Online Exchange Initiative (OEI) – ENGAGE.EU

Together with its partners in the ENGAGE.EU alliance (LUISS University, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, Tilburg University, Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, University of National and World Economy, WU Vienna), University of Mannheim launched an online exchange initiative. Students from above mentioned partner universities can apply for a range of online courses offered by University of Mannheim. As a participant, you will be part of a virtual and international classroom. Benefit from international learning opportunities and exchange ideas with students from different countries!

    Application Process

  • Requirements – Who can apply?

    The online course offer is available to students studying at the following partner universities:

    • LUISS University
    • NHH Norwegian School of Economics
    • Tilburg University
    • Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
    • University of National and World Economy
    • WU Vienna

    Bachelor’s level courses: enrollment in a bachelor’s program at a partner university during spring semester 2022; minimum of one year of full time studies completed which amounts to 60 ECTS Credits.

    Master’s level courses: enrollment in a master’s program at a partner university during spring semester 2022.

    Please note: in addition to the above mentioned general admission requirements, single courses may also have special admission requirements such as previous knowledge in the field etc. Please take a close look at the course descriptions and stated requirements in the course catalog below.

  • Application period – Until when can I apply and when will I get enrolled?

    The application period will close on 15 December 2021. All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application by 22 December 2021 at the latest. Admitted students will then be asked to submit the Application for Enrollment until 14 January 2022 (incl. transferral of Administrative Fee). Subsequently, admitted students who have submitted their Application for Enrolment and the Administrative Fee on time will be enrolled during the week 31 January – 04 February 2022. 

    Please note: During the week 07 – 11 February („Welcome Week“), our departments and schools will host Orientation Sessions for incoming exchange students. OEI students are welcome to attend to learn more about the administrative processes regarding course registration, allocation to exercise groups (if applicable), exam registration and so forth. OEI students will be invited to these Orientation Events after enrollment.

  • Application – How can I apply and what do I need to submit?

    Please send your application via e-mail to oei.engage uni-mannheim.de and include the following information/documents:

    1. Application Form (signed and scanned) – List of up to five courses you would be interested in (in order of preference) and the maximum number of courses you wish to attend. You can be enrolled in a maximum of 3 courses.
    2. Confirmation of enrollment at your home university
    3. Transcript of records

    The selection will be based on an evaluation of your overall academic performance (transcript of records) and the statement of motivation. University of Mannheim will inform its partner universities about the admitted students, so they can confirm the students' selection and enrollment.

    Please note: Enrollment at the home institution during the spring semester 2022 is mandatory for enrollment as an OEI student at University of Mannheim in spring semester 2022. Should students lose their enrollment status at the home institution after having been admitted and enrolled for OEI at University of Mannheim, disenrollment at University of Mannheim will also be enforced.

  • I am not sure if I get a credit transfer approval from my home university before the application period ends – what should I do?

    We encourage you to apply even if you do not have final credit transfer approval from your home university at the time of application. Should you find out that credit transfer is not possible at your home university and would not like to attend an ENGAGE course at University of Mannheim any more, kindly write an e-mail to oei.engage uni-mannheim.de and state that you would like to cancel your particpation. In case you already have transferred the administrative fee, reimbursement may be possible in case you request disenrollment until 31 January 2022 the latest.

  • I got admitted at University of Mannheim – but now I realize that I cannot participate in the course anymore, what should I do?

    Please write an e-mail to oei.engage uni-mannheim.de and indicate which course you would like to de-register from. In case you de-register from all courses you were admitted for, please send a written request for disenrollment to the above mentioned e-mail address. In case you already have transferred the administrative fee, reimbursement may be possible in case you request disenrollment until 31 January 2022 the latest.

  • Administrative Fee

    The administrative fee of €110,30 (mandatory students’ union dues) must be paid for enrollment and attendance of courses at University of Mannheim. Apart from this amount, no other fees will be charged. Tuition fees for participating students of this initiative are waived. Please note that you have to bear the costs for reading materials and literature if a course requires the like.

  • Transcript of Records

    At the end of your virtual exchange, you will receive an official transcipt of records from University of Mannheim. For credit transfer options, please check with your home institution.


Course Catalog of the Online Exchange Initiative (OEI) at University of Mannheim – spring semester 2022

  • Lecture period (spring semester 2022): 14 February – 3 June  2022
  • Examination period (spring semester 2022): 04 – 18 June 2022
  • 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 semster 2022 below will be filled up gradually, so please monitor possible updates! The list of courses will complete lastest by 26 November!


