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Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences

Understanding People - Steering Developments - Grasping Knowledge

A unique profile

With the D-GESS department, ETH Zurich can offer an extraordinary range of research and teaching, which strengthens the university’s position. Learn more about D-GESS

Four core areas

Its orientation towards the four core areas of Behavior (behavioral science), Governance (political science), Knowledge (humanities) and Law & Economics helps D-GESS maintain a clear profile in teaching and research.

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D-GESS departement proudly presents its new brochure (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Golden Owl 2016

Golden Owl for Prof. T. Schmidt

Prof. Tobias Schmidt (Energy politics) receives Golden Owl for excellent teaching.

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Science in Perspective

The study programme Science in Perspective (formerly compulsory elective courses) enables students at ETH Zurich to develop new perspectives on their core subjects’ scientific and technological issues. Read more  



Big Data Study on spread of flu launched by COSS

In Switzerland, the start of the Christmas season once again marks the beginning of the flu season. Big data researchers at ETH Zurich are now investigating how people’s behaviour is related to the spread of flu. ETH Zurich staff and students can also participate in the study. Read more 


Akshay Uttama Nambi, Evangelos Pournaras and RangaRao Venkatesha Prasad nominated to the IE Technology News

Akshay Uttama Nambi, Evangelos Pournaras and RangaRao Venkatesha Prasad paper on  Temporal Self-regulation of Energy Demand has been nominated to the IE Technology News Read more 


A seminar talk on AI and its use to control the world and behavior by Prof. Helbing at Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (DE) on 12.12.2016

Prof. Dr. Dirk Helbing will be giving a seminar talk with the title "How Artificial Intelligence is Used to Control the World and Our Behavior" from 17:00 to 18:30 on Monday, 12. December 2016 at the seminar room 310/311, N55, UKE Campus.   Read more 

Current Events

Scientific Lecture

Sociology (PDF, 152 KB)

December 16, 2016


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