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Sozial­wissenschaften - Master (alle)

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 (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
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.
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
Beschreibung:
The goal of this course is to provide an introduction into maximum-likelihood estimation.
Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
Comparative Government: Political Institutions (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:
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. The course introduces a number of core themes in the comparative study of political institutions, such as regime types, constitutional design and electoral systems. The lecture covers the impact of different institutional designs on patterns of political competition, government formation and executive governance. We also discuss the effects of political institutions on several aspects of legislative behaviour and policy-making.
Comparative Political Sociology (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
  • Amenta, Edwin/Nash, Kate/Scott, Alan (Eds.), 2012: The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Dalton, Russell J./Klingemann, Hans-Dieter (Eds.), 2007: The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Van Deth, Jan W. (2011): Political Sociology as a Field of Study, in: Badie, Bertrand/Berg-Schlosser, Dirk/Morlino, Leonardo (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Political Science, Vol. 6, Los Angeles: Sage, 2022-2039.
Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Beschreibung:
The main goal of this lecture is to present an advanced introduction to theoretical approaches, key concepts, and substantive issues in comparative political sociology. 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 show major changes in the relations­hip between societal and political processes and institutions.
International Political Economy (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Course Description & Objectives

This is a graduate course on international political economy. The course assumes familiarity with the contents of the international relations and with economics. The twin goals of the course are to (a) introduce students to contemporary scholaraly reseach on International Political Economy topics and (b) stimulate students to form original ideas for promising research projects in the area of international relations and political economy.

The course examines how domestic and international politics drive trade, investment, financial, and immigration policies and outcomes. It emphasizes the theoretical core, and some current debates, in the field but also aims to expose students to some nuts and bolts of each policy area and the chief methods by which scholars acquire knowledge of the subject. We pick up some knowledge of historical and contemporary examples wherever possible, but presenting historical material systematically is not the focus of the course.
International Politics (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Short 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 security and governance topics including: the sources of war, peace, and terrorism; the emergence and operation of international organizations, transnational civil society, and regional integration; and the making of key international policy outcomes including respect for human rights and environmental protection.
Research Seminar: Selected Topics in International Politics (Forschungs­seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Forschungs­seminar
ECTS:
14
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
Selected Topics in Comparative Politics: Travelling across time and space: Conceptual and measurement issues in comparative political sociology (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
7.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Harald Schoen
Beschreibung:
Course Description
Comparison is essential to research in political sociology. At the same time, it raises multiple issues of comparability and equivalence. What is ‘similar’, what is ‘different’? And how can we figure out whether measures are equivalent or not? In this seminar, we will address the conceptual and methodological issues in measurement in comparative political research. Students will review the latest empirical studies in the field and prepare research papers in which they analyze specific questions using available data sets.
Selected Topics in International Politics: Exodus: Conflict, Migration and Refugees (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
The seminar addresses a burning issue in international relations: the linkage between displacement, refugee flows, international migration and conflict. According to a June 2015 report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), worldwide displacement has now hit an all time high, with close to 60 million people forced to leave home and seek safety elsewhere. To come to grips with the complex relation between conflict and displacement, we start off with some fact-finding and definitions: Who is a refugee, an asylum seeker and an economic migrant? Which overlaps exist between the different concepts and how can they be separated? What are recent global and regional trends and how do they compare to past records? In a second step, we will examine those factors that lead people to leave home and flee across boarders or even seas What are the major causes of displacements and refugees flows, and how do they compare to other patterns of international migration? When and how do people seek refugee in another country? What are the motives behind migration? What are the inter-linkages between conflict and migration? In addition, we will have a closer look at the effects of humanitarian aid and assess possible risks associated with the establishment of refugees camp especially, notably the recruitment of combatants. In the light of the current mass refugee movements, we also study the consequences that refugee and migration flows have in the recipient countries. We look at direct neighbors of conflict-ridden regions, notably the EU and other developed countries. What are their policies towards refugees and migrants? Which social and economic issues are at stake? What instruments have been or are being put in place at the international level to address displacement, and how effective are they? In a final part of the seminar, we will apply the knowledge and insights gained and deep-dive into several case studies.
Selected Topics in International Politics: Democracy, Dictatorship and the International System (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
In this seminar, we look at the two mainregime types that characterize the moden world. We ask what distinguished one from the other, we ask what are the implications for the welfare of the individual citizen from living in a dictatorship and a democracy. We discuss the role of the international system in sustaining either regime form. We will read some classic texts such as Moores' Social Origins as well as cutting edge contemporary research on the utility of authoritarian legislature. The course is open to master's, PhD and advanced bachelor's students with instructor permission.
Tutorial Advanced Quantitative Methods (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend

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.

BM2/BN2: Denken und Verhalten im sozialen Kontext: „Selected research topics in social psychology“ / BM2/BN2: Applied Social Psychology I/II: Selected research topics in social psychology (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Herbert Bless , Dagmar Stahlberg
Beschreibung:

This seminar has a particular focus on research activities in social psychology. Unlike seminars that concentrate on one core thematic topic, this seminar will address a selected variety of different research topics in current social psychology.  In each seminar session we will have a presentation either by participating students or by members of the social psychology group. Each presentation will address a current research topic in social psychology. The seminar provides the opportunity to actively discuss methodological, theoretical, and applied implications of the presented research. Participants need to have passed at least one other social psychology seminar in the master program or, alternatively, they have to be enrolled in one other social psychology seminar during the same semester (for international visiting students these preconditions may differ, please contact the program manager psychology).
BM2/BN2: Sozialpsychologische Anwendungen I/IISozialpsychologie der Beratung / BM2/BN2: Applied Social Psychology I/II: Social Psychology of Consulting (Seminar, deutsch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
deutsch
Literatur:
Wird in der Veranstaltung bekannt gegeben.
Lektor(en):
Herbert Bless
Beschreibung:
Die 1. Veranstaltung findet am 6. März 2017 statt !

Inhalt: Im Alltag und Beruf werden wir häufig gebeten Ratschläge zu erteilen. In diesem Seminar werden Theorien und Befunde aus der Sozialpsychologie auf verschiedene Beratunssituationen angewandt. Dabei werden auf der Grundlage sozial-kognitiver Modelle und Theorien Einflussfaktoren auf Ratgebende und Ratsuchende besprochen. Hierbei steht die Verknüpfung von praktischen Fragen und theoriegeleiteten Antworten im Vordergrund. Das Seminar erfordert unter anderem die Lektüre von englischspachiger Fach­literatur.

Empfohlen für: Studierende im M.Sc. Psychologie

Voraussetzung: Abgeschlossenes Bachelor­studium

Erworben werden kann: 4 ECTS Punkte

Anmeldung: über das Studierenden­portal

Sprechstunde: siehe Homepage
Ü Foundations of Sociological Theory (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lernziel:
Learning goals
The main aim of the course is to sharpen students’ ability to evaluate theoretical sociological explanations. At the end of the course, students’ should be better prepared to develop sociological explanations themselves in order to address research problems of their own choice.
 
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
will be announced
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Course description
The methodological toolbox that is available to social scientists has considerably increased in recent years. Unfortunately, however, this increased methodological precision is not always accompanied by theoretical precision. In this course, we aim to shift attention from identifying causal mechanisms empirically to theorizing about them.
For this purpose, we discuss how selected exemplary studies tackle the key questions of applied sociological theorizing. Roughly speaking, we proceed in three steps. In a first step, we ask what, exactly, the scientific or social problem under study and the related research question is. This question may sound almost trivial, but it is not, given that everything else depends on a clear understanding of the underlying problem. After establishing the explanandum, our second step is to examine the theoretical explanation that the authors offers to explain the observed phenomena or pattern. In order to do so, we discuss the (sometimes hidden) assumptions and scope conditions of respective theories. We also discuss how convincing these theoretical explanations are, what observable implications they have, and how the authors test these implications empirically. In the final step, we assess whether the study has succeeded in advancing our (theoretical) understanding of the problem it sought to address.
FS Research Project (Forschungs­seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Forschungs­seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
VL Longitudinal Data Analysis (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Longitudinal Data Analysis

