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Courses in English

Nachfolgend finden Sie die englischsprachigen Seminare am Institut für Politikwissenschaft im Wintersemester 2018/2019.

These are the courses tought in english in the winter term of 2018/2019.


Bachelor-Level (Undergraduate Courses)


Environmental Security 

Lecturer: Nina Wüstemann, Natalia Dalmer
Monday, 12:00-14:00, Room: V111 (08.04.2019 - 20.07.2019), Seminar (6 ECTS)

Security is a pervasive term in International Relations. Conceptions of security, however, have evolved within the discipline. While traditional notions highlight national security, newer conceptions address humans and the environment. In this seminar, we aim to approach environmental security. We will examine the concept from different angles, seek to understand its background and highlight its normative impetus. The number of participants is limited to 25.


Master-Level (Further Degree Programmes)


Problems of International Organizations

Lecturer: Natalia Dalmer
Tuesday, 12:00 - 14:00, Room V405 (09.04.2019 - 20.07.2019), Seminar (6 ECTS) 

The fact that international organizations owe much of their legitimacy and influence in world politics to their expertise has been well-established in International Relations. However, the work of IOs has become more challenging over the past decades. This is mainly due to more complex organizational realities and multi-faceted policy issues that demand comprehensive and dynamic approaches. Against this background, questions surrounding the use of knowledge within and between IOs become more relevant and - at the same time - we know only little about how IOs create, widen and maintain their knowledge. In this seminar, we will, therefore, look at the role and relevance of knowledge in international relations and aim at understanding IO-strategies to widen their expertise. This seminar will be taught in English.


Theories of International Relations

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Christiane Lemke 
Tuesday, 14:00 - 16:00, Room V407 (22.10.2018 - 02.02.2019), Seminar (6 ECTS)

This course examines selected issues in the political, social and economic development of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) since 1989 from a comparative perspective. After a brief introduction to the significance of area studies in political research as well as the historical context of the collapse of Communism, the first part 26 of the course focuses on the main institutions – presidencies, parliaments and governments – and their functioning across the region. The second part then examines the role of political parties, elections and interest representation, as well as the particular significance of issues of gender and minority politics. The third part then turns to the international context of CEE and discusses the states’ relationship with the EU and the (repeated) democratic backsliding of some CEE countries as well as the politics of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet states. Please note: This course is taught and assessed in English. Depending on student demand, seminar discussions may be supplemented by exercises on writing and speaking academic English.