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Sozial­wissenschaften - Bachelor (englisch)

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.

HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen II: Pork-barrel Politics, Ethnic Favoritism, Political Business Cycles, and Urban Bias? Studying The Political Economy of Development (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
In this course, we will engage with contemporary research on the intersection of democratic and economic development in new democracies, with a particular focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. We will both investigate in what way governments use economic policies for electoral gains and the effect that electoral competition has on economic development. The main goal of the course is to think critically about a set of substantive questions and to engage in up-to date research on politics in new democracies. Why types of voters do governments seek to favor with economic policies, and why? What is the effect of democratization on economic development and the wellbeing of citizens in new democracies? We will engage with a range of concepts, such as urban bias, political business cycles, ethnic favoritism, clientelism, or pork-barrel politics.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen II: Resistance and Repression in Soviet and Post-Soviet Space (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Learning outcomes:
  • Students gain an overview of the most important theories and methods to understand resistance and repression.
  • They critique theories and methods and apply them to various cases from the Soviet and Post-Soviet space.
  • They know the most important datasets and sources to analyze resistance and repression.
  • Students develop their own research question and learn to answer this question with a suitable research design in their final paper written according to scientific standards.
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
To study resistance and repression at the example of the Soviet and Post-Soviet space, we use the most important theories and methods from the literature on mobilization, contentious politics, and political violence. This allows us to answer the following questions: Under what conditions does low level resistance turn into large scale protest? How can we explain the diffusion of resistance and protest? How do states react to resistance? How does repression affect the escalation of protests? We study how processes of mobilization and demobilization are interconnected and how variation across the Soviet and Post-Soviet space can be explained. Cases include among others resistance and repression in the GDR, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Russia.
Students gain a critical understanding of the theories and key methods in the field as the course integrates theoretical discussions with practical sessions on research design. Students are introduced to the relevant datasets and sources. This seminar aims to prepare students intensively for writing their final paper and is taught in English.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen II: What works why, how and when? Assessing the Effectiveness of Foreign Aid and Democracy Promotion (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
This course will engage with political aspects of foreign aid and the promotion of `good governance’. The course will explore empirical research on the political consequences of foreign aid and the conditions under which aid can have the desired effects. The main goal of the course is to think critically about a set of substantive questions and to engage in up-to date research on the consequences of foreign aid and democracy promotion. Does aid help recipient states build capacities? Or does aid act like a source of unearned income? How effective is democracy promotion? Can international election observers assure the quality of elections? What are policy instruments which have shown to effectively promote `good governance’ ?
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen II: Differentiated European Integration (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Short description: While we can easily make a list of the member states of the European Union (EU), formal membership tells us increasingly little about where the rules, rights, and obligations of the Union apply. The common currency and the Schengen free travel area do not include all member states. Countries such as Norway and Switzerland are not members of the Union but participate to varying degrees in its market and policies. The United Kingdom seeks to maintain selective participation in the EU’s market despite its intention to give up formal EU membership. This course surveys the academic debate about the origins of these patterns of “differentiated integration” and their consequences for the way EU institutions work and for the future of the EU more generally.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Politischen Soziologie I: Political satire and democratic politics (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Beschreibung:
The humorous depiction of politics belongs to one of the most popular formats in media outlets all over the world. Not surprisingly, a critical mass of scholarship has already examined the relations­hip between political comedy and its effects on the audience, thereby focusing on the interplay between information processing and learning effects as well as on the effects of political comedy on democratic outcomes. Our seminar will look into the specific research field of political satire. It will cover the phenomenology of political satire including definitions and objects of study. A second focus will be on the consequences of political satire for political attitudes and behavior. We will review recent empirical studies and debates on the divergent effects of political satire and we will discuss the role of political satire nowadays.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Politischen Soziologie I: Public Opinion, Political Participation, and the Welfare State (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Literature:

Kumlin, Staffan and Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffan (eds). 2014. How Welfare States Shape the Democratic Public: Policy Feedback, Participation, and Attitudes. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Svallfors, Stefan (ed). 2007. The Political Sociology and the Welfare State: Institutions, Social Cleavages, and Orientations. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
Lektor(en):
Harald Schoen
Beschreibung:
Attention: 
Please note that this course will follow a „block seminar“ format (i.e., fewer but longer sessions). Dates and times to follow.