Business Administration

Please note: the bachelor lecture IS 301 is accompanied by excercise classes and tutorials. Students do not receive separate credits for participation in the exercise classes and/or tutorials but instead for the successful completion of the overall course (lecture+exercise). Attendance of tutorials is not mandatory, but recommended. The exercise classes and tutorials are on display here only to inform you about the available time slots, which will be announced in due time. On your application, please ONLY state the lecture (IS 301). Upon admission to these lectures, you will then be able to select the appropriate exercise class/tutorial.

Bachelor

IS 301 Foundations of Information Systems (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live & recorded
Learning target:
Students are able to explain the interplay of information technologies, human beings and organizations. They comprehend how information systems are structured and are able to explain the basic functionalities of computer and database systems. Students know the different approaches for the development of information systems and know the basic techniques for the analysis of demands and the design of information systems. They understand the operative and strategic processes for the management of information systems. (LG 1)

They are aware of the factors influencing the development and management of information systems, the perspectives of different stakeholders, and can evaluate related decisions. (LG 2)
Students are able to analyze requests expressed in natural language and translate them into structured database queries (LG 3). They can analyze requirements for an information system and can present them in a structured format, especially using behavior and structure diagrams (LG 4).
Examination achievement:
Written exam (90 min.)
Instructor(s):
Florian Tobias Pethig
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 17.02.2022 – 02.06.202212:00 – 13:30
Description:
  • Introduction and basic definitions in the field of information systems as well as design and structure of information systems
  • Technological Foundations: hardware and software components, basic functionalities of computer systems and networks, basics of database systems
  • Development of information systems: project management and development processes, selected methods for analysis and design
  • Management of information systems: IT Management Framework, Business/IT Alignment, IT Organization, IS Investment, IS Adoption
IS 301 Foundations of Information Systems (Tutorial, English)
Lecture type:
Tutorial
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Learning target:
Students are able to explain the interplay of information technologies, human beings and organizations. They comprehend how information systems are structured and are able to explain the basic functionalities of computer and database systems. Students know the different approaches for the development of information systems and know the basic techniques for the analysis of demands and the design of information systems. They understand the operative and strategic processes for the management of information systems. (LG 1)

They are aware of the factors influencing the development and management of information systems, the perspectives of different stakeholders, and can evaluate related decisions. (LG 2)
Students are able to analyze requests expressed in natural language and translate them into structured database queries (LG 3). They can analyze requirements for an information system and can present them in a structured format, especially using behavior and structure diagrams (LG 4).
Examination achievement:
Written exam (90 min.)
Instructor(s):
Florian Tobias Pethig
Description:
  • Introduction and basic definitions in the field of information systems as well as design and structure of information systems
  • Technological Foundations: hardware and software components, basic functionalities of computer systems and networks, basics of database systems
  • Development of information systems: project management and development processes, selected methods for analysis and design
  • Management of information systems: IT Management Framework, Business/IT Alignment, IT Organization, IS Investment, IS Adoption
IS 301 Foundations of Information Systems (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
6.0 (Modul/e)
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Learning target:
Students are able to explain the interplay of information technologies, human beings and organizations. They comprehend how information systems are structured and are able to explain the basic functionalities of computer and database systems. Students know the different approaches for the development of information systems and know the basic techniques for the analysis of demands and the design of information systems. They understand the operative and strategic processes for the management of information systems. (LG 1)

