The Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Freie Universität Berlin is one of the most research-intensive departments in Germany. The department´s focal research subjects include the fields politics and society as well as the numerous interactions between these fields. The main emphasis is on the investigation of social processes, changes and challenges with reference to their larger systems and institutions in a constantly changing world.
Its achievements in interdisciplinary collaborative research, the multitude of research projects funded by the DFG, the Federal Republic or the EU, the affiliation with eight knowledge alliances within the Freie Universität and the excellent cooperation with other academic institutions in the Berlin research landscape illustrate the interdisciplinary perspective and networked embeddedness of the research conducted in the Department of Political and Social Science. In addition to that, the department is actively involved in a number of graduate schools and junior research groups.