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Political Science

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/early December (fall semester) or by the end of May/early June (Spring semester) regarding their course choice.

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-pol uni-mannheim.de.

Advanced Quantitative Methods (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Registration procedure:
Please send an email  to int-pol uni-mannheim.de to register for this course.
This course is accompanied by a mandatory tutorial.
Learning target:
The goal of this course is to provide an introduction into maximum-likelihood estimation.
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Eliason, Scott R. 1993. Maximum Likelihood Estimation: Logic and Practice. Newbury Park: Sage.
Long, J. Scott. 1997. Regression Models for Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables. Newbury Park: Sage.
King, Gary. 2008. Unifying political methodology: the likelihood theory of statistical inference. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.
Examination achievement:
Homework assignments and research paper
Instructor(s):
Thomas Gschwend
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 16.02.2022 – 01.06.202208:30 – 10:00B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
  The goal of this course is to provide an introduction into maximum-likelihood estimation.
Comparative Government: Political Institutions and the Political Process (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Examination achievement:
Written exam
Instructor(s):
Marc Debus
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 08.02.2022 – 24.05.202210:15 – 11:45B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202210:15 – 11:45
Description:
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.
Comparative Political Behavior (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
Term paper
Instructor(s):
Harald Schoen
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 30.05.202210:15 – 11:45B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
The main goal of this lecture is to present an advanced introduction to theoretical approaches, key concepts, and substantive issues in comparative political behavior. Building on a multi-level perspective, it will provide an overview of key concepts and theories in the analysis of micro-level processes of political behavior that are embedded in and feed into macro-level processes. Capitalizing on this analytical perspective, the lecture will also address major changes in the relationship between societal and political processes and institutions.
International Political Economy (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
term paper, Hausarbeit
Instructor(s):
Valentin Florian Lang
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 16.02.2022 – 01.06.202210:15 – 11:45B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
IPE Vorlesung:
This lecture offers an introduction to current research topics in the field of International Political Economy (IPE). It examines how international and domestic politics interact with global flows of goods, finance, and people across national borders. After introducing what it means to study IPE in the age of globalization, the course addresses four major themes of current IPE research. We will learn about internationale trade and the chances and challenges that come with the intensifying exchange of goods across the globe. Lectures on international finance will focus on how global financial flows interact with political and economic stability, instability, and crises. We will also focus on international development and will learn about patterns of global economic inequality and development aid. The lecture will also adress the role of international institutions for the globalized economy.
International Politics (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
Written Exam
Instructor(s):
Eline Drury Lovlien
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 30.05.202213:45 – 15:15B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
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.
Selected Topics in Comparative Politics: Limitless volatility? Studying stability and change in voting behavior (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
8
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
Term Paper
Instructor(s):
Harald Schoen
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 17.02.2022 – 02.06.202213:45 – 15:15B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
Elections are key institutions in democracies and provide opportunities to bring about changes in the partisan balance which, in turn, can affect government policies. This seminar focuses on the analysis of changes in voting behavior at the individual and aggregate level. Thereby, it tackles questions such as how and why such changes occur or not. It will address key concepts and theories, substantive and methodological issues in the field. Students will review empirical studies in the field and prepare research papers in which they analyze specific questions using available data.
Selected Topics in Comparative Politics: Formals Models in CP (and some in IR) (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
8
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Thomas Bräuninger
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 30.05.202215:30 – 17:00B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Selected Topics in International Politics: Global Inequality (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
7
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
term paper, Hausarbeit
Instructor(s):
Valentin Florian Lang
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202213:45 – 15:15A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
Description:
In this course, we study economic inequality from a political economy perspective. First, we will discuss various concepts of economic inequality and different ways to measure it. Then, we will investigate general trends in these various forms of economic inequality across the world. Second, we will discuss the scholarly literature on the determinants of economic inequality, focusing on both political and economic factors. In a third section, we will examine the literature on the implications of economic inequality as regards a variety of political and economic outcomes. The methodological focus of this seminar will be on quantative methods for causal inference.
Tutorial Advanced Quantitative Methods (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Oliver Marc Rittmann
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 17.02.2022 – 02.06.202210:15 – 11:45B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
This tutorial accompanies the course “Advanced Quantitative Methods” in the M.A. program in Political Science.
Tutorial Advanced Quantitative Methods (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Viktoriia Semenova
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 17.02.2022 – 02.06.202215:30 – 17:00D 007 Seminarraum; B 6, 27–29 Bauteil D
Description:
This tutorial accompanies the course “Advanced Quantitative Methods” in the M.A. program in Political Science.

