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Sozial­wissenschaften - Master (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 (spring/summer semester) or by the end of May/early June (fall/winter 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 Topics in Comparative Politics: Political Behavior in Context (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
term paper (ca. 8,000 words)
Lektor(en):
Harald Schoen
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Course Outline: Political behavior takes place in context. This statement is a truism and implies several challenges at the same time. Context is a multidimensional concept comprising – inter alia – social, political, and institutional features. At the theoretical level, the diversity of dimensions requires careful consideration of how to integrate contextual features into individual-level models of political behavior. Moreover, combining data from different levels of aggregation to examine the role of contexts in individual-level behavior raises several methodological issues. In this seminar, we will address the conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues in the analysis of contextual effects on individual-level political behavior. Students will review the latest empirical studies in the field and prepare research papers in which they analyze specific questions using available data sets.
Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics: Elections in Comparative Perspective (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Farrell, David. 2011. Electoral Systems: A Comparative Introduction 2nd. ed. Palgrave Macmillan.
Thomassen, Jacques. 2014. Elections and Democracy: Representation and Accountability. Oxford University Press.
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
Elections are the central focus of political activity in democracies. The characteristics of politics, parties and electoral systems are fundamental to the outcome of elections, which differ across and within countries. To better understand elections we need to study them comparatively, therefore this course focuses on comparative research on elections. We will focus on the context in which elections are fought and how this affects electoral outcomes. A number of contextual effects of electoral behaviour will be covered, such as institutional configurations, election campaigns, the strategies of political parties and the importance of events in understanding the dynamics of electoral outcomes. We will consider competing theoretical and empirical explanations of the electoral process in democratic, as well as partially democratic and even non-democratic, countries.
Advanced Topics in International Politics: Agents of Political Violence (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:

Required readings are indicated in the course schedule, which are based on seminal and current research on agents of political violence. Each session requires a significant amount of reading. Focus on the key arguments. You are not expected to know the details of all readings, or specific empirical strategies, results or facts. The specific topics and readings may change based on the interests of the class.

Prüfungs­leistung:
Research paper.
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This seminar discusses seminal and current work on agents of political violence. We analyze the role and characteristics of the military, including drivers and co­unter­strategies to coup d’états. A large part of the course will focus on irregular armed agents that are aligned with the stage, engaging with the growing research on militias, death squads, civil defense forces and paramilitary groups. We assess national and transnational drivers of their formation, their termination, how they affect political violence during and outside of civil wars. The seminars will be student-led. Over the course of the seminar you will develop your own research question on one of the topics discussed in the seminar and carry out your own research. Additionally, you are expected to write one book review, read all required materials, engage in the discussions and provide feedback on other student’s work.
Advanced Topics in International Politics: After Intergovernmentalism. New Directions in Integration Research (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Populism, Euroskepticism and Polarization are attracting a new generation of European integration scholars from different disciplines and subfields of Political Science. In addition to demand-side approaches, which study public attitudes and the reasons for their change, scholars investigate supply-side changes of the EU’s political system and the transformation of party competition at the national and EU level. After presenting “classical” demand- and supply-side approach we will discuss the most recent developments in European integration research.
Data and Measurement (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Prüfungs­leistung Vorlesung: 1 Hausarbeit (benotet)
Studien­leistung Übung: 3 Übungs­arbeiten (pass/fail)
Lektor(en):
Annelies Blom
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 31.10.2019 13:45 - 15:15 B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Usual course dates and locations

Lectures: Tuesdays, 8.30-10.00, B6 30-32, room 310
Tutorials: Tuesdays, 10.15-11.45, A5, 6, room C-108

Classes start on 3rd September and end on 3rd December.
Depending on teaching needs and room availabilities, lectures and tutorials may be swapped, such that two lectures or two tutorial take place on one day within the time slots allocated to the course, i.e. on Tuesdays, 8.30 – 11.45. Such swaps will be announced before the beginning of the semester.

Summary

This course gives an overview of data used in political science and their measurement properties. At the beginning of the course we will focus on survey data and traditional statistics and move to data science approaches for big data towards the end of the course. Topics covered include the Total Survey Error (TSE) framework, operationalizing research questions, guidelines for writing survey questions, testing questions with cognitive interviews and eye-tracking, sampling, coverage, and nonresponse of survey and big data, and data analytics approaches in data science.

