Courses in Political Science are usually only open for incoming exchange students majoring in Political Science and for exchange students at the School of Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology). Nominated exchange students will be contacted by their departmental exchange coordinator via e-mail at the end of November/
Exchange students from other schools and departments may only attend classes if (a) places are left for other students (b) they have basic knowledge in political science and statistics (c) the departmental exchange coordinator explicitly approves their participation. In case of further questions, please contact: int-pol(at)uni-mannheim.de.
Introductory and basic literature:
Information about political developments reaches citizens through three main intermediaries – political parties and other interest groups, traditional and new media sources as well as fellow citizens with whom one discusses the latest political developments. This seminar will study the behavioral and attitudinal consequences of political communication originating from these specific sources, with a special focus on political communication during election periods and considering the rapidly changing communication environment. Additionally, we will devote some particular attention to recent research on populist communication.
Introductory and basic literature:
Berger, C. R., Roloff, M. E., Wilson, S. R., Dillard, J. P., Caughlin, J. P., & Solomon, D. (Eds.). (2015). The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication: Wiley-Blackwell.
Floridia, A. (2017). From Participation to Deliberation. A Critical Genealogy of Deliberative Democracy, Colchester (UK). Colchester: ECPR Press.
Gastil, J. (2008). Political communication and deliberation. Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
Huckfeldt, R. (2007). Information, Persuasion, and Political Communication Networks. In R. J. Dalton, H.-D. Klingemann & R. E. Goodin (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of political behavior (pp. 100–122). Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.
Huckfeldt, R., & Sprague, J. (1995). Citizens, politics, and social communication: Information and influence in an election campaign. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Huckfeldt, R., Johnson, P. E., & Sprague, J. D. (2004). Political disagreement: The survival of diverse opinions within communication networks. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Huckfeldt, R., Mondak, J. J., Hayes, M., Pietryka, M. T., & Reilly, J. (2013). Networks, Interdependence, and Social Influence in Politics. In L. Huddy, D. O. Sears & J. S. Levy (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (2 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McClurg, S. D., Klofstad, C. A., & Sokhey, A. (2016). Discussion Networks. In J. N. Victor, A. H. Montgomery, & M. Lubell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mutz, D. (2006). Hearing the other side: Deliberative versus participatory democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.
Santoro, L. R., & Beck, P. A. (2016). Social Networks and Vote Choice. In J. N. Victor, A. H. Montgomery, & M. Lubell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Schmitt-Beck, R., & Lup, O. (2013). Seeking the Soul of Democracy: A Review of Recent Research into Citizens' Political Talk Culture. Swiss Political Science Review, 19(4), 513-538.
Sinclair, B. (2012). The social citizen: Peer networks and political behavior. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Zuckerman, A. S. (Ed.). (2005). The social logic of politics: Personal networks as contexts for political behavior. Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press.
From time to time, we all talk about political topics with family, friends or colleagues as part of our daily interactions. What are the implications of political discussions in our immediate social networks for democratic politics? (How) do they, for example, influence whether and whom we vote for at Election Day, whether we participate politically or how we relate to political objects and our fellow citizens?This seminar will study citizens’ interpersonal communication about politics. It will cover the phenomenology of the object of study – including definitions and delineations as well as its determinants. A second focus will be on the consequences of political talk for political attitudes and behavior – we will review classics as well as recent debates on how different features of political talk impact on political participation and political attitudes. We will discuss the role of political discussions in a changing communication environment and review debates about the deliberative quality and potential of such exchanges.
The aim of this exercise is to get a practical understanding of the different methods and measurements that have been used in the analysis of repression and political violence. Hence, as a refresher, in the first part of the exercise we will briefly reconsider the central aspects of a good research design such as case selection, conceptualization, and operationalization. Thereafter, in the second part we will examine the implementation of these aspects in the actual analysis of repression and political violence. Participants will actively explore selected datasets and analyze critically the construction, use, and conclusions drawn from the utilized measurements. Thereby, students will also be introduced to the specific conflict-related problems of social scientific research. Upon successful completion of the exercise, participants shall be aware of important measurements in the field as well as potential shortcomings they should keep in mind when including them in their own research.
The course is taught in English.
This seminar introduces students to theory and empirical applications of network analysis. Based on an introduction to the basic functionality of R (objects, functions, data management, plotting) students learn how to use R to perform basic social network analyses. We apply social network analysis to study various forms of conflict such as protest, terrorism, and civil war. This theoretical and empirical network perspective allows us to enhance our understanding of conflict processes.
