subject offers by an interdisciplinary perspective: In two modules, selected topics and issues from the perspective of each of two disciplines are investigated together.
The course offerings are complemented not only by the cross-complementary studies over-arching the master's degrees on the basis of a broad academic and reflection-oriented science but also by the Master's Forum & Research Perspectives. It teaches the methodological and organisational skills, which are necessary for the design and implementation of practitioners' own analyses based on political science, as well as research projects. Building on this intensive preparation, the Master's dissertation completed in the fourth semester concludes the Master's Programme.
The Master's Degree in Public Economics, Law and Politics provides a science-based, interdisciplinary and problem-oriented academic training in the field of political science. The aim is to familiarise you with theories, approaches, and methods, as well as central empirical findings on the current state of scientific research. Thus, it imparts the ability to design, implement, and reflect on independent research projects. You will also be trained to handle complex practical issues and problems at the interface between politics, business and law from an academic point of view. This prepares you for managerial positions in administrative, national and international organisations.
In addition to entering into active employment, the possibility also exists of further develop an academic career. The professorial chairs involved in the course of study carry out numerous projects in that vein. Qualified students have the opportunity, thanks to the “Doctoral Track”, to attend modules of the doctoral programme in the third semester already.
This Master's degree programme is aimed at German and international graduates (bachelor or equivalent) of a course featuring an academic orientation in politics, law, business and economics, constitutional and administrative sciences, who wish to acquire research and practical skills in the interdisciplinary field of political science.
For the Master's Degree in Public Economics, Law and Politics, you must bring a proven minimum of 60 CP from relevant modules from the following subjects: law, politics or economics or from an interdisciplinary combination of these three disciplines.
At a Glance
- Degree awarded: Master of Arts (M.A.)
- Application period: April 1 - June 1 (exception in 2020: applications possible until July 1)
- Type of programme:
- Study places: 40
- Start date: October 1
- Extent: 120 ECTS
- Duration: 4 semesters
- Language: English
About the School
Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More