The lecture gives a broad overview over methods of longitudinal data analysis. The focus of the course lies on methods for panel and event history data analysis and their application in the social sciences. Attendance of the complementary course „Data Sources in Social Sciences“ is highly recommended as the course illustrates the practical application of the methods in Stata and deepens understanding of the theoretical content of the lecture.
S Vertiefungs­modul/Wahlmodul C: Bereich Wirtschaft & Wohlfahrtsstaat/ S Elective Seminar: Life Course and Social Policy (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Course description:
In life course sociology, welfare state policies and intuitions are perceived as main structuring forces of individuals’ life course patterns, transitions and sequences, as well as their biographical decisions and expectations. In social policy research, longitudinal micro-level data is increasingly used to evaluate policy outcomes and consequences from a life-course perspective. The seminar will bring together both strands of research with respect to theoretical and empirical perspectives. We will first get to know relevant theoretical approaches and scientific debates: How is the welfare state perceived and conceptualized in life course sociology? Can we identify ‘life course regimes’ in Europe? How do social policy researchers explain effects of redistribution and social investment in different life stages? In what way do welfare state change and ‘de-standardization’ of life courses interact? Second, the seminar will focus on recent empirical studies from both strands of research covering topics as income trajectories, poverty risks over the life cycle, employment histories, family life, and the transition to retirement. Finally, the students will have the possibility to develop their own research proposal addressing one topic covered in the seminar.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Course description:
I
n life course sociology, welfare state policies and intuitions are perceived as main structuring forces of individuals’ life course patterns, transitions and sequences, as well as their biographical decisions and expectations. In social policy research, longitudinal micro-level data is increasingly used to evaluate policy outcomes and consequences from a life-course perspective. The seminar will bring together both strands of research with respect to theoretical and empirical perspectives. We will first get to know relevant theoretical approaches and scientific debates: How is the welfare state perceived and conceptualized in life course sociology? Can we identify ‘life course regimes’ in Europe? How do social policy researchers explain effects of redistribution and social investment in different life stages? In what way do welfare state change and ‘de-standardization’ of life courses interact? Second, the seminar will focus on recent empirical studies from both strands of research covering topics as income trajectories, poverty risks over the life cycle, employment histories, family life, and the transition to retirement. Finally, the students will have the possibility to develop their own research proposal addressing one topic covered in the seminar.

Literature:
Dewilde, C. (2003). A life-course perspective on social exclusion and poverty, in: The British Journal of Sociology 54(1): 109–128.
Heinz, W. R./Huinink, J./Weymann, A. (Ed.) (2009). The life course reader. Individuals and societies across time, Frankfurt/Main: Campus-Verlag.
Leisering, L. (2004). Government and the life course, in: J. T. Mortimer/M. J. Shanahan (Ed.) Handbook of the Life Course, New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers: 205-228.
Lektor(en):
Katja Hanna Helene Möhring
S Vertiefungs­modul/Wahlmodul C: Bereich Wirtschaft & Wohlfahrtsstaat: Political Networks (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Henning Hillmann
Beschreibung:

In this advanced seminar, we will examine how multiple types of networks give rise to political action. Such networks may include direct political allegiances, as in party membership, as well as alternative economic, religious, ethnic or regional affiliations that channel political action. Substantive topics include, among others: coalition formation and dissolution in such fragmented party systems as in Italy; the role of clientele networks in shaping political institutions in developing countries; the mechanisms whereby social networks facilitate cooperative behavior in settings with little social capital to begin with; and institutional mechanisms whereby social networks reinforce or undermine political polarization. The emphasis throughout the seminar is on understanding empirical puzzles. To this end, we will primarily consider recent empirical studies on political networks in the social sciences.
S Vertiefungs­modul/Wahlmodul A: Bereich Familie, Bildung & Arbeits­markt/ S Elective Seminar: Family, Education & Labour Market: Social stratification, social inequality and social mobility (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gautschi
Beschreibung:
Content:
Social stratification and inequality are universal characteristics of human societies. But the extent of inequality, the relevant dimensions of inequality and their interconnectedness vary across societies and through time. The course covers the core aspects of social stratification and inequality in modern societies.
S Vertiefungs­modul/Wahlmodul C: Bereich Wirtschaft & Wohlfahrtsstaat/ S Elective Seminar „Topics in Economic Sociology“ (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:

This course scrutinizes social actors in economic settings and asks how their relational arrangements and decision strategies shape modern life. We take three analytical perspectives: (1) Foundations, including markets, money, work and consumption; (2) conceptual frameworks of economic action, status, relational and network arrangements, as well as institutional contexts on the macro-level; and (3) detailed and comprehensive analyses of industries, regions, and other cases. Substantively, we analyze problems that take us from the Bazaar economy to Wall St., from Broadway musical productions to Mexican factory shop floors as well as from Baden-Württemberg’s craft economy to global trading networks. We focus on two sets of broader questions: On the one hand, we will ask how these arrangements work, when they fail, and why. On the other hand, we scrutinize which aspects of modern social life are considered economic, which are not, and to what effect. This course aims to provide an understanding of markets, organizations, innovation, and the division of labor, as well as of strategies for studying these topics empirically.
S Vertiefungs­modul/Wahlmodul B: Bereich Migration & Integration/ S Elective Seminar: Current issues in social stratification: wealth inequality (durchgeführt von Dr. Nora Skopek) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Literature: TBA
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gautschi
Beschreibung:
In this course, we focus on one specific dimension of social inequality, which until very recently has been largely neglected in social stratification research: wealth. We will start by learning about the importance of wealth in the process of social stratification and the reasons for its longtime disregard. We will then go on to study recent research on the distribution of wealth; the composition of wealth; determinants of wealth and wealth inequality; sources of differences in wealth and consequences of wealth inequality. In each session, we will present and critically discuss a number of empirical studies, mostly from sociology but also from related disciplines, like economics. Moreover, we will learn about available data to analyze the distribution of wealth as well as about difficulties in the assessment of wealth and the measurement of wealth inequality. The seminar has an international comparative focus.
S Vertiefungs­modul/Wahlmodul B: Bereich Migration & Integration : Immigrants and the Receiving Society – the emergence of Anti-immigrants Sentiment (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Irena Kogan
Beschreibung:
Attitudes towards foreigners: Elective Seminar
Lecturer:
Oshrat Hochman, Ph.D, gesis Leibniz-Institut für Sozial­wissenschaften.
Immigration has many diverse effects on contemporary modern societies. It affects demographic processes, social inequality, policy and many other realms of the social life. These changes are experienced not only by the immigrants but by all members of society. In this course we focus our attention on the negative attitudes of the (native) public towards migrants and foreigners. The course will propose in introduction into the main theories explaining anti-immigrant sentiment and its reduction and empirical findings supporting these theories. Specifically, we shall focus on the role of perceptions of material and cultural ethnic competition, national sentiments, personality traits, values, and interethnic contact. Reflecting on contemporary immigration into Europe we shall also discuss anti-Islam and antisemitism as special cases of anti-foreigner sentiment.
Time:
Friday 08:30-11:45 (every second week)
Course requirements:
Regular participation in all classes
Reading of items in the syllabus before each lecture
One paper presentation including a discussion
Submission of final assignment (TBA)
Class 1 17.2.: Introduction: What is Prejudice, and how can we explain it
Jackson, L. M. (2011). Defining prejudice. In The Psychology of Prejudice: From Attitudes to Social Action (pp.7-28). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.
Zamora-Kapoor, A., Kvincic, P., & Causey, C. (2013). Anti-Foreigner Sentiment: State of the Art. Sociology Compass, 7(4), 303-314.
 
