The Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science (OSI) is not only the largest institute of political science in Germany, but also the one with the broadest spectrum of research and teaching activities. No other higher education institution offers a comparably nuanced and extensive range of research topics and courses in political science. OSI offers a bachelor’s degree in political science as well as a master’s in international relations (the latter in partnership with Humboldt Universität and Universität Potsdam), and several French-German double degree master’s programs. The graduate program leading to a master’s in political science is currently under revision, and a master’s in environment and planning is being developed.
The Institute’s research focuses in particular on area studies, international relations, and environmental research. The Kolleg-Forschergruppe (KFG) “The Transformative Power of Europe” examines diffusion processes of politics and institutions within Europe and the European Union, as well as the role of the EU as promoter and recipient of ideas to and from other regions of the world.
By contrast, the collaborative research center “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” studies the conditions required for governance, security, and welfare in areas of limited statehood, and the problems that arise under these circumstances.
The Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) is an international team of social science researchers and students who research, study, and provide policy advice related to environmental and sustainable energy politics and policies. Other research areas deal with the EU financial crisis and transformation processes in the Arab world.