They are aware of the factors influencing the development and management of information systems, the perspectives of different stakeholders, and can evaluate related decisions. (LG 2)
Students are able to analyze requests expressed in natural language and translate them into structured database queries (LG 3). They can analyze requirements for an information system and can present them in a structured format, especially using behavior and structure diagrams (LG 4).
Examination achievement:
Written exam (90 min.)
Instructor(s):
Florian Tobias Pethig
Description:
  • Introduction and basic definitions in the field of information systems as well as design and structure of information systems
  • Technological Foundations: hardware and software components, basic functionalities of computer systems and networks, basics of database systems
  • Development of information systems: project management and development processes, selected methods for analysis and design
  • Management of information systems: IT Management Framework, Business/IT Alignment, IT Organization, IS Investment, IS Adoption
MAN 454 Science for Future – How Scientific Research can support Sustainable Development (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live & recorded
Registration procedure:
It is mandatory that you register via Portal2 after your arrival. You can register anytime during the official course registration period from 3rd to 13th of February 2020. The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Further information will be provided during orientation week.
Learning target:
The lecture series is intended to provide insights into the variety of research that Mannheim scientists are engaging in that is related to the topic of sustainable development. It also aims to raise awareness for the potential of scientific research to contribute to sustainable development.
Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Every presenter will prepare two exam questions which will be put together to form a pool of questions from which the final exam will be crafted. The exam will be a 60 minutes written exam.
Instructor(s):
Laura Edinger-Schons, Christina Lara Kannegießer
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202215:30 – 17:00M 003 PWC Hörsaal; Schloss Mittelbau
Description:
The goal of this interdisciplinary lecture series is to raise awareness for the potential of scientific research to contribute to sustainable development as defined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Mannheim-based researchers from various disciplines including economics, psychology, history, political science, philosophy, information systems, and business management (amongst others) will present cutting-edge research or basic knowledge on sustainability-related topics. The lecture series is open to students from all Bachelor programs. The lecture series will comprise 6 sessions with 12 talks (i.e., always 2 talks on one day) with approx. 60 minutes presentation, 30 minutes discussion per talk.
TAX 451 Case Study Competition on Tax Transparency (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
3.0 (Modul/e)
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
1
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
Registration procedure:
Information for ENGAGE.EU students:
In your ENGAGE.EU application, please describe in two sentences why you would like to participate in the case study.
Learning target:
After completing this course, students will be able to
  • Understand and analyze current topics on tax transparency, including its relevance, political dimension and practical implementation.
  • Understand and discuss different perspectives on tax transparency.
  • Create a professional presentation to communicate the results of the case study in a persuasive way.
Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Written elaboration and presentation of a case study
Instructor(s):
Christoph Spengel, Sarah Marie Winter
Date(s):
Tuesday  (single date) 22.02.202210:15 – 11:45ZOOM-Lehre-044; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 02.03.202211:00 – 12:00ZOOM-Lehre-041; Virtuelles Gebäude
Tuesday  (single date) 22.03.202208:30 – 10:00ZOOM-Lehre-040; Virtuelles Gebäude
Wednesday  (single date) 04.05.202213:00 – 19:30ZOOM-Lehre-040; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
Several leaks, including the “Panama Papers”, and public outrage about excessive profit shifting of taxable profits by global corporations have turned taxation into a reputational issue for businesses. Also, on the political agenda, tax transparency has been gaining importance and regulations in that field have increased substantially world-wide.

This course, offered jointly with a well-known tax advisory firm, gives an overview of current topics in the field of tax transparency. Students will elaborate on the guiding principles and implementation of a supra-national initiative, e.g. the European Council Directive “DAC6” mandating the reporting of aggressive tax planning arrangements, the Country-by-Country Reporting or the automatic exchange of tax information.

The participants will form groups of three to five students and analyze the implementation of a supra-national initiative in a specific country.  The results will be presented in class. In a subsequent group discussion, the fundamental deviations in the local implementations are compared and elaborated in the light of the circumstances of the respective countries. In this way, students gain insights into the political dimension of taxation and into the comparably new field of tax transparency while simultaneously enhancing their presentation skills. In addition, students will also receive individual feedback from a mentor.

Master

CC 504 Corporate Social Responsibility (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
4.0 (Modul/e)
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live & recorded
Registration procedure:
This course has limited places. It is mandatory that you register via the student portal (Portal2) after your enrollment. You can register anytime during the official course registration period from February 15 – 25, 2021. The time of your registration is not relevant as seats are not assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Learning target:
The lecture sensitizes participants for the relevance of ethical questions in daily business. The imparted knowledge enables students to handle the prominent term “Corporate Social Responsibility” appropriately. In particular, students are able to define the scope and the limits of CSR with reasonable care. The imparted competencies allow students to structure and to handle ethical challenges in management.
Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Written exam (60 min.)
Instructor(s):
Laura Edinger-Schons, Christina Lara Kannegießer, Florencia Fontanarossa Castillo
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202217:15 – 18:45M 003 PWC Hörsaal; Schloss Mittelbau
Description:
The lecture deals with the topic of “Corporate Social Responsibility” (CSR). The focus is on the background of CSR and the relationship between profit generation and responsibility. For this purpose, theoretical foundations of CSR as well as practical CSR competencies are discussed. One of the central questions is how CSR can be managed under competitive pressure and recent developments such as digitization, disruption of business models, and globalization. Managerial challenges in the field of CSR management are illustrated by case studies.