Sociology

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/early December (fall semester) or by the end of May/early June (Spring semester) regarding their course choice.

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-soc uni-mannheim.de.

VL Longitudinal Data Analysis (Lecture)
EN
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Literature:
Andress, H.J., Golsch, K. and Schmidt, Alexander W. 2013. Applied Panel Data Analysis for Economic and Social Surveys.
Examination achievement:
Written exam
Instructor(s):
Ruben Bach
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 03.06.202215:30 – 17:00B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
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.

It is highly recommended to participate in the parallel exercises to this lecture, in which the presented models  are applied to real datasets using the statistical programming language R. Although prior knowledge of R is not a prerequisite for attending the lecture/tutorial, we recommend that students without any knowledge of R work through one or more of the introductory R tutorials prior to or during the first weeks of the course. Some resources can be found here and we will point to additional resources during the first weeks of the course:  https://rstudio.cloud/learn/primers ; http://www.statmethods.net/ ; https://swirlstats.com/ ; https://datacamp.com

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 31.01.2022. Places will be allocated randomly after this deadline. Please check on February 1, 2022 to see if you are (still) registered.
S Wahlmodul B: Migration and Integration (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
Written term paper
Instructor(s):
Frank Kalter
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 03.06.202213:45 – 15:15B 144 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
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.
S Elective Seminar: Sex / Gender as Dimension of Social Stratification (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Literature:
Literature
  • Barone, Carlo. 2011. Some things never change: Gender segregation in higher education across eight nations and three decades. Sociology of Education 84:157-176.
  • Bianchi, Suzanne M., Melissa A. Milkie, Liana C. Sayer and John P. Robinson. 2000. Is anyone doing the housework? Trends in the gender division of household labor. Social Forces 79:191-228.
  • Buchmann, Claudia, Thomas A. Diprete and Anne McDaniel. 2008. Gender inequalities in education. Annual Review of Sociology 34:319-337.
  • Cha, Youngjoo, and Kim A. Weeden. 2014. Overwork and the slow convergence in the gender gap in wages. American Social Review pre-print.
  • Choo, Hae Y., and Myra Marx Ferree. 2010. “Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research: A Critical Analysis of Inclusions, Interactions, and Institutions in the Study of Inequalities.” Sociological Theory 28, 129-49. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467- 9558.2010.01370.x.
  • Davis, Shannon, and Theodore N. Greenstein. 2009. Gender Ideology: Components, Predictors, and Consequences. Annual Review of Sociology 35:87–105.
  • Grönlund, Anne, Karin Halldén, and Charlotta Magnusson. 2017. “A Scandinavian Success Story? Women’s Labour Market Outcomes in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.” Acta Sociologica 60, 97-119. 10.1177/0001699316660595.
  • Jarman, Jennifer, Robert M. Blackburn and Girts Racko. 2012. The dimensions of occupational gender segregation in industrial countries. Sociology 46:1003-1019.
  • Korpi, Walter, Tommy Ferrarini and Stefan Englund. 2013. Women's opportunities under different family policy constellations: Gender, class, and inequality tradeoffs in western countries re-examined. Social Politics 20:1-40.
  • Neilson, Jeffrey, and Maria Stanfors. 2014. It's about time! Gender, parenthood, and household division of labor under different welfare regimes. Journal of Family Issues 35:1066-1088.
  • Stier, Haya, and Meir Yaish. 2014. Occupational segregation and gender inequality in job quality: a multi-level approach. Work, Employment and Society 28:225-246.
  • Twenge, Jean M. 1997. Changes in masculine and feminine traits over time: a meta-analysis. Sex Roles 36:305-325.
  • Weichselbaumer, Doris, and Rudolf Winter-Ebmer. 2005. A meta-analysis of the international gender wage gap. Journal of Economic Surveys 19:479-511.
  • West, Candace, and Don H. Zimmerman. 1987. Doing Gender. Gender & Society 1:125–151
Examination achievement:
Deadline for delivery of the term paper is midnight July 31, 2022.
Instructor(s):
Christof Wolf
Date(s):
Friday  (single date) 18.02.202210:15 – 13:30B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Friday  (single date) 04.03.202210:15 – 13:30B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Friday  (single date) 18.03.202210:15 – 13:30B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Friday  (single date) 01.04.202210:15 – 13:30B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Friday  (single date) 29.04.202210:15 – 13:30B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Friday  (single date) 20.05.202210:15 – 13:30B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Friday  (single date) 03.06.202210:15 – 13:30B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
