"Not only did I gain a broad theoretical and methodological approach, I also enjoy the inspiring, interdisciplinary context offered in the CDSS program." Mascha Rauschenbach, CDSS

Political Science

Political Science describes and analyzes political reality and deals with the regulation of social life in communities, the distribution of power and responsibilities, as well as social issues, institutions and norms.

Studies and Research

The Department of Political Science at the University of Mannheim is highly ranked both nationally and internationally for its quality of teaching and research. With its emphasis on the use of quantitative and analytical methods, the department is in an excellent position to conduct research on a wide range of political phenomena. Focuses in research and teaching are comparative politics and international politics, with a particular focus on

  • Political behavior
  • Political economy
  • International conflict
  • German and European politics

The research activities of the Department of Political Science are complemented by the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES) and the Collaborative Research Centre SFB 884 "Political Economy of Reforms".

Topical coursework is complemented by advanced methods courses that provide students with the tools for rigorous and thorough theoretical and empirical analysis. Theories of rational and social choice, game theory, Bayesian learning models are as much part of this module as are advanced quantitative methods, including multivariate analysis (OLS) and maximum likelihood estimation. CDSS courses catalog