Description:
  This undergraduate seminar examines how the welfare state shapes citizen attitudes and political participation. Not only will we study how social policies, their design, and administration can influence public opinion – such as preferences for redistribution, policy attitudes, or immigration – but we will also investigate how different welfare state contexts influence levels and types of political participation as well as political equality.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre I: Social Choice (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Paper.
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger , Anna-Sophie Kurella
Beschreibung:
How can a group of individuals arrive at the best decision? Does the choice of how to choose affect the quality of the choice itself? What is the right action after all? These are hard, but important questions for political scientists and this seminar is going to explore them. To begin with we will study the basics of social choice theory like preference profiles and aggregation rules in order to understand and discuss important results of the theory and their implications for democratic decision making. Amongst others we will discuss the Condorcet paradox, as well as the theorems of Arrow and Gibbard-Satterthwaite. These theorems suggest that in many situations there is no `best' decision that satisfies all group members and meets certain democratic standards. Thus we have to ask how political institutions can nevertheless legitimate their decisions. This will be the starting point for seminar discussions of democratic decision making processes and criteria of legitimacy. Concluding we will take a look at real world implementations of various decision rules (e.g. in national elections) and discuss them with reference to the theoretical concepts we developed in the first part of the seminar.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre I: Analyzing a Political System in Transformation: Turkish Politics under the AKP (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:
In recent years the political system of Turkey has experienced severe changes. Since the AK party came into power in 2002, the former multi-party system has shifted towards a system with only one dominant political party. Moreover, the constitutional referendum of 2017 has completed the institutional change from a parliamentary to a presidential type of government. Lastly, the repressive reactions from the Turkish government after the failed coup d’état of 2016 have moved the political regime closer to an illiberal “competitive authoritarianism”, which has significantly reduced the country’s chances of accession to the European Union.

In this seminar, we will try to understand and analyze those developments from different perspectives. In the first part, the focus is on the historical development of the Turkish Republic, its transition to democracy and its institutional restructurings after several military interventions in the second half of the 20th century. At that point, we will also discuss central features of Turkish society and politics, such as Kemalism and nationalism, the role of religion, minorities, media and the military, as well as the Kurdish question and the EU accession process. In the second part of the course, we will make use of the comparative politics toolbox to analyze different features of Turkey’s contemporary political system such as its regime type and form of government, the electoral and party systems, as well as the political culture and voting behavior of Turkish citizens.

Overall, the aim of this course is to connect theoretical concepts of comparative politics to a particular case (Turkey) that offers a rich (recent) history of institutional changes and exciting developments. The participating students will learn to apply these analytical tools but will also develop a deeper understanding for current issues of Turkish politics. For that purpose, students are asked to prepare weekly readings and one oral presentation during the semester (Studien­leistung). After the last session, students write a literature review or conduct an empirical study answering a research question connected to the topics discussed in class (Prüfungs­leistung).
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre I: The Political Economy of Natural Resources: Curse or Blessing? (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Students learn to engage with a body of literature that spans multiple disciplines, theoretical as well as methodological approaches. As the topic is geo-political in nature, students learn how to connect issues of contemporary world politics to contributions in the academic literature and derive specific policy recommendations. Lastly, students learn how to come up with interesting research questions on their own and hot to design a research project to answer these questions.
Literatur:
TBA
Prüfungs­leistung:
At the end of the seminar students are expected to write an essay („schriftliche Hausarbeit“) that outlines an original research question and a research design intended to provide answers to the question.
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger
Beschreibung:
This course introduces the study of the political and economic consequences of natural resources using a political economy approach. Theories introduced in the course utilize concepts from micro-, macroeconomics and public choice but the focus will be on understanding their intuition rather than technical details. Topics that we will explore in connection to natural resources include institutions in democratic and authoritarian politics, political accountability, transparency, public goods provision, corruption and conflict. Students will also be introduced in the latest empirical approaches to testing theories of consequences of natural resources. There are no prerequisites in terms of knowledge of economics or political-economy.
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Gender and Policy in Comparative Perspective (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Seminar paper
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger , Britt Louisa Bolin
Beschreibung:
This course will examine the topic of gender from a comparative perspective, encompassing both the political and economic spheres. Topics will include female representation in the private and public sectors, female leadership and the “gender gap,” the effects of policies such as quotas, as well as the barriers preventing gender parity. The course literature will primarily focus on empirical research in the field of gender studies. Examples will come from various world regions and time periods in order to analyze similarities and differences across cases. There are no prerequisites for this course.
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Political systems, parties and citizens: a comparative perspective (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:
In this course, we will focus on the relations­hip between institutional arrangements, political elites and citizens. Specifically, we will examine major themes such as political regimes, presidential versus parliamentary systems, parties, political participation and electoral systems. Theoretical and methodological issues will be discussed in class in a way that students will be able to analyze how political scientists answered relevant research questions by using comparison as a method of inquiry. Students will develop skills to assess some of the most important debates in Comparative Politics.
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Origins and Economic Consequences of Authoritarianism (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Students learn to engage analytically with a body of literature through active reading and writing an analytical short essays about a research question from the readings. Substantively, students are introduced to state-of-the art theories on authoritarian politics and evidence from large-n and case studies.
Literatur:
TBA
Prüfungs­leistung:

At the end of the seminar students are expected to write an analytical essay („schriftliche Hausarbeit“) on a question provided either by the course instructor or chosen by the student (tba). The central goal of this exercise is to test the understanding how a certain argument in from the readings addresses a research question and the ability to identify shortcomings in the argument.
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger
Beschreibung:
From a historical perspective, governments have been predominantly of authoritarian form. Even after the spread of democracy in the second half of the twentieth century, around 40% of governments hosting half of the human population still feature authoritarian characteristics today. Understanding the conceptual difference between authoritarianism and democracy. between different forms of authoritarian government, as well as their origins and consequences is thus of paramount importance to a comprehensive study of comparative politics.

This course introduces students to the politics of authoritarian rule from an economic perspective. The course addresses two central questions: 1) Which actors, incentives and institutions cause a stable authoritarian regime? 2) What are their consequences to the organization of economic activity? The course is structured in two parts which approach the questions and material thematically. We start by discussing the conceptual difference between authoritarian and democratic regimes and progress to a discussion of the fundamental dilemma of dictatorships. We then discuss how problems of information and collective action influence this dilemma and the corresponding role of institutions in authoritarian regimes. The first part concludes by covering two interrelated tensions that drive authoritarian rule: the conflict of redistribution and the natural resource curse. The second part covers implications of authoritarian rule for the organization of economic activity. We discuss how authoritarian rule affects drivers and barriers of economic development such as property rights, foreign direct investment, patronage and repression. We conclude the course by touching on the question under which economic conditions transition to democracy occurs.
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Communist and Post-Communist Russia - Regime Persistence and Regime Change (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:
With the upcoming 2018 presidential elections and the FIFA World Cup, the world’s eyes are on Russia. Zooming out from these particular events and situating them in their context, this course takes a long-term perspective on the country. Starting with Russia’s communist past, the course will address explanations of authoritarian persistence. In the second part, theories of democratization will be introduced and applied to the case of Russia. The last part deals with Russia’s return to autocracy.
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Political actors and institutions in European democracies (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:

This course introduces students to the major questions and the main theoretical concepts in comparative politics. Based on an introductory overview of the key political actors and institutions in European democracies, students examine research questions concerning i) the origins and characteristic features of political parties and European party systems, ii) different forms of executive-legislative relations, and iii) the making and breaking of multiparty governments. Other topics include iv) the politics of elections and electoral systems and v) the origins and consequences of institutional veto players. Throughout the course, students also learn about recent scholarly contributions and the relevant data sets. This provides them with plenty of opportunities to conduct their own preliminary analyses and develop first ideas for their term paper.

PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Latin American Politics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marcela Ibáñez de Foerster
Beschreibung:
This course seeks to introduce students to the central questions and puzzles of Latin American politics. We will focus on contemporary issues prevalent in the region such as political instability, authoritarianism, democratization, social inequality, organized crime and violence. Some of the question that we will address during the course are: What have been the causes and consequences of authoritarianism in the region? Why are some countries more ’democratic’? Why has the military been so crucial in Latin American politics? What role do organized crime organizations play in the political arena? What explains past and present political violence in the region? We will approach these questions from a comparative perspective to analyze and understand crucial historic events that have shaped the current notion of state and democracy in the region. In order to achieve this, we will proceed from an overview of the region as a whole followed by a detailed analysis of the political development of five country case studies.
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: International Development and Democracy (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
The course introduces students to current issues in international development. The first part introduces concepts of poverty and a general overview of development theories. Why are some nations rich and others poor? What do we understand as poverty? The next section concentrates on economic development and foreign aid. Who are the main actors in international development? What are their interests and strategies? How effective is foreign aid? Finally, we take an institution-centered perspective. Are some institutions better at promoting development? What role does democracy play for stability and development?
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: The Politics of Free Speech and Censorship (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Richard Traunmüller , Thomas Bräuninger
Beschreibung:
To openly express one’s views is the most fundamental right in any liberal democracy. But even this right has its limits when acts of speech become harmful and impinge upon the dignity and rights of others. As a result of this basic tension, the questions of what we are allowed to say as well as how public discourse should be regulated are highly contested (as exemplified by recent debates over “political correctness” and “hate speech”). The question is especially pertinent under globalized conditions of increasing social and cultural diversity and unprecedented levels of communication facilitated by the digital revolution. The aim of this course is to discuss several studies that look at the politics of free speech and censorship from an empirical perspective: what are citizens’ opinions and preferences over these issues, how do states actually regulate free speech and what are the effects of this regulation? Next to substantive discussion the course will place great emphasis on the practice of quantitative political research and provide ample space for students’ projects.
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Data Analysis for Political Scientists”
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
The excercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
The excercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen I: Quantitative Methods in International Relations (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Beschreibung:
Course description:
This course is intended to expand the knowledge of undergraduate students to quantitative methods used for research in the field of International Relations. The goal is to equip students with the skills necessary to write a successful BA thesis and to train them to do so using the statistical package STATA. The course provides a short wrap up of the data analysis courses of previous semesters (data management, descriptive statistics, etc.) and teaches advanced techniques for dealing with continuous, binary, and count variables, as well as regression diagnostics.

A good working knowledge of statistics is a prerequisite for successful participation in the class.

Registration: via Student Portal 2
Office hours: to be determined
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen I: Quantitative Methods in International Relations (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Beschreibung:
Course description: This course is intended to expand the knowledge of undergraduate students to quantitative methods used for research in the field of International Relations. The goal is to equip students with the skills necessary to write a successful BA thesis and to train them to do so using the statistical package STATA. The course provides a short wrap up of the data analysis courses of previous semesters (data management, descriptive statistics, etc.) and teaches advanced techniques for dealing with continuous, binary, and count variables, as well as regression diagnostics.

A good working knowledge of statistics is a prerequisite for successful participation in the class.

Registration: via Student Portal 2
Office hours: to be determined
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen I: Quantitative Methods in International Relations (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Beschreibung:
Course description:
This course is intended to expand the knowledge of undergraduate students to quantitative methods used for research in the field of International Relations. The goal is to equip students with the skills necessary to write a successful BA thesis and to train them to do so using the statistical package STATA. The course provides a short wrap up of the data analysis courses of previous semesters (data management, descriptive statistics, etc.) and teaches advanced techniques for dealing with continuous, binary, and count variables, as well as regression diagnostics.

A good working knowledge of statistics is a prerequisite for successful participation in the class.

Registration: via Student Portal 2
Office hours: to be determined
Ü Methoden der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre II: What do Actors Want? Preference Attainment for Voters, Politicians and Institutions (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:

Whether to predict or assess success, power, influence or simply conflict, knowing preferences of actors is vital for understanding political processes. Whether in International Relations or Comparative Politics, knowing what actors get in contrast to what they want is often a necessity.
Yet preference attainment is notoriously difficult. How can we quantify wishes and positions?  This course addresses methods, data sources and problems connected with knowing what actors want. It covers spatial models of politics as well as means of acquiring and scaling data using surveys, roll calls and verbal statements.
VL Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre II: Regime Types (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
How do different political regimes arise and change? This course will look at the different regime types in the world, their definitions, historical roots and  evolution. Some of the main readings in political science on authoritarian breakdowns and democratic transitions will be onsidered. Emphasis is on concepts and arguments, not on memorizing mechanical facts.

Professor Marinov will only respond to emails about readings other matters pertaining to the course if the question concerns information not already covered in class. Thus, if you have not been in class, and are asking a question that we covered in class, I cannot offer a response by email. I will make sure to take all student questions before and after the beginning of each class. There are office hours for those who wish to speak to to me outside of class - check the syllabus and my door.
VL Datenauswertung (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Kellstedt, P. & G. Whitten. 2009. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lewis-Beck, M. 1980. Applied Regression: An Introduction. London: Sage.
Agresti, A. & Finlay, B. 2008. Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences, 4th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
Pollock, P.H. 2009. The Essentials of Political Analysis. 3rd ed. Washington DC: CQ Press.
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
Statistical skills are essential for students of any empirically oriented social science. In the study of political science an understanding of statistical data analysis is necessary not only for conducting analysis, but also for understanding a significant proportion of the empirical political science literature. This course is an introduction to data analysis in empirical political research. We will introduce the basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata. The course aims to provide students with an appreciation of what good statistical analysis can achieve, how to use statistical methods appropriately and with confidence and how to interpret the results produced by those methods clearly and correctly.

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.

HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Comparative Criminal Justice (instructed by Aminta Moses, Bloomington) (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Sociology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for other exchange students within the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology).
Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Sociology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Sociology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation.
For further questions, please contact: int-soc@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lernziel:

Most of our time in this class will be spent reading and discussing theoretical issues. A solid grounding in theory is essential to understanding current empirical problems, thus we will spend much of this course working through different theoretical perspectives regarding justice, crime, and punishment before returning to the concrete, applying those perspectives to empirical issues in “criminal justice.”.

Literatur:
Readings come from required books as well as journal articles and book chapters available on ILIAS. There are required readings for each week.