Content:
Sex and gender belong to the most basic categories recognized in all human societies. Also sex and gender affect all aspects of human life. This course will focus on how sex and gender are related to and affect main dimensions of social inequality, namely education, work, income, and the welfare state. The course begins by introducing how social scientists conceptualize sex and gender and ends with reflections on how to theorize these concepts. Objectives: In this course you will learn how sex and gender shape social inequalities in Western societies. You will be introduced to the main theories as well as to important findings in this field. 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 email or at the first session. It is assumed that all participants read the literature given below, 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.
Dates and topics
  • 18.02. Concepts of sex, gender and gender roles (Davis/Greenstein 2009; Twenge 1997)
  • 04.03. Theorizing gender (Choo/Ferree 2010; West/Zimmerman 1987)
  • 18.03. Gender and education (Buchmann et al. 2008; Barone 2011)
  • 01.04. Gender and paid work (Jarman et al. 2012; Stier/Yaish 2014)
  • 29.04. Gender and housework (Bianchi et al. 2000; Neilson/Stanfors 2014)
  • 20.05. Gender and income (Weichselbaumer/Winter-Ebmer 2005; Cha/Weeden 2014)
  • 03.06. Gender and the welfare state (Korpi et al. 2013; Grönlund et al. 2017)
S Elective Seminar: Educational Inequalities in Europe (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Thomas Gautschi, Reinhard Pollak
Date(s):
Wednesday  (single date) 16.02.202208:30 – 11:45
Wednesday  (fortnightly) 09.03.2022 – 06.04.202208:30 – 11:45
Wednesday  (single date) 27.04.202208:30 – 11:45
Wednesday  (single date) 18.05.202208:30 – 11:45
Wednesday  (single date) 01.06.202208:30 – 11:45
S Elective Seminar: Welfare state resilience during economic crises (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
A written term paper (max. 5000 words) by the end of July
Instructor(s):
Bernhard Ebbinghaus
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202210:15 – 11:45B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Description:
Welfare states provide social protection against social risks, this should hold particularly during a crisis. Whether European welfare states contribute to the resilience of societies during a crisis is currently debated. During a recession, employment protection, unemployment benefits and active labour market policies mitigate the risk of job loss. In addition, minimum income schemes should provide a basic safety net for jobless or low work-intensive households. Also, public pensions provide an income security to people in retirement, while funded pensions maybe negatively affected during a crisis. During the last crises, job retention policies (or short-time work schemes) were sought to limit mass unemployment and secure income during the crisis. However, an economic crisis puts additional pressure on financial sustainability of social spending, leading to austerity reform pressures. The seminar will study the resilience of welfare states in respect to their capacity to mitigate economic crises, to absorb the employment shock and adapt to newly arising social risks. Besides more historical economic crises, the Great Recession that started in 2008 and the Great Pandemic since 2020 will be used to study the different welfare state responses across European countries in a comparative perspective.
S Elective Seminar: Measuring and explaining xenophobic and right-wing populist attitudes (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
term paper
Instructor(s):
Marc Helbling
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 16.02.2022 – 01.06.202208:30 – 10:00C 112 Unterrichtsraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Description:
In the age of increasing migration and the raise of right-wing populist parties the question of how to measure and explain xenophobic and populist attitudes becomes very important. While xenophobia has already been investigated for a long time, even if it still constitutes a controversial issue how to measure it, research on populist attitudes has started only very recently. In this seminar current and innovative approaches as well as ideas for further developments will be discussed. Moreover, existing studies will be replicated to explore them more deeply.
S Elective Seminar: Experimental Designs in the Social Sciences (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
presentation of the Exposé of the seminar paper (incl. peer-feedback), research design seminar paper
Instructor(s):
Sandra Morgenstern
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 17.02.2022 – 02.06.202215:30 – 17:00A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
Description:
Experimental research designs are called the silver bullet or ‘Königsweg’ for causal identification. In recent years, the growing interest in causal identification and mechanism testing made experimental designs a regular empirical research tool in the social sciences – most recently in political science and sociology. This seminar shall give a broad overview of the range of experimental methods such as survey, field, lab-in-the-field, and laboratory experiments. We will discuss classical and recent work, including shortcomings and best practices like transparency (open science) and ethical considerations in experimental research methods. In addition, students will learn to think critically about different (experimental) research designs and design their own experiment to answer a research question they have developed.
S Elective Seminar: Conducting a Field Experiment: A Hands-On Introduction (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
response papers, replication report and peer-review of replication article, active participation in data collection, academic poster with presentation, peer feedback , final paper (research design)
Instructor(s):
Johanna Katharina Gereke
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202213:45 – 15:15D 002 Seminarraum; B 6, 27–29 Bauteil D
Description:
The purpose of this in-person class is to learn how to conduct cutting-edge experimental social science research in the field by gaining first-hand experience in replicating the analysis of a highly published field experiment as well as extending lost letter experimental study with original data collection in Mannheim. Furthermore, students will learn how to design their own field experiment. 
Field experiments are powerful tools for measuring social phenomena such as honesty, cooperation, trust and discrimination in real-life contexts.  This seminar will provide students with first-hand experience in designing and analyzing field experiments. Working as a class, we will also conduct a lost letter experiment involving original data collection in Mannheim and the surrounding cities.  Finally, students will have the opportunity to develop and workshop their own field experimental designs.
S Seminar in Research Methods: Multilevel Modeling (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Michael Braun
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 16.02.2022 – 16.03.202213:45 – 17:00B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Wednesday  (single date) 04.05.202213:45 – 17:00B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Wednesday  (single date) 11.05.202213:45 – 17:00B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
S Seminar in Research Methods: Big Data in Migration Research (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Florian Keusch
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 09.05.202217:15 – 18:45SOWI-ZOOM-04; Virtuelles Gebäude
S Seminar in Research Methods: Computational Social Science: Theory Application (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
written term paper (submission after the seminar ends)
Instructor(s):
Paul Bauer
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 16.02.2022 – 01.06.202215:30 – 17:00A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
Description:
In the wake of the digital revolution, societies store an ever-increasing amount of data on humans and their behavior. In parallel, advances in computational power & methods allow for meaningful interpretations of such data. This enables social scientists to approach old questions with new methods, but also to study entirely new questions.
The seminar introduces students to different aspects of this “big data revolution”. It comprises theoretical sessions in which discuss the implications such as the societal and scientific opportunities and challenges of new forms of data and methods (from social media, communications platforms, Internet of Things devices, sensors/wearables, and mobile phones, digitized old data records, machine learning). In addition, it comprises lab sessions in which we learn – hands-on – how such new forms of data can be captured, curated, and analyzed using computational methods. Students apply what they have learned in their own projects.
S Seminar in Research Methods (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Learning target:
Course and Learning Objectives
By the end of the course, students will…
•    be able to create social science questionnaires.
•    be able to design their own survey questions.
•    be able to evaluate existing questionnaires.
•    improve their skills in presenting and writing research reports.
Examination achievement:
term paper
Instructor(s):
Florian Keusch
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 17.02.2022 – 02.06.202213:45 – 15:15A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
Description:
Surveys are a major data source for quantitative social science research. This graduate-level course will teach the fundamentals of questionnaire design for social science surveys. The course covers theoretical models of answering survey questions, the process of developing questions, and methods to evaluate the quality of questions. A special focus of the course will be on discussing sources of error that may be introduced by question design decisions. For illustration purposes and exercise, the course will draw on questions from large-scale surveys such as the German General Survey (ALLBUS), European Social Survey (ESS), European Values Study (EVS), and the German Socio-economic Panel (SOEP).

