Science is method. Accordingly, methodological proficiency is one of the most important skills that a student can acquire. The ability to understand, to use, and to teach methods offers a strong competitive advantage in today’s labor market, both inside and outside of academia. Solid methodological training means that students understand both qualitative and quantitative methods. It also means that students acquire a solid foundational understanding that prepares them for a lifetime of methodological learning. Therefore, the key philosophy of the chair in political methodology is to teach students how to think about research, data, and scientific inference. This means moving beyond cookbook recipes and a point-and-click approach to analysis. Instead, students learn how scientific inferences are made, with special emphasis on (model) identification and estimation.



  • Einführung in die Methoden der Politikwissenschaft (HS)
  • Angewandte Methoden der Politikwissenschaft (HS/FS)
  • Introduction to Political Psychology (FS)


  • Fortgeschrittene Methoden I (HS)
  • Fortgeschrittene Methoden II (FS)
  • Advanced Statistical Models in Political Analysis using R (HS)
  • Data Visualization (HS)
  • Understanding Polls (HS)
  • Big Data and Statistical Learning (FS)
  • Webdevelopment (FS)


  • Research Design and Causal Inference (HS)
  • Data Visualization (HS)
  • Intro to quant. Methods (HS)