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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 Selected Topics in International Relations I: Political Determinants of Fiscal- and Monetary Policy (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Beschreibung:
This seminar focuses on the political determinants of fiscal- and monetary Policy. At the beginning of this class we will discuss the differences and the relations­hip between these two macroeconomic policies. After that, we will explore which political factors - e.g. the number of veto players, regime type, or central bank independence - influence fiscal- and monetary policy.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen I: Politics and policy of the EU: Challenges in the 21st century (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Politics and policy of the EU: Challenges in the 21st century
 
BA seminar, Fall Semester 2017
University of Mannheim
Instructor: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nikoleta Yordanova
 
Course description
This course will provide students with an in-depth understanding of day-to-day politics in the European Union and the theoretical insights, analytical skills and research tools necessary to assess contemporary challenges to European integration. We will survey EU’s institutional structure and policy-making and analyse issues such as the low electoral participation in the European Parliament elections, the rise of Euroskepticism, the legitimacy of law-making via informal institutions, the  effectiveness of national parliaments in scrutinizing EU legislation, differentiated integration and variable compliance with EU decisions among member states, the consequences and prospects of EU enlargement as well as the democratic deficit of the Union. We will further critically assess major issues facing EU policy-makers in recent years, such as the euro crisis, refuge crisis and Brexit referendum, and reflect on the future of European integration.
 
Literature
The full syllabus will be circulated during the first class. Readings will be available through the ILIAS system or, alternatively, in the university library.
 
The students are encouraged to consult the following background reading prior to the course beginning:
 
Hix, S. and Hoyland, Bjorn (2011) The Political System of the European Union. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 
News links to bookmark
EUobserver: http://euobserver.com
EurAktiv: www.euractiv.com
European Voice: www.europeanvoice.com
The Economist: www.economist.com 

Prerequisites
In order to follow the course properly students should possess basic knowledge of the European Union, equivalent to the aims defined for the course “VL Selected Topics in International Relations I: European Integration and Cooperation”.
 
Requirements
Regular attendance, active participation in seminar discussions, class presentations and a term paper.
 
Recommended for:
B.A.-Students in Political Science (5th semester)
 
Registration:
Via the student portal.
 
Office hours: tba

Language of instruction: English
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Politischen Soziologie II: Citizens under Influence - Communication Effects at Elections (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Beck, Paul Allen, Russell J. Dalton, Steven Greene, and Robert Huckfeldt, 2002: The Social Calculus of Voting: Interpersonal, Media, and Organizational Influences on Presidential Choices. American Political Science Review 96: 57-73.
Hillygus, D. Sunshine. 2010. Campaign Effects on Vote Choice, in: Jan E. Leighley (Ed.). The Oxford Handbook of American Elections and Political Behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 326-345.
Huckfeldt, Robert, Mondak, Jeffery, Hayes., Matthew, Pietryka, Matthew T. and Reilly, Jack, 2013: Networks, Interdependence and Social Influence in Politics, in: Huddy, Leonie, David O. Sears and Jack S. Levy (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology, Second Edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 662-698.
McLeod, Douglas M., Gerald M. Kosicki and Jack M. McLeod, 2009: Political Communication Effects, in: Bryant, Jennings, und Mary Beth Oliver (Eds.), Media Effects. Advances in Theory and Research, New York: Routledge, 228-251.
Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Beschreibung:
In essence, voters' behavior at elections can be explained by three simple elements: (1) the attitudes and beliefs in their heads, (2) the information that reaches them from the political environment, and (3) the ways the two interact to generate a behavioral response. Traditional research into voting behavior has concentrated on the first of these three elements, neglecting the role of information. However, in recent years substantial progress has been made towards a better understanding of the role of political information at elections. Potentially influential information can reach voters from three sources: people with whom they discuss politics, traditional and new media's coverage of politics; and the campaign communications of parties and interest groups. The seminar provides a systematic investigation of communication effects at elections originating from these three sources. It will focus on discussion effects, media effects and campaign effects on electoral participation, electoral choices and the attitudes that precede these decisions. If interested, participants may conduct their own analyses.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre II: Hybrid Wars, Propaganda and Cybersecurity (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:

The war for hearts and minds among the great powers is at least as important as conflict fought with conventional weapons.  Its most recent incarnation is the hybrid propaganda war, levied by Moscow against the West.  This is a sophisticated, well-funded and multi-pronged attempt to bring domestic publics in the West around to the Russian regime’s viewpoint.  Its reach is sometimes easy to see, as in the popularity of the Russian NT network (available in most US hotels for free), and, at other times, much harder, such as when clandes­tinely paid anchors pose as experts and journalists.  In this course, we will study wars of information in a historical perspective.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre II: European Union Democracy (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Preparatory reading:  There is no prescribed text for the course as a whole since the material will be taken from a large number of books and articles.  However, there are a number of strongly recommended texts, as listed below.
 
Corbett, R; Jacobs, F; Shackleton, M (2011), The European Parliament (8 ed.), London: John Harper Publishing.
Follesdal, A and Hix, S (2006) ‘Why there is a democratic deficit in the EU.’ Journal of Common Market Studies 44: 533-62.
Hix, S; Noury, A G; Roland, G (2007) Democratic Politics in the European Parliament. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Hooghe, L and Marks, G (2001) Multi-level Governance and European Integration. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield.
Hooghe, L and Marks, G (2008) ‘A post-functional theory of European integration: from permissive consensus to constraining dissensus.’ British Journal of Political Science 39: 1-23.
Kriesi, H; Grande, E; Lachat, R; Dolezal, M; Bornschier, S and Frey, T  (2008) West European Politics in the Age of Globalisation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Kriesi, H; Grande, E; Dolezal, M; Helbling, M; Höglinger, D; Hutter, S and Wüest, B (2012) Political Conflict in Western Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Majone, G (2005) Dilemmas of European Integration. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Marsh, M (1998) ‘Testing the second-order election model after four European elections’ British Journal of Political Science Research 32: 591-607.
Moravcsik, A (2002) ‘In defence of the democratic deficit: reassessing legitimacy in the European Union’ Journal of Common Market Studies 40: 603-34.
Reif, K and Schmitt, H (1980) ‘Nine second-order national elections: a conceptual framework for the analysis of European election results’ European Journal of Political Research. Vol 8, Issue 1.
Scharpf, F W (1999) Governing in Europe: Effective and Democratic? Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Schmidt, V (2006) Democracy in Europe: The EU and National Polities Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Schmitt, H and Thomassen, J (1999) Political Repressentation and Legitimacy in the European Union. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Schmitt, H (2005). ‘The European Parliament elections of June 2004: Still second-order?’ West European Politics 28: 650-79.
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:
Please note that this four-hours seminar takes place every two weeks!

Abstract:  Electoral democracy in the EU, and the democratic quality of EU political processes more broadly, is a debated issue. Some claim political decision making in the European Union is more democratic than it is in many nation states (Moravcsik) or just about as democratic as it needs to be (Majone). Others argue, however, that there is a profound democratic deficit which originates, among other things, in the lack of political mobilization and involvement of citizens at times of European Parliament elections (Follesdahl & Hix). Moreover, European Parliament elections are said to be fought on domestic rather than EU political issues, and the electoral process and outcome of it to be essentially of a “second-order” nature (Reif & Schmitt). This might no longer be so, however, after EU politics are said to have entered into a post-functionalist phase in which issues of identity are becoming more important than the bread-and-butter issues which dominated earlier decades (Marks & Hooghe). In addition, EU politics are part of a complex multi-level system of governance and cannot, or should not, be analysed in isolation (Marks & Hooghe once more).

