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

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

HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: The Politics of Free Speech and Censorship (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Hausarbeit, Term Paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 12:00 - 13:30 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
The Politics of Free Speech and Censorship

 To openly express one’s views is the most fundamental civil liberty. While this basic right is under constant and serious threat in authoritarian contexts, the question of how free speech should be regulated is also a concern in liberal democracies (as exemplified by debates over “political correctness” and “hate speech”). It is particularly important in globalized conditions of cultural diversity and the unprecedented levels of communication facilitated by the digital revolution. The aim of this course is to discuss contemporary scholarly research on the politics of free speech and censorship. Why is free expression so important, what are citizens’ opinions and preferences over these issues, why and how do states actually regulate free speech and what are the effects of this regulation? How does cultural diversity and digital communication impact on these questions? Next to substantive discussion the course will place great emphasis on the practice of quantitative political research and provide ample space for students’ projects.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Sexual Violence in Conflict and Humanitarian (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Hausarbeit, term paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 15:30 - 17:00 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 13:45 - 15:15 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
Sexual Violence in Conflict and Humanitarian Settings

Sexual violence is widespread in war and has been documented to varying degrees in armed conflicts around the globe. Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is also problem in the aftermath of war and often perpetrated by those tasked with helping vulnerable populations: UN peacekeepers, aid workers, and community leaders. The aim of this course is to discuss contemporary scholarly research on sexual violence in conflict and humanitarian settings, including its prevalence, risk factors, and political consequences. Considerable time will also be spent on the critical problem of underreporting. Next to substantive discussion, the course will place great emphasis on the practice of quantitative political research and provide ample space for students’ projects.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Democratization and Civil Society in the Former Soviet Union (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:

Learning outcomes:

  • Students gain an overview of the most important theories and methods to understand civil society and democratization processes
  • They critique theories and methods and apply them to various cases the former Soviet Union
  • They know the most important datasets and sources to analyze civil society and democratization.
  • Students develop their own research question and learn to answer this question with a suitable research design in their final paper written according to scientific standards.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Research paper (graded)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
In this seminar, we focus on the role of civil society in processes of regime transition and democratization in the former Soviet Union. We discuss both classic readings on democratization and civil society as well as recent advances in the field. Integrating research on the role of external actors, repression of civil society, and the use of political violence allows for a nuanced understanding of current developments. This allows us to analyze variation across the countries of the former Soviet Union and to gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of democratic and autocratic practices.
Students gain a critical understanding of the theories and key methods in the field as the course integrates theoretical discussions with practical sessions on research design. Students are introduced to the relevant datasets and sources. This seminar aims to prepare students intensively for writing their final paper with Latex and is taught in English.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: State Repression (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Hausarbeit
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
In this seminar, we engage with research on state repression. The main goal is to develop a deeper
understanding of the important actors, strategies and processes behind state violence and other forms
of suppression. Why and when do regimes use which kind of repression? When and why do security forces comply with orders? What happens if they do not and how do leaders try to prevent  disobedience?
These are the kind of questions (among others) we will address with the help of current research. By the end of the seminar students shall be able to critically assess scientific contributions in the field and
develop their own research project. The course is reading-intensive and requires active participation
in class to allow. Prior knowledge of and experience in handling empirical data is strongly recommended.
Course language is English.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Escaping violence — Post-conflict stability and reconstruction (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 10:15 - 11:45 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 13.02.2020 08:30 - 10:00
Donnerstag  (Einzeltermin) 14.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 19.02.2020 17:15 - 18:45
Beschreibung:

During the past fifty years, the world witnessed an increasing number of civil wars. They are often long-lasting and hard to solve. Once they are settled, they have a high chance to recur. In fact, settling conflict is not just swiping the switch from war to peace but rather a demanding and tedious process. How can we ensure that these countries remain stable? Why do some countries suffer from recurring conflict? To answer these and other pressing questions, the course takes a multi-perspective approach and discusses various important aspects such as conflict characteristics, politics, economics, culture, and external interventions.

Besides the content-based input, this course prepares students to write term papers and incorporates writing as part of the learning process. The readings and class discussions should encourage students already during the semester to think critically about appropriate topics for their final paper. Students work continuously, in guided steps, on their final papers.

To give them a good overview of important datasets, we will also present and discuss parts of the existing data basis.

HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Militias, Militaries, and Peacekeepers: Structure, Effectiveness, and Civil-Military Relations (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 12:00 - 13:30
Beschreibung:

This course focuses on security forces in conflict settings. After building a general theoretical framework for understanding force organisation, the course is structured in three main sections: first, we highlight selected topics surrounding conventional state militaries, pro-government militias, and UN peacekeepers. Second, we learn about co­unterinsurgency operations and military effectiveness. Third, we review civil-military relations, discussing coups, mutinies, and military defections. In doing so, the course tackles questions such as: what are the characteristics of different security forces? What renders UN peacekeeping (in-)effective? Why do militias engage more in human rights violations than other security forces? Why are some militaries more effective in fighting inter- or intra-state wars? How to conduct successful military operations? Why did some militaries defect to the opposition during the Arab Spring, while others did not? In each session, we will systematically discuss and criticise core readings in class, and students will hold presentations on selected articles. At the end of the term, students will write a term paper for assessment.

