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Studying comparative political science at the KU

Politics has existed since humans became aware that it was necessary for societies to have a central authority to regulate their affairs. And since politics has existed, there have always been people who study the question of which political system is most suitable. This makes political science one of the oldest of all academic disciplines. It makes an important contribution to our understanding of the political and social conditions that shape our lives. It opens our eyes to the relationships between individuals and local, regional, national, and international structures and processes.

Students of political science gain in-depth knowledge of political ideas, institutions, and processes, while also learning to recognize phenomena of power and domination and to analyze and discuss political problems.

Students can study all areas of political science at the KU. The sub-discipline of comparative political science and political systems theory deals with forms of political order and their sub-systems in individual states, the sub-discipline of international politics deals with foreign affairs and international relations, and the sub-discipline of political theory is concerned with the history of political ideas and political philosophy. Political education is a further sub-discipline of political science.

Comparative political science investigates the characteristics of different political systems and in doing so aims to make statements on the strengths and weaknesses of different forms of political order. Constitutional situations are compared under consideration of actual political policy-creation, power-building, and decision-making processes. This sub-discipline covers the following areas:

  • Methods of comparative political science
  • Classical and modern state typologies
  • Authoritarian and totalitarian regimes
  • Comparison of presidential, parliamentary, and semi-presidential systems of government
  • Comparison of majoritarian and consensus democracies
  • Comparison of federal state models