Objectives:  This seminar aims to provide students with an understanding of 1) the complexities of processes of opinion formation and political representation in the EU; 2) a variety of different evaluations of the effectiveness of these processes; 3) the contribution of general elections – EU and national – to EU democracy, and 4) the evolving character of European integration and its repercussions on the quality of democracy in the European Union. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the variety of different aspects involved, and to deepen their expertise in at least one of them.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Regimes and Organisations (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
International relations are often said to be in a state of ‘anarchy’, understood as a state or system in which no central authority exists to enforce contracts and implement order. The question we will pose is: how can order, cooperation, and peace emerge under conditions of anarchy? We start the course by asking theoretical questions about the emergence of cooperation under anarchy. We continue by probing fundamental questions about the effects of institutions (formal and informal) on behavior, the construction of institutions, the durability and form of international organizations.   We study human rights, environmental and economic affairs.
PS Introduction to International Relations: Competing Parties and International Outcomes (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
The seminar nature of this course means that students are expected to participate actively through regular discussion and presentations. Besides evaluating your academic achievements in the discipline of International Relations, this course will provide opportunities for practicing skills of group discussion and oral presentation, that will be essential for future career development.
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Beschreibung:
Course Description:
  Traditional theories of international relations regard nation-states as the axiom in international politics. While this simplified vision of international relations provides fruitful results for the analysis of cross-national interaction, it prevents a concrete understanding of the dynamic nature of state behavior. The aim of this seminar is to provide an introductory guide to international relations from the perspective of competing parties. It will focus on the emergence, competition and cooperation of political parties in advanced democracies. and their consequent influence on international outcomes.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Introduction to African Politics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Selected literature:
Bratton, Michael; van de Walle, Nicolas (1997): Democratic experiments in Africa. Regime transitions in comparative experience. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
 
Englebert, Pierre; Dunn, Kevin C. (2013): Inside African Politics. Boulder Colorado: Lynne Rienner.
 
Lindberg, Staffan I. (2006): Democracy and elections in Africa. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Posner, Daniel N. (2005): Institutions and ethnic politics in Africa. Cambridge,, New York: Cambridge University Press (Political economy of institutions and decisions).
 