HS Selected Topics in International Relations: Interplay Between Domestic and European Politics (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Hutter, S., Grande, E. and Kriesi, H. (2016) Politicising Europe: Integration and Mass Politics. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term Paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Freitag  (wöchentlich) 14.02.2020 - 29.05.2020 12:00 - 13:30 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
The overall purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how do the domestic political processes in the European Union’s (EU) member states influence and interact with the supranational political process (and vice versa). Starting with the theoretical background and emphasis on the EU politicization, we will move to the empirical evidence and will cover topics like public opinion, behavior of political parties and voting behavior at the national and European elections, political communication, raise of Euroscepticism, and etc. Besides introducing students to the research in the field, this course will encourage them 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 the instructor.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Politischen Soziologie: The Causes and Consequences of Political Inequality (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 13:45 - 15:15 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Democracy, when boiled down to one person, one vote, explicitly demands equality. When examining who participates, however, we all frequently enco­unter an unequal reality: Although modern democracies espouse the ideal of political equality, economic inequality severely constrains an egalitarian exercise of political rights. In other words, inequality is not just about the widening gap between rich and poor, but also has consequences for who participates in politics, the representation of interests, public policies, and even democratic health. In this advanced level seminar, we will examine the sources of political inequality – ranging from economic and educational inequality to issues related to ethnicity and gender – as well as its consequences for democratic societies.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Politischen Soziologie: Youth and Politics (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 13:45 - 15:15 B 318 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This advanced undergraduate seminar provides an overview of topics related to young people and politics. Topics include political socialization, patterns and forms of youth political engagement, political marginalization as well as recent developments, such as the youth Brexit vote and Fridays for Future. From both a theoretical and empirical perspective, we seek to address the questions of why and how young people participate in politics, but also why they do not. In addition to providing students with an introduction to the topics, we will 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: Gender and Politics (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Written term paper
Prüfungs­leistung:
written term paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 13:45 - 15:15 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
The seminar offers a systematic overview of the main theoretical concepts as well as empirical findings related to gender and politics. We will thereby address fundamental questions on gender differences both from national as well as cross-national perspectives. Building up on recent scientific publications on gender and politics we will investigate the concept of gender in relation to topics such as: representation, decision-making processes, political participation, voting, political communication, political socialization etc.
HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre: Government Formation and Government Termination: Who gets what, when, and why? (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 12:00 - 13:30 209 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:

In this seminar, we will discuss how governments are formed and how they end. We will focus both on theoretical and empirical literature that scrutinizes parties’ motivations to form a government, change it, terminate it, or replace it by some other government. One of the seminar’s focus will shed light on how innovative models (mostly adopted from other Social Sciences) helped political scientists to gain insights on who forms the government, what the government does, and how long it will last.

HS Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre: Political Economy of Gender (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Seminar paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 12.02.2020 - 27.05.2020 13:45 - 15:15 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:

This course will examine the political economy of gender from a comparative perspective, drawing on empirical research from both political science and economics. Topics will include how institutions and socioeconomic factors shape women's preferences and participation, the effect of gender quotas, barriers to female leadership, and the outcomes and policy results of female representation. Examples will come from various world regions and time periods in order to analyze similarities and differences across cases. 

Emphasis will be placed on developing academic writing skills throughout the semester.

PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Comparative Legislative Decision-Making (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:

Legislative assemblies ensure the proper functioning of a democracy by fulfilling a diverse set of tasks. As such, they constitute the central institutions in the policy-making process. Amongst others, these bodies represent and aggregate voter preferences, formalize the process by which policy goals and campaign pledges become law, structure political competition, approve government budgets, and decide on the legislative agenda. At the same time, the institutional design vastly differ across countries which has important implications for the way in which legislatures accomplish their responsibilities and for the democratic decision-making process in general. Against this background, the guiding question motivating this seminar is how does the institutional setup of the legislative assembly shape the democratic decision-making process?

On the basis of rational choice institutionalism, the course adopts a comparative perspective and approaches this question from various angles. After an introductory overview of the main functions of legislatures, we will examine the interplay between different actors and institutions and discuss implications for the democratic decision-making process. In particular, the seminar focuses on decisive institutional features such as the electoral system, the committee structure, and selected procedural and agenda setting rules in order to explore how individual legislators, political parties, and (coalition) governments act in response to their respective context. 

While the primary focus is on national assemblies in established Western democracies, the seminar also briefly touches upon decision-making processes at the supranational level.

PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: How Autocracies Work (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Extended research design paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 15:30 - 17:00 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 15:30 - 17:00
Beschreibung:
Course Description
The course focuses on the comparative study of authoritarian institutions and political processes of contemporary non-democratic regimes. We will start by conceptualizing the distinction between democratic and authoritarian regimes and discussing various models of authoritarian rule. After that, we will focus on certain aspects of authoritarian politics in more detail. Some questions that we will discuss include: Why are some countries autocratic but others are not? How do authoritarian regimes gain power? Why do authoritarian regimes hold elections and establish parliaments, which are typical for democratic states? How do autocrats win elections and why do they sometimes lose? How do autocrats manipulate media and when do they rely on violence to achieve their goals? How do non-democratic regimes fail and when do dictatorships end with democratization?