Class 2 3.3.: The group conflict/threat theory
Quillian, L. (1995). Prejudice as a Response to Perceived Group Threat: Population Composition and Anti-Immigrant and Racial Prejudice in Europe. American Sociological Review, 60(4), 586-611.
Semyonov, M., Raijman, R., & Gorodzeisky, A. (2006). The Rise of Anti-foreigner Sentiment in European Societies, 1988-2000. American Sociological Review, 71(3), 426-449.
Lancee, B., & Pardos‐Prado, S. (2013). Group Conflict Theory in a Longitudinal Perspective: Analyzing the Dynamic Side of Ethnic Competition. International Migration Review, 47(1), 106-131.
 
Class 3 17.3.: National sentiments (national identity)
Huddy, L. (2016). Unifying national identity research. In: J., Grimm, L., Huddy, P., Schmidt, & J., Seethaler (Eds.), Dynamics of National Identity. Media and societal factors of what we are (9-21). London: Routledge.
Lewin-Epstein, N., & Levanon, A. (2005). National identity and xenophobia in an ethnically divided society. International Journal on Multicultural Societies, 7(2), 90-118.
Sarrasin, O., Green, E. G. T., & Fasel, N. (2016). Critical views of the Nation, national attachment, and attitudes toward immigrants in Switzerland. In: J., Grimm, L., Huddy, P., Schmidt, & J., Seethaler (Eds.), Dynamics of National Identity. Media and societal factors of what we are (192-205). London: Routledge.
 
Class 4 31.3.: Personality traits
Altemeyer, B. (1988). How Do People Become Authoritarians?. In Enemies of Freedom: Understanding Right-Wing Authoritarianism (pp. 51-104). San Francisco, CA, US: Jossey-Bass.
Esses, V. M., Jackson, L. M., & Armstrong, T. L. (1998). Intergroup Competition and Attitudes Toward Immigrants and Immigration: An Instrumental Model of Group Conflict.Journal of Social Issues,54(4), 699-724.
Craig, M. A., & Richeson, J. A. (2014). Not in My Backyard! Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation, and Support for Strict Immigration Policies at Home and Abroad.Political Psychology,35(3), 417-429.
 
 
Class 5 14.4.: Values
Davidov, E., & Meuleman, B. (2012). Explaining Attitudes Towards Immigration Policies in European Countries: The Role of Human Values.Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,38(5), 757-775.
Kalir, B. (2015). The Jewish State of Anxiety: Between Moral Obligation and Fearism in the Treatment of African Asylum Seekers in Israel. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(4), 580-598.
Schwartz, S. H. (2007). Universalism Values and the Inclusiveness of Our Moral Universe. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 38(6), 711-728.
 
Class 6 28.4.: Intergroup contact
Hewstone, M., & Swart, H. (2011). Fifty‐odd years of inter‐group contact: From hypothesis to integrated theory. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50(3), 374-386.
Pettigrew, T. F., Tropp, L. R., Wagner, U., & Christ, O. (2011). Recent advances in intergroup contact theory. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 35(3), 271-280.
Martinović, B. (2013). The Inter-Ethnic Contacts of Immigrants and Natives in the Netherlands: A Two-Sided Perspective. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(1), 69-85.