Thomson, Alex (2010): An introduction to African politics. 3rd ed. London, New York: Routledge.
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
This seminar introduces students to the political systems and to the nature of political interactions in sub-Saharan Africa. It gives a brief background on pre-colonial history and outlines the impact of colonialism on the political structure of post-independence regimes. It examines the role of ethnicity, the prospects and problems of democratisation, economic development and civil war. The countries of sub-Saharan Africa differ greatly and it would be impossible to offer a thorough analysis of all countries in this course. Instead, it is intended to give a critical assessment of the political changes countries south of the Sahara have undergone and to develop a framework for understanding the problems and challenges facing these countries.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Datasets in International Politics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
From the first term paper to the advanced research paper, political scientists describe and analyze “what is going on” in the world. Sometimes they collect new data but often they rely on information already available. Yet, what is already out there, ready to be used? This course is a survey of many existing datasets in the area of international politics. We will ask ourselves what these datasets have been used for and what they could be used for in the future, including term papers and B.A. theses. We will also explore what kind of standards we can use to assess the quality of these datasets.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Global Internet Governance (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
How, where, and by whom are decisions about the policy issues raised by the Internet made? At the intersection of technology and politics, the emergence of the Internet poses crucial questions about control over physical and technological infrastructure, distributive questions about access and use, security and privacy concerns, questions of who makes, controls, owns, and benefits from content and more. This seminar begins to explore and analyze decision-making on these crucial questions for contemporary political science and public policy.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: State Capacity: Conceptual and Empirical Challenges (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
The concept of state capacity has changed during the last decades. New actors have emerged who are willing and able to perform state tasks in the societies. The seminar offers an introduction into classical concepts of state capacity. It focuses on three dimensions of state capacity: (i) political institutions, (ii) security and (iii) economic/wealth. We discuss the capability of non-state actors (e.g. companies, rebels) and international actors (e.g. UN, IMF) to undertake the classical tasks of the state in the three dimensions.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: International Organizations and Global Governance (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
International organizations have become one of the main actors in the global governance structure during the last decades. The course provides an overview of the role of international organizations in global governance. The first part of the course discusses the most important international relations theories in the field. In the second part, the course examines different international organizations and regulative practices in global governance. In the final part, we discuss the global governance structure in policy areas such as the security field, the economy, and the environment.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: The Logistics of Contentious Politics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Learning outcomes
Students gain an overview of the most important theories and methods in the field of contentious politics.
They critique theories and methods and apply them to various cases.
They know the most important datasets and sources to study contentious politics.
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:
In this seminar, we explore how theories of International Relations can explain variation in the organization of contentious politics. We study various forms of contentious politics, such as protest and terrorism. The key questions are why and how contentious politics is organized in different ways. To this end, we discuss the explanatory power of different theories of International Relations and students are introduced to theories on mobilization and collective action. We discuss how the logistics of contentious politics are different from the organization of other forms of international politics. Focusing on the causes and consequences of different organizational strategies we discuss various explanations for success and failure.
Students gain a critical understanding of the theories and key methods of contentious politics as the course integrates theoretical discussions with practical sessions on research design. Students are introduced to the relevant datasets and sources in the field. This seminar aims to prepare students intensively for writing their final paper and is taught in English.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Western Promotion of Democracy (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Analyzing the international aspects of democratization involves understanding at least the following: (1) what is democracy (2) what domestic-level processes increase or decrease the level of democracy (3) what kind of influences from the outside world work, and do not work, in furthering democracy, and in what ways.  This course spans all subfields of political science, and spills over into law, economics, and sociology. A complicating factor is the geographical expanse of democratic in- stitutions and efforts to promote them. Eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, post-civil war El Salvador and Cambodia, are only some of the regions and countries that have been impacted. Their vastly different backgrounds challenge anyone attempting the puzzle. A further complication is the variety of ways in which the outside world may affect the scope and quality of democracy. These ways include but are not limited to: pressures exercised by regional economic institutions and alliances, the power of ideas and socialization, transfers of wealth, demands for trade liberalization, the training of civic activists, reports issued by foreign election observers.
PS Einführung in die Politische Soziologie: Political talk and democratic politics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
  • 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.
Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Beschreibung:
From time to time, we all discuss political topics with family, friends or colleagues as part of our daily interactions. What are the implications of these political discussions for democratic politics? (How) do they, for example, influence 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 look into one specific research field in political sociology – research into citizens’ interpersonal communication about politics. It will cover the phenomenology of political talk – including definitions and delineations of the object of study as well as its individual and contextual 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 – such as political talk in heterogeneous company – impacts on political participation and political attitudes towards fellow citizens and the political system. We will discuss the role of political discussions in a changing communication environment.
PS Einführung in die Politische Soziologie: Political communication and democratic politics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
  • Aalberg, T., Esser, F., Reinemann, C., Strömbäck, J., & Vreese, C. d. (2017). Populist political communication in Europe. New York/London: Routledge.
  • Beck, P. A., Dalton, R., Green, S., & Huckfeldt, R. (2002). The Social Calculus of Voting: Interpersonal, Media, and Organizational Influences on Presidential Choices. American Political Science Review, 91(1), 57–73.
  • Bryant, J., & Oliver, M. B. (2009). Media effects: advances in theory and research (3. ed.). New York: Routledge.
  • Hillygus, D. S. (2010). Campaign Effects on Vote Choice. In J. E. Leighley (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of American elections and political behavior (pp. 326-345). 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., 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.
  • Jacobson, G. C. (2015). How Do Campaigns Matter? Annual Review of Political Science, 18(1), 31-47.
  • Reinemann, C. (2014). Political communication. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.
  • Semetko, H. A., & Scammell, M. (2012). The SAGE handbook of political communication. Los Angeles, Calif.: SAGE.
  • Zuckerman, A. S. (Ed.). (2005). The social logic of politics: Personal networks as contexts for political behavior. Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press.
Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Beschreibung:
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 politics. 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.
Introduction into Political Sociology - Elections and Voting (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
Course description:
Elections are one of the few methods that enable a society to reach a collective decision based on individual preferences. Elections serve as a means of linking citizens to government and national elections are widely considered to be the central focus of political activity in established democracies. We will consider competing theoretical and empirical explanations of voting behaviour and the electoral process. Factors at the core of democratic legitimacy will be examined, such as why individuals vote - or do not vote, and why they vote the way they do.
Tutorial: Empirical Political Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Tutorial: Empirical Political Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Tutorial: Empirical Political Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Tutorial: Empirical Political Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Tutorial: Empirical Political Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Tutorial: Empirical Political Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Tutorial: Empirical Political Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Tutorial: Empirical Political Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen II: Measuring Democratic Development in Africa (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Selected literature:
 
Adcock, Robert; Collier, David (2001): Measurement Validity:  A Shared Standard for Qualitative and Quantitative Research. In The American Political Science Review 95.
 
Boogards, Matthijs (2007): Measuring Democracy through Election Outcomes: A critique with African Data. In Comparative Political Studies 40 (10), pp. 1211–1237.
 
Bratton, Bhavnani, Chen, Tse-Hsin (2013): Voting Intentions in Africa: Ethnic, Economic or Partisan? In Michael Bratton (Ed.): Voting and democratic citizenship in Africa. Boulder, Colo: Lynne Rienner Publ (The global barometers series), pp. 79–98.
 
Coppedge, Michael; Reinicke, Wolfgang H. (1990): Measuring Polyarchy. In Studies in Comparative International Development 25 (1), pp. 51–72.
 
Geddes, Barbara (1990): How the cases you choose affect the answers you get. Selection bias in comparative politics. Political Analysis 2 (1), pp.131-150.
 
Hafner-Burton, Emilie M.; Hyde, Susan D. Jablonski Ryan S. (2013): When do Governments Resort to Election Violence? In British Journal of Political Science, pp. 1–31.
 
Högström, John (2013): Does the choice of democracy measure matter? Comparisons between the two leading democracy indices, freedom house and polity IV. In Government and Opposition 48, pp. 201–221.
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
In this course, students will be introduced to contemporary research on democratization and electoral politics with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of this class is to enable students to conduct their own research and write scientific papers. Students will receive an overview over relevant data sources, including macro-level indicators of democratization, constituency-level election data and micro-level survey data. We will also compare the aptitude of qualitative versus quantitative data for different research questions in the field of democratization. Furthermore, students will freshen up their knowledge on selected aspects of research design and the writing of research papers. We will hereby discuss aspects of research design with examples of current-state research on democratization in Africa. Students will engage in the discussion of empirical studies and in hands-on exercises in class and at home. Basic knowledge of research design and quantitative or qualitative data analysis is a prerequisite. International students are welcome, but should take into consideration that the style of research paper writing taught in this course might be different from what is taught at their home universities.
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen II: Social Network Analysis for Conflict Research (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Learning outcomes
Students gain an overview of the most important theories and methods in the field of social network analysis.
They critique theories and methods and apply them to various cases from the field of conflict studies.
They know the most important datasets in the field of conflict studies.
Students develop their own research question and know how to setup a research design to answer this question in their final paper written according to scientific standards.
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
In this course, we analyze various forms of conflict such as protest, terrorism, and civil war from a network perspective. We explore various types of networks (such as interpersonal, online, or transportation networks) to gain a better understanding of conflict processes. By studying such diverse cases we address the following questions: What are the networks’ key actors and structures? How are these networks built, maintained, and dissolved? What is their impact on conflict processes?
Students gain a critical understanding of the theories and key methods of social network analysis. The course integrates theoretical discussions with practical examples and coding to perform analyses in R (no prior knowledge required). Students gain an overview of the relevant data sources in the field and research design. This seminar aims to prepare students intensively for writing their final paper and is taught in English.
Ü Methoden der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre I: More than words: Content analysis for Political Science (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:
Texts are probably the most comprehensive traces of political behavior. In texts policy positions, issue em­phases and conflicts condense. Analyzing political text allows identifying these contents and thus enables researchers to use them in explaining political actors’ decisions.
This course introduces quantitative content analysis and aims at enabling the participants to employ content analytical methods. In this course we will focus on the applications of text analysis and we will use actual data from parties manifestos and social media. A first part of the course will focus on introducing the conceptual and technical foundations of quantitative content analysis. The second part of the course then moves on to classical (human coded) and automatic (computer based) methods of content analysis which will be compared and discussed with regard to their possible applications.
Students are encouraged to bring their laptops to class. We will use R statistical package. A prior knowledge of R is helpfull, but not essential.
Ü Methoden der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre I: Thinking & working comparatively: Democracy, parties and citizens (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
  • Monogan, JE (2015) Political Analysis Using R, Springer, New York.
  • Chang, W (2013) R graphics cookbook. O’Reilly, Sebastopol, CA.
  • Gelman A, Hill J (2007) Data analysis using regression and multilevel/hierarchical models. Cambridge University Press, New York.
  • Kaplan, DT (2012) Statistical Modeling: A Fresh Approach.
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the methodological skills and techniques that enable researchers to answer some of the relevant questions of comparative politics, such as “how can we measure the quality of democracy?”, “ what are the most relevant factors of party support?” or “who gets what in (coalition) bargaining?”. The course will address these — and several more — questions with a practical focus, e.g., by performing exercises and replicating pervious research.
The readings will introduce students to the various methodological techniques that we will use in the computer lab. Students will develop the practical skills and analytical knowledge to understand some relevant topics of comparative politics.  
We will use the free software package R.
Ü Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marcela Ibáñez de Foerster
VL Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen II: Peace and Violent Conflict (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
This lecture focuses on the outbreak and the dynamics of civil strife  and violent conflict as well as ways to end wars and sustain peace and stability. We will examine why people decide to fight, how armed  groups are formed and sustained and which structural condition increases the risk of civil war in a country. Likewise, we will look  at scientific studies as well as practical cases to understand how violent conflict can be ended, the role of development aid and  democratization in this process as well as political, economic, social, and psychological consequences of war.
VL Datenerhebung: Empirical Political Research (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
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.
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
Course description
It is critically important to use appropriate empirical evidence to evaluate theoretical claims in political science. This course will provide a conceptual understanding of the techniques and practical experience in conducting political research. This course will familiarise students with a range of approaches and methods used in the study of contemporary political phenomena. It concentrates on understanding empirical political research, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Particular attention is paid to the collection, analysis and utilisation of quantitative data.
VL Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
This module provides an introduction to international relations by giving students the basic tools and theoretical concepts necessary to analyse international politics, to understand specific historical events or contemporary issues. Key elements and terms of international relations theory will be introduced and explained and core themes will be discussed, including the role of different actors and institutions in the international system, theories of war and peace, international political economy and questions of development and transnational politics.

