Problem solvers for today’s societies needed!
The Sociology, Politics and Economics (SPE) Bachelor program has a career-qualifying, interdisciplinary approach, and takes a look at the analysis of the relationships that politics, economics, and science have with all other social formations in which these topics are relevant, and in which they have an impact under the current conditions of globalization, digitalization and ecology.
The sociological, political and economic perspectives are all related to each other and interconnected. The interdisciplinary approach continues systematically throughout the entire study program.
The subject of the study program is the observation of the problems of today’s societies from the different, but related, perspectives of the involved scientific disciplines: Will democracy continue to develop in societies that are dominated demographically by the 60-plus generation? How will the global balance of power be reconfigured under the conditions of the strengthening BRIC countries? How will the moralizing of markets affect providers of organic food? Are we going to be experiencing a renaissance of the protest movements of the 60s?
Based on classical and current theories of the relevant disciplines, the objective of the study program is the conveyance of decision-making logic, methods, and skills for handling complex, unpredictable situations, as they are needed in modern, heterogeneous societies and in the context of their globalized impact on the economy and politics. Global integration on an economic and political level becomes a cross-cutting theme.
An important aspect of this is policy analysis: The students learn how political decisions are made under such conditions, and systematically reflect on the influence that economy and science, culture and technology, ecology and psychology have on these decisions, as well as their range and limitations.
Comments about the study program
“Today, the solution for trans-national social problems must be found with an interdisciplinary approach. That’s why it is good if students learn to think in terms of the sociological, political, economic and even philosophical aspects during their studies.”
Arne Molfenter, United Nations Regional Information Center for Western Europe (UNRIC)
"The Zeppelin bachelor degree in Sociology, Politics and Economics could not be more timely or more relevant. There is great need for programs which are problem-oriented and decision-focused, yet also drawing on the best of theory, and forcing students to mediate between the perspectives offered by different disciplines. I have no doubt that graduates will be special, in demand and will rise to positions of significance. This will be a transformative program."
Michael Power, London School of Economics, author of "The Audit Society" (1997) and "Organized Uncertainty" (2007)
The “Sociology, Politics & Economics” (SPE) Bachelor program will be offered for the first time in the spring semester of 2012. The planned start for the study program is therefore the 10th of January, 2012. The study program is currently being laid out in detail and will be accredited by the accreditation agency ACQUIN e.V. Applications are being accepted starting now.
“The new SPE study program is the reincarnation of the political economy based on the spirit of complexity science. Politics, economics and science are radically inter-related, because that’s the only way to really work on the issues that need to be solved in the next decades. Aristotle meets Marx, Adam Smith undergoes risk analysis and Keynes is seen as a great literary figure: where else can you study like that?”
Prof. Dirk Baecker, Cultural Theory and Analysis Chairholder