Social Sciences

Bachelor

VL Ethnic Inequality: Comparative Approach (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
  • Van Mol, C. and de Valk, H. (2016). Migration and immigrants in Europe: a historical and demographic perspective. In B. Garces-Mascarenas & R. Pennix (Eds.), Integration Processes and Policies in Europe (pp.31-55). Springer International Publishing.
  • Levitt, P. and Jaworsky, B.N. (2007). Transnational migration studies: Past developments and future trends. Annual Review of Sociology, 33, 129-156.
  • Zhou, M. (1997). Segmented assimilation: Issues, controversies, and recent research on the new second generation. International Migration Review, 31(4), 975-1008.
  • Alba, R. (2008). Why we still need a theory of mainstream assimilation. Migration und Integration. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie. Sonderheft, 48(2008), 37-56.
  • Blank, R. M., Dabady, M. and Citro, C. F. (2004). Measuring racial discrimination. Panel on methods for assessing discrimination, National Research Council (pp. 90-155). Washington DC: The National Academies Press.
  • Dollmann, J., I. Kogan and M. Weißmann. 2020. “Speaking Accent-Free in L2 Beyound the Critical Period: The Compensatory Role of Individual Abilities and Opportunity Structures.” Applied Linguistics 41(5): 787-809.
  • Heath, A. F. and Brinbaum, Y. 2007). Explaining ethnic inequalities in educational attainment. Ethnicities, 7(3), 291-305.
  • Kogan, I., Kalter, F., Liebau, E. and Cohen, Y. (2011). Individual resources and structural constraints in immigrants' labour market integration. In M. Wingens et al. (Eds.), A Life-Course Perspective on Migration and Integration (pp. 75-100). Springer.
  • Ahmed, A. M, Andersson, L. and Hammarstedt, M. (2010). Can discrimination in the housing market be reduced by increasing the information about the applicants? Land Economics, 86(1), 79-90.
  • Maddox, Amrei. 2019. “Parental Influence on the Ethnic Partner Choice within Immigrant Families in Europe”. Dissertation, Mannheim. Pp. 8-10, 14-18, 20-22, 29-37.
  • Jacob, K. and Kalter, F. (2013). Intergenerational change in religious salience among immigrant families in four European countries. International Migration, 51(3), 38-56.
  • Helbling, M. (2014). Opposing Muslims and the Muslim headscarf in Western Europe. European Sociological Review, 30(2), 242-257.
Examination achievement:
Online exam
Instructor(s):
Irena Kogan
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 24.05.202215:30 – 17:00ZOOM-Lehre-001; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
The sociology of migration is undoubtedly one of the sociological areas that have experienced a noticeable upswing in recent years. In the course “Ethnic inequality: Comparative approach” we cover a broad array of topics in migration sociology. We first carry out the sociological examination of the causes of migration and address the question what immigrant selectivity means for their successful integration into host countries. The second part of the course deals with the consequences of migration for immigrants themselves and for their incorporation in new societies. We particularly explore cultural, structural, social and identivicational aspects of immigrants' integration. In the third part of the course we look into the reations of the native-born majority population towards newcomers and the general consequences of immigration for the host society. The breadth of the topics covered by the course reflects the heterogeneity of the field, both theoretically, methodologically and empirically. The overarching aim of the lecture is to provide expertise in the field of migration sociology, paying attention not only to the description of main developments but also to the theoretical understanding and critical assessment of the sophisticated empirical evidence.
  1. Introduction into the topic. Recent history of migration in Europe
  2. Migration theories. Immigrant selectivity
  3. Definition and dimension of integration. Classic and new theoretical approaches
  4. Sources of ethnic inequality: resources and discrimination
  5. Methods of migration sociology
  6. Cultural dimension of integration: Language acqusition
  7. Structural dimension of integration: Immigrants and their descendants in the education system
  8. Structural dimension of integration: Immigrants and their descendants in the labour market
  9. Social dimension of integration: Ethnic segregation

Master

Comparative Government: Political Institutions and the Political Process (Lecture, English)
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.