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 Spezielle Themen des internationalen Vergleichs: Welfare State, Work and Family - Analyses with the European Social Survey (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
The course will be taught as a 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).
Literatur:
Recommended 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, Calif.
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:
Course 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 continues working beyond retirement age. These developments have implications for the financial and subjective wellbeing of individuals. As a consequence, new challenges for welfare states arise to secure the wellbeing, 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 wellbeing 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 a compact seminar on four days in January 2018 (8 + 9 January, 12 + 13 January 2018). 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).
HS Spezielle Themen des internationalen Vergleichs: Social Welfare States: Retrenchment, Liberalization and Increasing Inequalities (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Baldwin, Peter. 1990. The Politics of Social Solidarity: Class Bases of the European Welfare State 1875-1975. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Gilbert, Neil and Paul Terrell. 2002. Dimensions of Social Welfare Policy. 7th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
 
The social welfare state is a major development in the history of human societies. Caring for shared social risks was formerly a task of individuals, families, communities and religious organizations. From the mid to late 1800s, leaders such as Bismarck and Beveridge began shifting insurance and care for shared social risks to the state. As pensions, unemployment, working conditions, income, and health care became primarily organized or legislated via the state, the result is the “social welfare state”; and this exists in all “rich democracies”.
 The social welfare state has been credited as leading to more equal and just societies, in addition to healthier and better off individuals in each society. However, since the 1980s income inequality has seen a dramatic rise among rich democratic welfare states. Other forms of inequality also rose, including wealth and health inequalities. The gap has increased to such a degree that the modernization process appears to be reversing in some of the wealthiest societies of the world. For example, life expectancy, obesity, educational achievement, poverty and especially child poverty rates are getting worse in many places.
 This course asks the question: Are increasing inequalities the result of failing welfare states? Using an empirical approach, the course seeks to bring data on several aspects of welfare states and the well-being of societies since World War II to provide some answers to this question. We will look at policy changes and whether the welfare state is retrenching (getting smaller) or whether social inequalities come from other sources unrelated to the welfare state, perhaps simply a product of “varieties of capitalism” or “globalization”. It will look at the process of liberalization where the state’s role in many things has been reduced in recent decades, and how this relates to the welfare state.
Two key readings on the history and features of the welfare state provide an introduction to the topic and are available via Ilias: (1) the introduction to Baldwin (1990), and (2) Chapter 2 in Gilbert and Terrell (2002).
HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Intergenerational relations across the life course (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
Marcel Raab
Beschreibung:
This course traces the life course of the parent-child relations­hip, from the birth of children to the death of parents. It addresses key issues and scholarly debates surrounding early, middle, and late stages of this relations­hip. Within these stages, we will discuss literature on pertinent research questions such as:
  • How are family structure and social inequality mutually related?
  • Do children from homosexual parents fare worse than children from heterosexual parents?
  • Do children replicate the family behaviour (fertility; marriage; divorce) of their parents?
  • How do parents and children support each other across the life course?
  • Are multigenerational bonds becoming increasingly important?
The readings come from different disciplines, including sociology, psychology, and demography.
HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Political Networks (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Henning Hillmann
Beschreibung:
This advanced seminar will explore recent social science research that seeks to explain how the multiple networks that political actors are embedded in influence their behavior and decision-making. We will consider a variety of research questions, such as: how do civic associations make democracies work? where do political parties come from? what kinds of institutions are necessary to make political organization work? Where do such institutions come from, and what makes them last in the long-run? How do networks enable or undermine the formation of political coalitions and alliances? What particular network patterns and positions within them support cooperation? To address these and further questions, we will rely both on classic and recent empirical and theoretical studies of political networks in a various settings.
PS Proseminar Soziologie: Introduction to economic sociology (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
This course scrutinizes social actors in economic settings and asks how their relational arrangements and decision strategies shape modern life. We take three analytical perspectives: (1) Foundations, including 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.

