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Public Opinion and Voting Behavior



Purpose: The objective of this master Thesis Seminar is to deepen the understanding of theories and methods related to research on public opinion and voting behavior, and to apply them to a specific topic as part of the student’s master thesis project.

Content: The title of the seminar is deliberately held general to accommodate a wide range of specific topics and to allow students to pursue their individual research interests related to public opinion and voting behavior research. As part of the thesis seminar, students will develop a thesis proposal in Block 3 and, after conducting research, write the master thesis in Block 4. Students should begin thinking about a thesis topic during the colloquium course for this master track in Block 2. It is recommended that students planning a larger, more extensive data collection effort should contact the instructor as early as possible (even in Block 2).

Methods of Instruction

Seminar-style group meetings and individual supervision.

Study Material

To be announced


Part I: master Thesis proposal
Part II: master Thesis


Tuesday 7 February till 29 May, 11.00 – 13.00 hrs., in SA37 (except 21 Feb 5B04, 28 Feb and 6 March 1A03, 20 March SA21, 17 Apr. room SA31, 24 Apr. 10.00-15.00 hrs in SB19, 8 and 22 May 1A24) and
Friday 10 February till 1 June, 11.00 – 13.00 hrs., in SA05 (except 17 Feb and 24 Feb room 2B36 and 2 March room 3B50, 9 March room 5A33 and 16 March room 3B50)