Information on academic assignments and theses

On this page you can find information about how to write your academic assignment or thesis at the Chair for German Politics and Government.


If you would like to write your academic assignment or thesis at our chair, please contact one of our staff members to make an appointment. Please have a look at the consultation hours at the websites of our staff members. We will only accept your thesis, if you have presented your topic and your plans at our consultation hours, latest two weeks before the registration deadline.

Please send us the following form by the latest two days before your appointment. This will be the basis for our discussions and is a useful method to help you to describe the basic aspects of your research design.

To register your thesis at the Central Examination Office usually a broad research theme is enough and  you will be able to modify your concrete research topic later on. Still, please try to be as specific as possible when formulating your research topic.


For academic assignments and theses, the expectations of this document do apply in terms of content, theoretical-methodological and stylistic-formal sight.


If plagiarism has been detected in your academic assignment or thesis, the grade 5,0 will be marked in PULS, as well as a note, which will mark your work as a plagiarism. The Central Examination Office will be informed and a note in your student files will be made.

Declaration of authorship

Each assignment or thesis has to include a declaration of authorship that must be signed personally by yourself. Please use the following text:

" Eidesstattliche Erklärung

Hiermit versichere ich, dass ich die Hausarbeit selbstständig verfasst und keine anderen als die angegebenen Quellen und Hilfsmittel benutzt habe, alle Ausführungen, die anderen Schriften wörtlich oder sinngemäß entnommen wurden, kenntlich gemacht sind und die Arbeit in gleicher oder ähnlicher Fassung noch nicht Bestandteil einer Studien- oder Prüfungsleistung war.

Ort, Datum, _____ Unterschrift der Verfasserin/des Verfassers "


Acknowledgement of plagiarism guidelines

Due to a rising number of plagiarisms, each assignment or thesis needs to be equipped by the following text, that must be signed personally by yourself as well. Please note, that this does not mean that every assignment will be uploaded and examined by Turnitin. In addition, the rules of the faculty of economics and social science of the University of Potsdam do apply.


Ich erkläre mich damit einverstanden, meine schriftliche Arbeit (Titel einfügen) in elektronischer Form einzureichen. Ich bin damit einverstanden, dass die Arbeit mit Hilfe einer Plagiaterkennungssoftware (wie z.B. Turnitin) einer Überprüfung unterzogen werden kann.

Thema der Arbeit:



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