The course literature primarily focuses on empirical research in the field of non-democratic regimes with a few examples of basic theoretical formal studies. While some examples will come from various world regions, this class will mostly focus on contemporary Russia and China, two prominent cases of contemporary autocratic regimes. In addition to traditional reading discussions, we will use such activities as debates, simulations, student presentations, and different forms of group work in our weekly sessions. There are no official prerequisites for the course, but some familiarity with introductory topics and concepts in political science and comparative politics is expected. Prior experience reading academic journal articles in political science will also be beneficial.
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Autocracies, Democracies and the Comparative Cooperation Nexus (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper (schriftliche Hausarbeit)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
Why do democracies cooperate more with each other than with autocracies? Under what conditions do democracies and autocracies still cooperate with each other? And what is, potentially, specific about the cooperative behavior of autocracies that makes them different from democracies? We will explore these and related questions with regard to regime type characteristics as well as the underlying motivations for states to cooperate in the first place. The seminar is intended to provide a broad overview of the regime type literature and the extend that it helps us understand why, how and if some states are more likely to cooperate with each other than with other states and, in turn, how the cooperative behavior effects states themselves. For this, we will read from a broad spectrum of literature across disciplines and pay close attention to both the arguments and the structure of academic articles. The goal of the course is to foster students’ understanding of the substantive material through the ability to identify the structure of academic articles. This coevolution of thematic knowledge and scientific skills allows students to work on a research project of their own as the course progresses.
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Exploring Regime Transformation through International Socialization Processes (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper (schriftliche Hausarbeit)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 12.02.2020 - 27.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00 B 317 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
What does it mean if two democracies interact with each other? Is it different from two autocracies? And how does increasing socialization with specific regime types affect the likelihood of states’ regime transformation? We will explore these and related questions regarding the effects of international socialization processes from repeated interaction of states on the potential regime transformation of states. We will read from a variety of topics ranging from international interactions over democratization processes to autocratic diffusion in order to provide students with a solid understanding of the subjective matter. Throughout the course, we will also pay close attention to the structure and outline of scientific articles to help students get familiar with academic readings. The ultimate goal of the course is to leverage the tandem of subjective understanding and scientific knowledge to help students get started on a research project of their own as the course progresses.
PS Einführung in die Vergleichende Regierungs­lehre: Governing the Resource Curse (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Term paper
(approx. 5000 words)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 10.02.2020 - 29.05.2020 17:15 - 18:45 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
The paradoxical coexistence of resource wealth with pervasive poverty, weak institutions and conflict – familiar to social scientists as the resource curse – is omnipresent across many countries in the global south. In recent years, scholars have paid increasing attention to the conditions under which natural resource extraction is linked to poor socio-economic, political and environmental outcomes.
this course, we will explore how certain institutional settings, governance structures, property rights regimes or particular initiatives may moderate the effect of natural resource exploitation on societal and individual wellbeing. In particular, we will ask how institutional arrangements such as political or fiscal decentralization, regulatory policies, resource ownership patterns, tenure regimes, formalization of customary rights, transnational governance initiatives, socio-environmental standards and CSR practices may contribute to more sustainable forms of resource extraction. The key goal of the seminar is to shed light on the conditions under which mining, oil extraction and large-scale land acquisitions either mitigate or exacerbate resource-related grievances including unemployment, corruption, poverty, food insecurity and lack of food sovereignty, poor health, environmental degradation and conflict.
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 and discussion 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. In order to ensure thoughtful discussions, students are explicitly asked not to use laptops, tablets or mobile phones in class.
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 12.02.2020 - 27.05.2020 15:30 - 17:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
This course is an introduction to data analysis in political science using the Stata statistical software package. The course aims to demonstrate how to generate statistical results from political science data and how to interpret those results appropriately. The course accompanies the Data Analysis lecture and it is strongly advised that students take both courses simultaneously.
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
This course is an introduction to data analysis in political science using the Stata statistical software package. The course aims to demonstrate how to generate statistical results from political science data and how to interpret those results appropriately. The course accompanies the Data Analysis lecture and it is strongly advised that students take both courses simultaneously.
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Three written assignments.
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 10:15 - 11:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 16.03.2020 15:30 - 17:00
Beschreibung:
This course is an introduction to data analysis in political science using the Stata statistical software package. The course aims to demonstrate how to generate statistical results from political science data and how to interpret those results appropriately. The course accompanies the Data Analysis lecture and it is strongly advised that students take both courses simultaneously.
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 12.02.2020 - 27.05.2020 12:00 - 13:30 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
This course is an introduction to data analysis in political science using the Stata statistical software package. The course aims to demonstrate how to generate statistical results from political science data and how to interpret those results appropriately. The course accompanies the Data Analysis lecture and it is strongly advised that students take both courses simultaneously.
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Freitag  (wöchentlich) 14.02.2020 - 29.05.2020 10:15 - 11:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
This course is an introduction to data analysis in political science using the Stata statistical software package. The course aims to demonstrate how to generate statistical results from political science data and how to interpret those results appropriately. The course accompanies the Data Analysis lecture and it is strongly advised that students take both courses simultaneously.
Ü Datenauswertung (Workshop, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Workshop
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 15:30 - 17:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
This course is an introduction to data analysis in political science using the Stata statistical software package. The course aims to demonstrate how to generate statistical results from political science data and how to interpret those results appropriately. The course accompanies the Data Analysis lecture and it is strongly advised that students take both courses simultaneously.
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Quantitative Methods in International Relations (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
This course will teach students how to address social science questions in the fields of international relations and European integration by analyzing quantitative data in R. The course will introduce students to R, a free and versatile software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Students will learn about data management, basic principles for statistical inference, techniques for dealing with continuous, binary and count variables and data visualization.
After this course, students will be able to preprocess the data required to answer their own research questions, identify the correct statistical model for different types of data and research questions and to justify their decision. They are able to correctly specify and implement such models in R and to describe and visualize the results as well as to evaluate and interpret them in light of the research question. The goal is to provide students with the foundation to perform their own analyses (e.g. for their BA theses) by transferring the acquired skills to their research interests and to become critical consumers of statistical claims made in the news, policy reports and academic research.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Advised literature:
  • Imai, Kosuke. 2017. Quantitative Social Science: An Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Wickham, Hadley and Garrett Grolemund. 2017 R for Data Science. Sebastopol: O’Reilly. (free online version available at https://r4ds.had.co.nz/)
  • Healy, Kieran. 2019. Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (free (incomplete) draft available at https://socviz.co/)
Prüfungs­leistung:
take-home exam
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 10.02.2020 - 29.05.2020 12:00 - 13:30 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
This course will teach students how to address social science questions in the fields of international relations and European integration by analyzing quantitative data in R. The course will introduce students to R, a free and versatile software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Students will learn about data management, basic principles for statistical inference, techniques for dealing with continuous, binary and count variables and data visualization.
After this course, students will be able to preprocess the data required to answer their own research questions, identify the correct statistical model for different types of data and research questions and to justify their decision. They are able to correctly specify and implement such models in R and to describe and visualize the results as well as to evaluate and interpret them in light of the research question. The goal is to provide students with the foundation to perform their own analyses (e.g. for their BA theses) by transferring the acquired skills to their research interests and to become critical consumers of statistical claims made in the news, policy reports and academic research.
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Quantitative Methods in International Relations (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Advised literature:
  • Imai, Kosuke. 2017. Quantitative Social Science: An Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Wickham, Hadley and Garrett Grolemund. 2017 R for Data Science. Sebastopol: O’Reilly. (free online version available at https://r4ds.had.co.nz/)
  • Healy, Kieran. 2019. Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (free (incomplete) draft available at https://socviz.co/)
Prüfungs­leistung:
take-home exam
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 17:15 - 18:45 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
This course will teach students how to address social science questions in the fields of international relations and European integration by analyzing quantitative data in R. The course will introduce students to R, a free and versatile software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Students will learn about data management, basic principles for statistical inference, techniques for dealing with continuous, binary and count variables and data visualization.
After this course, students will be able to preprocess the data required to answer their own research questions, identify the correct statistical model for different types of data and research questions and to justify their decision. They are able to correctly specify and implement such models in R and to describe and visualize the results as well as to evaluate and interpret them in light of the research question. The goal is to provide students with the foundation to perform their own analyses (e.g. for their BA theses) by transferring the acquired skills to their research interests and to become critical consumers of statistical claims made in the news, policy reports and academic research.
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Quantitative Methods in International Relations (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
This course will teach students how to address social science questions in the fields of international relations and European integration by analyzing quantitative data in R. The course will introduce students to R, a free and versatile software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Students will learn about data management, basic principles for statistical inference, techniques for dealing with continuous, binary and count variables and data visualization.
After this course, students will be able to preprocess the data required to answer their own research questions, identify the correct statistical model for different types of data and research questions and to justify their decision. They are able to correctly specify and implement such models in R and to describe and visualize the results as well as to evaluate and interpret them in light of the research question. The goal is to provide students with the foundation to perform their own analyses (e.g. for their BA theses) by transferring the acquired skills to their research interests and to become critical consumers of statistical claims made in the news, policy reports and academic research.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Advised literature:
  • Imai, Kosuke. 2017. Quantitative Social Science: An Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Wickham, Hadley and Garrett Grolemund. 2017 R for Data Science. Sebastopol: O’Reilly. (free online version available at https://r4ds.had.co.nz/)
  • Healy, Kieran. 2019. Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (free (incomplete) draft available at https://socviz.co/) at https://socviz.co/)
Prüfungs­leistung:
take-home exam
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 13:45 - 15:15 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
This course will teach students how to address social science questions in the fields of international relations and European integration by analyzing quantitative data in R. The course will introduce students to R, a free and versatile software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Students will learn about data management, basic principles for statistical inference, techniques for dealing with continuous, binary and count variables and data visualization.
After this course, students will be able to preprocess the data required to answer their own research questions, identify the correct statistical model for different types of data and research questions and to justify their decision. They are able to correctly specify and implement such models in R and to describe and visualize the results as well as to evaluate and interpret them in light of the research question. The goal is to provide students with the foundation to perform their own analyses (e.g. for their BA theses) by transferring the acquired skills to their research interests and to become critical consumers of statistical claims made in the news, policy reports and academic research.
Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Quantitative Methods in International Relations (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Advised literature:
  • Imai, Kosuke. 2017. Quantitative Social Science: An Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Wickham, Hadley and Garrett Grolemund. 2017 R for Data Science. Sebastopol: O’Reilly. (free online version available at https://r4ds.had.co.nz/)
  • Healy, Kieran. 2019. Data Visualization: A Practical Introduction. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (free (incomplete) draft available at https://socviz.co/)
Prüfungs­leistung:
take-home exam
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Freitag  (wöchentlich) 14.02.2020 - 29.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
This course will teach students how to address social science questions in the fields of international relations and European integration by analyzing quantitative data in R. The course will introduce students to R, a free and versatile software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Students will learn about data management, basic principles for statistical inference, techniques for dealing with continuous, binary and count variables and data visualization.
After this course, students will be able to preprocess the data required to answer their own research questions, identify the correct statistical model for different types of data and research questions and to justify their decision. They are able to correctly specify and implement such models in R and to describe and visualize the results as well as to evaluate and interpret them in light of the research question. The goal is to provide students with the foundation to perform their own analyses (e.g. for their BA theses) by transferring the acquired skills to their research interests and to become critical consumers of statistical claims made in the news, policy reports and academic research.
Ü Methoden der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre: Studying Political Elites using Web Sources (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Data Paper about a specific aspect or research question relating to this data set
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 15:30 - 17:00 C -108 Methodenlabor - groß/ Telefonlabor; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
While survey data is widely available for political scientists, the study of political elites is usually dependent on collecting and preparing own data. This course provides a toolbox to collect and analyze data about politicians in the open source programming language R. We will utilize data bases of parliaments and websites, social media and encyclopedias. Participants will get an introduction in R and then learn to structure data acquired in the form Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), data bases and webscraping. We address the full workflow of data cleaning and storage to answering substantive research questions. This course is very technical: Knowledge of STATA or a programming language is highly recommended.
Ü Methoden der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre: Natural Resource Governance (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Students have to participate actively in the class, present papers, and write one research proposal. Please be sure that you are able to complete the readings and meet the deadlines for the assignments:
1) Presentation of assigned research papers
(20 minutes)
2) Research Proposal
(approx. 5000 words)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 12:00 - 13:30 309 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
This course aims to advance students’ understanding of the different research designs and methods that have been used to analyze the economic, political and socio-environmental impacts of natural resource extraction. We will place a particular emphasis on studies analyzing the extent to which institutions and governance structures moderate the effect of mining, agriculture or forestry on various local outcomes.
Students will be guided towards formulating novel research questions within the field of natural resource governance. In addition, we will talk about potential operationalization and data collection strategies to address the formulated research questions. A central part of the course will be devoted to writing: in guided steps, students will work continuously on the different parts of a comprehensive research proposal.
VL Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: European Integration and Disintegration (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final written examination (Klausur)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 10:15 - 11:45 B 144 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Content: The lecture introduces into political science research on European integration and disintegration with particular reference to the empirical analytical literature on the history, the institutional functioning of the European Union and its implications for representative democracy. Three questions are at the center of the lecture:
  • Firstly, the theories on European integration and supranational governance: How can one explain from a political science point of view the essential features of European integration and disintegration? Who are the key players, what interests are they pursuing, and how have solutions been achieved over the past 70 years?
  • Secondly, criticism on the democratic deficit and legitimacy: How democratic and legitimate is the European Union as a political system? Can the empowering of the European Parliament overcome this criticism? Which (reform) solutions exist from a political science perspective to overcome future challenges of European integration?
  • Thirdly, interdependence between the European Union and the member states: How does the European Union interact with representative democracies in the Member States, how does it operate globally? What role do citizens, stakeholders and parties play in issues of European integration and European Union decisions?
As an accompanying reading, I recommend reading the book by Simon Hix and Bjorn Hoyland. 2011. The Political System of the European Union, Basingstoke: Palgrave. Furthermore, basic information can be found at https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu_en.
In general, I recommend regular reading of publications in journals published in the European Integration and European Union topics, such as European Union Politics and the Journal of Common Market Studies, while up-to-date information can be found in the EU Observer and Europe Daily Bulletin.
Aims:
  • Ability to understand and select political science studies on European integration and disintegration;
  • Excellent knowledge of the state of research on the main political science approaches;
  • Scientific understanding of the functioning of the integration steps and the political system of the European Union;
  • Theoretical and methodological knowledge for the study of European integration and disintegration.
  • Applying skills and knowledge to related or future problems of European integration and disintegration.
VL Ausgewählte Themen der Vergleichenden Regierungs­lehre: The Political Economy of Development and Institutions (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
7
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final exam (Prüfungs­relevant)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
This lecture provides an introduction to contemporary research on development issues, tackling big questions and theories in societal development. Particular focus will be placed on the role of different formal and informal institutions in shaping nations’ wellbeing over time and across countries. We will review the potential drivers of institutional diversity (e.g. geography, climate, colonization, religion, culture, globalization) and how institutional differences impact on states’ development.
The overall approach will be that of political economy: the intersection between political and economic interests and actors in shaping development and underdevelopment as historical and on-going processes. Conceptually, the lecture will deal with various dimensions of development, highlighting potential trade-offs between political, socio-environmental and economic objectives.
Some questions to be addressed are: how does the distribution of political and economic power shape institutional arrangement and vice versa? How do unequal institutions emerge and what are the long-term consequences for single countries? What is the legacy of historical institutions such as slavery and colonialism? How is natural resource extraction or the growing internationalization of markets linked to living standards and what is the role of institutions as mediators? Was the Neolithic Revolution a blessing or rather a curse for humankind? What forms of government, set of rules or social norms are particularly conducive to societal wellbeing?
The lecture should help students to understand how social scientists try to answer these questions and why the answers are sometimes unsatisfying.
VL Datenauswertung (Data Analysis) (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final Exam (90 minutes)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 10.02.2020 - 29.05.2020 10:15 - 11:45 M 003 PWC Hörsaal; Schloss Mittelbau
Beschreibung:
This course is an introduction to data analysis in empirical political research. An understanding of statistical data analysis is necessary not only for conducting analysis in political science  but also for understanding a significant proportion of the empirical literature in the discipline. The course aims to provide students with an appreciation of what good statistical analysis can achieve, how to use statistical methods appropriately and with confidence, and how to interpret the results produced by those methods clearly and correctly.

