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From the analysis of political systems and empirical research to the communication of survey techniques: the Faculty of Social Sciences has won widespread renown for its broad-based research spectrum and the numerous opportunities it offers students looking to specialise. In various disciplines Duisburg-Essen is amongst the ten leading universities in terms of research performance. One of the five key research focuses of the University is the Transformation of Contemporary Societies.
The faculty is structured into four institutes:
• The Institute of Political Science ,
• The Institute of Sociology ,
• The Institute for Development and Peace (INEF)
• The Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ)
Research and teaching is based on an interdisciplinary understanding of social sciences. The “Centre for Global Cooperation Research”
and the "NRW-School of Governance"
are two nationally and internationally recognised research institutes based at the faculty. There are also close ties to the “Institute of East Asian Studies”
(including the Research Training Group "Risk and East Asia"
), as well as the Concept of the main research area "Transformation of contemporary societies: Building order in a borderless world"
of the UDE.
According to the Bologna Process the curriculum was realigned into a Bachelor and Master program in 2006. At present the Faculty of Social Science offers a Bachelor degree in Sociology
and Political sciences
,a Bachelor Degree in Gobal and Transnational Sociology
, a Master degree in Sociology
, a Master degree in Survey Methodology
, Master degree in International Relations and Development Policy
, a Master degree in Policy Management, Public Policy and Public Administration
, a Master degree in Theory and Comparative Studies of Political Systems in Transition
and a Master degree in Development and Governance
The East Asia Studies (BA and MA programs
) combine a disciplinary training (economic or social sciences) with the acquisition of language in Japanese or Chinese language and a discipline-based area studies training.