Courses in Political Science are usually only open for incoming exchange students majoring in Political Science and for exchange students at the School of Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology). Nominated exchange students will be contacted by their departmental exchange coordinator via e-mail at the end of November/
Exchange students from other schools and departments may only attend classes if (a) places are left for other students (b) they have basic knowledge in political science and statistics (c) the departmental exchange coordinator explicitly approves their participation. In case of further questions, please contact: int-poluni-mannheim.de.
This lecture gives an overview of selected theoretical concepts and the main research findings in the field of Comparative Government, specifically focusing on the role of political institutions and their impact for political decision-making at all stages in the political process. The course introduces a number of core themes in the comparative study of political institutions, such as electoral institutions and their effects on turnout, voting behaviour and party strategies. In addition, the lecture focuses on the impact of different institutional designs on patterns of party competition, government formation and coalition governance. In a third step, we discuss the effects of political institutions and of personal characteristics of legislators on various aspects of decision-making within parliaments and governments.
In this course, we will discuss contemporary scholarly research on International Political Economy. The course examines how domestic and international politics drive trade, investment, financial, and immigration policies and outcomes. It emphasizes the theoretical core, and some current debates, in the field but also aims to expose students to some nuts and bolts of each policy area and the chief methods by which scholars acquire knowledge of the subject. We will pick up some knowledge of historical and contemporary examples wherever possible, but presenting historical material systematically is not the focus of the course. The course is intended to stimulate students to form original ideas for promising research projects in the area of international relations and political economy.
The goals of this course are
The security of individuals and states depends profoundly on international politics. Beyond the realm of security, structures and actors of “global governance” have been proliferating for many years. They influence crucial public policies in diverse ways. This lecture surveys academic debates on key topics of international politics, including: the sources of war, peace, and terrorism, the emergence and operation of international organizations and transnational civil society, and the making of key international policy outcomes including respect for human rights and climate policies.
The goals of this course are
Schriftliche Hausarbeit / Research paper
Courses in Sociology are usually only open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for exchange students at the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology). Nominated exchange students will be contacted by their departmental exchange coordinator via e-mail at the end of November/
Exchange students from other schools and departments may only attend classes if (a) places are left for other students (b) they have basic knowledge in sociology and statistics (c) the departmental exchange coordinator explicitly approves their participation. In case of further questions, please contact: int-socuni-mannheim.de.
Andress, H.J., Golsch, K. and Schmidt, Alexander W. 2013. Applied Panel Data Analysis for Economic and Social Surveys.
The course provides a broad overview over methods of longitudinal data analysis, with a focus on the analysis of panel data. Compared to cross-sectional data, panel data can allow to improve causal inference. The first objective of this course is to understand why and under which conditions this is the case. In the next step, we will discuss a variety of different modeling approaches to panel data (fixed effects, random effects, first difference) and learn how to decide between these models. The lecture also provides an overview over event history models. It is highly recommended to participate in the parallel exercises to this lecture, in which the presented models are applied to real data sets.
Information for Mannheim Master in Data Science students:
Please be aware that there are only 3 places reserved for students of the Mannheim Master in Data Science. You can register via the portal until 31.01.2020. Places will be allocated randomly after this deadline. Please check on February 1, 2020 to see if you are (still) registered.
Does education increase income? Does minimum wage decrease > unemployment? Does slave trade affect current-day levels of trust? A > major goal of empirical research is to test causal relationships. > However, many of the methods used in empirical social science > research were not originally designed for causal inference, a gap > that is rapidly filled by two “revolutions”: Following the > identification revolution, researchers take the key assumptions for > identifying causal quantities much more seriously than before. And > in the wake of the potential outcomes revolution traditional > statistical methods are reframed within a formal framework of causal > inference (cf. Imai 2011). This seminar introduces students to the > basic concepts underlying causal analysis. We discuss several common > strategies to infer causality and apply them relying on classic > examples from the literature. In addition, we apply those strategies > to our own questions of interest.
Research on immigration, ethnic diversity and the integration of migrants and their descendants has made huge progress in the last decade. This seminar deals with important strands of current research, covering a wide spectrum of topics related to this field. They range from the causes of migration, through various dimensions of integration (cognitive-cultural, structural, social and emotional integration), to the general connection between ethnic diversity and societal context. Invidual sessions will elaborate key concepts, major descriptive facts as well as the theoretical and methodological state of the art.
Spring Semester 2020 Prof. Dr. Christof Wolf
University of Mannheim Tel. (0621) 1246-196, -149
School of Social Sciences christof.wolfgesis.org
M.A. Sociology, Sociological Research Fields
Seminar: Social stratification, social inequality and social mobility
Friday 10.15 – 13.30 for dates, see below!
Content: Social stratification and inequality are universal characteristics of human societies. But the extent of inequality, the relevant dimensions of inequality and their interconnectedness vary across societies and through time. The course covers core aspects of social stratification and inequality in modern societies.
Objectives: In this course you will learn how social stratification, social inequality and social mobility shape Western societies. You will be introduced to the main dimensions of social inequality and processes by which social inequality is (re-)produced but also transformed. Through your course work, your presentation and your term paper you will gain experience in writing scientific texts and presenting scientific results.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of basic concepts and theoretical models in sociology, in particular in the field of social stratification and social inequality, is beneficial. In addition sound methodological competencies are advantageous.
Organization: During each session topics will be introduced by the instructor and then specific aspects will be highlighted in presentations by students (see dates below). Topics for presentations can be arranged with the instructor either before the start of the course via e-mail or at the first session.
It is assumed that all participants read the literature marked by an asterisk (*), actively follow the course, engage in discussions and do a presentation. The term paper should not exceed 5,000 words and should be delivered electronically via e-mail preferably in pfd-format to the instructor.