Humanities

Bachelor

IDV 401 International Cultural Studies: Lecture A (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
5.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
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 incoming 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 incoming phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Written Exam
Instructor(s):
Aline Schmidt, Philipp Gassert
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 30.05.202217:15 – 18:45EW 151 Elfriede Höhn Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof West
Description:
Please note that Lectures A-C will offer the discussion sessions live on campus, while Lecture D will take place online via ZOOM. Students participating via the ENGAGE.EU Online Exchange Initiative can only participate online in Lecture D.Please consider this when registering for the lecture.

Content
The lecture International Cultural Studies introduces students to basic select topics and concepts related to the field of cultural studies by discussing texts and theories from international scholars. It provides an overview of key terms such as race, class, gender, and identity among others and enables students to understand and reflect upon these key terms and their underlying concepts within their historical, societal, and cultural context. To do so, it raises questions on how cultural texts and practices shape our understanding of society, politics, history and culture.

Organizational Information
There will be 4 parallel groups (International Cultural Studies: Lecture A-D) for this course. You will need to register for one group only.
Each parallel group consists of two complementary sections: a weekly preparatory lecture (45 minutes) followed by an interactive discussion session (45 minutes).
Students will be able to prepare the lecture material on their own time. In each guided discussion session, students collaboratively engage in more detail in topics and concepts introduced in the lecture recordings.
Each recorded lecture will be made available with all other materials (presentations, texts) a week before each discussion session.
IDV 401 International Cultural Studies: Lecture B (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
5.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
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 incoming 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 incoming phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Written Exam
Instructor(s):
Aline Schmidt, Philipp Gassert
Date(s):
Tuesday  (weekly) 15.02.2022 – 31.05.202217:15 – 18:45EW 145 Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof West
Description:
Please note that Lectures A-C will offer the discussion sessions live on campus, while Lecture D will take place online via ZOOM. Students participating via the ENGAGE.EU Online Exchange Initiative can only participate online in Lecture D.Please consider this when registering for the lecture.

Content
The lecture International Cultural Studies introduces students to basic select topics and concepts related to the field of cultural studies by discussing texts and theories from international scholars. It provides an overview of key terms such as race, class, gender, and identity among others and enables students to understand and reflect upon these key terms and their underlying concepts within their historical, societal, and cultural context. To do so, it raises questions on how cultural texts and practices shape our understanding of society, politics, history and culture.

Organizational Information
There will be 4 parallel groups (International Cultural Studies: Lecture A-D) for this course. You will need to register for one group only.
Each parallel group consists of two complementary sections: a weekly preparatory lecture (45 minutes) followed by an interactive discussion session (45 minutes).
Students will be able to prepare the lecture material on their own time. In each guided discussion session, students collaboratively engage in more detail in topics and concepts introduced in the lecture recordings.
Each recorded lecture will be made available with all other materials (presentations, texts) a week before each discussion session.
IDV 401 International Cultural Studies: Lecture C (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
5.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
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 incoming 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 incoming phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Written Exam
Instructor(s):
Aline Schmidt, Philipp Gassert
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 16.02.2022 – 01.06.202208:30 – 10:00308 Seminarraum; B 6, 30–32 Bauteil E-F
Description:
Please note that Lectures A-C will offer the discussion sessions live on campus, while Lecture D will take place online via ZOOM. Students participating via the ENGAGE.EU Online Exchange Initiative can only participate online in Lecture D.Please consider this when registering for the lecture.

Content
The lecture International Cultural Studies introduces students to basic select topics and concepts related to the field of cultural studies by discussing texts and theories from international scholars. It provides an overview of key terms such as race, class, gender, and identity among others and enables students to understand and reflect upon these key terms and their underlying concepts within their historical, societal, and cultural context. To do so, it raises questions on how cultural texts and practices shape our understanding of society, politics, history and culture.

Organizational Information
There will be 4 parallel groups (International Cultural Studies: Lecture A-D) for this course. You will need to register for one group only.
Each parallel group consists of two complementary sections: a weekly preparatory lecture (45 minutes) followed by an interactive discussion session (45 minutes).
Students will be able to prepare the lecture material on their own time. In each guided discussion session, students collaboratively engage in more detail in topics and concepts introduced in the lecture recordings.
Each recorded lecture will be made available with all other materials (presentations, texts) a week before each discussion session.
IDV 401 International Cultural Studies: Lecture D (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
5.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live & recorded
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 incoming 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 incoming phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Written Exam
Instructor(s):
Aline Schmidt, Philipp Gassert
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 18.02.2022 – 03.06.202210:15 – 11:45ZOOM-Lehre-042; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
Please note that Lectures A-C will offer the discussion sessions live on campus, while Lecture D will take place online via ZOOM. Students participating via the ENGAGE.EU Online Exchange Initiative can only participate online in Lecture D.Please consider this when registering for the lecture.

