Course Catalog of the Online Exchange Initiative (OEI) at University of Mannheim – spring semester 2024

  • Lecture period: 12 February 2024 – 31 May 2024
  • Examination period: 3 June 2024 – 15 June 2024
  • For the detailed course schedule and description, please click on the courses title.
  • Make sure you read the syllabus thoroughly as it contains information on live online sessions, the schedule and course requirements.

The OEI Course Catalog of University of Mannheim for the spring semester 2024 below will be filled up gradually, so please monitor possible updates! The list of courses will be complete latest by 1 December 2023!

Please go to the section Application Process (OEI) to learn how to apply!


Business Administration

Master

Digital Strategy (Course, English)
Course type:
Course
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Learning target:

–       The course provides students with the relevant knowledge, perspectives, and practical skills needed to develop a digital transformation strategy.

–       After this course, students can demonstrate knowledge of the most recent research in the field of digital governance and risk management. 

–       Students will learn develop and formulate a digital organizational strategy – related to the overall digital transformation.

–       Students will assess digital organizations, applying several analytical techniques and are equipped with the fundamentals of managing change.

–       The course provides students with the skills to understands digital transformation processes. By calculating priorities and risks, students understand how companies transform.

–       Students will select and employ agile principles and are learning how to transform organizational culture.

–       Lastly, students will formulate will be become familiar with AI, big data analytics, internet of things, augmented reality, and the strategic use of social media.
Instructor(s):
Maximilian Beichert, Victoria Meil
Date(s):
Friday  (single date) 26.04.2024 12:00 – 16:00 ZOOM-Lehre-017; Virtuelles Gebäude
Saturday  (single date) 27.04.2024 09:00 – 13:00 ZOOM-Lehre-024; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 03.05.2024 12:00 – 16:00 ZOOM-Lehre-043; Virtuelles Gebäude
Saturday  (single date) 04.05.2024 10:00 – 13:00 ZOOM-Lehre-046; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
Digital transformation is a multidimensional concept with many shifting parts. Successful digital transformation requires a new approach to leveraging people, processes, technologies, and data to develop new business models and digital ecosystems. Customers are now customer networks, they expect more from companies and brands, and information reaches them faster than ever before. At the same time, companies must develop new business model innovations and disrupt markets. Examples of digital disruption include platforms, AI, and blockchain technology. The rise of digital technologies has fundamentally changed the way companies develop digital strategies. In addition, data is being used as a strategic asset by many companies, and companies also need to develop a thriving data strategy. Business leaders and executives must be equipped with a broad range of digital skills to succeed in a rapidly changing digital environment. The ultimate goal of this course is to provide insight into the digital strategies that companies and managers must employ as part of the digital transformation journey to position themselves for success.
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.

Humanities

Bachelor

IDV 402 Postcolonial Theories across the Caribbean (Seminar, English)
Course type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:
Registration: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via Portal2. For further details, please check the instructions for course registration or contact incomingmail-phil.uni-mannheim.de.

Anmeldung: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über Portal2 für ihre Kurse anmelden. Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unserer Anleitung oder wenden Sie sich an incomingmail-phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Term Paper: 10–15 pages
Instructor(s):
Teresa Puchinger
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 16.02.2024 – 31.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 ZOOM-Lehre-090; Virtuelles Gebäude
Monday  (single date) 25.03.2024 15:30 – 17:00 ZOOM-Lehre-009; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
This course offers a compelling exploration of the impact of colonialism on cultural production, identities, and memories within the Caribbean space and diaspora. We navigate the nuanced negotiations between assimilation and dissociation from former dominant cultures, drawing inspiration from influential Caribbean scholars like Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, Édouard Glissant, and others.
We will focus on key concepts such as Négritude, Antillanité, Créolité, alienation, and cultural hybridization. Notably, we bridge linguistic divides by examining the works of both francophone intellectuals, including Jean Bernabé and Patrick Chamoiseau, and equally significant anglophone thinkers like Kamau Brathwaite, Paul Gilroy, and Stuart Hall that help us analyze Caribbean cultures through a critical lens. The seminar unfolds through a diverse array of cultural productions, including literary texts, movies, and art, providing concrete examples to elucidate theoretical frameworks. By the end of the semester, students will have a broad overview of Caribbean intellectual thought.
The class is directed at bachelor students from all disciplines and will be held in English. English translations of the texts will be provided. In order to complete the course, students are asked regular attendance (max. two absences), to prepare a short presentation, and to write a term paper of 12–15 pages.