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/ HS Themen der Allgemeinen und Speziellen Soziologie: Work and Labor Market Inequality (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
By the end of this course, students should be able to: 1) Understand and interpret core concepts and theories related to work and labor market inequality; 2) understand and interpret the impacts of economic, political, social, and cultural factors on the formation and changing trends of inequalities; and 3) apply core concepts, theories, and sociological perspectives to interpret social phenomena about labor market inequalities in the real world.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Paper
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 29.04.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 06.05.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 08.05.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 13.05.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 22.05.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Mittwoch  (Einzeltermin) 22.04.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 24.04.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Beschreibung:
This course is an introduction to one of the traditional sociological fields – stratification and inequality – with a focus on work and employment. Major topics that will be touched upon by this seminar course are theories of stratification and inequality in the labor market from the classic/ economic (i.e., human capital) and sociological (i.e., discrimination, socialization, social capital, etc.) perspectives, and inequality in the dimensions of gender, race, and immigration. Questions we will discuss throughout this course include: 1) the changing trend of inequality due to societal transformation, development in sciences and technologies, and changes in employment relations­hips; 2) labor market inequalities along lines of gender, race, and immigration, such as how the majority/ dominant and minority/disadvantaged groups differ in job search outcomes, and what the new trends of wage inequality are; and 3) what mechanisms shape an occupation’s autonomy, status and pay, how work is organized, and the meaning of work in terms of an individual’s taste/ lifestyle, identity, health as well as subjective well-being.
HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Comparative Sociology of Sport (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:

All readings will be posted online.

Prüfungs­leistung:
The seminar paper should be 5000 words long (excluding tables, figures, references). Papers have to be delivered to me in electronic form (preferably as pdf‐document).
For the final paper, you will write one of the following: 1) a 5000 word detailed literature review; 2) a 5000 word research proposal 3) a 5000 word paper on a topic of your choice (it must be related to sport and approved by me).
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 10.02.2020 - 29.05.2020 10:15 - 11:45 B 143 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Sport is used by societies around the world as, among other things, a source of entertainment, health improvement, and identity. This course will analyze how the institution of sport shapes and is shaped by society. Through a number of different theoretical perspectives, we will explore the role that sport play in affecting the lives of players, fans, people disinterested in sports, and social institutions that, at first glance, have nothing to do with sports. We will also compare how sport operates across cultures. For example, we will examine differences in US and Europe sports, in regard to the sports played and the sociodemographic make-up of athletes. We will discuss the ways that sport has come to occupy a central place in modern society and investigate the different ways that sport has been used to both challenge and reinforce social differences based on race, gender, sexuality, social class, deviance, education, and power. Through this course students will be able to read, think, and debate about how sport operates within society.
HS Themen der Allgemeinen & Speziellen Soziologie: Exemplary Empirical Studies (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
5
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Readings
All assigned readings will be made available on the course website.
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 12.02.2020 - 25.03.2020 10:15 - 13:30 B 244 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B
Beschreibung:
Course Description
This is a graduate-level exercise course designed to assist students in improving their professional and academic skills. The course will teach the students about the process of evaluating academic work through peer-review. Additionally, the course comprises student-led discussions of exemplary empirical studies from the recent sociological literature. Students examine the empirical studies with respect to their logical structure, theoretical argumentation, deduction of hypotheses, research design, description of methods, and the interpretation of empirical results. A specific focus lies on the evaluation of whether the studies were successful in integrating theory and empirical findings and whether the used methodology was successful in finding these results.
ÜK Aktuelle Forschungs­themen: Inequalities across welfare states: Empirical endeavors and their underlying methodologies (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Prüfungs­leistung:

Presentation

Literature Review + Method Description

Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 12.02.2020 - 25.03.2020 10:15 - 11:45 EW 151 Elfriede Höhn Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof West
Mittwoch  (wöchentlich) 12.02.2020 - 25.03.2020 12:00 - 13:30 EW 151 Elfriede Höhn Hörsaal; Schloss Ehrenhof West
Beschreibung:
The welfare state encompasses an array of institutions aimed at covering socials risks such as unemployment, sickness, disability and age through redistributive means. Yet, the degree to which differences and inequalities are created, mitigated or aggravated varies substantially across countries and welfare state architecture. The Sociology of the Welfare State offers a plentiful body of research scrutinizing these inequalities and their underlying mechanisms. This exercise course has two main scopes; We will explore different dimensions of inequalities across institutions of the welfare states such as age, gender, ethnicity and SES. Herein, we focus on empirical studies, aiming to gain a deeper understanding of both, the explanations of inequalities and the methodologies researchers apply in order to gain these insights. These methods include advanced applications such as Fixed Effects and Multilevel Regression Analyses, Focus Interviews and Multichannel Sequence Analyses, thereby enabling students to confidently work with studies utilizing these methods in the future.
ÜK Spezielle Soziologie: Introduction to Organizational Theory (Wissenschaft­liche Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Wissenschaft­liche Übung
ECTS:
3
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final Term paper (3,000 words)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Montag  (wöchentlich) 10.02.2020 - 23.03.2020 12:00 - 15:15 209 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
This exercise course will explore key concepts and recent social science research that studies organizational behavior and development. We will consider a variety of research questions that tap into both formal and informal ways of organizing: what kinds of institutions are necessary to make economic organization work? Where do such institutions come from? Why do we observe very different outcomes across contexts even though they share the same market-supporting institutions? Why do some organizations survive even though they face the most unfavorable environments? How do conditions at the time of an organization's birth shape its development? To address these and further questions, we will rely both on recent theoretical advances and on empirical studies in various settings.
VL Allgemeine Soziologie: Ethnic Inequality: Comparative Approach (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 15:30 - 17:00 B 243 Hörsaal; A 5, 6 Bauteil B

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.

F3: Ausgewählte Probleme der Allgemeinen Psychologie I: Theory of Mind (Bernstein) (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 by the end of November/early December (Winter term) or by the end of May/early June (Spring term) 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 paper or presentation). 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:
Will be given during the course.
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Montag  (Einzeltermin) 04.05.2020 13:45 - 15:15
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 05.05.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 08.05.2020 12:00 - 15:15
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 12.05.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 15.05.2020 12:00 - 15:15
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 19.05.2020 13:45 - 17:00
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 26.05.2020 13:45 - 15:15
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 29.05.2020 12:00 - 13:30
Beschreibung:
Theory of mind permits us to communicate and empathize through our assessment of what others know and feel. Yet, our own knowledge and feelings often limit our ability to take another’s perspective, or know how another feels. Our own knowledge can also limit our ability to recognize our own prior ignorance. These errors occur frequently in children, but also in adults. In this seminar, we will explore theory of mind from infancy to old age, and will discuss theory of mind in other animals. Fusing developmental, cognitive, and learning sciences, this research can benefit researchers, teachers, students, policy makers and parents.
J2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Differentiellen Psychologie: Interindividual Differences in Social Motives (Gebauer) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Courses in Psychology are generally just open for incoming exchange students majoring in 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/early June (Spring term) concerning their course choice.
Apart from the regular 2 ECTS-points, it is possible to receive 2 extra ECTS-points for additional work in this course (paper). Please discuss option this with the lecturer during the first weeks.
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.
Literatur:
References will be given during the course
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 07.04.2020 17:15 - 18:45 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Blocktermin + Sat) 08.05.2020 - 09.05.2020 10:15 - 15:15 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Blocktermin + Sat) 15.05.2020 - 16.05.2020 10:15 - 15:15 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
According to the standard social science model (SSSM; Pinker, 2002; Tooby & Cosmides, 1992) all social sciences share a foundational assumption―namely, that human beings internalize the social norms in their ambient sociocultural context. Put more plainly, people apparently think, feel, and act in ways consistent with the people around them. In this seminar we take a personality perspective on the SSSM and we critically ask: Is it really true that *all* human beings internalize the social norms in their ambient sociocultural context? Or may there also be human beings who do just the opposite―human beings who are motivated to think, feel, and act in opposite ways to the people around them. More broadly, then, we ask: Does personality qualify the SSSM? In examining this issue we focus on the following personality traits: need for uniqueness, preference for consistency, personal need for structure, self-consciousness, right wing authoritarianism, compliance, self-monitoring, autonomy, individualism, independent self-construal, agency and communion, and openness and agreeableness.
J2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Differentiellen Psychologie: Self Concept (Gebauer) (Blockseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Blockseminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS will be contacted by the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de) via mail to indicate their course preferences.

NON-PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS may solely attend if (a) places are left (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the professor approves participation. For applications please contact the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de).