Required books:
  • Berger, Peter, and Thomas Luckmann. 1966. The Social Construction of Knowledge: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. Soho: Open Road Media.
  • Black, Donald. 2010. The Behavior of Law. Emerald Group Publishing.
  • Black, Donald. 1989. Sociological Justice. Oxford University Press.
  • Garland, David. 2012. Punishment and Modern Society. University of Chicago Press.
  • Alexander, Michelle. 2012. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The New Press.
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gautschi
Beschreibung:
What is justice? How do we punish, why do we punish, and who do we punish? This course will analyze the United States’ notions of criminal justice in conversation with a comparative study of international criminal justice systems. Using international declarations such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we will attempt to understand comparative notions of morality and fairness while discussing topics such as the death penalty, incarceration, criminal courts, and social inequality. Further exploration will be made on specific issues, such as race, national origin, and gender in informing our ideas about the rights of those accused of a crime and the obligations of those responsible for ad­ministering criminal sanctions. For example, the unique racial climate of the United States plays a certain and devastating role in the administration of justice but many European nations have a similarly, if not equally, tumultuous relations­hip with marginalized racial and ethnic groups. This consideration will lead us to answer questions such as, how do criminal justice systems worldwide operate to increase social inequality with regard to race, gender, social class, and other designations, if at all? Does the law on the books mirror reality? Do different groups experience justice in different ways?  How does the unique history of a country shape its criminal justice policies? We will take a critical view of foundational and contemporary sociological theory to determine who is “left out” of distributions of justice.
PS Proseminar Soziologie - Social Stratification (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Sociology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for other exchange students within the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology).
Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Sociology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Sociology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation.
For further questions, please contact: int-soc@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lektor(en):
Marcel Raab
Beschreibung:
Social Stratification

The analysis of social stratification and inequality has a long and rich history and continues to be a core topic in sociological inquiry. This seminar introduces students to recent research in the field of social stratification in modern western societies. The goals of the course are to understand the structure of social inequalities with respect to education, employment, income or health and to understand the role played by factors such as parental background, ethnicity and gender.
ÜK Aktuelle Forschungs­themen. Introduction to Economic Sociology (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Sociology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for other exchange students within the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology). Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Sociology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Sociology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation.
For further questions, please contact: int-soc@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
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 organizations, 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 Soviet Socialism to global capitalism, from Broadway musical productions to garment factories in the Dominican Republic 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 ask how economic 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 a sociological understanding of markets, organizations, innovation, and the division of labor, as well as of design strategies for studying these topics empirically.
ÜK Aktuelle Forschungs­themen: Welfare State, Work and Family - Analyses with the European Social Survey (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Sociology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for other exchange students within the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology). Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.

Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Sociology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Sociology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation.
For further questions, please contact: int-soc@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Preparatory literature and online sources:

Snijders, Tom A. B. und Roel J. Bosker. 2011. Multilevel Analysis: An Introduction To Basic And Advanced Multilevel Modeling, 2nd Revised edition. ed. Sage Publications, Los Angeles.
European Social Survey (ESS): http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/
ESS Key & Topline Findings: http://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/essresources/findings.html
Lektor(en):
Katja Hanna Helene Möhring
Beschreibung:
Description:
Working life and family arrangements in European societies are in change: employment histories become more flexible, the labour market participation of women and mothers is rising, and an increasing number of older people continue working beyond retirement age. These developments have implications for the financial and subjective well-being of individuals. As a consequence, new challenges for welfare states arise to secure the well-being, income, working conditions, and work-life-balance of their citizens. Labour market, family, and pension policies as well as cultural norms and economic and structural conditions play an important role in this context.
The course will address the relations­hips between individuals’ employment, family life, and well-being on the one hand, and welfare state policies, and structural and cultural characteristics on the other hand. The main focus will be on the realisation of an own empirical analysis with data of the European Social Survey (ESS). Therefore, we will learn the statistical technique of multilevel modelling which is necessary to analyse international survey data.
The course will be taught as compact seminar on four days in January 2018 (dates tba). A preparatory meeting will take place in the first week of October 2017. The course is a good preparation for students who plan to write their Bachelor thesis using the ESS or similar comparative survey data. Participants of the course are required to have prior knowledge of data management and multivariate analyses with Stata (e.g. OLS regression with the regress command).
ÜK Spezielle Soziologie: Introduction to the Sociology of Professions and Sciences (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Sociology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for other exchange students within the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology). Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Sociology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Sociology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation.
For further questions, please contact: int-soc@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Experts shape everyday life with arcane knowledge that the public has no full understanding of, and consequentially cannot control. We still trust lawyers with our legal affairs, medical doctors with our health, we share our mental problems with psychologists, and let politicians, bureaucrats and economists run the state, the market and other public institutions. And many regard them highly for providing these services. Then there are all those professionals we hardly have a sense of at all, such as systems biologists, who fight diseases, nuclear physicist, who ensure safe energy supply, and finally, the scientists who receive public funding and work with no immediate impact on society, such as sociology. This course uncovers organizational arrangements and social mechanisms that undergird these and other instance of expert knowledge production and application as a way of asking how abstract expertise shapes public and private life. Throughout the course we consider historical dynamics, public and peer control of the learned professions and the collective definition of thought communities. We study these mechanisms and processes in substantive case studies, including the design of the German research university and its American imitators, the AIDS epidemic and its controversies, the financial crisis, and the failure of common social policy in the EU, among others. Finally, we apply the conceptual tools to today’s digital transformation toward large-scale data processing and Artificial Intelligence. This course aims to deepen our understanding of the division of labor and to identify strategies for making expert knowledge more robust and useful.
VL Allgemeine Soziologie: „Organizational Theory“ (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Sociology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for other exchange students within the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology).
Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Sociology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Sociology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation.
For further questions, please contact: int-soc@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lektor(en):
Henning Hillmann
Beschreibung:
This lecture class will explore recent social science research that seeks to explain variation in organizational behavior and development. We will consider a variety of research questions that tap into both formal and informal ways of organizing: what kinds of institutions are necessary to make economic organization work? Where do such institutions come from? Why do we observe very different outcomes across contexts even though they share the same market-supporting institutions? Why do
some organizations survive even though they face the most unfavorable environments? How do conditions at the time of an organization's birth shape its development? To address these and further questions, we will rely both on recent theoretical advances and on empirical studies in a various settings.