Psychology

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/early December (fall semester) or by the end of May/early June (Spring semester) regarding their course choice.

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-psy uni-mannheim.de.

AC1/BC1: Research and application techniques (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:

A graded test (90 minutes)
Instructor(s):
Martin Brandt
Date(s):
Friday  (fortnightly) 25.02.2022 – 27.05.202210:15 – 13:30
Friday  (single date) 18.02.202213:45 – 17:15
Description:

This seminar will provide an introduction how to use R, a powerful programming language that is often used for statistical analyses, simulations, and cognitive modeling. The seminar first will provide a thorough introduction covering the core functionality such as objects, functions, data management, and plotting.
 
The last sessions of the seminar will address how to perform specific statistical analyses in R such as:
* Generalized linear mixed models with lme4 (also known as hierarchical
models)
* Simple structural equation models
* Basic set-up of Monte-Carlo simulations
* Simple cognitive modeling (e.g., signal detection or multinomial processing trees)
 
It is planned that participants practice R in homework assignments and work on small group projects such as analyzing own data, replicating a paper, or running a small simulation.
AC1/BC1(BF2/BG2): Research and application techniques/ Practice of Work & Organizational psychology: Psychological interventions using diary designs (Seminar)
EN
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Literature:
A more comprehensive list will be available in the first meeting.

Bolger, N., Davis, A., & Rafaeli, E. (2003). Diary methods: Capturing life as it is lived. Annual Review of Psychology, 54, 579-616.
Lischetzke, T., Reis, D., & Arndt, C. (2015). Data-analytic strategies for examining the effectiveness of daily interventions. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 88, 587-622. doi:10.1111/joop.12104
Examination achievement:
Hausarbeit / Term Paper
Instructor(s):
Sabine Sonnentag
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202215:30 – 17:00C 112 Unterrichtsraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Description:
During recent years interventions using diary methods became increasingly popular within several fields of psychology, including health psychology and organizatinal psychology. These interventions use „intensive longitudinal designs“ to apply the treatment and to assess the data and build on daily-survey approaches that aim at „capturing life as it is lived” (Bolger, Davis, Rafaeli, 2003, p. 579). Frequent assessments typically implemented in daily-survey approaches allow for modeling change in affect, attitude, and behavior over time.

In this course we will discuss the nature of diary interventions, the research options they offer, as well as potential problems and challenges.
AD2: Selected problems in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Seminar)
DE
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Antje Gerdes
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202210:15 – 11:45014/015 (L 13) [Corona]; “Corona-Gebäude”
Description:
In diesem Seminar haben die Studierenden die Möglichkeit, ihre Kenntnisse in verschiedenen Störungsbereichen und Anwendungsfeldern der Klinischen Psychologie zu vertiefen.

Insbesondere soll während des Semesters in Kleingruppen unter Berücksichtigung aktueller Forschungsergebnisse eine eigene Fragestellung aus dem Bereich Grundlagen, Mechanismen und Diagnostik psychischer Störungen entwickelt, sowie Möglichkeiten zur Untersuchung dieser Fragestellung ausgearbeitet werden.
 
AD2: Selected problems in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy (Seminar)
DE
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Instructor(s):
Georg Alpers
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202210:15 – 11:45016–017 Seminarraum; L 13, 15–17
Description:
In diesem Seminar haben die Studierenden die Möglichkeit, ihre Kenntnisse in verschiedenen Störungsbereichen und Anwendungsfeldern der Klinischen Psychologie zu vertiefen.

Insbesondere soll während des Semesters in Kleingruppen unter Berücksichtigung aktueller Forschungsergebnisse eine eigene Fragestellung aus dem Bereich Grundlagen, Mechanismen und Diagnostik psychischer Störungen entwickelt, sowie Möglichkeiten zur Untersuchung dieser Fragestellung ausgearbeitet werden.
 
AE2: Selected problems in Cognitive Psychology: External cognitions (Seminar)
DE
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Literature:

Grundlegende Literatur ist die Monographie von Hertzog et al. (2008), die wir im Laufe des Seminars schrittweise aufarbeiten und durch weiter Recherchen (gerne mit Fokussetzung nach Euren Interessen), insbesondere seitdem hinzugekommener Befunde, ergänzen:
Hertzog, C., Kramer, A.F., Wilson, R.S., & Lindenberger, U. (2008). Enrichment effects on adult cognitive development: Can the functional capacity of older adults be preserved and enhanced? Psychological Science in the Public Interest, Supplement,9(1), 1-65.

