Hints for academic assignements and qualificational work

On this page you can find information about how to write your academic or qulifications assignements at our chair "Politics and Government in Germany and Europe"


If you would like to write your academic or qualificational assigenemnt at our chair, please contact one of our staff members first to get an appointement at our consultation hour. Please have a look at the consultation hours at the webistes of our staff members. We will only accept qualificational assignments, if you have presented your topic and your plans at our consultation hour at least two weeks before the registration time limit.

Please send us the following form until two days before your appointement. 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 apply for qualificational assginments at the central examination office a broad research theme often is enough; most times, you will be able to modify your research topic later on. Still, please try to be as specific as possible when formulating your research topic.


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


For plagiats, the grade 5,0 will be marked in PULS, as well as a note, which will mark your work as a plagiarism. The central office examination will be informed and a note in your student file will be made.

Affirmation in lieu of an oath

Each assignement has to include an affirmation in lieu of an oath 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 "


Plagiarism explanation

Due to a rising number of plagiarisms, each assignments 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 axmined by Turnitin. This will only be the case in well-founded cases. Also, these rulesof 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: