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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 (fall semester) or by the end of May/early June (Spring semester) regarding their course choice.

Exchange students from other schools and departments may only attend classes if (a) places are left for other students (b) they have basic knowledge in political science and statistics (c) the departmental exchange coordinator explicitly approves their participation. In case of further questions, please contact: int-pol@uni-mannheim.de.

Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics: Game Theory II (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
  • Tadelis, Steven. 2013. Game Theory, An Introduction. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
  • Gehlbach, Scott. 2013. Formal Models of Domestic Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger
Beschreibung:
This course is a continuation of the intro into Game Theory and covers advanced topics in game theory with a particular emphasis on the link of theories, methods and empirics. At the core, we discuss techniques used to analyse settings of imperfect information and  Covered topics include normal form games with incomplete information and Bayesian equilbrium, stochastic games and Markov-perfect equilibrium, behavioral game theory and quantal-response equilibrium, signalling games and cheap talk, information transmission, mechanism design, comparative statics, monotone comparative statics and structural estimation. Emphasis will be placed on prominent applications of those concepts in political science, in both comparative and international politics. As this is a seminar, the course allows students to pursue areas of individual interest in more depth, and therefore course content is to some extent determined based on the interests of the students. The course is partly taught from lecture notes, at other times students present a research paper and stimulate discussion in class.
Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics - Elections in Comparative Perspective (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
To better understand elections we need to study them comparatively, therefore this course focuses on comparative research on elections. We focus on the context in which elections are fought and how this affects electoral outcomes. A number of contextual effects of electoral behaviour are 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 consider theoretical and empirical explanations of the electoral process in democratic, as well as partially democratic and even non-democratic, countries
Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics: Computational Text Analysis for Political Science (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Federico Nanni
Beschreibung:
The course offers an overview and several hands-on experiences on some of the most relevant methods and tools developed in the field of natural language processing, which have been often adopted as basis for quantitative content analyses in political science research. Attention is dedicated to tasks such as collection building, topic modeling, sentiment analysis, text classification, clustering and scaling as well as to the application of methods such as latent Dirichlet allocations, word embeddings and entity linking. A brief introduction to practices such as web scraping and text pre-processing (e.g. tokenisation, part-of-speech tagging, lemmatisation and stemming) is also offered.
The programming language adopted is Python (and in particular the use of Jupyter Notebooks). No previous programming experience is needed.

 https://federiconanni.com/computational-text-analysis/

The course will take place in Parkring 47, 2nd floor, room 217
Advanced Topics in International Politics: The Political Economy of European Integration (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Beschreibung:
Attention: This Seminar will start on 14.9.2017!

This seminar examins the political economy of European integration. We start with the constitutional development by treaty amendments, continue with the institutional design and the recent trend of Euroskepticism.
Advanced Topics in International Politics: European Union Politics (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Literatur:
Literature

Readings will be available through the ILIAS system or, alternatively, in the university library in A5 under Semesteraparat.

Background reading:

Hix, S. and Hoyland, Bjorn (2011) The Political System of the European Union. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Books offering alternative introductory material:

Cini, M. and Borragán, N. P. (Eds.) (2013) European Union Politics. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Lelieveldt, H. and Princen, S. (2015) The Politics of the European Union. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Course syllabus
 
Advanced Topics in International Politics: “European Union Politics”
 
Seminar: Master and CDSS Students
Fall semester 2017
University of Mannheim
Dr. Nikoleta Yordanova
Assistant Professor of European Politics
Office: A 5, 6, room A 329
Office hours: Tuesday 15:30 – 16.30 with prior appointment by email: yordanova@uni-mannheim.de
 
Course schedule: Tue 13:45 – 15:15, from 05.09.2017 until 05.12.2017
Seminar room:  B6 23-25 – A 103
 
Course description
This graduate-level seminar will familiarize students with the state of the art analytical research on European Union politics. At a theoretical level, we will review bargaining and procedural models of decision-making (and the importance of agenda setting, veto power and gate-keeping), legislative organization, bicameralism, executive-legislative relations, party politics, etc. At an empirical level, we will assess issues such as the low electoral participation in the European Parliament elections, the rise of Euroscepticism, the legitimacy of law-making via informal institutions, the drivers and impact of differentiated integration and variable compliance with EU decisions among member states. Students will engage in either replicating and extending existing research, or conducting innovative case studies tracking the development and explaining the outcome of single legislative proposals. We will conclude by reflecting on the future of Europe in the shadow of the Eurozone, refugee and Brexit crises.  
Aims and objectives
  • To introduce students to the state of the art analytical research on the European Union
  • To encourage critical assessment of alternative theoretical arguments, research designs and empirical findings in class discussions as well as through research replication
  • To motivate students to develop their own research ideas and guide them in examining these ideas in their analytical papers 
   
Language of instruction
English
 
Registration The course welcomes M.A. students in political science and CDSS students. Students who wish to take this course need to register at the student portal. Auditing is possible upon request approval, provided that the students regularly attend and fully participate in the seminar sessions.
Advanced Topics in International Politics: Violence, conflict and the prospect for peace (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
10.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
This seminar focuses on the outbreak and the dynamics of violent conflict as well as ways to end wars and sustain peace and stability. We will start by looking at the concepts of „peace“ and „war“ and examine empirical trends. Is the world more violent or more peaceful than in the past? How can we measure peace and conflict? In the following we will take a closer look at the relations­hip between religion and war, as well as economics and war. Does religion cause war? Or are economic factors more important for explaining why people fight? We will devote sessions to study terrorism as an alternative way of fighting (as opposed to conventional and civil wars), migration as a source of peace and conflict and the various forms of violence used by different militant groups. Why are some groups so much more violent than others? What is the rational behind using different forms of violence?  Finally we will have a look at empirical evidence concerning ways to end conflicts and sustain peace. Are peace missions for example an effective tool to make and sustain peace? Does development assistance foster development? The seminar is designed to provide MA-students with an in-depth insight into peace and conflict research. We will thereby answer (if possible) practical questions with scientific examinations and evidence.
Comparative Government (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
Data and Measurement: (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Annelies Blom
Beschreibung:
Questionnaire Design and Implementation
This course gives an overview of the design and implementation of survey questionnaires from the operationalization of the research questions to their implementation in a full questionnaire. Topics covered include operationalizing research questions, guidelines for writing survey questions, testing questions with cognitive interviews and eye-tracking, ordering the questionnaire, the effect of survey modes and questionnaire design in cross-cultural research. The course will be taught in a mix of seminar-style sessions, where the literature on questionnaire design is presented and discussed, and hands-on practical sessions, where students design and test survey questions.
Game Theory (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
  • McCarty, Nolan/Adam Meirowitz. 2007. Political Game Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Comprehensive introduction into game theory for political scientists using a consistent framework of concepts and notations. Don't be scared by the maths, you are not expected to understand or read the proofs, nor the more advanced examples and chapters.
  • Dixit, Avinash K., Susan Skeath, and David H. Reiley. 2009. Games of Strategy. 3. ed. New York: Norton. This is an easy to read albeit somewhat lengthy introduction in English.
  • Morrow, James. 1994. Game Theory for Political Scientists. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. Good balance between maths and text. Chapters on normal form and sequential games are great but there is not much on social choice and spatial models.
  • Ordeshook, Peter C. 1986. Game Theory and Political Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Somewhat outdated in terms of notation (and topics covered). But still easy to read.
  • Hinich, Melvin J. and Michael C. Munger. 1997. Analytical Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. This is an easy to read intro in spatial models and social choice.
  • Gehlbach, Scott. 2013. Formal Models of Domestic Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. The latest book. Somewhat advanced but really state of the art. Focus is on domestic politics models.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Klausur
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger
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
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
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.

Graded assignments include homeworks, a mid-term exam and data analysis projects.
Research Design (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
King, Gary; Keohane, Robert Owen; Verba, Sidney. 1994. Designing Social Inquiry : Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press
Henry E. Brady and David Collier (Hrsg). 2004: Rethinking social inquiry: diverse tolls, shared standards. Lanham [u.a.]: Rowman&  Littlefield
Thomas Gschwend, Frank Schimmelfennig (Hrsg). 2007: Research Design in Political Science: How to practice what they preach? Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.
Kellstedt, Paul and Guy Whitten. 2009: The Fundamentals of Political Research, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
All researchers face similar challenges posed by core issues of research design. A research design is a plan that specifies how you plan to carry out a research project and, particularly, 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 should also understand the trade-offs involved in choosing a particular research design. Students are expected to have their own ideas about potential research questions to be able to actively participate in seminar-style meetings that are organised within this lecture course.
Tutorial Data and Measurement: (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
Annelies Blom
Beschreibung:
Data Collection: Interviewers and Interview Effects
Interviewers occupy a central role in the implementation of face-to-face and telephone surveys. We now know that interviewers affect the survey process in various ways, both positively (e.g., increasing response rates) and negatively (e.g., introducing measurement errors). The Total Survey Error (TSE) framework describes the different ways that interviewers can affect the survey process. Interviewers can have variable effects on the coverage of the sampling frame during listing and screening operations, rates of contact and cooperation (nonresponse), the answers that cooperating respondents provide (measurement), and the coding and editing of the information provided (processing). This course considers the roles that interviewers play during the survey process and and reviews key literature on interviewer effects on bias and variance in survey estimates.
Tutorial Game Theory (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger
Tutorial Multivariate Analyses (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
Beschreibung:
This tutorial accompanies the course “Multivariate Analyses” in the M.A. program in Political Science. The lab sessions will focus on the practical issues associated with quantitative methods, including obtaining and preparing data sets, how to use statistical software, which tests to use for different kinds of problems, how to graph data effectively for presentation and analysis, and how to interpret results. The seminar will also serve as a software tutorial. No prior knowledge of statistical programming is expected.
Tutorial Multivariate Analyses (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gschwend
Beschreibung:
This tutorial accompanies the course “Multivariate Analyses” in the M.A. program in Political Science. The lab sessions will focus on the practical issues associated with quantitative methods, including obtaining and preparing data sets, how to use statistical software, which tests to use for different kinds of problems, how to graph data effectively for presentation and analysis, and how to interpret results. The seminar will also serve as a software tutorial. No prior knowledge of statistical programming is expected.

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.

VL Cross Sectional Data Analysis (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
The main focus lies on the introduction to statistical models and estimators beyond linear regression useful to a socialscientists. A good understanding of the classical linear regression model is a prerequisite and required for the further topicsof the course. We will first discuss violations of the asymptotic properties of the linear regression model and ways to addressthese violations (heteroscedasticity, endogeneity, proxy variables, IV-estimator). The second part of the class is dedicated to first the maximum likelihood estimator and second to nonlinear models for binary choice decisions (Logit, Probit), ordinaldependent variables, and count data (Poisson, Negative Binomial). Classes will be accompanied by lab sessions to repeat andpractice the topics from the classes.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
  • Cameron, C.A. and P.K. Trivedi. 1998. Regression Analysis of Count Data. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Greene, W.H. (2003). Econometric Analysis. 5th ed. Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall.
  • Gujarati, D.N. (2003). Basic Econometrics. 4th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill.
  • Maddala, G.S. 2001. Introduction to Econometrics. 3. Auage. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Morgan, S.L. and C. Winship. 2007. Co­unterfactuals and Causal Inference. Methods and Principles for Social Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Long, J.S. (1997). Regression Models for Categorical and Limited Dependent Variables. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Verbeek, M. 2008. A Guide to Modern Econometrics. 3rd ed. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Wooldridge, J.M. 2002. Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Wooldridge, J.M. 2008. Introductory Econometrics. A Modern Approach. 4th ed. Mason, OH: Thompson
Prüfungs­leistung:
Written examination
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gautschi
Beschreibung:
The main focus lies on the introduction to statistical models and estimators beyond linear regression useful to a socialscientists. A good understanding of the classical linear regression model is a prerequisite and required for the further topicsof the course. We will first discuss violations of the asymptotic properties of the linear regression model and ways to addressthese violations (heteroscedasticity, endogeneity, proxy variables, IV-estimator). The second part of the class is dedicated to first the maximum likelihood estimator and second to nonlinear models for binary choice decisions (Logit, Probit), ordinaldependent variables, and count data (Poisson, Negative Binomial). Classes will be accompanied by lab sessions to repeat andpractice the topics from the classes.
Ü Cross Sectional Data Analysis (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Lab sessions will repeat and practice topics from the lecture based on weekly exercises. We will use the statistical software Stata and do as well by hand calculations. The goal of the lab session is that students develop an understanding how to applythese statistical methods to their own future research.
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gautschi
Beschreibung:
Lab sessions will repeat and practice topics from the lecture based on weekly exercises. We will use the statistical software Stata and do as well by hand calculations. The goal of the lab session is that students develop an understanding how to applythese statistical methods to their own future research.
VL Foundations of Sociological Theory (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:
Introductory readings are :

Della Porta, D., and Keating, M. (eds.) (2008). Approaches and Methodologies in the Social Sicenes. A Pluralist Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hedström, Peter (2005). Dissecting the social: On the principles of analytical sociology. Cambridge University Press.

Little, Daniel, Varieties of Social Explanation. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Science, Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1991.

A more detailed reading list will be provided in the first session.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Klausur (90 Minuten)
Lektor(en):
Frank Kalter
Beschreibung:
This lecture introduces incoming students to the fundamental principles of (social) science, different theoretical paradigms in sociology, and empirical-analytical sociological research on social mechanisms. First, as an introduction into the epistemological foundations of social sciences, we will address key insights of the philosophy of sciences, sociological theory and analytic sociology on social mechanism. What is a reasonable (causal) explanation of social phenomena and how can it be verified? Furthermore, we will study the different paradigms in the social sciences and in particular important variants of sociological theory ranging from interpretative approaches to rational choice theory. In how far are these complementary or do these represent disparate perspectives? Finally, actual sociological applications of analytical sociology studying particular social mechanisms will be discussed.
Ü Foundations of Sociological Theory (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):
Frank Kalter
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
Beschreibung:
The main purpose of this research seminar is to lay the groundwork for your master thesis. To this end, the seminar follows a workshop format. It is primarily an opportunity for you to identify a substantive research question, find suitable data sources to answer it, and to develop an appropriate research design and framing of your thesis project. We will have multiple rounds of presentations of your projects over the course of the semester. At each round, we will discuss the latest version and offer constructive feedback, thus improving the thesis projects as we move forward.
FS Research Project (Forschungs­seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Forschungs­seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
Marcel Raab
FS Research Project: Integration and Intergroup Relations (Forschungs­seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Forschungs­seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Assignment:
Students are required to write a research paper of no more than 10,000 words (including all tables, figures, appendixes, and references) suitable for publication in an international sociological journal. The paper should include an abstract, an introduction, a review of the relevant literature, a description of the setting, the case study, or of the comparative context, a methods and measures section, a description of the findings described in tables or figures, and the conclusions. All syntaxes or do files must also be provided in a PDF or in .do format.
Papers should be submitted in an electronic version no later than 20th of January.
Literatur:
Program: Reading list will be provided in the first lecture
Lektor(en):
Irena Kogan
Beschreibung:
Description:
The recent wave of forced migration into Europe, presented a clear demonstration of one of the common outcomes of immigration namely, the emergence of anti-foreigner sentiments. The purpose of the seminar will be to develop and peruse a research program that explains the emergence or the consequences of anti-foreigner sentiment to societal or social integration. Each student is expected to conduct a quantitative analysis for the investigation of processes associated with anti-foreigner sentiments using secondary data. Background is statistical analysis using SPSS or STATA is a pre-requirement.
Class 1:
Introduction
Class 2:
Measuring theoretical constructs: from variables to indicators
Class 3:
Concept papers
Class 4:
Dimensions of comparison
Class 5:
Comparative analysis (measurement equivalence)
Class 6:
Personal meetings
Class 7:
Progress presentations and summary
VL Research Design (Impact Evaluation E5040) (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
4
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Frauke Kreuter , Markus Frölich
Ü Research Design (Impact Evaluation, E5040) (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Frauke Kreuter , Markus Frölich
S Elective Seminar: Experts and public problems (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Experts shape everyday life with arcane knowledge that the public has no full understanding of, and consequentially cannot control. While many still regard doctors, lawyers and even obscure scientists highly for their services, this trust rapidly erodes in other groups. This course uncovers organizational arrangements of expert knowledge and asks how arcane expertise shapes public and private life. We investigate this relations­hip in three problem areas: (1) Free professions and bureaucratic occupations, including law and economics, as well as the EU and IMF; (2) health and science, including medicine, mental health, autism and AIDS; and (3) technology and the Internet, including power plants, programmers and data science. Across these empirical settings we analyze different processes by which abstract knowledge gains lay salience: Informal relations­hips between mentors and students, or doctors and patients; formal organizations, ranging from labs and firms to governments and NGOs; and occupations, which regulate medical doctors, architects and others; and we finally ask whether expertise could unfold systematically outside of specific relations­hips and institutionalized boundaries, such as in open discourse and arguments. On the basis of these processes we aim to understand today’s transition from bureaucratic to technological contexts of knowledge production and application.