Class 7 12.5.: Anti-Islam / Antisemitism
Carol, S., Helbling, M., & Michalowski, I. (2015). A Struggle over Religious Rights? How Muslim Immigrants and Christian Natives View the Accommodation of Religion in Six European Countries. Social Forces, 94(2), 647-671.
Bergmann, W. (2008). Anti‐Semitic Attitudes in Europe: A Comparative Perspective. Journal of Social Issues, 64(2), 343-362.
S Wahlmodul D: Methoden empirischer Sozialforschung/ S Seminar in Research Methods: Machine Learning in the Social Sciences (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Frauke Kreuter
Beschreibung:
This course provides an introduction to supervised statistical learning techniques such as regression trees, random forests and boosting and discusses their potential applications in the social sciences. These methods focus on predicting an outcome Y based on some data-driven function f(X) and therefore facilitate new research perspectives in comparison with traditional regression models, which primarily focus on causation. In connection with the empirical applications, this course will also discuss some aspects of data gathering, curation and data quality within the big data framework. The discussed methods will be implemented using the statistical programming language R.
S Wahlmodul D: Methoden empirischer Sozialforschung/ S Seminar in Research Methods: Multilevel Modeling (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
  • Goldstein, H. (2010). Multilevel Statistical Models (Fourth Edition). London: Arnold.
  • Hox, J. (2010). Multilevel Analysis: Techniques and Applications. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Rabe-Hesketh, S. & Skrondal, A. (2012). Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling Using Stata. 3nd Edition. College Station, TX: Stata Press.
  • Raudenbush, S. W. & Bryk, A. S. (2002). Hierarchical Linear Models. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Snijders, T. A. B. & Bosker, R. J. (2012). Multilevel Analysis. An Introduction to Basic and Advanced Multilevel Modelling. London: Sage.
  • StataCorp. (2015). Stata Multilevel Mixed-Effects. Reference Manual. Release 14. College Station, TX: Stata Press.
Lektor(en):
Michael Braun , Thomas Gautschi
Beschreibung:
Multilevel modeling is used when observations on the individual level are nested in units of one or more higher levels (e.g. students in classes in schools). The course will cover the logic of multilevel modeling, its statistical background, and implementation with Stata. Applications will come from international comparative research treating countries as the higher level units. Data from the International Social Survey Program and the PIONEUR project (on intra-European migration) serve as examples. However, students are also encouraged to bring their own data.

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/BF2/BG2: Forschungs- und Anwendungs­techniken - Intensive longitudinal methods (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS will be contacted by the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de) via mail to indicate their course preferences.

NON-PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS may solely attend if (a) places are left (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the docent approves participation. For applications please contact the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de).
Literatur:
 
 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.
Bolger, N., & Laurenceau, J.-P. (2013). Intensive longitudinal methods: An introduction to diary and experience sampling research. New York: Guilford Press.
Mehl, M. R., & Conner, T. S. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of research methods for studying daily life. New York, NY: Guildford Press.
Lektor(en):
Sabine Sonnentag
Beschreibung:
Intensive longitudinal studies (e.g., quantitative diary methods, experience-sampling methods) receive increasing attention within the social sciences. Although increasingly popular in psychology, but they offer also many options for researchers in sociology and the political sciencies. In essence, Intensive longitudinal methods allow for „capturing life as it is lived” (Bolger, Davis, Rafaeli, 2003, p. 579) and thereby they overcome retrospective bias and other limitations of other survey methods. Importantly, multiple assessments allow for modeling changes in affect, attitude, and behavior over time courses.
 
In this course I will give an overview of the nature of intensive longitudinal methods, the research options they offer, as well as potential problems and challenges. We will discuss how to design empirical studies that use intensive longitudinal methods and will provide conceptual information about how to analyze the data (however, this course will not give an in-depth introduction in multi-level modeling. We will also address the question how interventions can be implemented with this method.
AC1/BC1: Research and applied methods: Programing in R (Heck) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS will be contacted by the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de) via mail to indicate their course preferences.

NON-PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS may solely attend if (a) places are left (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the professor approves participation. For applications please contact the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de).

For incoming students 2 additional ECTS are available on fulfilment of further course requirements.
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Beschreibung:
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.
CDSS_AC1: Research and Application Techniques ̶ Selected Multivariate Methods (Meiser) Blockseminar (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thorsten Meiser
Beschreibung:
Insgesamt maximal 15 Teilnehmerinnen/Teilnehmer (CDSS und Master zusammen, CDSS-Studierende haben Priorität vor Master-Studierenden) !

The seminar introduces fundamentals and advanced topics in linear structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling, including
  • Principles of Structural Equation Modeling
    • Model equations
    • Parameter estimation and model testing
    • Model specification with Mplus
    • Model applications
  • Advanced Topics in Structural Equation Modeling
    • Modeling continuous and discrete variables
    • Multi-group designs and measurement invariance
    • Mixed structural equation models
    • Structural equation models for longitudinal data
  • Principles of Multilevel Modeling
    • Regression models for hierarchical data structures
    • Equivalence of multilevel and structural equation models
    • Model specification with Mplus
    • Model applications
  • Advanced Topics in Multilevel Modeling
    • Generalized multilevel models
    • Latent growth curve analysis and dynamic predictors
    • Crossed multilevel models
    • Multilevel structural equation models
The course includes theoretical sessions on formal model foundations as well as empirical demonstrations and practical exercises with Mplus. Students have to be familiar with the basics of structural equation modeling and multilevel analysis from introductory Master courses on multivariate statistics.