N.B.: This class requires a considerable amount of reading and a solid knowledge of English.
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Modern History of Ukraine. The path of Eurointegration (Exercise, English)
Course type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
Registration: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via Portal2. For further details, please check the instructions for course registration or contact incomingmail-phil.uni-mannheim.de.

Anmeldung: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über Portal2 für ihre Kurse anmelden. Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unserer Anleitung oder wenden Sie sich an incomingmail-phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
“The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine” by Serhii Plokhy

“Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West” by Andrew Wilson

“Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine” by Anne Applebaum

“The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation” by Andrew Wilson

“Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry” by Anatol Lieven

“Ukraine: A History” by Orest Subtelny

“Ukraine and Russia: From Civilized Divorce to Uncivil War” by Paul D'Anieri

“Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine” by Anna Reid

“Culture Shock! Ukraine: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette” by Meredith Dalton

“Treasures of Ukraine: A Nation's Cultural Heritage” by Andrey Kurkov Andriy Puchkov Christian Raffensperger Diana Klochko

“A history of Ukraine. A short course” by Oleksandr Palii
Instructor(s):
Dr. Ivan Balykin
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 209 Seminarraum; B 6, 30–32 Bauteil E-F
Description:
Right now, the second year of the Russian military brutal invasion of Ukraine is going on. But the war began several years ago in 2014, when Russia decided to redirect Ukraine from the European Union-Ukraine Association Agreement. This political dialogue between the EU and Ukraine began itself in 1994, when the Partnership and Co-operation agreement between the European community, and Ukraine was signed. And although Putin chose to disrupt this process in several ways, e.g., the occupation of the Donbas region and annexation of Crimea, the Ukrainian people have chosen the European way of further development.
In reaction to this, on the 24th of February 2022, Russia brutally invaded Ukraine. Since then, Ukraine fights its way to EU membership. I want to contribute to informing the Europeans about the effort of the Eurointegration of Ukraine. In order to evaluate this whole process, it is necessary to understand the causes, course, and consequences of these historical and political events.

The course “Modern History of Ukraine: The Path of Eurointegration” provides a chronological framework from the mid-1990s to the present. It will be available to students both in classrooms and remotely. This will make it possible to conduct seminars in a hybrid format and involve students in debates using video communication.
In order to experience the immense visual material about these events (photos and videos from the “Orange Revolution” as well as the “Revolution of Dignity” and the current conflict) the students will be able to adapt their smartphones to use as VR-headsets during lectures. With these, they will be able to experience particular events as well as speeches in a more direct way. The material is either already in possession or will be used from Ukrainian museums.
Thus, by using these, as well as other multi-media formats, the feature or highlight of this course will be immersive learning.
The course is also planned to be included in the ENGAGE.EU program, to include students from other European universities as well, thereby fulfilling a European ideal.
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Politics of Memory. Evolution of Ukrainian History Education (Exercise, English)
Course type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
Registration: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via Portal2. For further details, please check the instructions for course registration or contact incomingmail-phil.uni-mannheim.de.

Anmeldung: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über Portal2 für ihre Kurse anmelden. Weitere Informationen finden Sie in unserer Anleitung oder wenden Sie sich an incomingmail-phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
“(Re)Constructing Memory : School Textbooks and the Imagination of the Nation” by Williams, James H (2014)

“(Re)Constructing Memory: Education, Identity, and Conflict” by Bellino, Michelle J; Williams, James H (2017)

“Globalisation, Ideology and Politics of Education Reforms” by Zajda, Joseph I. (2015)

“Negotiating Ethnic Diversity and National Identity in History Education : International and Comparative Perspectives” by Ting, Helen Mu Hung; Cajani, Luigi Cham (2023)

