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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: Land Deals, Mining Investments and Local Rural Livelihoods (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Lernziele:

Understanding how primary foreign direct investments may affect rural livelihoods
Learning about policies, institutional conditions and international standards capable of producing socially and environmentally more acceptable forms of land use and resource extraction
Reviewing the issues, concepts and theories that help us to comprehend the relations­hips between agriculture, mining, the natural environment, and human society
Encouraging debate and critical thinking on sustainable local livelihoods by highlighting how institutions may shape the production, distribution, and consumption of scarce resources
Understanding distributive struggles over the costs and benefits of land use
Learning to read theoretical literature and empirical contributions.
Gaining an overview of the main components of the research process and being able to identify these components in published articles
Learning to identify relevant literature and to draft a literature review for a hypothetical research paper
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term Paper
Lektor(en):
Tim Christian Wegenast
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
The increasing demand for particular natural resources is a central challenge for sustainability. Expanding global consumption and the transition towards renewable energy sources foment the search and extraction of particular minerals such as rare earths, copper, cobalt or lithium. At the same time, enhanced food demand, climate change and urbanization are linked to a worldwide intensification of land use and agricultural land acquisition.
In this course, we will examine how investments in countries’ resource sectors have affected rural livelihoods. In particular, we will review the impact of mining concessions, oil deals or large-scale land acquisitions on local economic and socio-environmental outcomes such as employment, poverty, food security, health, environmental degradation, land use conflicts and sustainable livelihoods.
will also address how resource governance may either mitigate or exacerbate the vulnerability of local communities. Thereby, we will examine the importance of resource control rights and regulation systems, modes of agricultural production, international sustainability standards and CSR practices for securing local livelihoods in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Students are encouraged to further their research skills as well as to identify, pose and pursue specific research questions of interest. Since this is essentially a reading course, students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss all assigned readings. As we will mainly survey contemporary empirical literature, students should have a basic knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Any questions concerning the course’s content, organization or formal requirements will be answered during the first session.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Legislative Behaviour and Political Representation in the European Parliament (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Corbett, Richard/Francis Jacobs/Michael Shackleton. 2011. The European Parliament. London: John Harper.

Hix, Simon/Abdul G. Noury/Gérard Roland. 2007. Democratic Politics in the European Parliament. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term Paper
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
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 Internationalen Beziehungen: Determinants of International Cooperation (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Fundamental Reading:
Bueno De Mesquita, B. (2009). Principles of International Politics: People's Power, Preferences, and Perceptions. (4th ed.) Washington, D.C.: CQ Press
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term Paper
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
The course focuses on the determinants and results of international cooperation. Key questions are: Why do states cooperate in international agreements and organizations? How do they design these agreements and organizations? What are the drivers of cooperation? When does cooperation fail? The 14 sessions of this course are structured in four blocks. First, we will discuss the theoretical foundations of scholarship on international cooperation (1). Then we will turn to international organizations (2) and international agreements (3). In a final substantive block we will look at the failure of cooperation and the results of failed cooperation (4). The last sessions of the course will allow students to present their own research in order to receive feedback on their final paper ideas.
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 international cooperation. 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 Internationalen Beziehungen: International Organizations under Challenge (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
The work of international intergovernmental organizations (IOs) affects our daily lives in many ways. At the same time, IOs have recently become challenged from various sides. On the one hand, states are withdrawing from IOs, e.g. Burundi and the Philippines have pulled out from the International Criminal Court, the US and Israel have left UNESCO and the UK is exiting the European Union. On the other hand, non-state actors are questioning the legitimacy of IOs and claim more openness to non-governmental organizations. In order to better understand the work of IOs and challenges to it, the seminar will kick off with a historical perspective on the origin of IOs and subsequently address questions about why states create and join them in the first place. In the second part, similarities and differences between IOs will be analyzed and explained. Finally, recent challenges will be studied and it will be discussed whether international organizations are legitimate and democratic.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: The Role of Opposition Parties in European Democracies (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Fundamental Reading:
Dahl, Robert A.; Shapiro, Ian; Cheibub, José Antonio, eds. (2003). The Democracy Sourcebook.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term Paper
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 308 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
The aim of this seminar is to provide students with fundamental knowledge on the purpose, functioning and modes of parliamentary opposition in European countries and the EU. Initially, the fundamental purpose of opposition parties in democracies will be discussed. Based upon this, we will talk about modes of opposition in European democracies and how those different opposition types are shaped by institutional factors. Further topics to be dealt with in the seminar circle around the relation between opposition parties and the public, recent developments in parliamentary opposition and the role of opposition within the European Union.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Politischen Soziologie: Public Opinion, Political Participation, and the Welfare State (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Kumlin, Staffan and Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffan (eds). 2014. How Welfare States Shape the Democratic Public: Policy Feedback, Participation, and Attitudes. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Svallfors, Stefan (ed). 2007. The Political Sociology and the Welfare State: Institutions, Social Cleavages, and Orientations. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Harald Schoen
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This undergraduate seminar examines how the welfare state shapes citizen attitudes and political participation. Not only will we study how social policies, their design, and administration can influence public opinion – such as preferences for redistribution, policy attitudes, or immigration – but we will also investigate how different welfare state contexts influence levels and types of political participation as well as political equality. In addition to providing students with an introduction to the topics, we will also pay particular attention to the research designs and methods employed in order to broaden students’ methodological understanding and equip them with the skills necessary to design their own studies.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Politischen Soziologie: Political Talk and Democratic Politics (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Hausarbeit
Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:

Political discussions with our family, friends and colleagues are a crucial part of our daily interaction. What are the implications of these political discussions for democratic politics? (How) do they, for example, influence whom we vote for at Election Day, whether we participate politically or how we relate to political objects and our fellow citizens?