Deadline for delivery of the term paper is midnight July 6, 2020.
Dates and topics
Introduction to topic and organization of the course
(* Autorengruppe Bildungsberichterstattung 2016: Chap. B and I;
* OECD 2016: Indicator A1 and A4; Becker 2011)
Transitions 1: From elementary to secondary school (Wohlkinger/Ditton 2012)
Transitions 2a: From school to vocational training (Kleinert/Jacob 2012)
Transitions 2b: From school to academic training (Lörz 2012)
Transitions 3: From vocational training to work (Konietzka 2002)
Income and assets
Development of income distribution (* Becker 2012)
Educational effects on earnings (Anger et al. 2010: Chap. 3; Wolter/
“Working Poor”: the poverty of working population (Lohmann 2010)
Conception of social inequality
Social classes and strata (* Sørensen 1994)
Horizont inequalities (* Engels 2006)
Social mobility and status attainment
Social mobility: European perspectives (* Breen/
Anger, Christina, Axel Plünnecke and Jörg Schmidt. 2010. Bildungsrenditen in Deutschland – Einflussfaktoren, politische Optionen und volkswirtschaftliche Effekte. Köln: Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft. www.iwkoeln.de/_storage/asset/63672/storage/master/file/357995/download/25.pdf
Autorengruppe Bildungsberichterstattung (Ed.). 2016. Bildung in Deutschland 2016. Ein indikatorengestützter Bericht mit einer Analyse zu Bildung und Migration. Bielefeld: Bertelsmann Verlag. http://www.bildungsbericht.de/de/bildungsberichte-seit-2006/bildungsbericht-2016/pdf-bildungsbericht-2016/bildungsbericht-2016.
Becker, Irene. 2012. Personelle Einkommensverteilung. Pp. 597–632 in: Forschungsverbund Sozioökonomische Berichterstattung (Ed.): Berichterstattung zur sozioökonomischen Entwicklung in Deutschland. Teilhabe im Umbruch. Zweiter Bericht. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.
Becker, Rolf. 2011. Entstehung und Reproduktion dauerhafter Bildungsgleichheiten. Pp. 87–138 in: R. Becker (Ed.). Lehrbuch der Bildungssoziologie. 2nd Edition. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Breen, Richard and Ruud Luijkx. 2004. Social mobility in Europe between 1970 and 2000. Pp.. 37–75 in: R. Breen (Ed.): Social Mobility in Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Engels, Dietrich. 2006. Lebenslagen und soziale Exklusion. Thesen zur Reformulierung des Lebenslagenkonzepts für die Sozialberichterstattung. Sozialer Fortschritt, 5/
Erikson, Robert and Frida Rudolphi. 2010. Change in social selection to upper secondary school – primary and secondary effects in Sweden. European Sociological Review, 26(3), 291-305.
Hillmert, Steffen. 2008. Soziale Ungleichheit im Bildungsverlauf: zum Verhältnis von Bildungsinstitutionen und Entscheidungen. Pp 75–102 in: R. Becker (Ed). Bildung als Privileg. Erklärungen und Befunde zu den Ursachen der Bildungsungleichheit. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Kleinert, Corinna and Marita Jacob. 2012. Strukturwandel des Übergangs in eine berufliche Ausbildung. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 52 (Special Issue), 211-233.
Konietzka, Dirk. 2002. Die soziale Differenzierung der Übergangsmuster in den Beruf. Die “zweite Schwelle” im Vergleich der Berufseinstiegskohorten 1976-1995. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 54:645-673.
Lohmann, Henning. 2010. Armut von Erwerbstätigen im europäischen Vergleich. Erwerbseinkommen und Umverteilung. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 62:1-30.
Lörz, Markus. 2012. Mechanismen sozialer Ungleichheit beim Übergang ins Studium: Prozesse der Status- und Kulturreproduktion. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 52 (Special Issue):302-324.
Müller, Walter and Reinhard Pollak. 2004. Social mobility in West Germany: The long arms of history discovered? Pp. 77–114 in: R. Breen (ed.). Social Mobility in Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
OECD. 2016. Education at a Glance 2016. OECD indicators. Paris: OECD Publishing.
Otte, Gunnar. 2012. Die Erklärungskraft von Lebensstil- und klassischen Sozialstrukturkonzepten. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 51 (Special Issue):361-398.
Sørensen, Aage. 1994. The basic concepts of stratification research: Class, Status, and Power. Pp. 229–241 in: D. B. Grusky (Ed.), Social Stratification. Class, Race, and Gender in Sociological Perspective. Boulder: Westview.
Sullivan, Alice. 2012. The Intergenerational Transmission of Lifestyles. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 51 (Special Issue):196-222.
Wohlkinger, Florian and Hartmut Ditton. 2012. Entscheiden die Schüler mit? Der Einfluss von Eltern, Lehrern und Kindern auf den Übergang nach der Grundschule. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 52 (Special Issue):44-63.
Wolter, Felix and Jürgen Schiener. 2009. Einkommenseffekte beruflicher Weiterbildung. Empirische Analysen auf Basis des Mikrozensus-Panels. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 61:90-117.
Wehler, Hans-Ulrich. 2013. Die neue Umverteilung. Soziale Ungleichheit in Deutschland. München: C.H. Beck.
Yaish, Meir and Robert Andersen. 2012. Social mobility in 20 modern societies: The role of economic and political context. Social Science Research 41:527-238.
Courses in Psychology are usually only open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by their departmental exchange coordinator via e-mail at the end of November/
Exchange students from other schools and departments may only attend classes if (a) places are left for other students (b) they have basic knowledge in psychology and statistics (c) the departmental exchange coordinator explicitly approves their participation. In case of further questions, please contact: int-psyuni-mannheim.de.