“Disputed memory : emotions and memory politics in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe” by Sindbæk Andersen, Tea; Törnquist-Plewa, Barbara (2016)

“Memory Politics, Identity and Conflict : Historical Memory as a Variable” by Wang, Zheng (2018)

“War and Remembrance : World War II and the Holocaust in the Memory Politics of Post-Socialist Europe” by Srodecki, Paul; Kozlova, Daria (2023)

“Memory crash : the politics of history in and around Ukraine, 1980s-2010s” by Kasʹjanov, Heorhij Volodymyrovyč (2022)

“Politics of Memory and Democratization” by Brito (2001)

“Education for Sustaining Peace through Historical Memory” by Schultze-Kraft, Markus (2022)

“Life Writing and Politics of Memory in Eastern Europe” by Mitroiu, Simona (2015)

“The politics of memory in post-authoritarian transitions. Volume one,: Case studies” by Marszałek-Kawa, Joanna (2017)

“The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569–1999” by Timothy Snyder (2003)

“The End of History and the Last Man” by Francis Fukuyama (1992)

“The Power of the powerless : citizens against the state in central-eastern Europe” by Havel, Václav ; Keane, John ; Lukes, Steven (2015)

“Remembering the Cold War : global contest and national stories” by Lowe, David ; Joel, Tony (2013)

“Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945” by Tony Judt (2005)

“Toward Perpetual Peace” by Immanuel Kant (1795)

“War and Memory in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus” by Fedor, Julie; Kangaspuro, Markku; Lassila, Jussi; Zhurzhenko, Tatiana (2017)

“The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine” by Serhii Plokhy (2015)

“From “Memory Wars” to a Common Future: Overcoming Polarisation in Ukraine” (2020)

“Politics of the Past: The Use and Abuse of History” edited by Hannes Swoboda and Jan Marinus Wiersma (2009)
Instructor(s):
Dr. Ivan Balykin
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 209 Seminarraum; B 6, 30–32 Bauteil E-F
Description:
This course “Politics of Memory: Evolution of Ukrainian History Education” offers a dynamic blend of historical analysis, cultural exploration, and critical reflection, providing a comprehensive understanding of how memory politics shape our understanding of the past. Enrich your academic experience with an interdisciplinary approach that goes beyond traditional boundaries, fostering a holistic perspective on Ukrainian culture, politics, and identity.
This unique course delves into the intricacies of memory politics by examining the fascinating evolution of history education in Ukraine since its independence in 1991.
Key learning objectives include understanding the profound impact of memory politics on historical narratives, gaining insights into Ukraine's historical transitions, investigating the role of educational policies in shaping history education and exploring the cultural dimensions influencing the portrayal of historical events.
Students will be engaged in lively discussions on current debates and controversies in Ukrainian history education, drawing from diverse global contexts. Students will be interacting with guest speakers, and experts in the field, and develop essential research skills through in-depth analyses, encouraging critical thinking and collaborative exploration.
Immerse into the dynamic interplay between politics, memory, and education as we navigate the diverse landscapes of historical narratives.
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.

Economics

Bachelor

The Impact of Technology (and Artificial Intelligence) on the Labor Market (Lecture w/ Exercise, English)
Course type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Bachelor
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
3
Attendance:
Online, live
Registration procedure:
Prerequisites: Principles of Economics

ECTS credits: 6
Teaching method (hours per week): lecture (2) + exercise (1)
Workload: lecture 21 hours and exercise 10.5 hours; independent study time and preparation for the exam: 136.5 hours.
Course language: English
Grading: final online exam (90 min, 100%)
Expected number of students in class: depends on students' choices.

Goals and contents of the module: Especially since the Industrial Revolution, technology has transformed economies throughout the world. In this course we are analyzing the impact of technology on labor market outcomes like wages and employment. After a look at early effects of new technologies before WWII we will focus on the effects of developments in computerization, automation, and robotics. Finally, we will debate and predict the effects of new tools like machine learning and artificial intelligence on labor market outcomes in the (near) future.

