Course content – Public Economics, Law and Politics

On this page you can inform yourself about the curriculum of the Masters programme Public Economics, Law and Politics. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the contact points listed under "Contact and Counselling" and make use of the counselling services offered by the Graduate School.

Course structure

Overview of Modules of the Masters programme Public Economics, Law and Politics ©Leuphana
Overview of Modules Master Public Economics, Law and Politics (M.A.)

Elective modules

Advanced modules Politics

  • Theories and Methods of Comparative Political Science (1st Semester)
  • Theories of Democracy (2nd Semester)
  • International Relations and Democracy (3rd Semester)

Advanced modules Law

  • European Law (1st Semester)
  • Public Economic Law (2nd Semester)
  • Constitutional Theory and Law (3rd Semester)

Advanced modules Public Economics

  • Public Economics I: Public Finance and Public Policy (1st Semester)
  • Public Economics II: International Economics and Trade Policy (2nd Semester)
  • Public Economics III: Labor Market and Social Policy (3rd Semester)

Advanced modules Development Theory and Policy

  • Economic Development: Theory, Policy and Evidence (1st Semester)
  • Applications and Cases in International Development I (2nd Semester)
  • Applications and Cases in International Development II (3rd Semester)

Students must complete at least one module from each of the specialisations Politics, Public Economics and Law and can individually select and freely combine the remaining three modules.

Foundation Modules

  • Concepts of Political Science
  • Government and Politics
  • International Law
  • Public Law and the Economy
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

Subject-specific area

Discipline-oriented electives

The discipline-oriented electives (30 CP) aim at training academics to develop in-depth competencies in the individual disciplines of political science, public law and economics. Cooperation with the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Hamburg makes it possible to focus on the field of education development theory and policy. This is achieved thanks to a selection of more specialised course offerings. Six individually selectable and freely combinable modules largely convey theories, approaches and methods for analysing the state of academic questions and issues from a disciplinary perspective.

Foundation Modules

In the first semester, two individually allocated bridge modules (10 CP) convey basic knowledge in political science in the disciplines, which students have not yet or not sufficiently studied in their previous courses.

Integration area

The second and third semesters see the integration range extending subject offers by an interdisciplinary perspective: In two modules (20 CP), selected topics and issues from the perspective of each of two disciplines are investigated together.

Masters Forum & Research Perspectives

The area "Masters Forum & Research Perspectives" teaches the methodological and organizational skills, which are necessary for the design and implementation of practitioners' own analysis based on political science, as well as research projects. Building on this intensive preparation, the Mastes thesis completed in the fourth semester concludes the Masters Programme.

Complementary studies

The Complementary Studies are an essential part of the special teaching model of Leuphana. It supplements and expands students' subject-specific learning with the following three modules (5 CP each) with critical academic and practical perspectives from all faculties:

  1. Engaging with Knowledge and Sciences (in the 1st Semester)
  2. Reflecting on Research Methods (in the 2nd Semester)
  3. Connecting Science, Responsibility and Society (in the 3rd Semester)

Masters thesis

Generally, the master's thesis is written at the end of the degree programme. All the information about the master's thesis and how to organise your master's thesis in five steps has been compiled for you on the website Masters thesis.

In addition, helpful courses for writing the master's thesis are regularly offered as part of the GradSkills.

Study regulations/subject-specific schedule

Here you can find the General Assessment Regulations and the Subject-Specific Schedules.

The Subject-Specific Schedule shows the subject-specific curriculum. The modules to be taken and their content, the types of courses, the type and number of examinations are formulated in detail and in a legally binding manner.

Course catalogue

In the course catalogue you can get an overview of the courses currently offered and their specific contents.

Contact and Counselling

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