The course is mandatory for students of the M.A. in Political Science and consists of lectures (6 ECTS) and tutorials (2 ECTS). During the lectures the theory covered in the course readings is discussed. The tutorials offer hands-on practice and experience during individual and group exercises.
Game Theory (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
tba
Prüfungs­leistung:
Exam
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
The objective of this course is to provide students with the basics of formal modeling in political science. The course has some breadth in coverage in the sense that it provides a graduate-level introduction and overview to diferent areas in game theory. It is also narrow in the sense that the emphasis is not on application and model testing but getting trained in reading and writing down formal models. At the conceptual level the course will cover the following topics: preferences and individual choices, decision theory, normal form games, Nash equilibria, extensive form games, subgame perfect equilibria, repeated games, bargaining, games with incomplete and imperfect information, Bayesian perfect equilibria, signalling games. At the substantial level, we will use these concepts to study, as examples, candidate competition, political lobbying, and war and deterrence.
Multivariate Analyses (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
The course introduces students to quantitative methods in political science. During the first half of the course, we will focus on linear regression models. The topics covered include discussions of the mathematical bases for such models, their estimation and interpretation, model assumptions and techniques for addressing violations of those assumptions, and topics related to model specification and functional forms. During the second half of the course, students will be introduced to likelihood as a theory of inference, including models for binary and count data.

The main goals of this course are to develop sound critical judgment about quantitative studies of political problems, to understand the logic of statistical inference, to recognize and understand the basics of the linear regression model, to develop the skills necessary to work with datasets to perform basic quantitative analyses, and to provide a basis of knowledge for more advanced statistical methods.

In the accompanying course „Tutorial Multivariate Analyses“ students will develop the necessary expertise in using statistical software to conduct quantitative research in political science.
Research Design (Lecture) (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
King, Gary, Robert Keohane & Sidney Verba. 1994. Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
Brady, Henry & David Collier. 2004: Rethinking social inquiry: Diverse tolls, shared standards. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield
Thomas Gschwend, Frank Schimmelfennig. 2007: Research Design in Political Science: How to practice what they preach? Houndmills, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Kellstedt, Paul and Guy Whitten. 2009: The Fundamentals of Political Research, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
A research design is a plan that specifies how you plan to carry out a research project and how you expect to use your evidence to answer your research question. This course aims to provide an overview of potential research designs for establishing causal inference and their advantages and disadvantages. Students are expected to develop their own ideas about potential research questions to be able to actively participate in this course.
Tutorial Data and Measurement (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Prüfungs­leistung Vorlesung: 1 Hausarbeit (benotet)
Studien­leistung Übung: 3 Übungs­arbeiten (pass/fail)
Lektor(en):
Annelies Blom
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Usual course dates and locations

Lectures: Tuesdays, 8.30-10.00, B6 30-32, room 310
Tutorials: Tuesdays, 10.15-11.45, A5, 6, room C-108

Classes start on 3rd September and end on 3rd December.
Depending on teaching needs and room availabilities, lectures and tutorials may be swapped, such that two lectures or two tutorial take place on one day within the time slots allocated to the course, i.e. on Tuesdays, 8.30 – 11.45. Such swaps will be announced before the beginning of the semester.

Summary

This course gives an overview of data used in political science and their measurement properties. At the beginning of the course we will focus on survey data and traditional statistics and move to data science approaches for big data towards the end of the course. Topics covered include the Total Survey Error (TSE) framework, operationalizing research questions, guidelines for writing survey questions, testing questions with cognitive interviews and eye-tracking, sampling, coverage, and nonresponse of survey and big data, and data analytics approaches in data science.

The course is mandatory for students of the M.A. in Political Science and consists of lectures (6 ECTS) and tutorials (2 ECTS). During the lectures the theory covered in the course readings is discussed. The tutorials offer hands-on practice and experience during individual and group exercises.
Tutorial Game Theory (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 17:15 - 18:45 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:

This tutorial accompanies the graduate-level introductory lecture in game theory. Its main objective is to practice solution concepts for static and dynamic games of complete and incomplete information.
The contents are centered around the material covered in the lecture. Thus, the following key areas will be discussed: preferences and individual choices, decision theory, normal form games, Nash equilibria, extensive form games, subgame perfect equilibria, repeated games, bargaining, games with incomplete and imperfect information, Bayesian perfect equilibria, signalling games. At the substantial level, we will use these concepts to study, for instance, candidate competition, political lobbying, and war and deterrence. Students are required to submit weekly problem sets. Moreover, active participation in class discussions is expected.
Tutorial Game Theory (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 A 203 Unterrichtsraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:

This tutorial accompanies the graduate-level introductory lecture in game theory. Its main objective is to practice solution concepts for static and dynamic games of complete and incomplete information.
The contents are centered around the material covered in the lecture. Thus, the following key areas will be discussed: preferences and individual choices, decision theory, normal form games, Nash equilibria, extensive form games, subgame perfect equilibria, repeated games, bargaining, games with incomplete and imperfect information, Bayesian perfect equilibria, signalling games. At the substantial level, we will use these concepts to study, for instance, candidate competition, political lobbying, and war and deterrence. Students are required to submit weekly problem sets. Moreover, active participation in class discussions is expected.
Tutorial Multivariate Analyses (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 02.09.2019 12:00 - 13:30 C 014 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Tutorial Multivariate Analyses (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 02.10.2019 15:30 - 17:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Tutorial Multivariate Analyses (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 17:15 - 18:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C

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.

Cross Sectional Data Analysis (Tutorial) (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
You will find exercises, solutions, data, and additional information on ILIAS.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Credits: 3 ECTS credits are awarded on the presentation of the assignment solution and an active participation. Passing the lab session counts as „Studien­leistung“ for the lecture. Participation in the final exam of the lecture is therefore subject to having passed the lab session.
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gautschi
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 05.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Lab sessions will repeat and practice topics from the lecture based on weekly exercises. These exercises follow the lecture, so that you will have a week to solve each exercise. We will do some applied exercises by hand and use the statistical package Stata. The goal of the lab session is:

a) to practice the topics you learned in applied form,
b) offer a opportunity for questions, and
c) give you and discuss with you hands-on approaches for your further empirical work (e.g. graphical representation of results).
Cross Sectional Data Analysis (Tutorial) (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
You will find exercises, solutions, data, and additional information on ILIAS.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Credits: 3 ECTS credits are awarded on the presentation of the assignment solution and an active participation. Passing the lab session counts as „Studien­leistung“ for the lecture. Participation in the final exam of the lecture is therefore subject to having passed the lab session.
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gautschi
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 05.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
Lab sessions will repeat and practice topics from the lecture based on weekly exercises. These exercises follow the lecture, so that you will have a week to solve each exercise. We will do some applied exercises by hand and use the statistical package Stata. The goal of the lab session is:

a) to practice the topics you learned in applied form,
b) offer a opportunity for questions, and
c) give you and discuss with you hands-on approaches for your further empirical work (e.g. graphical representation of results).
Foundations of Sociological Theory (Lecture) (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Basic understanding of the methodology of sociological explanations; knowledge of key sociological theories and theoretical tools; skills to evaulate the quality, especially the information content, of theoretical statements; awareness of the challanges of the theory-data link; critical assement of the theory-guidance of empirical research.
Literatur:
The reading list will be provided in the first session.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Klausur (90 Minuten)
Lektor(en):
Lars Leszczensky
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:

This lecture introduces incoming students to the fundamental principles of (social) science and empirical-analytical sociological research on social mechanisms. Our guiding question is: what is a reasonable (causal) explanation of social phenomena and how can it be verified?

We start with an introduction into the epistemological foundations of social sciences, addressing key insights of the philosophy of sciences, sociological theory, and analytical sociology. Guided by the macro-micro-macro model, we discuss key topics of the three building blocks of sociological explanations. Starting with theories of action, we first discuss both merits and challenges of rational choice theory and related approaches. Connecting individual actions with social structure, second, we discuss how social contexts shape human behavior by affecting both their opportunities and beliefs. Going back to the macro-level, third, we discuss different ways of aggregating the individual actions of interdependent actors.

Foundations of Sociological Theory (Tutorial) (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
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):
Lars Leszczensky
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 09.09.2019 - 02.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
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
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Henning Hillmann
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
FS Research Project (Forschungs­seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Forschungs­seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
Marcel Raab
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
The aim of this research seminar is to conduct an analysis of secondary data and to write a short research paper on a topic relevant to family sociology. Students can choose the topic on their own and can either opt for a replication of a published research paper or work on an original research paper.