Expected competences acquired after completion of the module: Graduates have developed a critical understanding of the history of technologies like automation and artificial intelligence. They understand the most important theories, principals and methods of the impact of technology on labor markets and are able to deepen their knowledge in a vertical, horizontal and lateral way. Graduates have proven deepened knowledge on the current level of research in selected fields of study.

Contact Information: Steffen Habermalz, Phone: (0621) 181-1785, email: habermalz@uni-mannheim.de, Office: L7 3-5 room 1.44, Office hours: by appointment.
Instructor(s):
Steffen Habermalz Ph.D.
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 ZOOM-Lehre-018; Virtuelles Gebäude
Thursday  (fortnightly) 22.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 ZOOM-Lehre-087; Virtuelles Gebäude
Thursday  (single date) 25.04.2024 15:30 – 17:00 ZOOM-Lehre-066; Virtuelles Gebäude
Monday  (fortnightly) 13.05.2024 – 27.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 ZOOM-Lehre-072; Virtuelles Gebäude
Friday  (single date) 31.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 ZOOM-Lehre-080; Virtuelles Gebäude
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.

Law

Bachelor

International Civil and Commercial Litigation (Lecture, English)
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
This course will examine all major aspects of cross-border litigation as the conventional and most important method of international dispute resolution between private parties. Primary emphasis is on the conduct of international litigation in EU Member States, but there will also be comparative treatment of other major jurisdictions (notably the UK and the U.S.).

After introducing the concept of international litigation and the main policy issues at stake, the course will comprehensively address the crucial procedural law questions lawyers have to deal with when bringing a cross-border civil or commercial dispute to a national court. These include: international jurisdiction (Which court is competent?), coordination between different jurisdictions (lis pendens, provisional measures), conduct of proceedings (service of documents, taking evidence abroad) as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Students who have completed the course will have developed a sound understanding of international procedural law that will enable them to successfully work in a litigation context, be it in the judiciary, a law firm or a legal department. The course is suited for exchange and graduate students (LL.M., M.C.B.L.) in law and related fields as well as for LL.B. students aiming to cover the relevant aspects of international procedural law required for taking the First German State Exam according to § 8 Abs. 2 Nr. 5 JAPrO.

The course will cover the following subjects:
•    Concept and practical relevance of international litigation
•    Advantages and disadvantages of international litigation
•    Sources of international procedural law
•    International jurisdiction
•    Coordination between different jurisdictions
•    Conduct of proceedings
•    Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments

Course materials: Required reading materials will be provided or made available electronically via the university library. Introductory and further readings (optional):
•    Fentiman, Richard: International Commercial Litigation, 2nd edition, Oxford 2015, Oxford University Press
•    Hartley, Trevor C.: International Commercial Litigation, 3rd edition, Cambridge 2020, Cambridge University Press
•    Junker, Abbo: Internationales Zivilprozessrecht, 5th edition, München 2020, C. H. Beck

Assessment: Class participation and take-home-exam
Instructor(s):
Dr. Torsten Andreas Kindt
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 A 301 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Humanitarian Law / The law of armed conflict (Lecture, English)
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a body of rules that seeks to limit the effects of armed conflict. IHL protects those who are not participating in hostilities, and those who are no longer participating in hostilities. This body of law imposes limits on the methods and means of warfare. IHL forms part of public international law and is largely based on treaties and rules of customary international law. 
In this course the development as well as the basic concepts of IHL will be explored. Students will be introduced to the most important documents governing armed conflict, learn how to apply these and will consider the challenges posed to the application of IHL in armed conflicts. A large part of the course will focus on the new developments in IHL including the emergence of new forms of armed conflicts and the development and use of new technologies in armed conflict.