S Elective Seminar: Organizational Theory (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
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 variation in organizational behavior and development. We will consider a variety of research questions that tap into both formal and informal ways of organizing: what kinds of institutions are necessary to make economic organization work? Where do such institutions come from? Why do we observe very different outcomes across contexts even though they share the same market-supporting institutions? Why do some organizations survive even though they face the most unfavorable environments? How do conditions at the time of an organization's birth shape its development? To address these and further questions, we will rely both on recent theoretical advances and on empirical studies in a various settings.
S Elective Seminar: Sex / Gender as Dimension of Social Stratification (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Sex and gender belong to the most basic categories recognized in all human societies. Also sex and gender affect all aspects of human life. This course will focus on how sex and gender are related to and affect main dimensions of social inequality, namely education, work, income, and the welfare state. The course begins by introducing how social scientists conceptualize sex and gender and ends with reflections on how to theorize these concepts.
Lernziel:
In this course you will learn how sex and gender shape social inequalities in Western societies. You will be introduced to the main theories as well as to important findings in this field. Through your course work, your presentation and your term paper you will gain experience in writing scientific texts and presenting scientific results.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
  • Barone, Carlo. 2011. Some things never change: Gender segregation in higher education across eight nations and three decades. Sociology of Education 84:157-176.
  • Bianchi, Suzanne M., Melissa A. Milkie, Liana C. Sayer and John P. Robinson. 2000. Is anyone doing the housework? Trends in the gender division of household labor. Social Forces 79:191-228.
  • Buchmann, Claudia, Thomas A. Diprete and Anne McDaniel. 2008. Gender inequalities in education. Annual Review of Sociology 34:319-337.
  • Cha, Youngjoo, and Kim A. Weeden. 2014. Overwork and the slow convergence in the gender gap in wages. American Social Review pre-print.
  • Davis, Shannon, and Theodore N. Greenstein. 2009. Gender Ideology: Components, Predictors, and Consequences. Annual Review of Sociology 35:87–105.
  • Jarman, Jennifer, Robert M. Blackburn and Girts Racko. 2012. The dimensions of occupational gender segregation in industrial countries. Sociology 46:1003-1019.
  • Korpi, Walter, Tommy Ferrarini and Stefan Englund. 2013. Women's opportunities under different family policy constellations: Gender, class, and inequality tradeoffs in western countries re-examined. Social Politics 20:1-40.
  • Mandel, Hadas. 2012. Winners and losers: The consequences of welfare state policies for gender wage inequality. European Sociological Review 28:241-262.
  • Neilson, Jeffrey, and Maria Stanfors. 2014. It's about time! Gender, parenthood, and household division of labor under different welfare regimes. Journal of Family Issues 35:1066-1088.
  • Stier, Haya, and Meir Yaish. 2014. Occupational segregation and gender inequality in job quality: a multi-level approach. Work, Employment and Society 28:225-246.
  • Twenge, Jean M. 1997. Changes in masculine and feminine traits over time: a meta-analysis. Sex Roles 36:305-325.
  • Walby, Sylvia, Jo Armstrong and Sofia Strid. 2012. Intersectionality: Multiple Inequalities in Social Theory. Sociology 46:224-240.
  • Weichselbaumer, Doris, and Rudolf Winter-Ebmer. 2005. A meta-analysis of the international gender wage gap. Journal of Economic Surveys 19:479-511.
  • West, Candace, and Don H. Zimmerman. 1987. Doing Gender. Gender & Society 1:125-151.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper.
Deadline for delivery of the term paper is midnight January 7, 2018.
Lektor(en):
Christof Wolf
Beschreibung:
Sex and gender belong to the most basic categories recognized in all human societies. Also sex and gender affect all aspects of human life. This course will focus on how sex and gender are related to and affect main dimensions of social inequality, namely education, work, income, and the welfare state. The course begins by introducing how social scientists conceptualize sex and gender and ends with reflections on how to theorize these concepts.
BM1/BN1: Selected research topics in social psychology I/II: : „Current topics in social psychology“ (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Herbert Bless , Dagmar Stahlberg
Beschreibung:
BM1/BN1: Selected research topics in social psychology I/II