In the first session we will discuss the value of replication in social research and how to a select a research question. In the following sessions the instructor will briefly introduce two to three datasets (depending on the research interests of the participating students) which are particularly suitable for addressing family related research questions (e.g., SOEP; The German Family Panel (pairfam); Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE); Health and Retirement Study (HRS)). One or two additional sessions will deal with the workflow of data analysis using Stata/R (focus on writing accessible and effective do-files). In the remaining weeks of the seminar the students are working on their research projects. Students will develop hypotheses, write a review of research related to these hypotheses and conduct an empirical test using secondary data.

At the beginning of the semester classes will take place on a weekly basis. Later in the semester some regular classes will be replaced by individual appointments with the instructor. During the semester students will present and discuss the progress of their research project in class.
Research Design (Lecture) (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
4
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Florian Keusch
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Research Design (Tutorial) (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Florian Keusch
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
S Elective Seminar: Multilevel analyses with the European Social Survey (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper (written in English)
Lektor(en):
Katja Hanna Helene Möhring
Termin(e):
Montag  (Blocktermin) 13.01.2020 - 17.01.2020 10:15 - 17:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
The seminar is designed as hands-on course to learn and apply multilevel regression analyses with the European Social Survey (ESS). Focus is on relations­hips between individuals’ employment, family life, wellbeing, and attitudes on the one hand, and welfare state policies, structural and cultural characteristics on the other hand.  We will first get to know current research articles that use ESS data to analyse these relations­hips. In the second part of the seminar students will realize their own research projects with the ESS data oriented upon this previous research.  The course will be taught as compact seminar on four days (dates tba). It is a good preparation for students who plan to write their Master thesis using the ESS or similar comparative survey data
S Elective Seminar: Structuralist Theory (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Henning Hillmann
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 A 302 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
S Elective Seminar: Topics in Economic Sociology (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45
S Elective Seminar: The Economic Sociology of Immigration (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Henning Hillmann
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 06.11.2019 15:30 - 18:45 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 13.11.2019 15:30 - 18:45 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 15.11.2019 10:15 - 13:30 212 Besprechungs­raum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 20.11.2019 15:30 - 18:45 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 22.11.2019 10:15 - 13:30 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 27.11.2019 15:30 - 18:45 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 29.11.2019 10:15 - 13:30 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
The goal of this seminar is to introduce students to the interface between two fields of sociology: international migration and economic sociology. This seminar studies social actors (immigrants) in economic settings and asks how their relational arrangements and decision strategies shape modern social life. For this purpose, we will consider a series of middle-range concepts drawn from economic sociology and examine their application to different aspects of international migration.
The seminar’s main goal is two-fold. First, to provide an understanding of the ways in which various kinds of institutions and social structures play a fundamental role in explaining economic and migratory outcomes. Second, to stimulate an integration of the major theories, approaches, and concepts covered, into the students’ research ideas and interests. This course aims to provide a sociological understanding of the interplay between markets, organizations, innovation, the division of labor, and immigration.
The seminar will commence with an introductory lecture on the field of economic sociology and its intersection with the study of migration. The following sessions will combine readings on diverse aspects of immigration and economic arrangements with class discussions and student presentations on assigned readings. Each of the sessions will focus on a particular concept, its origins, varying design strategies for studying the concept empirically,and its significance for theory and policy.
S Elective Seminar: Design and Implementation of Online Behavioral Experiments (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Stefano Balietti
Termin(e):
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 04.11.2019 08:30 - 11:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 07.11.2019 17:15 - 20:30 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 11.11.2019 08:30 - 11:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 14.11.2019 17:15 - 20:30 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 18.11.2019 08:30 - 11:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 21.11.2019 17:15 - 20:30 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 25.11.2019 08:30 - 11:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
1. Principles of Experimental Method: Validity, causality, lab-vs-online-vs-field, review of landmark experiments.

2. Programming for Online Experiments: The JavaScript language for the browser and the server (Node.JS), the nodeGame platform, R for data analysis and visualization.

3. Modeling Human Behavior: Introduction to game theory, main game theory games, social influence processes, heuristics and biases and how human behavior can be mapped into experiments.

4. Advanced Topics: Bots, recruiting strategies, the MTurk platform, crowdsourcing, optimal experimental design, ethical considerations.