Content
The lecture International Cultural Studies introduces students to basic select topics and concepts related to the field of cultural studies by discussing texts and theories from international scholars. It provides an overview of key terms such as race, class, gender, and identity among others and enables students to understand and reflect upon these key terms and their underlying concepts within their historical, societal, and cultural context. To do so, it raises questions on how cultural texts and practices shape our understanding of society, politics, history and culture.

Organizational Information
There will be 4 parallel groups (International Cultural Studies: Lecture A-D) for this course. You will need to register for one group only.
Each parallel group consists of two complementary sections: a weekly preparatory lecture (45 minutes) followed by an interactive discussion session (45 minutes).
Students will be able to prepare the lecture material on their own time. In each guided discussion session, students collaboratively engage in more detail in topics and concepts introduced in the lecture recordings.
Each recorded lecture will be made available with all other materials (presentations, texts) a week before each discussion session.
IDV 402 Our World in Crisis: Intercultural Challenges and Responses (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
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 incoming phil.uni-mannheim.de.

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Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Term paper
Instructor(s):
Abir Al-Laham
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 17.02.2022 – 02.06.202213:45 – 15:15ZOOM-Lehre-044; Virtuelles Gebäude
Description:
Have you heard about the state of crisis we seem to be in lately? From the pandemic to political conflicts, financial challenges, social media, and climate change: crises have permeated important realms of our lives today. This course aims to illuminate different notions of “crisis” and analyse its causes and effects on culture, finance, literature, and politics. We will look beyond the buzzword, define the concept of the term, and develop an understanding of approaches by cultural theorists, writers, and experts in their respective fields.

Designed as a joint virtual project with the Mid Sweden University, students from Mannheim and Sundsvall will work together to address crisis and its ramifications on a weekly basis. Furthermore, the course will be expanded by six guest instructors from Literature, Linguistics, Economics, and History to facilitate a thorough analysis of the many different facets of crisis. In our international and interdisciplinary classroom, students are encouraged to take new perspectives on their subject and discuss crisis as a global phenomenon in an intercultural setting.

Master

Currently no events available.

Economics

Bachelor

Time Series Analysis (Lecture w/ Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture w/ Exercise
ECTS:
7
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
4
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Instructor(s):
Toni Stocker
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 24.02.2022 – 02.06.202217:15 – 18:45
Friday  (weekly) 25.02.2022 – 03.06.202210:15 – 11:45
Friday  (single date) 18.02.202212:00 – 13:30
Description:

Prerequisites: solid understanding of Basic Statistics and Basic Econometrics


Goals and contents of the module: In large part, economic data is based on time series, which is data collected on the same observational unit at multiple time periods (e. g. yearly, quarterly or monthly). Analyzing time series data requires specific statistical models and methods, which are usually not taught in basic statistics and basic econometrics courses. Subject of this course is to provide an overview about the most important standard methods for describing and analyzing time series data. Thereby the main focus is on the practical application of forecasting methods. The Statistical Software R will intensively be used upon many real data examples. Contents: Introduction to TSA, Review of Basic Essentials, Basic Elements of TSA, Basic Properties of Time Series, Forecasting Theory, AR(I)MA Processes, ADL- and VAR-Models, Nonstationarity, Estimation of Dynamic Causal Effects, Additional Topics in TSA

Expected competences acquired after completion of the module: At the end of the semester students

  • know and understand most common TSA methods and their theoretical background
  • know how to construct forecasting models, how to conduct model based forecasts and how to check model performance
  • can proficiently use R for all important parts of TSA: constructing graphics, estimating and testing, forecasting, model diagnosis and assessment
  • have experienced the possibilities and limitations of time series methods on the basis of real data examples