The seminar will look into research into citizens’ interpersonal communication about politics. It will cover the phenomenology of political talk – including definitions and delineations of the object of study as well as its individual and contextual determinants. A second focus will be on the consequences of political talk for political attitudes and behavior. We will review classics as well as recent debates on how different features of political talk affect political participation and political attitudes. We will discuss the role of political discussions in a changing communication environment.

HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre: Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Prüfungs­leistung:

Term paper (approx. 6,000 words) on a predetermined research question or a research question of individual choice. The deadline for the term paper is January 31, 2020. Please hand in your term paper in PDF format via email.

Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 309 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:

This course introduces students to the main theoretical concepts and the major empirical research questions in the area of Gender and Politics. It addresses fundamental questions in Comparative Politics from the perspective of gender differences and confronts students with important questions of causal inference in empirical-analytical research. Based on selected recent contributions students examine 1) questions of descriptive and substantive representation (e.g., in political institutions such as parties, national and sub-national legislatures). Students also learn 2) about political participation and explore the causes and consequences of gender gaps in individual voting behavior. Other key aspects that are discussed in the seminar include 3) political violence against women and 4) gender dynamics in judicial decision-making. Throughout the course, students are introduced to the relevant data sources of gender and politics, providing them with plenty of opportunities to conduct their own preliminary analyses and develop first ideas for their term paper.

HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre: Experiments in Comparative Politics and International Relations (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Richard Traunmüller
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Experiments are a key methodology in modern political science. This course has two aims. First, it will introduce students to the fundamental logic of experiments and their methodological strengths and weaknesses in establishing valid causal inferences of social scientific interest. Second, it will discuss several classic and recent examples of lab, survey, field and natural experiments in the study of political processes (mainly but not exclusively related to international relations). Next to a firm methodological understanding of experimental designs students will therefore also gain insight into important empirical findings and regularities regarding human action in politics (and how difficult it can be to establish them in a scientific rigorous way). The course will be held in English, unless participants prefer German. Prior exposure to quantitative methodology is highly recommended but not a requisite.

Recommended reading: Gerber, A. S. and D. P. Green. (2012). Field
Experiments. Design, Analysis, and Interpretation. Norton & Company
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Human Rights Violations during Peace & Conflict (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
This course focuses on human rights violations as a theoretical concept and as an empirical phe-nomenon. It tackles questions such as: What are human rights violations? How can we studyhuman rights violations empirically? When are human rights violations most likely to occur?Which groups of individuals face an elevated risk of human rights violations? And which typesof interventions are effective to promote human rights? The course will be structured accordingto different political contexts analysing distinct dynamics of repression during ’peace’ and conflict.A particular emphasis will lie on the immediate aftermath of conflicts and the implementation ofdiverse means of transitional justice. The course will also cover different logics underlying distincttypes of human rights violations. To bridge the gap between theory and practice, current real-world examples of human rights violations will be discussed in relation to the theoretical conceptsintroduced in class
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
Literatur:
Recommended readings:
Jeffry A. Frieden, David A. Lake, and J. Lawrence Broz, eds. 2017. International Political Economy: Perspectives on Global Power and Wealth. Sixth edition. New York: W.W. Norton & Company
Thomas H Oatley. 2012. International Political Economy. Boston: Longman/Pearson Education
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This course is a survey of the core concepts and theories of international political economy with a focus on how economic 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 you with theoretical perspectives, methods of analysis, and concepts widely used in the study of international political economy. We want to get an overview of what scholars of international political economy study, how they define globalization, and who the winners and losers of trade liberalization are. The concepts and methods will help us explore the topics in the other two sections on how the global economy shapes domestic politics and policies. In the second section, we are going to discuss how political institutions moderate the effect of globalization on policy outcomes. The third section explores how economic and social factors associated with globalization influence elections and policy outcomes.
The language of instruction is English.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Actors and Dynamics of Authoritarian Rule (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final paper (graded, worth 100\%)
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 A 204 Unterrichtsraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 05.09.2019 13:45 - 15:15 110 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 12.09.2019 08:30 - 10:00 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:

In this seminar we engage with research on autocracies and dictatorships. The main goal is to develop a deeper understanding of the key actors, strategies, and processes that shape authoritarian politics. What is authoritarianism and how do autocrats come to power? What are the strategies authoritarian regimes use to stay in power? How do dictators organize their security apparatus and what are the consequences for state repression? And under what conditions do autocrats fall? We will thoroughly address these kinds of questions in class and discuss existing explanations. By the end of the semester, students should be able to critically assess relevant contemporary research in terms of both theory and empirical evidence. The course is highly reading-intensive and requires active participation in class to allow for fruitful discussions. Basic knowledge of research design and methodology is strongly recommended. Course language is English. To prepare for the seminar, participants should already read the book: Frantz, Erica. 2018. Authoritarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know. New York: Oxford University Press.

PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Political Economy of Migration (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Richard Traunmüller
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Global migration is among the great political challenges of our time. In this course, we will discuss contemporary scholarly research on the political economy of migration. The course examines how domestic and international politics push and pull the movement of migrants, the economic impact of emigration and immigration as well as citizens’ fears and reactions toward immigrants.  It emphasizes the theoretical core, and some current debates, in the field but also aims to expose students to some nuts and bolts of each policy area and the chief methods by which scholars acquire knowledge of the subject. We will pick up some knowledge of historical and contemporary examples wherever possible, but presenting such material systematically is not the focus of the course. The course is also intended to stimulate students to form original ideas for promising research projects in the area of international relations and political economy.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Networked Nations — The relations­hip structure of states in the international arena (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term Paper (schriftliche Hausarbeit)
Lektor(en):
Dennis Hammerschmidt
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (Blocktermin) 19.11.2019 15:30 - 18:45 211 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Blocktermin) 22.11.2019 10:15 - 13:30 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Dienstag  (Blocktermin) 26.11.2019 15:30 - 18:45 211 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Blocktermin) 29.11.2019 10:15 - 13:30 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Dienstag  (Blocktermin) 03.12.2019 15:30 - 18:45 211 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Blocktermin) 06.12.2019 10:15 - 13:30 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Dienstag  (Blocktermin) 12.11.2019 15:30 - 18:45 209 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
What does it mean if two states draft a resolution together? Do they have a relations­hip with each other? How about if they sign a treaty? And what does it mean for their relations­hip if two countries have a similar voting behavior in an international organization for one year but diverge significantly the year afterwards? Did their relations­hip change? We will explore these and related questions by looking at the emergence and implications of state relations­hip structures in the international arena. Paricular focus will be given to the role of networks in state-to-state relations­hips as well as the extend that states are embedded in a network of international organizations. To give a comprehensive introduction to these topics, we will read from a variety of different texts and sources, ranging from fundamental work in the Political Science literature, over interdisciplinary approaches from related fields, to news paper articles and policy reports. The goal of this course is to prepare students to critically discuss and engage with the literature as well as to provide them with the necessary skills to start working on their own research project along the course.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: European Institutions and Policy-Making (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Nugent, Neill. The Government and Politics of the European Union. London: Macmillan.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term Paper
Lektor(en):
Thomas König
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 308 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
The course focuses on the analysis of policy-making in the European Union (EU). Sessions of the course are structured in a way to familiarize students with the key questions of European integration and political system of the EU as it functions today. First, we will briefly discuss history of the integration process in Europe and how the EU we know today came about (1). Then we will turn to the main theoretical approaches to the study of European integration (2). Then we will discuss work of the key EU institutions, their competences and functioning (3). Last substantive block will cover European policy-making process in the key policy areas and interaction between institutions (4).
Overall, the course will provide students interested in European political processes with a comprehensive overview of the EU institutions and thorough understanding of policies and policy-making. After completion of the course students will be familiar with the main theoretical and methodological tools necessary for independent research in the field of regional integration and EU in particular and be able to critically assess the past, present, and future processes of European integration. Besides getting familiar with the key scholarship and current academic trends in EU studies students will have a chance to develop their own research project. To facilitate this process, students will have to write a final paper with the opportunity to present research ideas in class and receive a written feedback from the lecturer and peers.
PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Introduction to Development Studies (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Lernziele:

- Thinking critically about development theory and practice by working on three main questions: What is development? Should it be achieved? How is it accomplished?
- Understanding some of the competing policy prescriptions for the development of states, economies and societies
- Perceiving nation’s development as historical and on-going processes
- Being able to connect development theory routinely to real world examples
- Appreciating that development is a contested idea and so are approaches to development
Prüfungs­leistung:
· Short essay
- Critical literature review
Lektor(en):
Tim Christian Wegenast
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 309 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
This course provides an introduction to contemporary research on development issues, tackling big questions and theories in societal development.
Conceptually, the seminar will contrast our current growth-led model of development with other dimensions such as sustainable livelihoods and well-being. Thus, the course will draw on the notion of development for all economies and not exclusively for so called developing ones.
Some questions to be addressed are: what is the legacy of historical institutions such as slavery and colonialism? How is inequality, natural resource extraction or the growing internationalization of markets linked to living standards? What is the role of religion or agriculture in the process of development? Does foreign aid improve wellbeing within recipient countries?
The course should help students to understand how social scientists try to answer these questions and why the answers are sometimes unsatisfying. Students are encouraged to further their research skills as well as to identify, pose and pursue specific research questions of interest. As this is essentially a reading course, students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss all assigned readings
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
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
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.
Prüfungs­leistung:

Graded assignment: Final paper

Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
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: Democratic innovations (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.

Prüfungs­leistung:

Graded assignment: Final paper

Lektor(en):
Rüdiger Schmitt-Beck
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 18.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:

Modern representative democracies are said to suffer from malaises such as decreasing levels of citizen engagement in classical forms of participation as well as an increasingly critical orientation towards basic institutions such as parties, politicians or parliaments. As a response, democratic innovations have been developed and designed in order to increase and deepen citizens’ participation in political decision making and the governance process. Examples of such innovation can be different forms of citizen deliberation, direct democratic procedures as well as varieties of governance with citizens’ associations. In the present seminar we will first of all shed light on and systematically assess the various design features of these innovations. We will critically evaluate which problems they should and can possibly address as well as what their consequences are for example in terms of citizen engagement, enlightenment and their political orientations.

PS Einführung in die Politische Soziologie: Political Polarization (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Richard Traunmüller
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 A 104 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:

Mass publics in Western democracies are increasingly described as being politically polarized: citizens not only seem to fundamentally disagree over policies, but increasingly distrust and dislike supporters of opposing parties who are seen as ‘dumb’ or ‘evil’. To get a better understanding of this worrying development, this course aims to discuss contemporary scholarly research on political polarization. What forms of political polarization are there and how have they evolved over time? How can measure and empirically study political polarization? What are its underlying causes, how does it affect the lives of citizens and how – if at all – can we overcome those divides along political lines? While much of the literature focuses on the US, we will try to get a comparative perspective whenever possible. Next to substantive discussion the course will also place great emphasis on the practice of quantitative political research and provide ample space for students’ projects.

 

Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Empirical Political Research”
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 209 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
The tutorial “Empirical Political Research” accompanies the respective lecture. The tutorial will concentrate on the discussion and practice of research design that enables students to address questions relating to their own research interests in political science.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Empirical Political Research”
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 308 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
The tutorial “Empirical Political Research” accompanies the respective lecture. The tutorial will concentrate on the discussion and practice of research design that enables students to address questions relating to their own research interests in political science.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Empirical Political Research”
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 02.10.2019 - 04.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
The tutorial “Empirical Political Research” accompanies the respective lecture. The tutorial will concentrate on the discussion and practice of research design that enables students to address questions relating to their own research interests in political science.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Empirical Political Research”
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 209 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
The tutorial “Empirical Political Research” accompanies the respective lecture. The tutorial will concentrate on the discussion and practice of research design that enables students to address questions relating to their own research interests in political science.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Empirical Political Research”
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
The tutorial “Empirical Political Research” accompanies the respective lecture. The tutorial will concentrate on the discussion and practice of research design that enables students to address questions relating to their own research interests in political science.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Empirical Political Research”
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 10.10.2019 - 05.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 A 301 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
The tutorial “Empirical Political Research” accompanies the respective lecture. The tutorial will concentrate on the discussion and practice of research design that enables students to address questions relating to their own research interests in political science.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Empirical Political Research”
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 308 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 10.10.2019 - 05.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00
Beschreibung:
The tutorial “Empirical Political Research” accompanies the respective lecture. The tutorial will concentrate on the discussion and practice of research design that enables students to address questions relating to their own research interests in political science.
Tutorial: Datenerhebung/ Empirische Methoden der Politik­wissenschaft (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
See lecture “Empirical Political Research”
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 10.10.2019 - 05.12.2019 15:30 - 17:00 A 203 Unterrichtsraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
The tutorial “Empirical Political Research” accompanies the respective lecture. The tutorial will concentrate on the discussion and practice of research design that enables students to address questions relating to their own research interests in political science.
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Social Network Analysis in R (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 09.10.2019 - 30.10.2019 08:30 - 10:00 A 303 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 09.10.2019 - 30.10.2019 10:15 - 11:45 A 303 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Freitag  (wöchentlich) 04.10.2019 - 25.10.2019 08:30 - 10:00 A 104 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Freitag  (wöchentlich) 04.10.2019 - 25.10.2019 10:15 - 11:45 A 104 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
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: Complexities in analyzing conflicts: Data wrangling and data management in R (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Termin(e):
Freitag  (wöchentlich) 08.11.2019 - 29.11.2019 08:30 - 10:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Freitag  (wöchentlich) 08.11.2019 - 29.11.2019 10:15 - 11:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 06.11.2019 - 27.11.2019 08:30 - 10:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 06.11.2019 - 27.11.2019 10:15 - 11:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
Quantitative research in conflict studies is of high societal interest but still remains a challenging task. In this course, students will tackle common problems that arise during data management processes in conflict research by being introduced to R. Using standard datasets in conflict studies, students will submit a first research project with R as part of their final submission. The goal of this course is to provide students with guidelines for good data management practices.
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Data Visualization (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Richard Traunmüller
Termin(e):
Samstag  (Einzeltermin) 09.11.2019 10:00 - 17:00 309 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Samstag  (Einzeltermin) 16.11.2019 10:00 - 17:00 309 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 08.11.2019 12:00 - 17:00 309 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 15.11.2019 12:00 - 17:00 309 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
Data visualization is one of the most powerful tools for detecting, understanding and communicating patterns in quantitative data. At the same time, good data visualization is a surprisingly difficult task and demands three quite different skills: substantive knowledge, statistical understanding, and artistic sense. The aim of the course is to introduce participants to key principles of analytic design, useful visualization methods for the exploration and presentation of univariate, multivariate, time and geographic data found in IR. This course is highly applied in nature and emphasizes the practical aspects of data visualization in IR. Students will learn how to evaluate data visualizations based on principles of analytic design, how to construct compelling visualizations using the free statistics software R, and how to explore and present their data and models with visual methods. The course will be held in English, unless participants prefer German. Prior exposure to quantitative methodology is recommended but not a requisite.
Ü Methoden der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre: Analysis of elections and public opinion with R (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This course is an introduction to voting behaviour and public opinion analysis using R. We will work with real-world political data and learn how to study elections, citizens and parties through weekly short assignments. While prior knowledge of R is not a prerequisite, students must be willing to learn how to use this software.
Ü Methoden der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre: What do actors want? Ideal Point Estimation for Political Elites, Voters and Parties (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Prüfungs­leistung:
Replication from different angles: Participants will work on the same research question (in group or byyourself) using different methods of preference attainment and compare results.
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 07.10.2019 - 02.12.2019 17:15 - 18:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 30.09.2019 17:15 - 18:45 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
Politics is about who gets what, when and how. It is often understood in spatial terms, comparing actors on a political spectrum like from left to right. Spatial models often make assumptions about these positions, often resulting in predictions of outcomes of negotiations and conflict from responsivess, party competiton to coalitition governance or lobbyism.