5. Do it yourself: Define a research question meaningful for you, implement it in an experiment to run in class and/or online.

Students will earn credits for attending the class and for successfully completing module 5. There is no strict prerequisite for the course, but a  quantitative background and previous programming knowledge will be valuable assets for the succeeding in the course.
S Elective Seminar: Social Mobility in Europe (Prof. Dr. Reinhard Pollak) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Prüfungs­leistung:

Written term paper (max. 5000 words)

Lektor(en):
Reinhard Pollak
Termin(e):
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 06.09.2019 10:15 - 11:45 C 112 Unterrichtsraum/Teleteaching; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 20.09.2019 10:15 - 11:45 C 112 Unterrichtsraum/Teleteaching; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 27.09.2019 10:15 - 13:30 C 112 Unterrichtsraum/Teleteaching; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 04.10.2019 10:15 - 13:30 C 112 Unterrichtsraum/Teleteaching; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 18.10.2019 10:15 - 13:30 C 112 Unterrichtsraum/Teleteaching; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 08.11.2019 10:15 - 13:30 C 112 Unterrichtsraum/Teleteaching; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 15.11.2019 10:15 - 13:30 C 112 Unterrichtsraum/Teleteaching; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 22.11.2019 10:15 - 13:30 C 112 Unterrichtsraum/Teleteaching; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:

„Like father, like son!“ „Someone's a chip off the old block!“ „To follow in his father's footsteps!“ There is a variety of popular proverbs describing the same (sociological) fact: Social origin, i.e. the class or income position of parents, has a large effect on the future life-chances of children. For example, a child from a working class background has considerably lower prospects of achieving a position as a professional compared to a child from parents who work as professionals. And the same is true vice versa. Asking about this lack of social mobility (or, contrary, asking about the amount of social mobility) across generations is one of the classic questions in sociology. The seminar will offer a comprehensive view on concepts of intergenerational (and intragenerational) social mobility, on theoretical approaches to explain social mobility, on (quantitative) methodological approaches and on empirical results regarding the amount of social mobility in Europe. Students are expected to read and discuss the most prominent articles in the field, including rather technical/statistical state-of-the-art applications of theories and new methodologies. The seminar encourages students to think critically of the concepts, theories and empirical applications and invites students to develop their own research questions.

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.

AE1/BD5: Vertiefung Kognitive Psychologie / Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Farrell, S. & Lewandowsky, S. (2018). Computational modeling of cognition and behavior. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. (Chapters 1-5, 10, 12)

Quinlan, P. & Dyson, B. (2008). Cognitive psychology. Harlow, UK: Pearson.(Chapters 1 & 2)
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final written exam (90 minutes)
Lektor(en):
Arndt Bröder
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 EO 145 Bürgerhörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Beschreibung:
This Lecture provides an advanced treatment of research methods in cognitive psychology as well as an overview of research topics of Cognitive Psychology in Mannheim.

Exemplary Topics:
  • Basic methodology of Cognitive Psychology
  • Stochastic Modeling of Cognitive Processes
  • Model selection
  • Information Search in Decision Making
  • Visual short-term memory
  • Investigating cognitive processes using mouse-tracking
  • Strategy Contributions to Cognitive Aging
  • The Truth Effect
AG1/BD1: Vertiefung Arbeits- und Organisations­psychologie (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 docent approves participation. For applications please contact the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de).
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Journal papers; reading assignments will be given at the beginning of the semester.
Lektor(en):
Sabine Sonnentag
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 17:15 - 18:45 B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 30.09.2019 19:00 - 20:30 B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 21.10.2019 19:00 - 20:30 B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This course provides an overview of core topic within work and organizational psychology. We will focus on recent theoretical approaches and empirical research findings. In addition, we will discuss practical implications. Topics include: Work motivation, stress and health, leadership, teams, personnel selection.
BC2 (auch AC1): Forschungs- und Anwendungs­techniken 2: Programming in R and beyond (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Literature will be given during the course
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Termin(e):
Freitag  (2-wöchentlich) 06.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 13:45 - 17:00 EO 162 CIP-Pool; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Beschreibung:
The software R is a computer programming language designed for statistical analysis and graphics. The first part of the course deals with a basic introduction to R, i.e. data handling, basic statistical analyses, the creation of graphics, and linear modeling including test for specially designed hypotheses. In the second part we use R as a programming language for cognitive modeling. We will simulate data based on mathematical models of cognitive functions and analyze these data with maximum likelihood parameter estimation techniques. At the end, I will introduce some advanced techniques, for example the creation of statistical reports with R.
The software package R is free and available on all major platforms (www.r-project.org). I also recommend the free and platform independent Software RStudio as a comfortable IDE for R (www.rstudio.com). A basic introduction to R can be found under:
http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/r-release/R-intro.pdf.
BC2 (auch AC1): Forschungs- und Anwendungs­techniken 2: Creating experiments with OpenSesame (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
If exchange students require a grade, the course will be graded.

