General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Enrollment period winter semester
Place of study
Start of the program
Standard length of the program
Part-time studies possible
The subject Politics and Society offered in the context of the LehramtPlus program teaches methods and theories in the academic disciplines of political science, sociology, history, economics and the didactics of political education. Thus, the program prepares students for the teaching practice in the school subject Politics and Society as well as for an extracurricular professional activity, e.g. in foundations or state institutions for political education and political consulting.
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The program in detail
The interdisciplinary orientation of the subject Politics and Society in the LehramtPlus program in line with the participating social sciences becomes clear when looking at the curriculum. Seminars deepen selected partial aspects of the respective discipline, which can only be touched upon briefly in the introductory lectures. On the other hand, they give an insight into and overview of the broad academic discourse in the subjects of political science, sociology, history, economics and the didactics of political education.
This can be exemplified by the field of political education. The basic module Didactics of Political Education introduces the basic methods of the subject. In the further course of studies, such basic knowledge is supplemented by an advanced module on the Didactics of Political Education. The range of advanced modules varies in terms of their thematic design. The following exemplary aspects can be mentioned here: Democracy education, prevention of extremism, and media and methods of political education.
This broad theoretical approach is accompanied by numerous practical components, so that future teachers can test and apply their acquired knowledge in the classroom.
The first three semesters are characterized by introductory courses in the political science sub-disciplines of Comparative Government, International Politics and the above-mentioned Didactics of Political Education. Sociology, the Introduction to Sociological Theory and Modern History are also reflected in this phase of the program. The Introduction to Quantitative Methods of Empirical Social Research is also worth mentioning, as it provides interdisciplinary knowledge for the academic discussion of a wide range of research questions.
While the subject Political Science deepens students’ knowledge of economic policy, the political system and social structure of the Federal Republic of Germany in this part of the program, the required elective courses in Sociology and History offer a wide range of options for choice. In the fourth semester, students also gain insights into the third political science sub-discipline of Political Theory and Philosophy.
At the end of the sixth semester, students submit their Bachelor's thesis and obtain the academic title of Bachelor of Education.
Similar to the preceding semesters, the semesters VII to IX before graduation are also characterized by a high degree of choice and professionalization options according to the students' interests. The advanced module Didactics of Political Education is also included in this phase.
With the first State Examination (erstes Staatsexamen), students obtain the qualification for their practical teacher training (Referendariat); in addition, they have the possibility to complete a Master's degree.
The module plans for the individual teacher training programs and subject combinations can be accessed on myway.ku.de .
Rankings and assessments
KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.
"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
Both the GOETHE Institute and the Bavarian Teachers' Association (BLLV) as well as other associations offer the possibility of completing teacher training abroad. In this special form of internship, students not only acquire didactic skills, but also gain insights into school and political education work outside Germany.
During the course of studies, students complete the usual internships at schools and educational institutions. In addition, voluntary internships are gladly supported by the program’s expertise and existing contacts.
In addition, study field trips offer the opportunity to gain an insight into operations at political actors and institutions.
Career possibilities and professional fields
Degree programs suitable for teaching professions are initially those with a clear professional qualification. They are oriented towards the first State Examination and, in connection with this, towards admission to the practical teacher training (Referendariat). The KU Eichstätt offers the teaching degree program in Politics and Society for the following school types: Gymnasium (academic secondary school qualifying for university), Realschule (intermediate secondary school offering an expanded general education), Mittelschule (secondary school offering a general education and basic workforce preparation) and elementary school.
In addition to the State Examination, students of Politics and Society at the KU Eichstätt can also acquire a Bachelor or Master of Education. This second academic degree opens up additional career perspectives for students outside of school contexts, for example in administration as well as in extracurricular educational fields. Graduates of the degree program will find career options and further development opportunities especially in state, church and independent institutions, but also in trade unions, foundations affiliated with political parties, in federal and state offices for political education, publishing houses and the media. The contents of the program qualify graduates for a position within the above-mentioned areas.
What students say about the program
Lisa Schmidt, semester 7
"The fact that the program is anchored in several academic disciplines, the study program in Politics and Society for teaching professions has the advantage of offering a broad spectrum of continuing education opportunities. The didactic training teaches students that teaching politics and society means more than just institutional studies and approaches the question of how pupils can be made aware of their competence to judge and act as well as their maturity and other skills relevant for democracy together with the prospective teachers. This is done in the context of very personal supervision and small seminar groups that enable intensive work.”
Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.
What sets the KU apart
Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.
It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.
Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities.
The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.
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