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.

Students at the Institute for Media and Communication Studies study the conditions, structures, processes, content, and impact of media communications, particularly mass communications. The Institute is divided into three working areas: empirical communication and media research, communications systems and media cultures, and journalism and organizational communications.

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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Last Update: Oct 08, 2014

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