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:
Software:
OpenSesame can be downloaded for free under http://osdoc.cogsci.nl/index.html, where you can also find an extensive documentation.

Literature:
Mathôt, S., Schreij, D., & Theeuwes, J. (2012). OpenSesame: An open-source, graphical experiment builder for the social sciences. Behavior Research Methods, 44(2), 314-324. http://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13428-011-0168-7 (Open Access)
Lektor(en):
Arndt Bröder , Pascal Kieslich
Termin(e):
Samstag  (Einzeltermin) 26.10.2019 10:15 - 17:00 EO 162 CIP-Pool; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 25.10.2019 10:15 - 15:15 EO 162 CIP-Pool; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 11.10.2019 10:15 - 15:15 EO 162 CIP-Pool; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Samstag  (Einzeltermin) 12.10.2019 10:15 - 17:00 EO 162 CIP-Pool; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Beschreibung:
Please note that this is a block course.

OpenSesame is a free, open-source, and cross-platform software for creating laboratory experiments. Many standard tasks can be implemented in OpenSesame via drag and drop using its graphical user interface. In addition, complex tasks can be realized through the underlying programming language Python. The goal of the workshop is to provide an introduction to both approaches. In doing so, the workshop involves both structured input from the instructor as well as a number of practical exercises so that participants can directly explore the features of OpenSesame. Besides, the workshop will introduce plug-ins that extend OpenSesame for specific purposes,  e.g., the psynteract plug-ins that implement real-time interactions between participants (as required in many economic games), and the mousetrap plug-ins that implement mouse-tracking during decision tasks (a method that is becoming increasingly popular in the cognitive sciences to measure preference development). Additional topics can be covered depending on the preferences of the workshop participants. No prior knowledge of the software or Python is required.
Nur CDSS: Ausgewählte Probleme der Sozialpsychologie I/II: „Theories and Methods in Social Psychology“ (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Herbert Bless , Dagmar Stahlberg
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 C 112 Unterrichtsraum/Teleteaching; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
BM1/BN1: Selected research topics in social psychology I/II: „Theories and Methods in Social Psychology“

Content:
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. A particular focus will rest on the discussion of general methodological aspects.

Time: Thursday, 13.45 hours

First session: 5.9.2019

Literature:
Will be announced in the seminar

Recommended for:
Students of the graduate school of the University of Mannheim (CDSS) and other doctoral students of the University of Mannheim.

Room: C112 (A5,6 Bauteil C)

Examination:
Graded examination. Necessary conditions are: (a) active participation in the seminar discussions, (b) own presentation, and (c) homework. Grades are based on the homework (essay).

ECTS: 4

Requirements:
Enrollment in the CDSS or other doctoral programs.

Registration: Via Studierenden­portal (Portal2)

Office hours: see Homepages, Bless: room A 433, Stahlberg: room A4 35

Materialis: via Studierenden­portal (ILIAS)

Contact School of Social Sciences

Incomings Political Science

Dr. Gledis Londo

Dr. Gledis Londo

Auslands­koordinatorin
Universität Mannheim
Fakultät für Sozial­wissenschaften
A 5, 6
Bauteil A – Raum A 418
68159 Mannheim
Sprechstunde:
Mo 11–12, Mi 14–15:30

Incomings Psychology and Sociology

Katharina Heck, M.A.

Katharina Heck, M.A.

Auslands­koordinatorin
Universität Mannheim
Fakultät für Sozial­wissenschaften
A 5, 6
Bauteil A – Raum A 416
68159 Mannheim
Sprechstunde:
Mo 11–12 Uhr, Mi 14–16 Uhr
Die Sprechstunde vom 27. November bis 31. Dezember entfällt. In dringenden Fällen wenden Sie sich bitte an Frau Cegla.