Sessions:
Friday, 24th March, 9:00-13:00
Friday, 7th April, 9:00-13:00
Friday, 5th May, 9:00-13:00
Friday, 19th May, 9:00-13:00
Friday, 2nd June, 9:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00
Friday, 9th June, 9:00-13:00, 14:00-16:00
AE3: Schwerpunkte der kognitions­psychologischen Forschung: Formale Modellierung kognitiver Prozesse (Kuhlmann) (Seminar, deutsch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
deutsch
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Beschreibung:
Beschreibung:
 
Verhaltensdaten aus kognitiven Aufgaben (z. B. korrekte Antworten in einem Gedächtnistest, Reaktions­zeiten) konfundieren verschiedene kognitive Prozesse (z.B. Nichterinnern aufgrund von Enkodierungs- und/oder Abruf­schwierigkeiten?). Formale Modellierungs­ansätze ermöglichen es, verschiedene an kognitiver Leistung beteiligte Prozesse getrennt zu messen. Ein besonderer Vorteil in der Anwendung solcher Modellierungs­ansätze ergibt sich, wenn die kognitiven Defizite bestimmter Populationen besser verstanden werden sollen. Zum Beispiel ermöglichen diese Methoden eine Unterscheidung zwischen kognitiven Prozessen, die durch eine Pathologie beeinträchtigt sind, und solchen, die trotz Pathologie intakt sind. Daraus ergeben sich Möglichkeiten zur Intervention und Behandlung. In diesem Seminar sollen verschiedene formale Modellierungs­ansätze für kognitive Daten kennengelernt werden und ihre Vorteile in der Anwendung zur Untersuchung verschiedener kognitiver Fragestellungen und besonderer Populationen (z.B. Patienten mit Schizophrenie, ältere Erwachsene mit Alzheimer Demenz) demonstriert werden. Der Fokus liegt dabei auf den psychologischen Inhalten dieser Modelle, nicht auf den mathematischen Details.
AE3: Schwerpunkte der kognitions­psychologischen Forschung (Nadarevic): „Urteilen und Entscheiden“ (Seminar, deutsch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
deutsch
Literatur:
Wird in der Veranstaltung bekanntgegeben.
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Beschreibung:
Inhalt:
Option A oder Option B? Schuldig oder unschuldig? Richtig oder falsch? Menschen müssen tagtäglich viele verschiedene Urteile fällen und Entscheidungen treffen. In diesem Seminar sollen aktuelle kognitions­psychologische Theorien, Modelle und Befunde aus der Urteils- und Entscheidungs­forschung behandelt werden. Dabei erwerben die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer unter anderem einen Überblick zu folgenden Themen: Soziale Urteilstheorie, Urteilsheuristiken und Urteilsfehler, Häufigkeits- und Wahrscheinlichkeits­urteile, Wahrheitsurteile, Moralurteile, Entscheidungen unter Unsicherheit, Entscheidungs­strategien, sowie intuitive und emotions­basierte Entscheidungen. Im Fokus des Seminars stehen dabei aktuelle Publikationen zur Urteils- und Entscheidungs­forschung, die im Rahmen von Referaten vorgestellt werden sollen und anschließend gemeinsam kritisch evaluiert und diskutiert werden sollen. Aufbauend auf diesen kritischen Überlegungen sollen neue Ideen für zukünftige Untersuchungen generiert werden.

Empfohlen für:
Studierende im M.Sc. Psychologie im 2. Fach­semester.

Erworben werden kann:
Leistungs­nachweis gemäß der Prüfungs­ordnung für den Studien­gang M.Sc. Psychologie.

Anmeldung:
Über das Studierenden­portal

Sprechstunde:
Nach Vereinbarung
Introduction to Social Cognitive Neuroscience (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS will be contacted by the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de) via mail to indicate their course preferences.