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.

F3: Ausgewählte Probleme der Allgemeinen Psychologie I: Hindsight Bias (Blank) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Information for exchange students:
Courses in Psychology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Psychology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation. For further questions, please contact: int-psy@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Beschreibung:
Ausgewählte Probleme der Allgemeinen Psychologie I: Rückschau und Rückschaufehler
Unser ganzes Leben lang blicken wir (immer mal wieder) zurück: auf Ereignisse, unser Leben, was wir früher geglaubt und gesagt haben. Diese Rückschau unterscheidet sich oft markant von der Vorschau auf dieselben Dinge. In der Veranstaltung wird dieses Phänomen sowie seine Auswirkungen auf andere psychologische Prozesse wie Urteilen und Lernen umfassend behandelt, meist anhand von Originalarbeiten aus der einschlägigen Literatur. Folgende Fragen werden (u.a.) diskutiert (wenn auch nicht notwendigerweise vollständig beantwortet): Welche Formen nimmt der Rückschaufehler an, welche kognitiven, sozial-motivationalen und Persönlichkeits­prozesse sind beteiligt, und welche praktischen Auswirkungen hat der Rückschaufehler?
 
Selected Problems in Cognitive Psychology I: hindsight and hindsight bias
Our whole lives we (every once in a while) look back: on events, our lives, what we believed and said earlier. This hindsight perspective often differs markedly from the foresight perspective on those same things. The seminar comprehensively covers this phenomenon as well as its consequences on other psychological processes, e.g. judgement and learning, mostly on the basis of relevant original research papers. The following questions are discussed (if not necessarily answered completely): What forms does hindsight bias take on, which cognitive, social-motivational and personality processes are involved, and what are the practical consequences of hindsight bias?
F3: Ausgewählte Probleme der Allgemeinen Psychologie I: Theory of mind (Bernstein engl.) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
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).

For incoming students 2 additional ECTS are available on fulfilment of further course requirements.
Literatur:
Miller, S.A. (2012). Theory of mind: Beyond the preschool years. New York: Psychology Press.
Apperly, I. (2011). Mindreaders: The cognitive basis of theory of mind. New York: Psychology Press.

Additionally, there are journal articles, to be assigned closer to the start of class.
individual articles will be available through University of Mannheim’s library. Students are responsible for reading the assigned articles prior to class.  It is strongly recommended that you bring the weekly journal article(s) to class with you.
 
 
Baron-Cohen, S., Leslie, A.M., & Frith, U., (1985). Does the autistic child have a “theory of mind?” Cognition, 21, 37-46. doi:10.1016/0010-0277(85)90022-8
Birch, S. A. J., & Bloom, P. (2007). The curse of knowledge in reasoning about false beliefs. Psychological Science, 18, 382-386. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01909.x
Carlson, S. M. (2005). Developmentally sensitive measures of executive function in preschool children. Developmental Neuropsychology, 28, 595–616.
 
Csibra, G., & Gergely, G. (2009). Natural pedagogy. Trends in Cognitive
Sciences, 13(4), 148-153.
 
Call, J., & Tomasello, M. (2008). Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind? 30
years later. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(5), 187-192.
 
Frith, C. D., & Frith, U. (2008). Implicit and Explicit Processes in Social Cognition.
Neuron, 60(3), 503-510.
 