The seminar is tailored to students who have not worked with R before. Students learn programming in R with a focus on the basics of social network analysis. They learn about the relevant data sources in conflict studies and research design strategies. This seminar prepares students intensively for writing their final paper and is taught in English.
Euroscepticism is a common feature of contemporary politics in many EU member states. It entails increasingly opposing citizen attitudes towards further European integration and the political system of the EU, but also the rise of Eurosceptic parties. Whether it is the AfD in Germany, the FN in France, Podemos in Spain or the Five Star Movement in Italy: populist Eurosceptic parties on all sides of the ideological spectrum have gained massive ground in recent years and altered the political competition on European integration all around Europe. The goal of this course is to learn how we can comparatively measure positions on European integration and other EU issues – on the level of both citizens/
In the first part of the course, we will recap basic statistical methods and their application with STATA. During that time, we will also learn about different methodological approaches and data sources to study voter- and party-based Euroscepticism, such as voter surveys or election manifestos. In the second part, we will read and replicate current empirical studies in the research areas of public opinion and voting behavior, before doing the same in the area of party competition on European integration. By doing so, students are enabled to independently conduct advanced empirical studies. For that purpose, students are asked to perform regular data analysis exercises (Studienleistungen) and a larger final exercise at the end of the semester (Prüfungsleistung) to pass the course. A basic knowledge of quantitative statistical methods and their empirical application in STATA is therefore essential to follow the class.
Kellstedt, Paul & Guy Whitten. 2009. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Johnson, Janet; Henry Reynolds & Jason Mycoff. 2007. Political Science Research Methods 6th ed., Washington: CQ Press.
Manheim, Jarol, Richard Rich; Lars Willnat & Craig Brians. 2008. Empirical Political Analysis: Research Methods in Political Science, 7th ed., New York: Longman Press.
Blastland, Michael & Andrew Dilnot. 2007. The Tiger That Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers, London: Profile.
Courses in Sociology are usually only open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for exchange students at the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology). Nominated exchange students will be contacted by their departmental exchange coordinator via e-mail at the end of November/
Exchange students from other schools and departments may only attend classes if (a) places are left for other students (b) they have basic knowledge in sociology and statistics (c) the departmental exchange coordinator explicitly approves their participation. In case of further questions, please contact: int-soc(at)uni-mannheim.de.
Life course sociology deals with individuals’ pathways through life and analyses determinates and consequences of their life course transitions and trajectories, their biographical decisions and expectations. Most prominent topics cover employment history and family life, income and poverty risks over the life cycle, and transitions from school to work and from work to retirement. Individuals’ life courses do not look the same all over the world, but are influenced by the social policy, economy, and cultural values in a country. In life course sociology, welfare state policies and intuitions are perceived as main structuring forces of individuals’ life course. For example, people in Germany regally retire in their mid-60s, whereas Americans tend to continue working longer.
The seminar will focus on cross-national differences in welfare states and individuals’ life courses in Europe. We will first get to know relevant theoretical approaches and scientific debates: What cross-national differences exist in welfare states in Europe? Why is the welfare state important for individuals’ life course decisions, and how do researchers explain effects of social policy in different life stages? In what way do life courses change over time? Can we identify ‘life course regimes’ in Europe?
Second, the seminar will focus on recent empirical studies that compare individuals’ life courses in different European countries. Students then work on a “Team Project” focusing on life courses and the welfare state in one specific European country.
Courses in Psychology are usually only open for incoming exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by their departmental exchange coordinator via e-mail at the end of November/
Exchange students from other schools and departments may only attend classes if (a) places are left for other students (b) they have basic knowledge in psychology and statistics (c) the departmental exchange coordinator explicitly approves their participation. In case of further questions, please contact: int-psy(at)uni-mannheim.de.
This course covers basic concepts and processes of work performance. Issues addressed in the course are, e.g., task performance, creativity, organizational citizenship behavior, and proactive behavior. We will discuss basic concepts as well as important empirical research findings in order to understand work performance. Moreover, practical implications (e.g., in terms of improving work performance) of these concepts and findings will be discussed.
Diversity in clinical psychology. Cross-cultural differences in therapy, research and beyond
lecturer: Dr. Elisa Berdica
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, how specific groups like refugees and migrants deal with acculturative stress and how therapy for these groups is delivered 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 essay (two-three pages) about that topic or another topic. Active and continuous participation is requested and will be part of the evaluation.