For incoming students 2 additional ECTS are available on fulfilment of further course requirements.
Literatur:
References will be given during the course
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (Einzeltermin) 18.02.2020 17:15 - 18:45 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Blocktermin + Sat) 27.03.2020 - 28.03.2020 10:15 - 15:15 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Freitag  (Blocktermin + Sat) 24.04.2020 - 25.04.2020 10:15 - 15:15 310 Seminarraum; B 6, 30-32 Bauteil E-F
Beschreibung:
Who am I? People differ in their personal answer to this question. In other words, people differ in their self-concepts. The self-concept can be described by its content and by its valance. The two broadest content dimensions of the self-concept are agency (competence, dominance, drive) and communion (prosociality, trustworthiness, warmth). The self-concept’s focal valence dimension is self-esteem. We will learn about the motivational properties of the agency, communion, and self-esteem dimensions, their evolutionary functions, and their importance for predicting thought, feeling, and behavior.
J2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Differentiellen Psychologie: Individual differences in creativity (Pohl) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Literature:
Kaufman, J. C., & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.). (2010). The Cambridge handbook of creativity. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Further literature will be mentioned in the seminar.
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 28.02.2020 13:30 - 18:30 C 217 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Freitag  (Einzeltermin) 24.04.2020 13:30 - 18:30 C 217 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Samstag  (Einzeltermin) 25.04.2020 10:00 - 18:30 C 217 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Sonntag  (Einzeltermin) 26.04.2020 10:00 - 17:00 C 217 Seminarraum; A 5, 6 Bauteil C
Beschreibung:
Creativity - what is that? Does everybody have it or is it a phenomenon of a very small group of geniuses? What are the characteristics of creative people? In this seminar various opinions concerning the nature of creativity, its genesis, its promotion and measurement will be presented and discussed. In this connection it is about both questions with regard to contents and practical applications.
Recommended for: Students who major in psychology
It can be acquired: Not graded certificate for differential and personality psychology (by doing a presentation and by attending the seminar regularly)
Information: All material will be provided in the Internet and in Ilias
Office hours: Via e-mail
M2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Arbeits- und Organisations­psychologie II: Job Performance - B1 (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final Module Examination: Oral Examn (20 Min.)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 08:30 - 10:00 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
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.

 

M2: Ausgewählte Probleme der Arbeits- und Organisations­psychologie II: Performance appraisal - 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 (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de) via mail to indicate their course preferences.

NON-PSYCHOLOGY EXCHANGE STUDENTS may solely attend if (a) places are left (b) students posses basic knowledge in Psychology and statistics (c) the professor approves participation. For applications please contact the international affairs coordinator for Psychology (int-psych@uni-mannheim.de).

For incoming students 2 additional ECTS are available on fulfilment of further course requirements.
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:
Oral Examn (20 Min.)
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 10:15 - 11:45 A 103 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
The aim of the seminar is to deepen the knowledge regarding theory and practical implications in the field of work and organizational psychology.
As part of this seminar, students will conduct academic literature search, academic reading, student presentations and group work.
The topic of the course is performance appraisal. The course will deal with psychological processes involved in employee performance assessment, which assessments are appropriate and effective and why, and possible problems associated with performance appraisal. Implications for research and practice will be discussed.
The course will contain theoretical discussions, discussion of methodological issues, and practical implications.
N2: Schwerpunkte der Markt- und Werbepsychologie (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
It is possible to gain 2 more ECTS with additional excercises. For further information talk to the lecturer after the first session.
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Donnerstag  (wöchentlich) 13.02.2020 - 28.05.2020 17:15 - 18:45 A 102 Seminarraum; B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A
Beschreibung:
Consumer Psychology deals with the experience and behaviour of individuals, groups of people and organisations as consumers and providers of goods or services, as well as the dependencies of these experiences and behaviours with the measures of communication in advertising.
This seminar strains to deepen the basic concepts and methods of consumer psychology. In addition to the most important theories, central emperical findings are examined in order to assess their scientific and practical significance.

Exemplary topics are:

Models of decision making, psychological aspects of advertising design, effect models in advertising, costumer satisfaction, brands and image building, methods of market research
R2: FOCAL POINTS IN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
4.0
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.
Prüfungs­leistung:
This seminar is part of module R, which is the basic module of Educational Psychology. At the end of the seminar, students are required to take a 90 minute exam. Information on exam relevant literature can be found in the following link:
http://paed-psych.uni-mannheim.de/studium/pruefer_und_modalitaeten/bsc_psychologie/
Lektor(en):
Termin(e):
Dienstag  (wöchentlich) 11.02.2020 - 26.05.2020 12:00 - 13:30
Beschreibung:
The goal of this seminar is to understand the terminologies and methodologies within Educational Psychology and be able to apply them. With a special focus on learning and instruction, students are enabled to directly apply the content of the seminar through the acquisition (learning) and communication (instruction) of their knowledge. Students are therefore expected to demonstrate their understanding of the seminar content by presenting empirical research in the topic and by actively participating in the discussions. Thereby, the weekly seminar is structured as follows: Instructional component by a student presentation (with minimal intervention by the instructor) followed by a group activity (focusing on the current topic) facilitated by the student(s) who is/are presenting. As an outcome of this seminar, it is hoped that the students are able to reflect upon the theories in Educational Psychology and competently apply them in practice, instead of solely learning from the book. In this way, students not only gain control over their own learning and work activities, but also gain experience in applying the acquired knowledge.

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

Auslands­koordinatorin, N.N.

Auslands­koordinatorin, N.N.

Auslands­koordinatorin
Universität Mannheim
Fakultät für Sozial­wissenschaften
A 5, 6
Bauteil A – Raum A 416
68159 Mannheim
Sprechstunde:
Mo 11–12 Uhr, Mi 14–16 Uhr
Die Sprechstunde vom 27. November bis 31. Dezember entfällt.