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.

G3: Ausgewählte Probleme der Allgemeinen Psychologie II: Emotion and motivation (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Main literature
  • Reeve, J. (2009). Understanding Motivation and Emotion. 5th Edition, Wiley & Sons: Hoboken, NJ.

Additional literature
  • Hergenhahn, B. R., & Henley, T. (2013). An introduction to the history of psychology. Cengage Learning.
  • Fox, E. (2008). Emotion science. New York : Palgrave Macmillan. Clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date.
  • Le Doux, J. (1998). The emotional brain. New York : Simon & Schuster.
  • Carter, C. S. (2005). Attachment and bonding: A new synthesis (Vol. 92). Mit Press.
  • McClelland, D. C. (1961). The achievement society. Princenton, NJ: Von Nostrand.
  • Hoyle, R. H. (Ed.). (2013). Handbook of Personality and Self-regulation. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Csikszentmihalyi, M., & Seligman, M. E. (2000). Positive psychology: An introduction. American Psychologist, 55(1), 5-14. 
Lektor(en):
Arndt Bröder
Beschreibung:
«Emotion and motivation» aims to provide a contemporary outlook on human emotions and reasons of behavior. How do emotions influence on our decisions? Do they help us to find better solutions or just block our thinking? Do we really know causes of our own actions? What wrong belief could we have about reasons of others’ behavior? You will be introduced to the theories and elegant experiments that provide insights about role of emotions and mechanisms of motivation in our life.
H2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Biologischen Psychologie: Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Krüger) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Georg Alpers
Beschreibung:
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a non-invasive technique for studying brain activity that has become an important addition to the toolbox of experimental and clincal psychologists, but substantial knowledge is required to implement a successful fMRI experiment. The purpose of this block seminar is to provide a solid foundation in neuroimaging data acquisition and analysis. The seminar covers all aspects of fMRI-based data acquisition, including motivation for using fMRI, physics behind MRI scanners, MRI safety, basic principles of MR signal generation, spatial and temporal properties of fMRI, signal and noise in fMRI, MR contrast mechanism and pulse sequences, basic principles of experimental designs, and fMRI data analysis methods. The seminar is intended for potential users of the technique, who wish to incorporate fMRI into their future work.
I2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Entwicklungs­psychologie: Developmental Disorders in Children (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the developmental disorders and their manifestations in children. This understanding will enable them reflect on how learning contexts can be adapted to suit the learning needs of children with developmental disorders.
Literatur:
Literature will be provided during the first session
Prüfungs­leistung:
1. Active participation in the seminar (cannot miss more than 2 sessions)
2. Presentation of an article followed by a discussion (Literature will be provided)
3. Completion of short assignments
Lektor(en):
Oliver Dickhäuser
Beschreibung:
This seminar on developmental disorders particularly focusses on learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. We will look at the behavioural manifestations of these developmental disorders in school. How schools and teachers play a role in early diagnosis and intervention will be discussed. After an initial overview of the symptoms and causes of the developmental disorders, we aim to understand how they can be intervened and managed in learning contexts. In particular, we will look at the impact of developmental disorders on learning and what it means for educational intervention strategies.
M1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Arbeits- und Organisations­psychologie I - Global Context (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
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:
In this course we address  topics of work and organizational psychology (such as motivation, stress and health, teams, leadership) from a cross-cultural point of view. The basic question is: Are research findings, which are mainly based on samples from western cultures, generalizable to other cultural  groups? Furthermore, we will discuss additional topics such as expatriate assignment and collaboration processes within multi-cultural teams.
O1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Markt- u. Werbepsychologie I What'sApp? Exploring mHealth technology in our digital age (Rachelle Sass) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Syllabus
 
