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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)

Caroline von Humboldt Award

Margarete Pratschke

Dr. Margarete Pratschke (Science Studies) receives the Caroline von Humboldt Award. Congratulations!

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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  



Izabela Moise and Caleb M. Koch give a talk titled "How mass media shapes asylum acceptance rates" at ETH Zurich (CH) on 19.01.2017

As part of the event "NADEL Methods Days", Izabela Moise & Caleb M. Koch will be presenting joint work with E. Boudemagh, K. Donnay, and D. Helbing under the title “How mass media shapes asylum acceptance rates”. The talk will take place on January 19, 2017, from 09:00 to 11:00 in the CLD B 2 building.   Read more 


Futurezone : "A super intelligent system will not save the earth"

In an interview with Futurezone, Professor Dirk Helbing explains the effects digitization and technical advances may have on social and economic systems."A super intelligent system will not save the earth," says Professor Helbing.  Read more 


New Publication in The Journal of Politics

With scholars Iain Osgood (University of Michigan), Dustin Tingley (Harvard), In Song Kim (MIT) and Helen V. Milner (Princeton), Thomas Bernauer and Gabriele Spilker ask: what factors determine firms’ attitudes toward trade policy? Read more 

Current Events

Inaugural Lecture

Prof. Dr. Roy Wagner
On mathematical thought

February 27, 2017, 17:15h
ETH Main Building, Auditorium Maximum


Introductory Lecture

PD Dr. Heinrich Nax
Learning in strategic interactions: theory and evidence

April, 12, 2017, 17:15h
IFW Building, IFW A36

PD Dr. Nadia Mazouz
Viele Theorien, eine Wahrheit? Über den Pluralismus in der Moralphilosophie

Mai, 10, 2017, 17:15h
IFW Building, IFW A32.1

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