The research programme of the Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS) places emphasis on contemporary political and social phenomena, occurring principally but not exclusively within Europe— at the national, sub-national and transnational level.
The research interests of the members of the Department range across comparative politics, international relations, sociology, and social and political theory.
The Department favours a multi-faceted approach to research projects and doctoral theses, many of which cut across traditional academic boundaries.
A variety of method courses for data gathering and analysis are available in the first and second year—survey, experimental and ethnographic; quantitative and qualitative—while field-work and data collection normally take place in the second and third year.
New Appointment in the Department
Philipp Genschel will take up his position as Joint Chair in European Public Policy in September 2014 (Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies and Department of Political and Social Sciences)