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Selection of courses

You can find the course catalogue here

There is both, an English and a German version. You can change to the respective language in the top right corner. Please keep in mind that not all courses have translated titles and content. The course language however, is stated on the right of the course description.

Important: Make sure to set all the right filters when looking for courses.

  • Choose the right semester and the department “Political and Social Sciences“ (Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften)
  • BA students (undergraduate) click on "Bachelor" underneath the top section titled "Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science" (Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft) and then choose Political Science and the newest study regulation, for example "Political Science (2019 study regulations)" (Politikwissenschaft (Studienordnung 2019))
  • MA students (graduate), respectively, click on "Master", choose Political Science and also the newest study regulation.

If you want to find only those classes that are being offered in English (or any other language), please navigate around the right-hand side of the webpage and click on the arrow button next to the "search now" button. It will give you the option of "advanced search". You may then choose further filters.

Note: The course catalogue for the Winter term will not go online before September; the course catalogue for the Summer term usually goes online in late February or March.

Please take into account that we do not guarantee completeness and immutability of the commented course catalogue, due to the fact that there can be changes at any time and especially before the first week of classes.

The OSI offers different kinds of courses.

One type of course is the lecture (“Vorlesung (V)”), which provides you with an introductory overview of the respective study area. Generally, the assignment you have to complete to receive a certificate of achievement (“Leistungsschein”) in this type of course is a written exam. There is also the tutorial (“Tutorium (T)”) and the exercise (“Übungen (Ü”), which are held to provide you with further information about the subject of the lecture and give you the possibility to ask questions on the topic. They may be valuable to you, even if no ECTS are awarded for them.

Another form of courses is the seminar (“Seminar (S)”). There are three different kinds of seminars available at the OSI. In general, they treat specific subjects more in depth than lectures. In these types of courses your participation, your questions and taking part in discussions will directly add to the seminar. There are introductory seminars (“Proseminare (PS)”) and advanced seminars (“Hauptseminare (HS)”), as well as core advanced seminars (“Kernhauptseminare (K-HS)”). Besides these seminars the OSI also offers introductory seminars/techniques of scientific work (“Proseminare/Techniken des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens (PS/TWA”) and career-oriented seminars (“Berufsfeldorientierte Seminare (BS)”).

Introductory seminars (PS) are suitable for undergraduate students (up to about the fourth semester), while the advanced seminars (HS) are usually only available for students at the end of their Bachelor or Master students. The core advanced seminars (K-HS) are the basic seminars, belonging to the advanced seminars (HS) of the Master program. They all give you an overview over a certain field of study. Introductory seminars/techniques of scientific work (PS/TWA) are held for first year students only and may not be attended by advanced students. Career-oriented seminars (BS) provide you with information about possible careers and prepare you for your future work.

All courses are mostly held weekly and last two hours (“Semesterwochenstunden” (SWS)), which makes 90 minutes in total. An exception are block seminars (Blockseminare).

In the BA and MA programs some courses are regularly held in English and in other languages. However, this offer varies each semester. In most cases the language of the course is indicated in the specific course descriptions on the right. The course catalogue is updated each semester and is usually available at the end of the previous semester (about March/August). If you want to find only those classes that are being offered in English (or any other language), please navigate around the right-hand side of the course catalogue and click on the arrow button next to the "search now" button. It will give you the option of "advanced search". You may then choose your filters. 


Generally, the majority of courses have to be chosen from the political science course catalogue (Vorlesungsverzeichnis). With few exceptions, all courses in the political science course catalogue can be taken. Courses with the addition “PS/MWA” (for information please see the next question) are only adequate for students in the first semester and may NOT be taken by Erasmus students. One-third of credit points can be acquired at other institutions, e.g. through a German language course.

The module system (one lecture + one seminar = 10 ECTS) does not apply to Erasmus students. Only regular FU students need to complete modules. Erasmus students pick single courses according to their own interest and requirements set by their universities. For each course they can get either 3 or 7 ECTS.

In order to register for a class at OSI, you do not sign up on Campus Management. Instead, you will attend the first class and if you decide to take it in the future you approach the respective teacher and let him_her know that you want to attend the class permanently. You may have to give your teacher your (Zedat) email address, so that they can add you to our e-learning system (Blackboard). That way, you will be able to access the course materials.

If you are interested in taking classes outside our institute (such as specific Erasmus classes) you may have to register through Campus Management.

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