Assessment
Assessment for this course will consist of one presentation and one take-home exam.
Instructor(s):
Marelie Manders
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Thursday  (single date) 18.04.2024 10:00 – 12:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Thursday  (single date) 18.04.2024 13:45 – 16:15 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
Introduction to German Constitutional Law (Lecture, English)
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The course provides a general introduction to German Constitutional Law i.e. the constitution, its background and contents and methods to work with constitutional legal texts.
The German Grundgesetz (Basic Law) which up to this day forms the formal constitutional document of the Federal Republic of Germany has its roots in the allied occupation of Western Germany after World War II. It has proven to be a reliable foundation for the development of the German democratic system and the federal state. The provision of fundamental rights (Art. 1 – 19) puts the Grundgesetz in the tradition of European and North American human rights thinking. It has had an enormous impact on all German law.
Although experiencing some changes throughout the years – especially during the process of the German reunification – the general structure and main provisions of the Grundgesetz remained unchanged.
The course will cover the structure of the German Grundgesetz and its most important provisions while putting a particular focus on the first chapter containing the fundamental rights provisions. Additionally, students will learn about constitutional law in general, the federal structure and the fundamental constitutional principles of the Federal Republic and its integration in the European Union legal system as well as understand the function of the constitutional organs and the legislative process.

Contents:
•    The German legal system
•    Constitutional Law
•    The Grundgesetz and the European Union
•    Fundamental Rights
•    Fundamental Constitutional Principles
•    The Federal State
•    Constitutional organs
•    Legislative procedure
•    Public administration
•    The judicial system

Learning Target:
Students will be able to understand the basic principles and most important provisions of the Grundgesetz and solve simple cases regarding fundamental rights. They will be familiar with the structure of the federal state and its function as well as its most important constitutional, administrative and judicial organs. Students can assess by way of comparison similarities and dissimilarities in other legal systems.

Literature:
No specific textbook is required. Additional reading recommendations will be given in the lecture.

Examination:
Oral Exam

Lecturer:
Katharina Longin

Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 17:15 – 18:45 EO 159 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Tuesday  (single date) 19.03.2024 13:45 – 15:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 19.03.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-041; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (weekly) 09.04.2024 – 30.04.2024 13:45 – 15:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Tuesday  (weekly) 09.04.2024 – 30.04.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-040; Virtuelles Gebäude
Introduction to Public International Law (Lecture, English)
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Raphael Oidtmann
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 ZOOM-Lehre-039; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
This course provides students with an understanding of the system of public international law, regulating relations between actors on the global stage. Topics include: the nature of international law, sources of international law (including treaties, customary international law and general principles of law), participants in the international legal system (including notions of statehood, legal personality and diplomatic protection), territory and acquisition of title, state responsibility, jurisdiction and immunity, the relationship between international and domestic law, international human rights law, the (peacekeeping) operations of the United Nations including the role of the General Assembly, international dispute settlement and the role of the International Court of Justice as well as the law regulating the use of force and, correspondingly, the Security Council.
Sessions will take place on a weekly basis and consist of both lecture and discussion parts. Within the discussion part, current developments such as inter alia pending cases before the International Court of Justice and further contemporary topics will be discussed.

Introductory Reading (optional):
  • Cassese, Antonio (ed.): ‘Realizing Utopia: The Future of International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Crawford, James and Ian Brownlie: ‘Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Hall, Stephen: ‘Principles of International Law’ (Hong Kong, LexisNexis, 2014)
  • Kaczorowska, Alina: ‘Public International Law’ (London, Routledge, 2010)
  • Lowe, Vaughan: ‘International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Tourme-Jouannet, Emmanuelle: ‘The Liberal-Welfarist Law of Nations: A History of International Law’ (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Required reading materials as well as additional sources will be provided electronically.
Mode of assessment for this course will be a research paper. In addition, oral participation will contribute to the final grade awarded for this course.

Course is open for Bachelor and Master students and recommended for Bachelor and Master Political Science students. 
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.

Master

International Civil and Commercial Litigation (Lecture, English)
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
This course will examine all major aspects of cross-border litigation as the conventional and most important method of international dispute resolution between private parties. Primary emphasis is on the conduct of international litigation in EU Member States, but there will also be comparative treatment of other major jurisdictions (notably the UK and the U.S.).

After introducing the concept of international litigation and the main policy issues at stake, the course will comprehensively address the crucial procedural law questions lawyers have to deal with when bringing a cross-border civil or commercial dispute to a national court. These include: international jurisdiction (Which court is competent?), coordination between different jurisdictions (lis pendens, provisional measures), conduct of proceedings (service of documents, taking evidence abroad) as well as recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments.

