We live in an age of dramatic environmental, political, social, and technological transformations, which raise many important governance challenges. Some transformations will be gradual, others quite disruptive, and many will have a global reach. Some of the transformations are causing public policy problems, others are the source of potential solutions. The Bavarian School of Public Policy focuses on several interrelated areas where transformations are occurring or are needed including climate change, energy, and sustainability; European and global economic governance; digitalization and new information systems; and intra- and inter-generational justice.
Technological advances (e.g. artificial intelligence, driverless cars, nanomaterials, smart cities) and new information systems (e.g. social media, next-generation supercomputers) hold promise for contributing to solving some of our long-standing problems. At the same time, they may have unintended environmental, health, and social consequences, suggesting the need for reflective forms of governance that promote policy learning and adaptation. Governance can be improved to become more transparent, accountable, and participatory.
In the program, students will learn advanced methodological tools and analytical skills, diverse theoretical approaches, and normative perspectives that can be applied to understanding the governance of new and existing technologies as well as pressing political and policy questions related to democratic and global governance, climate change, energy transitions, international trade and finance. Students will examine the causes of problems and analyze different policy solutions and instruments.
The English Master's program in Politics & Technology can be completed on a full-time or part-time (66%) basis.
The full-time model can be completed in 4 semesters. The recommended period of study for the part-time model, which covers the same content as the full-time model, is extended to 6 semesters.
Switching between the full-time and part-time model is possible at the start of any winter semester.
The work/study model is suitable for those who wish to combine study with work by:
- concentrating political science courses in the afternoon hours, and/or
- availability of online courses in the interdisciplinary part of the study program
To plan your individual curriculum, please consult your student advisor.