Societal Relevance Dimensions of Graduating in Political Science in Austria

Sabine Gatt, Lore Hayek, Christian Huemer



4,350 students were enrolled in a BA and 1,481 pursued a Master’s programme in political science in Austria in 2016. However, only a small number of degree holders embark on an academic career; many more move on to jobs in the public or private sector. In this contribution we focus on the impact of teaching political science and the contribution that political science graduates make to society. The article draws on data from the Graduate Monitoring which evaluates graduates’ progress in the labour market, and semi-structured interviews with political science graduates. Increasing knowledge about students’ career paths will help to improve curricula and contribute to a better understanding of the theories, methods and instruments that graduates will apply in their careers.



political science, Austria, degree programme, graduates, careers


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