Students who have completed the course will have developed a sound understanding of international procedural law that will enable them to successfully work in a litigation context, be it in the judiciary, a law firm or a legal department. The course is suited for exchange and graduate students (LL.M., M.C.B.L.) in law and related fields as well as for LL.B. students aiming to cover the relevant aspects of international procedural law required for taking the First German State Exam according to § 8 Abs. 2 Nr. 5 JAPrO.

The course will cover the following subjects:
•    Concept and practical relevance of international litigation
•    Advantages and disadvantages of international litigation
•    Sources of international procedural law
•    International jurisdiction
•    Coordination between different jurisdictions
•    Conduct of proceedings
•    Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments

Course materials: Required reading materials will be provided or made available electronically via the university library. Introductory and further readings (optional):
•    Fentiman, Richard: International Commercial Litigation, 2nd edition, Oxford 2015, Oxford University Press
•    Hartley, Trevor C.: International Commercial Litigation, 3rd edition, Cambridge 2020, Cambridge University Press
•    Junker, Abbo: Internationales Zivilprozessrecht, 5th edition, München 2020, C. H. Beck

Assessment: Class participation and take-home-exam
Instructor(s):
Dr. Torsten Andreas Kindt
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 13.02.2024 – 28.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 A 301 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
More information
1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
International Humanitarian Law / The law of armed conflict (Lecture, English)
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:
International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is a body of rules that seeks to limit the effects of armed conflict. IHL protects those who are not participating in hostilities, and those who are no longer participating in hostilities. This body of law imposes limits on the methods and means of warfare. IHL forms part of public international law and is largely based on treaties and rules of customary international law. 
In this course the development as well as the basic concepts of IHL will be explored. Students will be introduced to the most important documents governing armed conflict, learn how to apply these and will consider the challenges posed to the application of IHL in armed conflicts. A large part of the course will focus on the new developments in IHL including the emergence of new forms of armed conflicts and the development and use of new technologies in armed conflict.

Assessment
Assessment for this course will consist of one presentation and one take-home exam.
Instructor(s):
Marelie Manders
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 14.02.2024 – 29.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 W 117 Hörsaal; Schloss Westflügel
Thursday  (single date) 18.04.2024 10:00 – 12:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Thursday  (single date) 18.04.2024 13:45 – 16:15 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
Introduction to German Constitutional Law (Lecture, English)
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The course provides a general introduction to German Constitutional Law i.e. the constitution, its background and contents and methods to work with constitutional legal texts.
The German Grundgesetz (Basic Law) which up to this day forms the formal constitutional document of the Federal Republic of Germany has its roots in the allied occupation of Western Germany after World War II. It has proven to be a reliable foundation for the development of the German democratic system and the federal state. The provision of fundamental rights (Art. 1 – 19) puts the Grundgesetz in the tradition of European and North American human rights thinking. It has had an enormous impact on all German law.
Although experiencing some changes throughout the years – especially during the process of the German reunification – the general structure and main provisions of the Grundgesetz remained unchanged.
The course will cover the structure of the German Grundgesetz and its most important provisions while putting a particular focus on the first chapter containing the fundamental rights provisions. Additionally, students will learn about constitutional law in general, the federal structure and the fundamental constitutional principles of the Federal Republic and its integration in the European Union legal system as well as understand the function of the constitutional organs and the legislative process.

Contents:
•    The German legal system
•    Constitutional Law
•    The Grundgesetz and the European Union
•    Fundamental Rights
•    Fundamental Constitutional Principles
•    The Federal State
•    Constitutional organs
•    Legislative procedure
•    Public administration
•    The judicial system

Learning Target:
Students will be able to understand the basic principles and most important provisions of the Grundgesetz and solve simple cases regarding fundamental rights. They will be familiar with the structure of the federal state and its function as well as its most important constitutional, administrative and judicial organs. Students can assess by way of comparison similarities and dissimilarities in other legal systems.

Literature:
No specific textbook is required. Additional reading recommendations will be given in the lecture.

