Study and Teaching
Social Studies Education at FAU
As the academic part of teacher training in Germany, FAU’s Teacher Education prepares students for a variety of teaching activities in the Bavarian school system or other kinds of teaching professions. In particular, our Social Studies Education programme at Nuremberg Campus provides the knowledge basis necessary for the state examination (Staatsexamen degree) which qualifies graduates for teaching positions at public schools in Bavaria and Germany.
Politik und Gesellschaft
The subject of Politik und Gesellschaft (Social Studies) is composed of the academic disciplines of Political Science, Sociology and Social Studies’ teaching methodology. Political Science analyses and explains political action and phenomena with the following focal points: the development and structure of political institutions and decision-making, the constitutional, social and economic framework of politics and the guiding principles of political action and their justification (i.e. political ideas).
Political Science itself is subdivided into three parts:
- Politics of Germany and Comparative Politics
- Political Theory and History of Ideas
- International Relations
Political Science curriculum
The curriculum is taught in three consecutive steps: First, an introductory lecture about the basic issues and the terminology of the discipline, followed by three courses concerning the subdisciplines’ main topics and research perspectives. In the third step, the Exam colloquium concludes the Political Science part by discussing research problems and prepares the students for the examination.
In addition, students can write their final assignments in Political Science. At the end of the programme, the degree of a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.) can be obtained. Please notice that unlike FAU’s regular BA programme in Political Science, the teaching language in Politik und Gesellschaft is usually German only.