How can we quantify these preferences and positions tomorrow test hypotheses?  
This course addresses methods, data sources and problems connected with knowing what actors want. It covers spatial models of politics as well as means of acquiring and scaling data using surveys, roll calls, social networks and text. A special focus lies in the use social media data. After an introduction to the open source software R we collect and scale and analyze data on actor preferences.
Ü Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten: Academic Writing and Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Exposé, d.h. überarbeitete Forschungs­frage und Literatur­recherche.
Lektor(en):
Marc Debus
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaflichen Arbeitens anhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaflicher 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.
Ü Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
- Learning to identify interesting research topics and to pose relevant research questions
- Gaining an overview of the scientific writing process
- Acquiring the essential skills needed for the preparation of term papers and final theses
- Learning to give clear and compelling oral presentations
Prüfungs­leistung:
Exposé, d.h. überarbeitete Forschungs­frage und Literatur­recherche.
Lektor(en):
Tim Christian Wegenast
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 108 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaflichen Arbeitens anhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaflicher 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.
Ü Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten: Academic Writing and Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Exposé, d.h. überarbeitete Forschungs­frage und Literatur­recherche.
Lektor(en):
Thomas Bräuninger , Viktoriia Semenova
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 19.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 110 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaflichen Arbeitens anhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaflicher 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.
Ü Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Exposé, d.h. überarbeitete Forschungs­frage und Literatur­recherche.
Lektor(en):
Marcela Ibáñez de Foerster
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaflichen Arbeitens anhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaflicher 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.
Ü Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten: Academic Writing and Research (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
2
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Exposé, d.h. überarbeitete Forschungs­frage und Literatur­recherche.
Lektor(en):
Marcela Ibáñez de Foerster , Thomas Bräuninger
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 02.09.2019 - 06.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Die Übung vermittelt zentrale Techniken wissenschaflichen Arbeitens anhand praktischer Beispiele. Behandelt werden unter anderem das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaflicher 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.
VL Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Peace and Violent Conflict (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Written exam
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Termin(e):
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 02.09.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 144 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Montag  (wöchentlich) 16.09.2019 - 28.10.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 144 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 04.11.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Montag  (wöchentlich) 11.11.2019 - 02.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 144 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 09.09.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
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:
Rich, Richard, Craig Brians, Jarol Manheim & Lars Willnat. 2018. Empirical Political Analysis: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, 9th ed., New York, USA: Routledge.
Carlson, James & Mark Hyde. 2003. Doing Empirical Political Research, Boston, USA: Houghton Mifflin.
Halperin, Sandra, & Oliver Heath. 2016. Political Research: Methods and Practical Skills 2nd ed., Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Johnson, Janet Buttolph, Henry Reynolds & Jason Mycoff. 2016. Political Science Research Methods 8th ed., Washington, USA: CQ Press.
Kellstedt, Paul & Guy Whitten. 2018. The Fundamentals of Political Science Research 3rd ed., Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Lektor(en):
Sean Damien Carey
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 M 003 PWC Hörsaal; Schloss Mittelbau
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 regularly used in the study of contemporary political phenomena. The course will introduce you to the scientific method, the measurement of political concepts, research design and methods of data collection.
VL Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Lektor(en):
Sabine Carey
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 A 001 Großer Hörsaal; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
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: Sociology of Families (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:

Each student must submit one review paper by January 15, 2020. Please hand in a soft copy via email. The review paper should be no less than 10 pages, double-spaced, Arial 11 or Times New Roman 12, one inch in all margins. Note: Cover page and references are NOT included in the length limit. You are welcome, but not required, to adopt the following template. It is highly recommended that you consult the lecturer at least once about the development of the review paper.

Lektor(en):
Thomas Gautschi
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 14.11.2019 13:45 - 17:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 07.11.2019 13:45 - 17:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 15.11.2019 13:45 - 17:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 22.11.2019 13:45 - 17:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 28.11.2019 13:45 - 17:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 29.11.2019 13:45 - 17:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 05.12.2019 13:45 - 17:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This is a course to introduce you to the study of one particular institution of human societies – the family. In this course, we will explore the concepts, historic changes, theoretical perspectives, and empirical evidence pertaining to a variety of aspects of family lives. We will begin the semester by talking about how to conceptualize and think sociologically about families. In other words, what constitutes a “family”? What does studying families sociologically involve? From these fundamental debates, we will move on to look at approaches to studying family patterns and results of various research projects. Key areas in this section include patterns in couple formation, family formation, and family relations. Then, we will step back from all that we have considered to ask “Where are families and the sociological study of families heading? We will be focused on economic/political change and its impact on families, a life course perspective of changes in family lives, gender roles in paid and unpaid work, and violence against women, children, and the aged. By this point, you are expected to be familiar with various family perspectives and theories, to be able to critically analyze real-world family issues, and to understand how family policies might improve the wellbeing of individuals in families.