Examination:
Oral Exam

Lecturer:
Katharina Longin

Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 15.02.2024 – 30.05.2024 17:15 – 18:45 EO 159 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Tuesday  (single date) 19.03.2024 13:45 – 15:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 19.03.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-041; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (weekly) 09.04.2024 – 30.04.2024 13:45 – 15:15 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Tuesday  (weekly) 09.04.2024 – 30.04.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-040; Virtuelles Gebäude
Introduction to Public International Law (Lecture, English)
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Bachelor, Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Raphael Oidtmann
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 12.02.2024 – 27.05.2024 08:30 – 10:00 ZOOM-Lehre-039; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
This course provides students with an understanding of the system of public international law, regulating relations between actors on the global stage. Topics include: the nature of international law, sources of international law (including treaties, customary international law and general principles of law), participants in the international legal system (including notions of statehood, legal personality and diplomatic protection), territory and acquisition of title, state responsibility, jurisdiction and immunity, the relationship between international and domestic law, international human rights law, the (peacekeeping) operations of the United Nations including the role of the General Assembly, international dispute settlement and the role of the International Court of Justice as well as the law regulating the use of force and, correspondingly, the Security Council.
Sessions will take place on a weekly basis and consist of both lecture and discussion parts. Within the discussion part, current developments such as inter alia pending cases before the International Court of Justice and further contemporary topics will be discussed.

Introductory Reading (optional):
  • Cassese, Antonio (ed.): ‘Realizing Utopia: The Future of International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Crawford, James and Ian Brownlie: ‘Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Hall, Stephen: ‘Principles of International Law’ (Hong Kong, LexisNexis, 2014)
  • Kaczorowska, Alina: ‘Public International Law’ (London, Routledge, 2010)
  • Lowe, Vaughan: ‘International Law’ (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007)
  • Tourme-Jouannet, Emmanuelle: ‘The Liberal-Welfarist Law of Nations: A History of International Law’ (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Required reading materials as well as additional sources will be provided electronically.
Mode of assessment for this course will be a research paper. In addition, oral participation will contribute to the final grade awarded for this course.

Course is open for Bachelor and Master students and recommended for Bachelor and Master Political Science students. 
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.

Business Informatics and Mathematics in Business and Economics

Master

Industrial Applications of Artificial Intelligence – Exercise (Exercise, English)
Course type:
Exercise
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Ralph Beier, Lea Cohausz, Jakob Kappenberger, Patrick Betz, Keyvan Amiri Elyasi
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 23.02.2024 – 31.05.2024 13:45 – 15:15 ZOOM-Lehre-041; Virtuelles Gebäude
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Industrial Applications of Artificial Intelligence – Exercise (Exercise, English)
Course type:
Exercise
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Ralph Beier, Lea Cohausz, Jakob Kappenberger, Patrick Betz, Keyvan Amiri Elyasi
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 23.02.2024 – 31.05.2024 15:30 – 17:00 A 104 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.
Industrial Applications of Artificial Intelligence – Lecture (Lecture, English)
Course type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Master
Language of instruction:
English
Credit hours 1:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Learning target:
Expertise:

Students will acquire knowledge about possible applications of machine learning in different branches of industry as well as the dominant methods used in these areas:
  • Primary Sector: Agriculture, Energy Production
  • Secondary Sector: Production, Supply Chain Management
  • Tertiary Sector: Healthcare, Education, Finance

Methodological competence:

Successful participants will be able to: Identify potential for applying AI methods in different areas of industry; Decide on a suitable method for addressing typical problems in these industries

Personal competence:

Participants will learn to reflect and document their own learning process
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Various Scientific Publications – details in the lecture slides
Examination achievement:
Submission of a Learning Portfolio
Instructor(s):
Prof. Dr. Heiner Stuckenschmidt
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 16.02.2024 – 31.05.2024 12:00 – 13:30 ZOOM-Lehre-045; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
Participants will learn about the use of Artificial Intelligence methods, mostly from the field of machine learning in different sectors and industries. They will learn about application areas in the primary, secondary and tertiary sector, get an introduction to examples of such applications that have been published on a scientific level and gather some experience in working with data from the respective fields using publically available datasets.
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1 Credit hours indicate the duration of a course which is offered weekly during one semester. One credit hour equals 45 minutes.

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