Since more than a dozen years most universities in Europe are concerned with adapting their courses and structures to fit into the Bologna process. The major goals of this process are easily comparable degrees and increased student and teacher mobility. Whereas the three plus two scheme (3 years of BA, 2 years of MA with 60 ECTS per year) seems to have been widely adopted in most European countries the comparability of degrees and, hence, the mutual acceptance of credits have not progressed as much as they should and this has obviously reduced the chances of mobility – during the BA degrees, in transition from a BA to a Master course and after graduation on the European job market.
Moreover, in the course of implementing the Bologna reforms, developments occurred in the discipline of political science that give rise to fears: In wishing to offer attractive new courses or under the pressure to establish independent degrees with too few staff and insufficient funding a “hybridization” came about, the splintering up into a range of subfields, thus blurring the identity of political science as an independent, theoretical and empirical discipline at European universities.
To reduce these risks and minimize the deficits in the ongoing Bologna process, ECPSA, the European Confederation of Political Science Associations, submits the following recommendations for a framework curriculum of our discipline. Such recommendations are also advisable in the light of the fact that political science departments across Europe are increasingly internationalizing and attracting students from other departments, often with a different focus. This situation has created the need to be able to rely on a framework curriculum that defines what is minimally expected from a political science bachelor.