Political Systems, Media, and Communication

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Students at the Otto Suhr Institute focus on the interactions between political and other players, structures, and processes. Image Credit: David Ausserhofer

The Department of Political and Social Sciences at Freie Universität includes the Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, the Institute of Sociology, the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

News from Oct 08, 2014

The Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science is the largest institute in this discipline in Germany and one of the most prestigious in all of Europe. Students at the Otto Suhr Institute focus on the interactions between political and other players, structures, and processes. In addition to bachelor’s degree programs, the Institute also offers the master’s degree programs in International Relations and, together with Sciences Po Paris, the dual Political Science – Affaires européennes / Affaires internationales master’s degree program.

The Institute for Media and Communication Studies has nine divisions for conducting research on the structures, processes, contents, and impact of mediated communication. At the undergraduate level, the institute offers bachelor’s degree programs in Media and Communication Studies and Computer Science and Media Studies, the latter in conjunction with TU Berlin. The master’s program Media and Political Communication is offered jointly with the Russian Saint Petersburg State University, and there is also a double degree master’s program in Global Communication and International Journalism.

The academic program in Social and Cultural Anthropology offered at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology focuses on cultural, social, economic, political, and religious forms of human organization and explores processes of social and cultural change and cultural comparison. The Institute also offers the master’s degree program in Visual and Media Anthropology.

In cooperation with the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) and the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), the Institute of Sociology offers the research-oriented Sociology – European Societies master’s degree program. Students work on describing and analyzing the social aspects of Europeanization.

In addition to the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität is home to eleven other departments and three central institutes:

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