What needs to be emphasized is that this course is NOT a “how to live in families happily ever after” manual, though one’s understanding of family lives can be improved through gaining new, sociological perspectives from this course.
In this course, we will NOT share religious and/or political values about what families should be or should not be. In other words, this course does NOT allow any individual to disparage others’ deeply-held values about and experiences with families.
HS Spezielle Themen des internationalen Vergleichs: Women in Comparative Politics (instructed by D. Adam Nicholson ) (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Paper: The seminar paper will usually focus on the same or similar aspect as the presentation and should be 5,000 words long (excluding tables, figures, references). Papers have to be delivered to the instructor in electronic form (preferably as pdf‐document).
Lektor(en):
Thomas Gautschi
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This course surveys central topics in the study of women and politics, covering issues such as women’s participation in political parties and social movements, women as voters and candidates in political elections, women’s policy representation, and women in democratizing states. It will draw on examples from various world regions and time periods to analyze similarities and differences across cases around the globe.
HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Social inequality over the life course (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Sandra Krapf
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 18.09.2019 15:30 - 17:00 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 25.10.2019 13:45 - 18:45 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Samstag  (Einzeltermin) 26.10.2019 09:30 - 16:00 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 08.11.2019 15:30 - 18:45 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Samstag  (Einzeltermin) 09.11.2019 09:30 - 16:00 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
Social inequality refers to differences in the access to important positions and resources within society. Because the social position of a person usually develops over time, also the access to resources changes over the life course. On the one hand, educational attainment and occupational position shape life chances. On the other hand, life course events and transitions (e.g. childbirth, unemployment or entry into retirement) affect social mobility. We will discuss mechanisms such as the Matthew effect, social exclusion and institutional settings as well as gender differences in the consequences of different life course events.
HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Intergenerational relations across the life course (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Marcel Raab
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 108 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
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.
HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Work Orientations (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
 Term paper
Lektor(en):
Michael Braun , Thomas Gautschi
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 11.09.2019 13:45 - 17:00 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 25.09.2019 13:45 - 17:00 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 09.10.2019 13:45 - 17:00 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 23.10.2019 13:45 - 17:00 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 13.11.2019 13:45 - 17:00 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 20.11.2019 13:45 - 17:00 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 27.11.2019 13:45 - 17:00 008.1 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:

This course focuses on work and occupation, but also on the interface between family and employment. Theoretical approaches and empirical findings on work-life balance, demands on work, working time preferences, work characteristics and job satisfaction will be discussed. The ISSP module „Work Orientations“ from the year 2015 serves as the data basis. It is a partial replication of the surveys from the years 1989, 1997 and 2005. This allows international comparisons as well as comparisons over time.

HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Integration of refugees and social stratification (Dr. Yuliya Kosyakova) (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Irena Kogan
Termin(e):
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 07.10.2019 10:15 - 17:00 209 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 18.11.2019 10:15 - 17:00 209 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 24.10.2019 10:15 - 17:00 212 Besprechungs­raum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
Due to the increasing number of political, ethnic and religious conflicts in Afghanistan, the Middle East, and the countries in the Horn of Africa, the global number of asylum-seekers and refugees had increased to 71.4 million by the end of 2017, with one-third of those seeking shelter outside their home countries (UNHCR, 2018). In the European Union (EU) and in the OECD, Germany plays a predominant role as a receiving country for humanitarian migration both historically and recently: it received approximately 1.4 million first-time asylum applications from January 1, 2015, to December 31, 2017. The issue of refugees’ successful integration is often framed as a cause of anxiety; culturally, politically, and economically in Germany and else in Europe and there is no consensus about the best way to promote their integration. This course will explore these debates through literature on several aspects of refugees’ integration in Western Europe.
In particular, this course will first outline the factors shaping decisions to migrate and outline the differences between migration process of refugees and other migrants. Next, we will engage in debates around models of immigrant incorporation and consider whether and how they are applicable to refugees. Here, we will focus on issues related to asylum procedure, labor market access, family reunification, access to education and language acquisition, access to healthcare, family roles, and networks; and address complex issues of integration of vulnerable groups such as women, children, and low-educated. Finally, we will examine the consequences of refugee immigration for both established immigrants and the native-born population in host countries.
Students are expected to engage in discussions, carry out their own quantitative, qualitative or literature research and present their results in forum. Evaluation is based on the written assignment.

The course will consist of the following 3 meetings:
Plan und literature:
1. Meeting: Introduction and theoretical framework
In the first meeting following questions we address and discuss following questions
Why people move – theoretical perspectives on international migration
Humanitarian migrants, asylum-seekers, refugees, internally displaced people: outlying terminology
  • What distinguish refugees from other migrants in terms of selection and how this may shape following integration and assimilation process?
    • I am here – Theoretical models of integration/assimilation
    • Human capital, discrimination and economic integration
    • Social capital, co-ethnics and ethnic economies
    • Language and economic integration
    • Gendering migration
    • Integration of immigrant offspring
  • Challenges of refugees’ integration
    • Asylum
    • Healthcare
    • Gender
    • Language
    • Educational barriers
  • Consequences of immigration – theory and empirical evidence
Literature: will be completed

2. Meeting: Crafting one’s own research
We start the second block by introducing into methods of qualitative and quantitative analyses of refugee integration. In the second part of the meeting, we distribute topics for students’ own research, discuss related questions and develop ideas how to address the chosen research questions empirically.
Literature: will be completed

3. Meeting: Presenting research results
In the third meeting, we presentation the first research results by students, discuss challenges students face while carrying out their own research and seek together for best solutions.

