In political science the aspects of political science and international relations come together. They form a comprehensive ensemble to the most important current themes in political science. In the studies you become familiar both political phenomenon and processes as well as international, economical, juridical, historical and cultural aspects.

Political Science

Political science, together with sociology and economics, is one of the oldest social sciences. Political science has traditionally close relations to international relations and administrative sciences. 

Current political science is not only focused in state institution but it approaches in an all around manner all political phenomenon. Political science has an interest in political institutions, ideologies and the history of political thinking. Lately the political aspects of culture, gender  as well as language have been studied. Since politics can be seen in many different surroundings, the research problems of political science can cross sociology, history, public law or practical philosophy.

The task of the basic studies is to give the basic knowledge and approaches of the topics in political science; what is politics and how the political system works. In addition get familiar with the change of politics and the political system; the new forms of politics and phenomenon. 

In the subject studies you come familiar with the theory of politics, in elective studies to the history of political thinking, new ways of political actions and the politics of environment and safety. As a speciality study you can take arctic politics. 

In the masters studies the independent gathering of knowledge is emphasized in the different areas of politics and how you can present it in the masters thesis. In addition how politics is a functional phenomena and the social impact of the research data. 

International Relations

An interest to the theoretic, historical and current questions is needed in order to study international relations. The subject offers a broad picture of the field of international relations and readiness to observe the analytical questions of international questions.

International relations aims to depict, explain and interpret the structure and action of the international system. The traditional research subjects are the foreign and security politics of states as well as questions of war and peace. Simultaneously the subject is tied to the current time: changes in the world appear rapidly in the studies. Therefore the changing world offers many new areas and themes to study. 

Today one of the most important part of international relations is the questions of current, world wide problems. These themes are for example the pollution of environment, international terrorism, population growth, human rights and refugeedom.

People specialized in international relations are located in many international research, teaching, publicity, administration and organization jobs, some in abroad. Graduates have a broad knowledge of the function of international system and current world wide political questions.