(Sehr umfangreich – soll nicht vor dem Seminar gelesen werden, sondern wird im Laufe des Seminars Stück für Stück behandelt)
Instructor(s):
Beatrice Gisele Kuhlmann
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 30.05.202215:30 – 17:00308 Seminarraum; B 6, 30–32 Bauteil E-F
Description:

Wie können wir auch im höheren Erwachsenenalter kognitiv fit bleiben? In diesem Seminar evaluieren wir ausgehend von einer Monographie von Hertzog et al. (2008), ergänzt um die Recherche aktueller Studien, verschiedene Einflüsse und Inverventionsmöglichkeiten auf die kognitive Leistungsfähigkeit im Alter: Kognitives Training, mental-stimulierende Alltagsaktivitäten, körperliche Aktivität, soziales Engagement und psychische einflüsse (Stresserleben, persönliche Einstellungen).
AE2: Selected problems in Cognitive Psychology: Judgement and Decision Making (Seminar)
DE
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Literature:

wird in der Veranstaltung bekannt gegeben
Examination achievement:

Referat
Instructor(s):
Malte Zimdahl
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 30.05.202215:30 – 17:00A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23–25 Bauteil A
Description:
Musik fasziniert uns und sie begleitet uns täglich – ob als Hintergrundmusik im Restaurant, als Motivation beim Lernen oder als emotionale Begleitung im Film. Doch was bewirkt Musik eigentlich? Wie nehmen wir sie wahr, wie reagieren wir auf sie und warum haben wir bestimmte Präferenzen? Welche Rolle spielt Musik in jungen Jahren und was kann Musik im Alter leisten? Und macht es eigentlich einen Unterschied, ob wir Musik hören oder Musik machen? Diesen Fragen wird im Rahmen des Seminars anhand ausgewählter Lehrbuchtexte und aktueller Literatur nachgegangen. Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer erarbeiten dabei spezifische Themen und gestalten jeweils eine Sitzung selbst. Im Fokus steht die Beschäftigung mit kognitionspsychologischen Fragestellungen der Musik, die in gemeinsamen Diskussionen vertieft wird.
Nebenfach Medienpsychologie: Spezielle Probleme der Medienpsychologie (Seminar)
DE
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Literature:
– Krämer, N. C., Schwan, S., Unz, D., & Suckfüll, M. (Eds.). (2016). Medienpsychologie. Schlüsselbegriffe und Konzepte. 2. Auflage. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

– Vorderer, P., Park, D. W., & Lutz, S. (2020). A history of media effects research traditions. In M. B. Oliver, Raney, A. A., & J. Bryant (Eds.), Media effects: Advances in theory and research (4th ed., pp. 1-15). New York, NY: Routledge.
Examination achievement:

Mündliche Prüfung zu einem nicht bereits selbst vorgetragenen Problemfeld
Instructor(s):
Peter Vorderer
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 16.02.2022 – 01.06.202215:30 – 17:00308 Seminarraum; B 6, 30–32 Bauteil E-F
Description:
Diese Veranstaltung widmet sich ausgewählten Problemstellungen, Theorien, Methoden und Ergebnissen der Medienpsychologie: Diese werden von den Studierenden im Laufe des Semesters erarbeitet und im Seminar vorgestellt und exemplifiziert. Jeder Vorstellung schließt sich eine gemeinsame Diskussion an, in der die vorgetragenen Inhalte in der Geschichte und der aktuellen Situation der Medienpsychologie kontextualisiert werden.
Neuropsychopharmakologie (Seminar)
DE
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
German
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Live & on-campus
Examination achievement:
Klausur
Instructor(s):
Georg Alpers
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 17.02.2022 – 02.06.202215:30 – 17:00
Description:
Themenübersicht:
1. Pharmakologie der ZNS Wirkung
2. Klassifikationsvorschläge für NPPharmaka
3. Spezielle NPPharm (Wirkmechanismus, Wirksamkeit, Risiken, unerwünschte Nebenwirkungen)
   – Antipsychotika
   – Antidepressiva
   – Anxiolytika
   – Antidementiva
   – Stimulantia
   – Parkinson Pharmaka
   – Analgetika
4. Placebo? Methodologische und therapeutische Implikationen
5. Psychotherapie versus Pharmakotherapie?
6. Gesundheitsmarkt und Ökonomie der NPPharm

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Incomings Political Science

Dr. Gledis Londo

Dr. Gledis Londo

Departmental Exchange Coordinator Political Science
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 418
68159 Mannheim
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Janina Heker, M.A.

Janina Heker, M.A.

Departmental Exchange Coordinator for Sociology and Psychology
University of Mannheim
School of Social Sciences
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Building A – Room A 416
68159 Mannheim