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: Selected Topics of Experimental Psychology II: Milestones of Memory Research (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
More credit points available on request. Additional requirement: Essay on selected topic.
Lernziel:
Knowledge of the main research strategies and theoretical developments in the study of memory; ability to discuss empirical studes critically
Literatur:
Radvansky, G. A. (2017). Human memory. (3rd ed.). New York: Routledge.
Lektor(en):
Arndt Bröder
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 12.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 08:30 - 10:00 EO 256 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Beschreibung:
The seminar will introduce and discuss the most important methodological and theoretical developments in memory research.

Syllabus:
  • Introduction: History and methods of memory psychology
  • Hermann Ebbinghaus and the forgetting curve
  • Iconic memory
  • Forgetting in short-term memory
  • Working memory
  • Amnesia
  • Serial position effects and the multi-component view of memory
  • Levels of processing and retention
  • The encoding specificity principle
  • Postevent mis­information effects
  • Creating false memories
  • In search of memory: Eric Kandel
H2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Biologischen Psychologie: Neurobiology of Trust (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
IMPORTANT: Exchange students can achieve up to 6 ECTS in total for this course if they hand in extra work. Please talk to the lecturer about this option in the first session.
Lektor(en):
Georg Alpers
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 02.10.2019 13:45 - 15:15 016/017 Seminarraum; L 13, 15
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 11.10.2019 12:00 - 17:00 EO 242 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 18.10.2019 12:00 - 17:00 EO 242 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 25.10.2019 12:00 - 17:00 EO 242 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 08.11.2019 12:00 - 17:00 EO 242 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Beschreibung:
Trust is among the most important factors in human life. Present to some degree in all human interaction, it encompasses almost all domains of society and plays, for example, a key role in economic exchange and politics. Although behavioral research has revealed several insights into the nature of trust (including its antecedents and consequences), recent research has begun to study this topic from a neurobiological perspective to gain a deeper understanding. The seminar provides an inter-disciplinary exploration of those neurobiological investigations into trust that have been performed on different levels of analysis: genes, endocrinology, and brain. The seminar further explores impairment of trust due to brain disorders or psychopathologies, including social anxiety disorder, ADHD, major depressive disorder, psychosis, and borderline personality disorder.
I2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Entwicklungs­psychologie: Developmental Disorders (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
By completing an additional assignment 2 extra ECTS can be acquired. When necessary the additional assigment can be graded.
Lernziel:

By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the developmental disorders and their manifestations in children. This understanding will enable them to reflect on how the learning contexts can be adapted to suit the learning needs of children with developmental disorders.

Literatur:

References:
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM-5®). American Psychiatric Pub.
Howlin, P., Charman, T., & Ghaziuddin, M. (Eds.). (2011). The SAGE handbook of developmental disorders. SAGE Publications Ltd.
World Health Organization. (1992). The ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioural disorders: clinical descriptions and diagnostic guidelines. Geneva: World Health Organization.
Articles:
Ferraz, E., dos Santos Gonçalves, T., Freire, T., Mattar, T. D. L. F., Lamônica, D. A. C., Maximino, L. P., & Crenitte, P. A. P. (2018). Effects of a Phonological Reading and Writing Remediation Program in Students with Dyslexia: Intervention for Specific Learning Disabilities. Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 70, 59-73.
Brodzeller, K. L., Ottley, J. R., Jung, J., & Coogle, C. G. (2018). Interventions and adaptations for children with autism spectrum disorder in inclusive early childhood settings. Early Childhood Education Journal, 46(3), 277-286.
Junod, R. E. V., DuPaul, G. J., Jitendra, A. K., Volpe, R. J., & Cleary, K. S. (2006). Classroom observations of students with and without ADHD: Differences across types of engagement. Journal of School Psychology, 44(2), 87-104.
Kushki, A., Schwellnus, H., Ilyas, F., & Chau, T. (2011). Changes in kinetics and kinematics of handwriting during a prolonged writing task in children with and without dysgraphia. Research in developmental disabilities, 32(3), 1058-1064.
Loo, J. H. Y., Bamiou, D. E., & Rosen, S. (2013). The impacts of language background and language-related disorders in auditory processing assessment. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research.
McCoach, D. B., Kehle, T. J., Bray, M. A., & Siegle, D. (2001). Best practices in the identification of gifted students with learning disabilities. Psychology in the Schools, 38(5), 403-411.
Piazza, M., Facoetti, A., Trussardi, A. N., Berteletti, I., Conte, S., Lucangeli, D., ... & Zorzi, M. (2010). Developmental trajectory of number acuity reveals a severe impairment in developmental dyscalculia. Cognition, 116(1), 33-41.
Polatajko, H. J., & Cantin, N. (2005, December). Developmental coordination disorder (dyspraxia): an overview of the state of the art. In Seminars in pediatric neurology (Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 250-258). WB Saunders.
Tyrer, P. (2014). A comparison of DSM and ICD classifications of mental disorder. Advances in psychiatric treatment, 20(4), 280-285.

Prüfungs­leistung:
Essay (1500 words excluding references)on your presentation topic which includes the following:
  • Brief description of the disorder
  • Manifestations in classroom
  • Problem behaviours
  • Comorbid conditions
  • Intervention strategies
Lektor(en):
Oliver Dickhäuser
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 12:00 - 13:30 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This seminar on developmental disorders particularly focusses on learning disorders, autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. We will look at the behavioural manifestations of these developmental disorders in school. How schools and teachers play a role in early diagnosis and intervention will be discussed. After an initial overview of the symptoms and causes of the developmental disorders, we aim to understand how they can be intervened and managed in learning contexts. In particular, we will look at the impact of developmental disorders on learning and what it means for educational intervention strategies.