Title:
WhatsApp? Exploring mHealth technology in our digital age
 
Aim and course content:
A century ago, the main causes of death were infectious diseases. Today, however, most individuals die of chronic degenerative diseases caused mainly by unhealthy lifestyles such as unbalanced diet or physical inactivity. Health behavior change and maintenance have therefore been proposed as one of the major challenges of this century. In today’s digital age, mobile health technology (mHealth) has been proposed as one solution to this challenge.
 
This course deals with the ways in which new mHealth technologies are changing our modern world through the digital implementation of evidence-based behavior change techniques to provide support in achieving healthy lifestyles. Among the topics covered are judgment and decision-making models of purchasing behavior, attitudes and attitude change, motivational theories of health behavior change, health-related social networks, determinants of mHealth usage, digital connectedness, and effective use of mHealth devices for health enhancement.
 
Expected competences after completion of the module:
Selected topics of mHealth in the context of market and advertising psychology are discussed. Students will thus gain an in-depth knowledge of the role of mHealth in today’s digital age in important areas of the subject.
 
Method of evaluation:
Students will be required to give a presentation on an mHealth topic based on empirical research. In addition, students must do an oral module completion exam (MAP).
 
Requirements:
Completion of Modul N: Basismodul Markt- und Werbepsychologie, as well as proficient English skills.
 
Literature:
There is no required textbook; relevant literature will be announced in class.
Lektor(en):
Jutta Mata
Beschreibung:
O1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Markt- und Werbepsychologie I
 HWS 2017/18
Seminarsprache: Englisch /Tutorin: Rachelle Sass
 
Syllabus
 
Title:
WhatsApp? Exploring mHealth technology in our digital age
 
Aim and course content:
A century ago, the main causes of death were infectious diseases. Today, however, most individuals die of chronic degenerative diseases caused mainly by unhealthy lifestyles such as unbalanced diet or physical inactivity. Health behavior change and maintenance have therefore been proposed as one of the major challenges of this century. In today’s digital age, mobile health technology (mHealth) has been proposed as one solution to this challenge.
 
This course deals with the ways in which new mHealth technologies are changing our modern world through the digital implementation of evidence-based behavior change techniques to provide support in achieving healthy lifestyles. Among the topics covered are judgment and decision-making models of purchasing behavior, attitudes and attitude change, motivational theories of health behavior change, health-related social networks, determinants of mHealth usage, digital connectedness, and effective use of mHealth devices for health enhancement.
 
Expected competences after completion of the module:
Selected topics of mHealth in the context of market and advertising psychology are discussed. Students will thus gain an in-depth knowledge of the role of mHealth in today’s digital age in important areas of the subject.
 
Method of evaluation:
Students will be required to give a presentation on an mHealth topic based on empirical research. In addition, students must do an oral module completion exam (MAP).
 
Requirements:
Completion of Modul N: Basismodul Markt- und Werbepsychologie, as well as proficient English skills.
 
Literature:
There is no required textbook; relevant literature will be announced in class.
O1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Markt- und Werbepsychologie: „Consumer Judgment and Decision Making“ (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Highlights of Consumer Psychology:Consumer Judgment and Decision Making
Lektor(en):
Michaela Wänke
Beschreibung:
Highlights of Consumer Psychology:Consumer Judgment and Decision Making