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Political, Economic and Legal Philosophy (PELP) Master's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

The master’s programme Political, Economic and Legal Philosophy (PELP) is an interdisciplinary programme comprising practical philosophy, law and social and economic sciences. It investigates social phenomena such as economic, political and legal problems, institutions, procedures and social modes of behaviour using relevant scientific methods. The purpose of practical philosophy in the available courses is to uncover and investigate connections between politics, law and economy with regard to their theories and practices. Ethic dimensions of public, economic and political decisions are defined and analysed. This programme conveys central political, legal, economic and socio-scientific theories and methods in order to apply them as troubleshooting strategies. Students are able to develop and establish solution strategies for complex social problems (e.g. the reform of national welfare insurance systems, climate protection, the improvement of the legitimacy of international political decision processes). As this programme has an exceptional interdisciplinary focus, combining theoretical and applied aspects of science and philosophy, students learn to think interconnectedly and to identify connections.

Expected results

Graduates of the master’s programme PELP will have acquired theoretical and methodical skills in the most important subareas of the said sciences and will be able to independently maintain their knowledge at the latest level of developments. Graduates will acquire crucial individual and social skills for their professional lives beyond subject-specific knowledge and competences. These include cooperation, integration and communication skills as well as the ability to conduct an interdisciplinary discourse and ethical argumentation.


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University degree
Master of Arts „MA“
4 semesters / 120 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
UB 066 249
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
type of study programme
Qualification level
Master (2nd study cycle)
Appropriate bachelor’s degree or equivalent


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