Welcome to the Division of Political Science and Sociology

The Division of Political Science and Sociology consisting of the Department of Political Science and the Department of Sociology and Cultural Science is a central pillar of social science research and teaching at the University of Salzburg. Over the past several years, the division has undergone significant changes as a new generation of scholars has joined the two departments. As a result, the range of the academic program has widened and the profiles have sharpened. A sustained process of internationalization due to the recruitment of faculty from top institutions in Europe and North America and a clear focus on excellence in research have become distinctive characteristics. At the same time, the division has maintained its strengths and qualities for which it has always been known. This is its student-oriented focus with comparatively small class sizes, individual attention, and a personable atmosphere. In the context of redesigning the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in Political Science and Sociology, the curriculum has been updated and the number of courses offered in English has substantially increased.

 

Goals and Profile

The overriding goal is to offer excellence at the highest level in the areas of research, modern research methodology, instruction, and also service. As such, the quality of scholarship is of particular importance and attested by significant success in attracting national and international grants and a strong record of publications in ranked journals. The faculty is also committed to offering the students a superb academic environment that seeks to balance a focus on theory and methodology with professional and career-related training. The doctoral programs of both departments are known to be particularly selective. The departments of Political Science and Sociology function also as an important resource for the local and regional community. Faculty members frequently serve as experts with regional and national public institutions and media.

Both departments work in close partnership with the Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies (SCEUS) in which many of the division’s faculty members are active as researchers and teachers.

 

Important Links

For more information in English about the Department of Political Science please refer to the link in the navigation on the left. You may also use the following links, leading to the departments as well as the study programmes.

Department of Political Science
Studies in Political Science

Department of Sociology
Studies in Sociology

Salzburg Center of European Union Studies (SCEUS)
SCEUS Master and PhD Programme

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    The paper "The disabling effect of social policies on organizational career management" by Astrid Reichel (Professor for Human Resource Management at PLUS) et al. was awarded the Emerald Best International Symposium Award at the 2019 Academy of Management Meeting, which is the largest and most important management conference in the world, with over 10,000 participants.
    Univ.Doz. Dr. Dr.h.c. Jasmine Dum-Tragut received the medal on 31 October at the closing event of her curated exhibition "Far from home - fates of Armenian prisoners of war in the First World War" at the Genocide Museum Institute in Yerevan, Armenia.
    The Salzburg historian, Christina Antenhofer, was recently appointed a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Historical Class).
    For the Winter Semester 2019/20, the University of Salzburg appointed five new professors: Michael BLAUBERGER, Univ.-Prof. for Politics of the European Union, Political Science and Sociology (+ DZ SCEUS); Alexander SOKOLICEK, Univ.-Prof. for Classical Archeology, Classical Studies; Ulrike GREINER, Univ.-Prof. for Professional Research and Teacher Education with special reference to subject didactics, School of Education; Margit REITER, Univ.-Prof. for European Contemporary History.
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    From 5 to 22 November, 2019, Südwind, in cooperation with the University of Salzburg, invites experts to the join in the topic of global inequalities and offers a diverse program: 13 events of the series "REDUCE INEQUALITIES think globally - act sustainably" from different perspectives with global issues and their interaction with the local and individual levels.
    An international conference, 13 - 15 November, 2019, organized by SALZBURG MUSEUM and theUNIVERSITY OF SALZBURG, Conference Director: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Kühberger.
    Date: 14.11.2019 // Time: 18: 30h s.t. - 20: 00h // Location: Hörsaal 207 of the Faculty of Law,the University of Salzburg // Churfürststraße 1 // A-5020 Salzburg // (access signposted)
    Priv-Doz. Dr. Matthias Kropf will give a guest lecture on the subject of "Phylogeographical Studies of selected Steppe Plants in the Pannonian and Western Pontic Region" on 15 November, 2019, at 14:00 in HS 421 of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Hellbrunnerstrasse 34. The Department of Life Sciences invites you to attend!
    Margit Reiter, new professor for European Contemporary History at the Department of History since WS 2019, presents her new book "Die Ehemaligen" in HS 381, GesWi, Rudolfskai 42, on 20 November.
    The FB KoWi cordially invites you to attend a guest lecture on “How News Use is Changing Across the World”. Richard Fletcher - Reuters Institute, University of Oxford.
    The annual interdisciplinary Fachtagung des Wissensnetzwerks Recht, Wirtschaft und Arbeitswelt will take place on Thursday, 21 November, 2019, on the topic, "Work Anytime and Anywhere... Mobile Work and its Consequences" at the Edmundsburg.
    As part of the lecture series, Geschichte im Gespräch, and the lecture "Fundamentals of Medieval History (Christina Antenhofer)", Thorsten Hiltmann (Münster) will give a lecture on 26 November, 2019, at 09: 00h in HS 380 on Medieval Heraldry between Cultural History and New Digital Methods.
    THURSDAY, 21 Nov.: LECTURES (08.30-19:00h) at Wissenschaft & Kunst, Bergstr. 12a, KunstQuartier, Studio 1.OG // FRIDAY, 22 Nov: EXCURSION (08:30-16:00h) Memorial Concentration Camp Ebensee, memorial Mauthausen. Departure: At 08:30, from Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1.
    The Department of Slavonic Studies would like to cordially invite you, together with the cultural center DAS KINO, to the fourth part of our successful cinema series of East and Central European films. The film club "Slawistyka, Slavistika, Cлавистика" presents award-winning current Polish, Russian and Czech films with social and political themes.
    28 to 30, November, 2019 - Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, 5020 Salzburg, Department of Music and Dance Studies, Dance Studio, Room 2.105, 2nd floor.
    The Department of Linguistics invites all interested parties to participate in the 45th Austrian Linguistic Congress. The event will take place on the 6th and 7th of December, 2019, at the Unipark Nonntal. The registration deadline has been extended until 07.11.2019. See the programme for registration fees.
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    15.11.19 Symposion "Wirtschaftliche Betrachtungsweise"
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    15.11.19 Phylogeographical studies of selected steppe plants in the Pannonian and Western Pontic region
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