Program Structure


Year 1

Introduction to the Social Sciences is an introductory module which provides the essentials for understanding contemporary societies. You will study what the main differences between democracies and other political regime types are (the political science perspective); how the set-up of societies change over time and differ across world regions (the sociological perspective); and how mass communication systems work and which role they play in politics and society (the mass communication perspective). This module provides the basis from which you progress to higher-level modules in the Social Sciences.

Classes include:

+ Comparing Political Systems

+ Mass Media in Digital Contexts

+ Social Structures and Processes I + II

Year 2

Second-year ISS students will be undertaking more advanced modules that expand on their knowledge of the three foci of ISS: communication sciences, sociology and political sciences. The three modules and their corresponding classes are listed below.

Communication, Culture & Consumption

+ Consumer Culture and Society

+ Comparing Mass Communication Systems

+ Communication, Culture and Digitization I & II


Crisis and Conflict Management

+ Conflict & Crisis: Political and Sociological Approaches

+ Mass Beliefs and Civil Society

+ Crisis and Conflict Communication


International Politics and Policy

+ Democratic Governance

+ Diplomatic and Foreign Policy

+ International Security

Year 3

Final year students have the option to stay in campus and take specialization courses, go for an internship or study abroad for an exchange program in their 5th semester. All students will continue taking 3rd year courses available for their 6th semester, as well as take classes that contribute towards the submission of their Bachelor Thesis project.

ISS Specialization Module classes include:

+ Advanced Methods in the Social Sciences

+ Cooperation and Conflict: Russo-European Social, Economic and Political Relations

+ From Theory to Practice: Sociological Theory and its Application to Reality

+ Between Respect and Rebellion: The Sociology of Generations across Time and Cultures

+ Interfaces of the Social Sciences: Multimodal Discourse Analysis

+ Visual Political Communication

+ Terrorism & Media: Past and Present

+ Covering Catastrophes, Crises and Conflicts: Cross-Cultural Comparison of Media Coverage

+ Friend or Foe? Constructing the Political Image of the “Enemy”