This seminar has a particular focus on research activities in social psychology. Unlike seminars that concentrate on one core thematic topic, this seminar will address a selected variety of different research topics in current social psychology.  In each seminar session we will have a presentation either by participating students or by members of the social psychology group. Each presentation will address a current research topic in social psychology. The seminar provides the opportunity to actively discuss methodological, theoretical, and applied implications of the presented research. Participants need to have passed at least one other social psychology seminar in the master program or, alternatively, they have to be enrolled in one other social psychology seminar during the same semester (for international visiting students these preconditions may differ, please contact the program manager psychology).

Attention: The seminar will start on September 11th!
Elective Seminar: Migration, Globalization, and the Future of the Welfare State (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Course description:
This seminar deals with the question of how globalization influences welfare states. The impact of immigration on welfare states receives special attention in this course. The seminar starts with a general overview of the history of welfare states, their functions and a comparison of different welfare state models. In the next step, we deal with literature on the impact of economic globalization on welfare states. The main issue here is the question of whether globalization does create a “race to the bottom”, in which welfare states must continuously lower their social security standards in order to stay economically competitive. Finally, we will have a look at immigration and how it may affect existing welfare states. The focus here will be the question of whether the social consensus on the welfare state is undermined by immigration.

Consultation hours:
Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 in A 5, 6, room A517
Please make an appointment with secretary beforehand: gplatz@sowi.uni-mannheim.de

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 mit Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung mit Übung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Beschreibung:
This lecture series will present cutting edge research conducted in cognitive psychology at the University of Mannheim. After an introductory overview of cognitive psychology and its advanced methods (i.e., cognitive modeling) by B. Kuhlmann, various researchers will present their current work including research on judgment and decision making, memory, metacognition, and cognitive aging. The following researchers are planned as lecturers (changes possible): Dr. Nina Arnold, Dr. Martin Brandt, Prof. A. Bröder, Prof. E. Erdfelder, Prof. B. Kuhlmann, Dr. Lena Naderevic, und Dr. Monika Undorf. All lectures and materials will be in English.
BC2/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
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/AC1: Forschungs- und Anwendungs­techniken 2: Creating experiments with OpenSesame (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
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. https://dx.doi.org/10.3758/s13428-011-0168-7
 
Henninger, F., Kieslich, P. J., & Hilbig, B. E. (in press). Psynteract: A flexible, cross-platform, open framework for interactive experiments. Behavior Research Methods, 1–10. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-016-0801-6
 
Kieslich, P. J., & Henninger, F. (2017). Mousetrap: An integrated, open-source mouse-tracking package. Behavior Research Methods, 1–16. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-017-0900-z
Lektor(en):
Arndt Bröder
Beschreibung:
Please note that this is a block course.
 
Content of the 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 plugins that extend OpenSesame for specific purposes, e.g., the psynteract plugins that implement real-time interactions between participants (as required in many economic games), and the mousetrap plugins that implement mouse-tracking during decision tasks (a method that is becoming increasingly popular in the cognitive sciences to measure preference development). Additional topics will be covered depending on the preferences of the workshop participants. No prior knowledge of the software or Python is required.
BM1/BN1: Selected research topics in social psychology (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Dagmar Stahlberg , Herbert Bless
Beschreibung:
BM1/BN1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Sozialpsychologie I/II

Inhalt: This seminar has a particular focus on research activities in social psychology. Unlike seminars that concentrate on one core thematic topic, this seminar will address a selected variety of different research topics in current social psychology.  In each seminar session we will have a presentation either by participating students or by members of the social psychology group. Each presentation will address a current research topic in social psychology. The seminar provides the opportunity to actively discuss methodological, theoretical, and applied implications of the presented research. Participants need to have passed at least one other social psychology seminar in the master program or, alternatively, they have to be enrolled in one other social psychology seminar during the same semester (for international visiting students these preconditions may differ, please contact the program manager psychology).

Empfohlen für: Studierende des Master­studien­gangs Arbeit, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft und des Master­studien­gangs Soziologie

Erworben werden können: 4 ECTS Punkte

Erforderliche Studien­leistung: Präsens, aktive Mitarbeit, Vortrag über eigene Forschungs­idee

Erforderliche Prüfungs­leistung: Hausarbeit zur Ausarbeitung der eigenen Forschungs­idee 

Voraussetzung: B.Sc. in Psychologie oder äquivalenter Abschluss

Anmeldung: Über das Studierenden­portal

Sprechstunde Prof. Dr. Dagmar Stahlberg: Di, 14:00-15:00, A 435
Sprechstunde Prof. Dr. Hebert Bless: Siehe Homepage unter Aktuelles

Materialien: Über das Studierenden­portal
 
Literatur: Wird in der Veranstaltung bekannt gegeben.