Henry, J. D., Phillips, L. H., Ruffman, T., & Bailey, P. E. (2013). A meta-analytic review of age differences in theory of mind. Psychology and Aging, 28, 826-839. doi: 2012-34904-001
Keysar, B., Lin, S., & Barr, D. J. (2003).  Limits on theory of mind use in adults.  Cognition, 89, 25–41. doi: 10.1016/S0010-0277(03)00064-7
Kovacs, A.M., Teglas, E., & Endress, A.D. (2010). The social sense: Susceptibility to others’ beliefs in human infants and adults. Science, 330, 1830-1834.
 
Moran, J. M. Lifespan development: The effects of typical aging on theory of mind.
Behavioral Brain Research, 237, 32-40
 
Onishi, K. H., & Baillargeon, R. (2005). Do 15-month-old infants understand false
beliefs? Science, 308(5719), 255-258.
 
 
Premack, D. & Woodruff, G. (1978). Does the chimpanzee have a theory of mind? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 1, 515–526.
 
Rakoczy, H., Harder-Kasten, A., & Sturm, L. (2012). The decline of theory of mind in old age is (partly) mediated by developmental changes in domain-general abilities. British Journal of Psychology, 103, 58–72. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2011.02040.x
 
Schaafsma, S.M., Pfaff, D.W., Spunt, R.P., & Adolphs, R. (2015). Deconstructing and reconstructing “Theory of Mind”. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 19, 65–72.
 
Senju, A., Southgate, V., White, S., & Frith, U. (2009). Mindblind eyes: An absence of
spontaneous theory of mind in asperger syndrome. Science, 325(5942),
883-885.
 
Sommerville, J.A., Bernstein, D.M., & Meltzoff, A.N. (2013). Measuring false belief in centimeters: Adults and children fail to suppress privileged knowledge on a novel change-of-location task. Child Development, 84, 1846-1854. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12110
Wimmer, H. & Perner, J. (1983). Beliefs about beliefs: Representation and
constraining function of wrong beliefs in young children's understanding of
deception. Cognition, 13(1), 103–128.
 
Wellman, H.M., Cross, D, & Watson, J. (2001). Meta-analysis of theory-of-mind development: The truth about false belief. Child Development, 72, 655-684. doi: 10.1111/1467-8624.00304
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Beschreibung:
Theory of mind permits us to communicate and empathize through our assessment of what others know and feel. Yet, our own knowledge and feelings often limit our ability to take another’s perspective, or know how another feels. Our own knowledge can also limit our ability to recognize our own prior ignorance. These errors occur frequently in children, but also in adults. In this seminar, we will explore theory of mind from infancy to old age, and will discuss theory of mind in other animals. Fusing developmental, cognitive, and learning sciences, this research can benefit researchers, teachers, students, policy makers and parents.
H2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Biologischen Psychologie: Neurobiology of Trust (Krüger) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Information for exchange students:
Courses in Psychology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Psychology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation. For further questions, please contact: int-psy@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
For incoming students 2 additional ECTS are available on fulfilment of further course requirements.
Lektor(en):
Georg Alpers
Beschreibung:
Trust is among the most important factors in human life. Present to some degree in all human interaction, it encompasses almost all domains of society and plays, for example, a key role in economic exchange and politics. Although behavioral research has revealed several insights into the nature of trust (including its antecedents and consequences), recent research has begun to study this topic from a neurobiological perspective to gain a deeper understanding. The seminar provides an inter-disciplinary exploration of those neurobiological investigations into trust that have been performed on different levels of analysis: genes, endocrinology, and brain. The seminar further explores impairment of trust due to brain disorders or psychopathologies, including social anxiety disorder, ADHD, major depressive disorder, psychosis, and borderline personality disorder.
J2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Differentiellen Psychologie: Interindividual Differences in Social Motives (Gebauer) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Information for exchange students:
Courses in Psychology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Apart from the regular 2 ECTS-points, it is possible to receive 2 extra ECTS-points for additional work in this course (paper/essay). Please discuss option this with the lecturer during the first weeks.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Psychology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation. For further questions, please contact: int-psy@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Literatur:
References will be given during the course
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Beschreibung:
According to the standard social science model (SSSM; Pinker, 2002; Tooby & Cosmides, 1992) all social sciences share a foundational assumption―namely, that human beings internalize the social norms in their ambient sociocultural context. Put more plainly, people apparently think, feel, and act in ways consistent with the people around them. In this seminar we take a personality perspective on the SSSM and we critically ask: Is it really true that *all* human beings internalize the social norms in their ambient sociocultural context? Or may there also be human beings who do just the opposite―human beings who are motivated to think, feel, and act in opposite ways to the people around them. More broadly, then, we ask: Does personality qualify the SSSM? In examining this issue we focus on the following personality traits: need for uniqueness, preference for consistency, personal need for structure, self-consciousness, right wing authoritarianism, compliance, self-monitoring, autonomy, individualism, independent self-construal, agency and communion, and openness and agreeableness.
J2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Differentiellen Psychologie: Self concept (Gebauer) (Blockseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Blockseminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Information for exchange students:
Courses in Psychology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Apart from the regular 2 ECTS-points, it is possible to receive 2 extra ECTS-points for additional work in this course (paper/essay). Please discuss option this with the lecturer during the first weeks.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Psychology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation. For further questions, please contact: int-psy@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Literatur:
References will be given during the course
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Beschreibung:
Who am I? People differ in their personal answer to this question. In other words, people differ in their self-concepts. The self-concept can be described by its content and by its valance. The two broadest content dimensions of the self-concept are agency (competence, dominance, drive) and communion (prosociality, trustworthiness, warmth). The self-concept’s focal valence dimension is self-esteem. We will learn about the motivational properties of the agency, communion, and self-esteem dimensions, their evolutionary functions, and their importance for predicting thought, feeling, and behavior.
M2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Arbeits- und Organisations­psychologie II - Stress and Health (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Information for exchange students:
Courses in Psychology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Psychology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation. For further questions, please contact: int-psy@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Literatur:
Basic Literature:  Landy, F.L., & Conte, J.M. (2013.) Work in the 21st century. An introduction to industrial and organizational psychology (4 ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell
Further reading list will be provided during the first course meeting.
Lektor(en):
Sabine Sonnentag
Beschreibung:
Employees in different occupations experience stress in their work, for example, administrative workers, salespersons, and flight attendants. Employees who suffer from stress are at risk of health problems, and stress has also negative consequences for organizations and for the society. Therefore, stress and health management is receiving more and more attention in organizations, and health insurance companies offer their insured employees programs to deal with stress and stay in good health. In this seminar, we will read and discuss the antecedents and consequences of stress, its' effects of health, and possible interventions.
O2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Markt- und Werbepsychologie II: Consumer Judgment and Decision making (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Information for exchange students:
Courses in Psychology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Psychology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation. For further questions, please contact: int-psy@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.