Master

E5104 Economics of Innovation (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
5.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Examination achievement:
Assignments (50%) and term paper (50%)
Instructor(s):
Bernhard Ganglmair
Date(s):
Thursday  (weekly) 17.02.2022 – 02.06.202210:15 – 11:45
Description:
This course gives an introduction to the economics of innovation. It provides an overview of the traditional literature and recent extensions, linking the theory to its empirical applications. The list of topics includes: the innovation process, effects of market structure on innovation, diffusion of R&D, innovation strategy, innovation policy, IP rights, the patent system, markets for technology, technology standardization. The aim is to provide students with the knowledge of the standard theoretical and empirical models and approaches and introduce them to modern research questions.
E581 International Trade (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
7.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
3
Attendance:
Online, live
Examination achievement:
Two take-home assignments (90%) + in-class participation (10%)
Instructor(s):
Lei Li
Date(s):
Monday  (weekly) 14.02.2022 – 03.06.202216:30 – 18:45
Description:
International trade has always generated a great deal of controversy. By focusing on the determinants, patterns, and effects of international trade, this course demystifies some of the complex issues that surround discussions of globalization. Why do countries trade with each other? Who gains and who loses from international trade? What are the labor market consequences of international trade, and is trade liberalization responsible for rising inequality? Why do countries have trade disputes?
  • Our first goal is to introduce the canonical models in international trade. A tentative list of topics includes the gravity equation, neoclassical trade theory, trade and labor markets, economic geography, and the role of firms in international trade. 
  • The second goal is to present the empirical tools used in international trade. A tentative list of topics includes the US-China trade war, trade and labor market, and the gravity equation. Students will also get familiar with several widely used trade-related datasets and learn how to conduct empirical analysis.
  • Our third goal to introduce frontier researches to students. We will draw on some recent academic papers from international trade, which will allow students to have a good understanding of cutting-edge researches and help students outline future research questions.

Law

Bachelor

Climate Change and Energy Law (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Marija Turkovic Popovski
Description:
Climate change represents a major threat that needs to be tackled on the national, regional, and international levels. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is one of the main instruments of climate actions that require global efforts and cooperation between countries. This entails the adoption of policy measures, legal acts, and external relations guided by international agreements.
During this course, we will analyze the EU legal framework on the climate change issues and the interrelated energy policy matters. In the following part of the course, we will deal with the environmental protection actions on the international level, with special attention to the United Nations climate regime. Furthermore, the influence of the environmental requirements on international trade will be also explored, with a focus on the World Trade Organization rules.
Next to the results of the final written (online) exam, the results from seminar papers will also contribute to the overall grade for this course.
International Humanitarian Law / The law of armed conflict (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
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 writing assignment and one open book exam.
Instructor(s):
Marelie Manders
International Investment Law (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Description:
This module will focus on the international law concerned with the regulation of foreign investments and the settlement of disputes between foreign investors and host States. Students will gain an overview of the evolution of international investment law and the development of legal instruments that seek to promote and protect investments abroad. By studying investment arbitration case law, students will familiarize themselves with bilateral, regional and multilateral investment treaties, their legal principles, regulatory approaches and procedural mechanisms of resolving investor-State disputes by international arbitration. Throughout the course, we will examine the problem of balancing the right to regulate in the public interest and the need for investment protection, which has become a key component of negotiations on new international investment treaties around the world. The course will cover the following topics:
✓ The Object and Purpose of International Investment Law
✓ The Sources of International Investment Law
✓ The History of International Investment Treaties and Investment Rules
✓ The Scope of Application of International Investment Treaties
✓ Substantive Standards of Investment Protection
✓ Settlement of Investor-State Disputes by International Arbitration
✓ Contemporary Issues, including European Union and International Investment Law
Law & Economics (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The course provides an introduction to “law and economics” (also known as the “economic analysis of law”), i.e. the application of concepts and methods from economics to legal problems. It is offered in collaboration with the university’s economics department. The course starts with the foundations of microeconomic theory, welfare economics and law and economics and then covers selective topics from the three main areas of private law.

Foundations of law and economics

  • Basic positive economics: utility maximization under constraints
  • Basic welfare economics: Pareto and Kaldor/Hicks efficiency
  • Coase theorem

Property law and economics

  • Tragedy of the commons as the main rationale of property rights
  • Information problems in property rights
  • The limits of property rights: tragedy of the anticommons

Tort law

  • The objective of accident cost minimization
  • Negligence liability and strict liability
  • Unilateral and bilateral care
  • Special problems: causation, punitive damages, pure economic loss, liability for physical injury

Contract law

  • The objective of maximizing surplus
  • Default rules as a way to economize on transaction costs
  • Efficient and inefficient breach of contract
  • Penalty defaults
  • Legal remedies to adverse selection caused by asymmetric information
  • Economic analysis of standard terms and conditions
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
Students obtain a sound understanding of how economic methodology can be applied to legal problems. They know to employ economic efficiency criteria as arguments for resolving legal cases. They are aware of the main theories advanced in law and economics scholarship relating to property law, tort law and contract law.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Erik Röder

