Building on its unique legacy, the Geschwister-Scholl Institute of Political science (GSI) is currently one of the most renowned political science institutes across Europe. The GSI is home to around 60 faculty, whose scholarship and teaching span across the main subfields of political science: political theory, comparative political systems, international relations, and research methods. As a beneficiary of the Federal Government's Excellent Initiative, the LMU Munich and thus GSI offers a stimulating environment for research and study. Its administration and staff maintain close relations with many leading academic institutions worldwide.
Teaching takes place predominantly in small seminar courses. Teachers at the GSI teach political science as an empirical social science. They thus require students to reflect abstract theoretical propositions in light of empirical facts to devise research designs by which phenomena can be explained casually and in a methodical fashion.
Research at the GSI is generally committed to the formulation and, respectively, testing of hypotheses. Institutions figure prominently in this regard as they are analyzed with respect to their origins, development functions, stability, self-reinforcing tendencies, and effects at national, regional as well as international levels. While specializing in their respective fields of interest, the ten professors and their staff carefully observe each other's work to generate coherent findings.
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