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Sozial­wissenschaften - Bachelor (englisch)

Political Science

Courses in Political Science are usually only open for incoming exchange students majoring in Political Science and for exchange students at the School of Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology). Nominated exchange students will be contacted by their departmental exchange coordinator via e-mail at the end of November/early December (fall semester) or by the end of May/early June (Spring semester) regarding their course choice.

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

HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen I: Internet and Politics (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
How does the Internet empower and constrain governments, citizens, interest groups and civil society? How can and should we govern the operation of the Internet? This class introduces academic debates about the impact of the Internet on democratic politics, collective action, democratization and more. It discusses the political characteristics and challenges of the online information environment, data protection, and the governance of the Internet as a global communication infrastructure.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen I: Euroscepticism: Causes, Consequences and Responses (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Euroscepticism: Causes, Consequences and Responses

BA Hauptseminar, Fall Semester 2018

Instructor: Jun.-Prof. Dr. Nikoleta Yordanova

Course description Public support for European Integration has plunged to an all times low since the onset of the economic and subsequent refugee crises. This has raised pressing questions such as what drives Eurosceptic attitudes, who are the Eurosceptic citizens, are these citizens the actual losers of EU policies, as well as how have political leaders and the EU itself responded to the end of the permissive consensus towards European integration? The course will evaluate these questions through the lenses of theories of public support for international politics, winners and losers of globalization, political behavior, populism and responsiveness. It will introduce student to the state of the art analytical literature and data on public attitudes towards the EU and political responses to Euroscepticism.

Aims and objectives

To introduce students to the state of the art analytical research on Euroscepticism
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
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:

Hobolt, S. and de Vries, C. E. (2016) ‘Public Support for European Integration’, Annual Review of Political Science 19: 413-32.

News links to bookmark

EUobserver: http://euobserver.com
EurAktiv: www.euractiv.com
European Voice: www.europeanvoice.com
The Economist: www.economist.com

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 Internationalen Beziehungen 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-making. The goal of this seminar is not only to understand these theories, but also to apply and test them by the usage of methodological knowledge acquired in previous semesters. In this context, you will get the opportunity to present your term papers in order to discuss your research in class.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen I: Legislative Behaviour and Political Representation in the European Parliament (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Beschreibung:
The empowerment of the European Parliament has made it an influential legislature in the European Union’s policy-making process. Its members represent and aggregate the interests of their constituents and parties, participate in the legislative process, exercise budgetary control etc. Any of these links in this chain of delegation creates reciprocal dependencies and accountabilities that constrain the scope of action and the behaviour of the European Parliament’s members.

This seminar focuses on the determinants of legislative behaviour in the European Parliament and its consequences for political representation. After a short introduction into how the institutional setting of the European Parliament links the different political actors to each other, we will touch upon aspects such as competing principals, electoral rules, personal characteristics of legislators and their influences on voting behaviour, party unity, party switching and much more. Throughout the course, we will discuss what consequences these constraints have for the representation of the interests of the involved political actors, such as individual members of the European Parliament, parties and voters.

This course will provide students with an understanding of the theoretical and methodological background that enables them to conduct their own empirical analyses in the field of legislative behaviour and political representation. Besides familiarising students with the current state of research in the field as well as the research designs and methods political scientists have used to address these topics, this course will encourage students to critically discuss and evaluate the literature and develop and answer their own empirical research question. To facilitate this process, students will have the opportunity to present their research proposals in class and receive written feedback from a fellow student and the instructor
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:
  • 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.
  • McLeod, Douglas M., Gerald M. Kosicki and Jack M. McLeod. 2009. Political Communication Effects, in: Jennings Bryant and Mary Beth Oliver (Eds.), Media Effects. Advances in Theory and Research. New York: Routledge, 228-251.
  • Ratliff Santoro, Lauren and Paul A.  Beck. 2017. Social Networks and Vote Choice, in: Jennifer Nicoll Victor, Alexander H. Montgomery and Mark Lubell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 383-406.
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. Based on a discussion of recent research papers, it will focus on discussion effects, media effects and campaign effects on electoral participation, electoral choices and the attitudes that precede these decisions.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre II: European Union Democracy (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
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: Authoritarianism and Rebellion in Latin America (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Anne Pintsch
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: International environmental governance (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Anne Pintsch
Beschreibung:
This seminar combines an introduction to International Relations (IR) with a focus on environmental policy. After a general overview of the topic, the most prominent IR theories will be introduced and applied to environmental cooperation. The third part of the seminar will address questions of compliance, i.e. whether states conform to the agreed rules, and rule effectiveness. Finally, it will be discussed to what extent global environmental governance involves various stakeholders and can be characterized as democratic. Throughout the course, empirical examples will be presented.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Globalization, Political Institutions, and Domestic Politics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Beschreibung:
This course is a survey of the core concepts and theories of international political economy with a focus on how globalization processes affect domestic politics and policy outcomes in contemporary Western democracies. The course is divided into three sections. The first one is designed to familiarize students with theoretical perspectives, methods of analysis, and concepts widely used in the study of international political economy. The concepts and methods will help the students explore the topics in the other two sections on how the global economy shapes domestic politics and policies. The second section focuses on how political institutions moderate the effects of globalization on policy outcomes. The third section explores how economic and social factors associated with globalization influence elections and policy outcomes.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Top down or bottom up? - States and their relation to International Organizations (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Anne Pintsch
Beschreibung:
Why is it that states invest a lot of time and resources to become a two year, non-permanent member in the United Nations Security Council when their influence in the organization is virtually zero? Do EU-aspirant countries adopt EU regulations more frequently to increase their chances of becoming a member? And to what extent are aid payments by the World Bank and IMF loans distributed according to strategic interests of the organizations and their members instead of targeting those countries in need? We will explore these and related questions by looking at how states and International Organizations are related with each other. This course looks at both the top-down and bottom-up perspective as it provides an overview of how IOs are beneficial for states to further their goals and to what extent they constrain and influence them. To give a comprehensive overview of how states and IOs interact, we will read from a variety of different texts and sources, ranging from fundamental work in the academic literature, over new and innovative studies that use unconventional methods such as text analysis or networks, to news paper articles and policy reports. The goal of this course is to prepare students to critically discuss the literature and eventually draft a research design for their own questions.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: The Political Economy of International Trade (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Irene Menéndez González
Beschreibung:
The Political Economy of International Trade  This one-semester course introduces BA students to some of the major topics related to the study of international trade. A large literature in international economics and political science suggests that international trade shapes – and is shaped by – domestic politics. The course examines the causes and consequences of trade. We first look at trade patterns in the postwar period, and begin by presenting standard and recent models of international trade. The course then extends these frameworks by exploring political economy explanations of trade policy. It focuses on the role of individual interests, interest groups and political institutions. The course then turns to the role of international economic regimes in shaping trade. It concludes by looking at the links between trade and conflict, foreign direct investment and offshoring.
PS Einführung in die Politische Soziologie: Elections and Voting (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
  • van der Eijk and Franklin (2009) „Elections and Voters“, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Duch and Stevenson (2008) „The Economic Vote“, Cambridge University Press
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
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.
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:

Introductory and basic literature:
 

  • 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.
  • Berger, C. R., Roloff, M. E., Wilson, S. R., Dillard, J. P., Caughlin, J. P., & Solomon, D. (Eds.). (2015). The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Bryant, J., & Oliver, M. B. (2009). Media effects: advances in theory and research (3. ed. 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.
  • Perloff, R. M. (2014). The dynamics of political communication: media and politics in a digital age. New York: Routledge.
  • Reinemann, C. (2014). Political communication. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.
  • 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.
  • 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 the latest political developments. This seminar will study the behavioral and attitudinal consequences of political communication originating from these specific sources, with a special focus on political communication during election periods and considering the rapidly changing communication environment. Additionally, we will devote some particular attention to recent research on populist communication.

PS Einführung in die Politische Soziologie: Citizens‘ communication about politics: Social networks and democractic politics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:

Introductory and basic literature:

Berger, C. R., Roloff, M. E., Wilson, S. R., Dillard, J. P., Caughlin, J. P., & Solomon, D. (Eds.). (2015). The International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication: Wiley-Blackwell.

Floridia, A. (2017). From Participation to Deliberation. A Critical Genealogy of Deliberative Democracy, Colchester (UK). Colchester: ECPR Press.

Gastil, J. (2008). Political communication and deliberation. Thousand Oaks: SAGE.

Huckfeldt, R. (2007). Information, Persuasion, and Political Communication Networks. In R. J. Dalton, H.-D. Klingemann & R. E. Goodin (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of political behavior (pp. 100–122). Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press.

Huckfeldt, R., & Sprague, J. (1995). Citizens, politics, and social communication: Information and influence in an election campaign. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Huckfeldt, R., Johnson, P. E., & Sprague, J. D. (2004). Political disagreement: The survival of diverse opinions within communication networks. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Huckfeldt, R., Mondak, J. J., Hayes, M., Pietryka, M. T., & Reilly, J. (2013). Networks, Interdependence, and Social Influence in Politics. In L. Huddy, D. O. Sears & J. S. Levy (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology (2 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McClurg, S. D., Klofstad, C. A., & Sokhey, A. (2016). Discussion Networks. In J. N. Victor, A. H. Montgomery, & M. Lubell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mutz, D. (2006). Hearing the other side: Deliberative versus participatory democracy. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Santoro, L. R., & Beck, P. A. (2016). Social Networks and Vote Choice. In J. N. Victor, A. H. Montgomery, & M. Lubell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Political Networks. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schmitt-Beck, R., & Lup, O. (2013). Seeking the Soul of Democracy: A Review of Recent Research into Citizens' Political Talk Culture. Swiss Political Science Review, 19(4), 513-538.

Sinclair, B. (2012). The social citizen: Peer networks and political behavior. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Zuckerman, A. S. (Ed.). (2005). The social logic of politics: Personal networks as contexts for political behavior. Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press.

Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Beschreibung:

From time to time, we all talk about political topics with family, friends or colleagues as part of our daily interactions. What are the implications of political discussions in our immediate social networks for democratic politics? (How) do they, for example, influence whether and whom we vote for at Election Day, whether we participate politically or how we relate to political objects and our fellow citizens?

This seminar will study citizens’ interpersonal communication about politics. It will cover the phenomenology of the object of study – including definitions and delineations as well as its determinants. A second focus will be on the consequences of political talk for political attitudes and behavior – we will review classics as well as recent debates on how different features of political talk impact on political participation and political attitudes. We will discuss the role of political discussions in a changing communication environment and review debates about the deliberative quality and potential of such exchanges.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Florian Stuhldreier) (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Data Analysis for Political Scientists”
Prüfungs­leistung:

A Leistungs­schein/ECTS credits can be obtained through regular active participation (maximum of 2 unexcused absences), the successful completion of 3 homeworks and the passing of the written examination in the accompanying lecture.

Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
The exercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Marie-Lou Sohnius) (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Data Analysis for Political Scientists”
Prüfungs­leistung:

A Leistungs­schein/ECTS credits can be obtained through regular active participation (maximum of 2 unexcused absences), the successful completion of 3 homeworks and the passing of the written examination in the accompanying lecture.

Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
The exercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Raphael Mizzi) (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Data Analysis for Political Scientists”
Prüfungs­leistung:

A Leistungs­schein/ECTS credits can be obtained through regular active participation (maximum of 2 unexcused absences), the successful completion of 3 homeworks and the passing of the written examination in the accompanying lecture.

Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
The exercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Florian Stuhldreier) (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Data Analysis for Political Scientists”
Prüfungs­leistung:

A Leistungs­schein/ECTS credits can be obtained through regular active participation (maximum of 2 unexcused absences), the successful completion of 3 homeworks and the passing of the written examination in the accompanying lecture.

Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
The exercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Konstantin Heim) (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Data Analysis for Political Scientists”
Prüfungs­leistung:

A Leistungs­schein/ECTS credits can be obtained through regular active participation (maximum of 2 unexcused absences), the successful completion of 3 homeworks and the passing of the written examination in the accompanying lecture.

Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
The exercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Raphael Mizzi) (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Data Analysis for Political Scientists”
Prüfungs­leistung:

A Leistungs­schein/ECTS credits can be obtained through regular active participation (maximum of 2 unexcused absences), the successful completion of 3 homeworks and the passing of the written examination in the accompanying lecture.

Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
The exercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Konstantin Heim) (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Data Analysis for Political Scientists”
Prüfungs­leistung:

A Leistungs­schein/ECTS credits can be obtained through regular active participation (maximum of 2 unexcused absences), the successful completion of 3 homeworks and the passing of the written examination in the accompanying lecture.

Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
The exercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Marie-Lou Sohnius) (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Data Analysis for Political Scientists”
Prüfungs­leistung:

A Leistungs­schein/ECTS credits can be obtained through regular active participation (maximum of 2 unexcused absences), the successful completion of 3 homeworks and the passing of the written examination in the accompanying lecture.

Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Beschreibung:
The exercise „Data Analysis for Political Scientists“ accompanies the respective lecture. The basic methods of data analysis using the statistical software package Stata are explained and practiced.
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen II: The Analysis of Repression and Political Violence (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:

The aim of this exercise is to get a practical understanding of the different methods and measurements that have been used in the analysis of repression and political violence. Hence, as a refresher, in the first part of the exercise we will briefly reconsider the central aspects of a good research design such as case selection, conceptualization, and operationalization. Thereafter, in the second part we will examine the implementation of these aspects in the actual analysis of repression and political violence. Participants will actively explore selected datasets and analyze critically the construction, use, and conclusions drawn from the utilized measurements. Thereby, students will also be introduced to the specific conflict-related problems of social scientific research. Upon successful completion of the exercise, participants shall be aware of important measurements in the field as well as potential shortcomings they should keep in mind when including them in their own research.

The course is taught in English.


C

Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen II: Social Network Analysis in R (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
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.
  • Students can apply the functionality of R to perform basic social network analyses.
  • 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 set up a research design to answer this question in their final paper written according to scientific standards.
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:

This seminar introduces students to theory and empirical applications of network analysis. Based on an introduction to the basic functionality of R (objects, functions, data management, plotting) students learn how to use R to perform basic social network analyses. We apply social network analysis to study various forms of conflict such as protest, terrorism, and civil war. This theoretical and empirical network perspective allows us to enhance our understanding of conflict processes.

The seminar is tailored to students who have not worked with R before. Students learn programming in R with a focus on the basics of social network analysis. They learn about the relevant data sources in conflict studies and research design strategies. This seminar prepares students intensively for writing their final paper and is taught in English.

Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen II: Analyzing conflicts — Research methods in peace and conflict studies (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Beschreibung:
This course covers two important areas in science: Research methods in conflict studies as well as writing as a way to think and progress in research. While we are going to deal with various research methods in conflict studies during each session, we will spend a considerable amount of time on writing. This class tries to incorporate writing as part of the learning process of this class.  Students should therefore work continuously, in guided steps, on their final papers. As final project for this class, I ask you to submit a well-developed research proposal.
Ü Methoden der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre I: What are Politicians doing on Twitter? Using R to collect and explore Social Media Data (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:
Twitter becomes more and more prominent in political discourses, yet analysis is mostly focused on its use to measure public opinion. In times of Donald Trump the use of twitter by political elites becomes more and more interesting. At the same time, twitter provides digital trace data to see old questions of political science in a new light. Are politicians interacting with their voters? What other politicians are they connected to? What role do parties play in political communication?


This methods course will enable you to collect twitter data and apply basic computational text analysis to explore patterns. It offers a hands-on introduction to big data. Part of this course is an in depth introduction to the statistical programming language R and the use of the twitter API. Basic knowledge of statistics and a statistical package like STATA is required.
Ü Methoden der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre I: Measuring Euroscepticism with STATA (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Beschreibung:

Euroscepticism is a common feature of contemporary politics in many EU member states. It entails increasingly opposing citizen attitudes towards further European integration and the political system of the EU, but also the rise of Eurosceptic parties. Whether it is the AfD in Germany, the FN in France, Podemos in Spain or the Five Star Movement in Italy: populist Eurosceptic parties on all sides of the ideological spectrum have gained massive ground in recent years and altered the political competition on European integration all around Europe. The goal of this course is to learn how we can comparatively measure positions on European integration and other EU issues – on the level of both citizens/voters and political parties. Students will learn to distinguish different forms of Eurosceptic attitudes and positions, but also to analyze their causes and consequences from a comparative perspective.

In the first part of the course, we will recap basic statistical methods and their application with STATA. During that time, we will also learn about different methodological approaches and data sources to study voter- and party-based Euroscepticism, such as voter surveys or election manifestos. In the second part, we will read and replicate current empirical studies in the research areas of public opinion and voting behavior, before doing the same in the area of party competition on European integration. By doing so, students are enabled to independently conduct advanced empirical studies. For that purpose, students are asked to perform regular data analysis exercises (Studien­leistungen) and a larger final exercise at the end of the semester (Prüfungs­leistung) to pass the course. A basic knowledge of quantitative statistical methods and their empirical application in STATA is therefore essential to follow the class.

 

Ü Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaft­lichen Arbeitens anhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaft­licher Texte, das Vorbereiten und Präsentieren von Referaten, das Ausarbeiten von Hausarbeiten, Literatur­recherche und die Arbeit mit weiteren Recherchedatenbanken. Die Fertigkeitenwerden anhand kleinerer Hausaufgaben eingeübt. Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaft­lichen Arbeitensanhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaft­licher Texte, das Vorbereiten und Präsentieren von Referaten, das Ausarbeiten von Hausarbeiten, Literatur­recherche und die Arbeit mit weiteren Recherchedatenbanken. Die Fertigkeiten werden anhand kleinerer Hausaufgaben eingeübt.

Achtung: Die Veranstaltung beginnt in der 2. Semesterwoche!
Ü Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Anne Pintsch
Beschreibung:
Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaft­lichen Arbeitens anhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaft­licher Texte, das Vorbereiten und Präsentieren von Referaten, das Ausarbeiten von Hausarbeiten, Literatur­recherche und die Arbeit mit weiteren Recherchedatenbanken. Die Fertigkeitenwerden anhand kleinerer Hausaufgaben eingeübt. Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaft­lichen Arbeitensanhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaft­licher Texte, das Vorbereiten und Präsentieren von Referaten, das Ausarbeiten von Hausarbeiten, Literatur­recherche und die Arbeit mit weiteren Recherchedatenbanken. Die Fertigkeiten werden anhand kleinerer Hausaufgaben eingeübt.

Achtung: Die Veranstaltung beginnt in der 2. Semesterwoche!
Ü Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Viktoriia Semenova , Thomas Bräuninger
Beschreibung:
Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaft­lichen Arbeitens anhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaft­licher Texte, das Vorbereiten und Präsentieren von Referaten, das Ausarbeiten von Hausarbeiten, Literatur­recherche und die Arbeit mit weiteren Recherchedatenbanken. Die Fertigkeitenwerden anhand kleinerer Hausaufgaben eingeübt. Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaft­lichen Arbeitensanhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaft­licher Texte, das Vorbereiten und Präsentieren von Referaten, das Ausarbeiten von Hausarbeiten, Literatur­recherche und die Arbeit mit weiteren Recherchedatenbanken. Die Fertigkeiten werden anhand kleinerer Hausaufgaben eingeübt.

Achtung: Die Veranstaltung beginnt in der 2. Semesterwoche!
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/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (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:
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: Life Courses and Welfare States in Europe (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Sociology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for other exchange students within the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology).
Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Sociology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Sociology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation.
For further questions, please contact: int-soc@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lektor(en):
Katja Hanna Helene Möhring
Beschreibung:

Course description:

Life course sociology deals with individuals’ pathways through life and analyses determinates and consequences of their life course transitions and trajectories, their biographical decisions and expectations. Most prominent topics cover employment history and family life, income and poverty risks over the life cycle, and transitions from school to work and from work to retirement. Individuals’ life courses do not look the same all over the world, but are influenced by the social policy, economy, and cultural values in a country. In life course sociology, welfare state policies and intuitions are perceived as main structuring forces of individuals’ life course. For example, people in Germany regally retire in their mid-60s, whereas Americans tend to continue working longer.

The seminar will focus on cross-national differences in welfare states and individuals’ life courses in Europe. We will first get to know relevant theoretical approaches and scientific debates: What cross-national differences exist in welfare states in Europe? Why is the welfare state important for individuals’ life course decisions, and how do researchers explain effects of social policy in different life stages? In what way do life courses change over time? Can we identify ‘life course regimes’ in Europe?

Second, the seminar will focus on recent empirical studies that compare individuals’ life courses in different European countries. Students then work on a “Team Project” focusing on life courses and the welfare state in one specific European country.

HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Intergenerational relations across the life course (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Sociology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for other exchange students within the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology).
Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Sociology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Sociology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation.
For further questions, please contact: int-soc@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lektor(en):
Marcel Raab
Beschreibung:
Intergenerational relations across the life course 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.
PS Proseminar Soziologie: Introduction to economic sociology (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Sociology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in Sociology and for other exchange students within the School of Social Sciences (Political Science, Psychology).
Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Sociology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Sociology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation.
For further questions, please contact: int-soc@sowi.uni-mannheim.de.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
This course scrutinizes social actors in economic settings and asks how their relational arrangements and decision strategies shape modern life. We take three analytical perspectives: (1) Foundations, including organizations, markets, money, work and consumption; (2) conceptual frameworks of economic action, status, relational and network arrangements, as well as institutional contexts on the macro-level; and (3) detailed and comprehensive analyses of industries, regions, and other cases. Substantively, we analyze problems that take us from Soviet Socialism to global capitalism, from Broadway musical productions to garment factories in the Dominican Republic as well as from Baden-Württemberg’s craft economy to global trading networks. We focus on two sets of broader questions: On the one hand, we ask how economic arrangements work, when they fail, and why. On the other hand, we scrutinize which aspects of modern social life are considered economic, which are not, and to what effect. This course aims to provide a sociological understanding of markets, organizations, innovation, and the division of labor, as well as of design strategies for studying these topics empirically.

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: Milestones of Memory Research (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Suitable for exchange students. The 2 ECTS require the preparation of a presentation in a small group. If more ECTS are needed for the home institution, additional effort is required (e.g. a seminar paper)
Lernziel:
Overview of the most important research activities and theories concerning human memory.
Competencies: Reading and understanding original scientific empirical articles; understanding the multiple methodological approaches to cognitive research.
Literatur:
Basic text:

Baddeley, A., Eysenck, M.W., & Anderson, M.C. (2009). Memory. Hove: Psychology Press.
Lektor(en):
Arndt Bröder
Beschreibung:
Memory is one of the most exciting faculties of the human mind. After many years of introspection and philosophical speculation about memory, Hermann Ebbinghaus founded the experimental study of individual memory processes in 1885. Since then, many important insights about memory have been gained using rigorous experimental methods. In this seminar, we will learn about the „classics“ in empirical memory research that have transformed the field and our conceptualization of memory.
G3: Ausgewählte Probleme der Allgemeinen Psychologie II: Emotion and Motivation (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
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 our decisions? Do they help us to find better solutions or just block our thinking? Do we really know causes of our 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 the role of emotions and mechanisms of motivation in everyday 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 human brain activity. The goal of this block seminar is to provide students an overview about fMR as an essential addition to the toolbox of experimental and clinical psychologists. The seminar includes lectures, hands-on exercises for planning a fMRI study, and a visit to the MRI facility at the Central Institute of Mental Health. At the end of the seminar, students will have a basic understanding of the motivation using fMRI, physics of MRI scanners, MRI safety, principles of experimental designs, and data analysis methods.

lecturer: Prof. Dr. Frank Krüger
I2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Entwicklungs­psychologie: Developmental Disorders in Children (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Oliver Dickhäuser
Beschreibung:
This seminar on developmental disorders particularly focusses on learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, giftedness, auditory and language processing disorders and intellectual deficiencies. 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.
Aim of the course: 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 to reflect on how the learning contexts can be adapted to suit the learning needs of children with developmental disorders.
M1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Arbeits- und Organisations­psychologie I - Job Performance (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
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:

This course covers basic concepts and processes of work performance. Issues addressed in the course are, e.g., task performance, creativity, organizational citizenship behavior, and proactive behavior. We will discuss basic concepts as well as important empirical research findings in order to understand work performance. Moreover, practical implications (e.g., in terms of improving work performance) of these concepts and findings will be discussed.

P2: Schwerpunkte der Klinischen Psychologie: Diversity in clinical psychology. Cross-cultural differences in therapy, research and beyond (Dr. Berdica) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
The seminar will be held in English. Criteria for participation and obtaining of the credits include an oral presentation about a topic that will be assigned to the students in the beginning of the semester. At the end they will have to hand in also a short essay (two-three pages) about that topic or another topic. Active and continuous participation is requested and will be part of the evaluation.
Lektor(en):
Georg Alpers
Beschreibung:

Diversity in clinical psychology. Cross-cultural differences in therapy, research and beyond

lecturer: Dr. Elisa Berdica

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

 

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


 

Q1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Klinischen Psychologie I: Developmental Disorders in Children and Adults (Meachon) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
The course is being addressed to non-native speakers of English. Incoming students have to hold a presentation and write a short paper to receive 6 ECTS.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Oral exam (only for students of the University of Mannheim, not for incomings)
Lektor(en):
Georg Alpers
Beschreibung:
The primary objective of this course is to provide students with a thorough foundation of knowledge on the mechanisms of developmental disorders and their various classifications. This will include neurodevelopmental disorders in the DSM 5 and ICD-11. More specifically, we will compare and contrast the DSM 5 with the soon-to-be released ICD-11. Students will further explore and evaluate current research on developmental disorders, and choose a relevant topic for a final presentation in English for their final project.

A secondary aim of the course is to create a comfortable environment conducive to practicing English for non-native speakers. In modern academia, students and researchers can significantly broaden their scope of opportunities in future degrees, conferences, and academic presentations by reaching comfort and confidence in their academic English, especially in written and verbal formats. Therefore, this course will include the practice of crucial academic skills for psychologists in English, including evaluation and discussion of journal articles, practice writing reviews of articles, and presentation skills.