Master

Climate Change and Energy Law (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, live
Instructor(s):
Marija Turkovic Popovski
Description:
Climate change represents a major threat that needs to be tackled on the national, regional, and international levels. The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is one of the main instruments of climate actions that require global efforts and cooperation between countries. This entails the adoption of policy measures, legal acts, and external relations guided by international agreements.
During this course, we will analyze the EU legal framework on the climate change issues and the interrelated energy policy matters. In the following part of the course, we will deal with the environmental protection actions on the international level, with special attention to the United Nations climate regime. Furthermore, the influence of the environmental requirements on international trade will be also explored, with a focus on the World Trade Organization rules.
Next to the results of the final written (online) exam, the results from seminar papers will also contribute to the overall grade for this course.
International Humanitarian Law / The law of armed conflict (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
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 writing assignment and one open book exam.
Instructor(s):
Marelie Manders
International Investment Law (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Description:
This module will focus on the international law concerned with the regulation of foreign investments and the settlement of disputes between foreign investors and host States. Students will gain an overview of the evolution of international investment law and the development of legal instruments that seek to promote and protect investments abroad. By studying investment arbitration case law, students will familiarize themselves with bilateral, regional and multilateral investment treaties, their legal principles, regulatory approaches and procedural mechanisms of resolving investor-State disputes by international arbitration. Throughout the course, we will examine the problem of balancing the right to regulate in the public interest and the need for investment protection, which has become a key component of negotiations on new international investment treaties around the world. The course will cover the following topics:
✓ The Object and Purpose of International Investment Law
✓ The Sources of International Investment Law
✓ The History of International Investment Treaties and Investment Rules
✓ The Scope of Application of International Investment Treaties
✓ Substantive Standards of Investment Protection
✓ Settlement of Investor-State Disputes by International Arbitration
✓ Contemporary Issues, including European Union and International Investment Law
Law & Economics (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live
Registration procedure:

The course provides an introduction to “law and economics” (also known as the “economic analysis of law”), i.e. the application of concepts and methods from economics to legal problems. It is offered in collaboration with the university’s economics department. The course starts with the foundations of microeconomic theory, welfare economics and law and economics and then covers selective topics from the three main areas of private law.

Foundations of law and economics

  • Basic positive economics: utility maximization under constraints
  • Basic welfare economics: Pareto and Kaldor/Hicks efficiency
  • Coase theorem

Property law and economics

  • Tragedy of the commons as the main rationale of property rights
  • Information problems in property rights
  • The limits of property rights: tragedy of the anticommons

Tort law

  • The objective of accident cost minimization
  • Negligence liability and strict liability
  • Unilateral and bilateral care
  • Special problems: causation, punitive damages, pure economic loss, liability for physical injury

Contract law

  • The objective of maximizing surplus
  • Default rules as a way to economize on transaction costs
  • Efficient and inefficient breach of contract
  • Penalty defaults
  • Legal remedies to adverse selection caused by asymmetric information
  • Economic analysis of standard terms and conditions
Learning target:
Learning outcomes and qualification goals:
Students obtain a sound understanding of how economic methodology can be applied to legal problems. They know to employ economic efficiency criteria as arguments for resolving legal cases. They are aware of the main theories advanced in law and economics scholarship relating to property law, tort law and contract law.
Examination achievement:
Written examination
Instructor(s):
Erik Röder

Business Informatics and Mathematics in Business and Economics

Bachelor

Currently no events available.

Master

Industrial Applications of Artificial Intelligence – Lecture (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
On-campus and online, live & recorded
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):
Heiner Stuckenschmidt
Date(s):
Friday  (weekly) 18.02.2022 – 03.06.202212:00 – 13:30ZOOM-Lehre-047; 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.
Markov Processes (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
5
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Attendance:
Online, recorded
Recommended requirement:
Examination achievement:
Oral exam
Instructor(s):
Martin Slowik
Date(s):
Wednesday  (weekly) 16.02.2022 – 01.06.202210:15 – 11:45
Description:
Markov processes (construction, strong Markov property), Semigroup, resolvent, generator, Dynkins formula, connections to PDEs

Claudius Werry

Claudius Werry

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