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Nachfolgend finden Sie die englischsprachigen Seminare am Institut für Politische Wissenschaft  im Sommersemester 2017


 European Integration and the EU: Theories, Institutions and Policies

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christiane Lemke                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tuesday, 14:00-16:00, Room: V407 (11.04.17-15.07.17)

This seminar will introduce students to the European Union and its policies. We will discuss different theories of integration such as functionalism and intergovernmentalism ans analyse this institutions of the EU. Is the EU a federal state or simply an international organization shaped by member states? How have theories and concepts changed over time? How do different theories explain the enlargement process and what do they say about Brexit? What about democracy and legitimacy within the EU? This seminar will combine theoretical models to explain European Integration with specific policies and challenges the EU is facing. We will also study methodological approaches involved in EU studies. Students are expected to work on small projects and present their findings. Active participation and good knowledge of the English language are required.


Theories of International Relations and their political realities

Lecturer: Dr. Marcus  Hoppe                                                                                         Monday, 14:00-16:00, Room: V411 (10.04.17-15.07.17)

Theories are not based on neutral observations and rational assumptions alone. This is also true for theories of International Relations, as they are biased, as well as interest and need driven. Thus, their aim is not merely to "explain" or "understand" international politics or the international system, but to create its own imagine of "reality" and to convince other of it. What is more, many of these theories and debates around them are meant to provide guidelines and advise policy makers in their doings. Thus, some of them do not only have a scientific impact, but are very influential in the "real" world of politics - while others are not. In this seminar we want to take a closer look at various IR theories, their Zeitgeist, and their political impact in the "real" world.


Problems of International Organizations                                                                                    

Lecturer: Natalia Dalmer                                                                                              Tuesday, 12:00-14:00, Room: V405 (11.04.17-15.07.17)

Why do states establish international organizations and delegate parts of their authority to them? To what extend can we conceive of international organizations as actors in their own right with interests and identities? Why do some international organizations exhibit a higher degree of institutionalizations than others? Are international organizations only powerful if they possess means of enforcement or do they have other resources through which they exert influence? And how democratic are international organizations? These and other questions we will ponder over the course of the seminar examining different kinds of organizations and different policy areas.      

Prerequisites: Good command of the English language.