SessionTopics
1 An Overview on Developmental Disorders
2 Assessment & Intervention
3 Dyslexia
4 Dyscalculia
5 Emotional needs & consequences
6 Dyspraxia
7 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
8 Autism Spectrum Disorder
9 Temple Grandin Movie
10 Dysgraphia
11 Giftedness & Learning Disability
12 Language & Auditory Processing Disorder
13 Tics & Tourette’s Syndrome
14 Conclusion
I2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Entwicklungs­psychologie: Moral Development (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:

Courses in Psychology are generally just open for exchange students majoring in Psychology. Nominated exchange students will be contacted by the International Coordinator via email concerning their course choice. Other exchange students may solely attend classes if (a) places are left for Non-Psychology students (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the International Coordinator explicitly approves participation. For further questions, please contact: int-psy@sowi.uni-mannheim.de. Apart from the regular 2 ECTS-points awarded for this seminar, it is possible to receive 2 extra ECTS-points for additional work in this course (additional presentation or written assignment). Please discuss this option with the lecturer during the first weeks of class. This seminar is pass/fail but incoming students may request to receive a grade. Please discuss this with the instructor in the first weeks.

Literatur:

Literature:

Will be announced at the seminar.

Lektor(en):
Edgar Erdfelder
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 04.09.2019 - 04.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 EO 242 Seminarraum; Schloss Ehrenhof Ost
Beschreibung:

Content:

This seminar gives the participants an overview of various theories and findings on the topic of moral development. For example, the following contents will be discussed: Moral development from the perspective of Jean Piaget and Lawrence Kohlberg, gender and cultural differences in moral development, moral education at school and in the family, and friendship and moral development. These contents will be elaborated and deepened by means of group work, (dilemma) discussions, and poster presentations.

 

Recommended for:

B.Sc. psychology students in their third semester.

M1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Arbeits- und Organisations­psychologie I - Leadership (B2) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS will be contacted by the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (intpsych@uni-mannheim.de) via mail to indicate their course preferences.
NON-PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS may solely attend if (a) places are left (b) students possess good knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the docent approves participation. For applications please contact the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de).
Literatur:
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.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final Module Examination: Oral Exam (20 min.)
Lektor(en):
Sabine Sonnentag
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:

 

What makes a good leader? can we train the skills needed for leadership? do men and women go though the same career path in term of leadership? 

We will discuss these questions and more in this seminar. 

To deepen the understanding regarding leadership, we will examine various theories of leadership, and study the topic conceptually and methodologically, based on current literature. 

Based on the research findings we will discuss, we will investigate also practical issues (e.g., development of leaders).

M1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Arbeits- und Organisations­psychologie I - Leadership (B4) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:

Basic Literature: Landy, F.L., & Conte, J.M. (2013.) Work in the 21st century. An introduction to industrial and organizational psychology (4 ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell
Further reading list will be provided during the first course meeting.

 

Prüfungs­leistung:
Final Module Examination: Oral Examn (20 min.)
Lektor(en):
Sabine Sonnentag
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 05.09.2019 - 05.12.2019 13:45 - 15:15 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:

 

What makes a good leader? can we train the skills needed for leadership? do men and women go though the same career path in term of leadership? 

We will discuss these questions and more in this seminar. 

To deepen the understanding regarding leadership, we will examine various theories of leadership, and study the topic conceptually and methodologically, based on current literature. 

Based on the research findings we will discuss, we will investigate also practical issues (e.g., development of leaders).
 

P2: Schwerpunkte der Klinischen Psychologie: Diversity in clinical psychology - Cross-cultural differences in therapy, research and beyond (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:

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 universities.

The seminar is designed mainly for incoming students and will be held in English. Full time Uni Mannheim students are welcome to participate. Criteria for participation and obtaining of the credits include an oral presentation about a topic that will be assigned to the students at the beginning of the semester. At the end of the semester incoming students will have to hand in a short essay (two-three pages) about a topic of their choice (so, assessment mode is presentation + essay). The seminar will be organized in blocks of two Fridays and two Saturdays in November. Active and continuous participation in all blocks is required and will be part of the final evaluation.

Lektor(en):
Georg Alpers
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 05.09.2019 15:30 - 17:00 W 017 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 15.11.2019 12:00 - 18:00 016 Seminarraum; A 3 Bibl.,Hörsaalgebäude
Samstag  (Einzeltermin) 16.11.2019 11:00 - 17:00 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 22.11.2019 12:00 - 18:00 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Samstag  (Einzeltermin) 23.11.2019 11:00 - 17:00 W 114 Seminarraum; Schloss Westflügel
Q1: Ausgewählte Probleme der Klinischen Psychologie I: Neurodevelopmental Disorders across the lifespan (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Georg Alpers
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 03.09.2019 - 03.12.2019 10:15 - 11:45 014/015 Gruppenraum; L 13, 15
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.

Contact School of Social Sciences

Incomings Political Science

Dr. Gledis Londo

Dr. Gledis Londo

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

Incomings Psychology and Sociology

Katharina Heck, M.A.

Katharina Heck, M.A.

Auslands­koordinatorin
Universität Mannheim
Fakultät für Sozial­wissenschaften
A 5, 6
Bauteil A – Raum A 416
68159 Mannheim
Sprechstunde:
Mo 11–12 Uhr, Mi 14–16 Uhr
Die Sprechstunde am 9. Oktober entfällt.