NON-PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS may solely attend if (a) places are left (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the professor approves participation. For applications please contact the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de).

For incoming students 2 additional ECTS are available on fulfilment of further course requirements.
Lektor(en):
Frank Krüger
Beschreibung:
Introduction to Social Cognitive Neuroscience

            Kategorisierung: Vorlesung | Wahlpflicht­veranstaltung |Master­studium
            Unterrichtssprache: Englisch
            Zahl der SWS: 2
            Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 15-20
            Prüfungs­relevanz/ Anrechnung im Studien­gang: (1) Psychologisches Zusatzfach Soziale Kognitive Neuro­wissenschaften für das Master­programm Psychologie/ Erforderliche Prüfungs­leistung: Klausur (90 min.)
Social cognitive neuroscience is an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding how biological systems implement social processes and behavior and to using biological concepts and methods to inform and refine theories of social processes and behavior. The objective of this lecture is to introduce the basic concepts and methods of social cognitive neuroscience. The lectures address the following topics: methods of social cognitive neuroscience (e.g., electrophysiological methods, functional neuroimaging), evolutionary origins of social intelligence and culture (e.g., evolutionary origins of culture, cultural skills), emotion and motivation (e.g., basic emotions, reward and punishment), reading faces and bodies (e.g., perceiving faces and bodies; joint attention from perception to intention), understanding others (e.g., empathy and theory of mind), interaction with others (e.g., altruism and helping behavior), relations­hips (e.g., attachment, love, rejection), groups and identity (e.g., identify and self-concept; in- and outgroups), morality and antisocial behavior (e.g., social dilemmas, aggression), and social developmental (e.g., social learning during infancy, childhood, and adolescence).
Nebenfach Medienpsychologie: Spezielle Probleme der Medienpsychologie (Seminar, deutsch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
deutsch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Beschreibung:
Im Seminar werden theoretische Ansätze und empirische Forschungs­ergebnisse der Medienpsychologie zu klassischen Informations- und Unterhaltungs­medien, gerne aber auch zu Internetportalen oder zum Social Web im Rahmen empirischer Projekt­studien vertieft. Nach einer Einführung werden in Arbeits­gruppen zu einer selbst gewählten Fragestellung nach Sichtung des Forschungs­standes Hypothesen hergeleitet. Zu deren Über­prüfung wird ein experimentelles Untesuchungs­design entwickelt und im Rahmen einer Online-Erhebung mit dem Umfragetool UniPark (EFS Survery) durchgeführt. Die erhobenen Daten werden statistisch (SPSS) ausgewertet und im Lichte der Hypothesen interpretiert. Bei der abschließenden Sitzung werden in einem Forschungs­workshop (in Analogie zu einer Fach­konferenz) die Ergebnisse präsentiert und gemeinsam diskutiert.

Anmeldung:
über das Portal

Kontakt:
mangold@hdm-stuttgart.de
Neuropsychopharmakologie (Seminar, deutsch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
deutsch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
  • American Psychiatric Association: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. DSM-5, 2013
  • Benkert, O. & Hippius, H. Kompendium der Psychiatrischen Pharmakotherapie, (8. Auflage). Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2011
  • Benkert, O. Psychopharmaka. Medikamente-Wirkung-Risiken. München: Verlag C.H.Beck. 5., überarbeitete u. aktualisierte Auflage 2009
  • Brunton, L.L, Chabner, B.A. Knollmann, B.C. (eds.): Goodman and  Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics. McGraw-Hill.  11th  Edition, 2006
  • Dellas, C. Kurzlehr­buch Pharmakologie. München: Elsevier- Urban & Fischer. 2014
  • Riederer, P. & Laux, G. Grundlagen der Neuropsychopharmakologie. Wien New York: Springer, 2010.
  • Tretter, F. & Albus, M. Einführung in die Psychopharmakatherapie. Stuttgart: Georg Thieme Verlag, 2004
Lektor(en):
Georg Alpers
Beschreibung:
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