4 ECTS
Lektor(en):
Michaela Wänke
Beschreibung:
Consumer Judgment and Decision making
P2: Schwerpunkte der Klinischen Psychologie: Cross-cultural psychology (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Information for exchange students:
Courses in Psychology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Psychology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation. For further questions, please contact: int-psy@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lektor(en):
Georg Alpers
Beschreibung:

A big line of research is focusing on broadening the conceptualization of culture in psychology, considering its many forms, such as socioeconomic status, religion, and region. The impact of cultural issues on clinical psychology in recent years has been so extensive that multiculturalism is being identified as a defining issue of the current era of psychology. All the changes in the social behavior, gender behavior, personality traits, emotion expression, thinking styles and cognition influence the work of clinical psychologists worldwide. In this seminar, the complex challenges of cultural influences in the area of clinical psychology will be discussed and evaluated. This seminar will focus on theoretical perspectives that shape current cross-cultural psychology. Questions related to what is universal and what is culture-specific will be answered. Another objective of the course will be to give voice to the students’ personal experiences in their home and visiting universities.

The seminar will be held in English. Criteria for participation and obtaining of the credits include an oral presentation about a topic that will be assigned to the students in the beginning of the semester. At the end they will have to hand in also a short summary (two-three pages) about that topic. Active and continuous participation is requested.

R2: Focal Points of Educational Psychology (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Information for exchange students:
Courses in Psychology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Psychology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation. For further questions, please contact: int-psy@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lektor(en):
Oliver Dickhäuser
Beschreibung:
The goal of this seminar is to understand the terminologies and methodologies within Educational Psychology and be able to apply them. With a special focus on learning and instruction, students are enabled to directly apply the content of the seminar through the acquisition (learning) and communication (instruction) of their knowledge. Students are therefore expected to demonstrate their understanding of the seminar content by presenting empirical research in the topic and by actively participating in the discussions. Thereby, the weekly seminar is structured as follows:
Instructional component by the lecturer, followed by a student presentation (with minimal intervention by the instructor) supplemented with a group activity (focusing on the current topic) facilitated by the student(s) who is/are presenting.
As an outcome of this seminar, it is hoped that the students are able to reflect upon the theories in Educational Psychology and competently apply them in practice, instead of solely learning from the book. In this way, students not only gain control over their own learning and work activities, but also gain experience in applying the acquired knowledge.
This seminar is open only for students who have chosen Educational Psychology as one of their three core specializations.