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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)


Gendering International Security: The Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Lecturer: Nina Wüstemann
Wednesday, 14:00-16:00, Room: V405 (24.10.2018 - 02.02.2019), Seminar (6 ECTS)

The gender mainstreaming norm gained global prominence through United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on ´Women, Peace and Security`. To assist the implementation of UNSCR 1325, actors (e.g. International Organizations, NGOs, national governments) adopted different policies during the last decade and play a crucial role in mainstreaming gender policies. Within this seminar, we´ll trace the implementation process of gender norms, observe different understandings of gender mainstreaming and analyze the gendered dimension of international security by focusing on security actors and their implementation in peace missions. Active participation and good knowledge of the English language are required.


Master-Level (Further Degree Programmes)


Becoming Experts: The role and relevance of knowledge in international organizations

Lecturer: Natalia Dalmer
Tuesday, 12:00 - 14:00, Room V405 (23.10.2018 - 02.02.2019), 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.


Politics und Society in Central and Eastern Europe 

Lecturer: Philipp Köker 
Monday, 12:00 - 14:00, Room V405 (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.


Theory building in comparative politics Seminar

Lecturer: Dominic Nyhuis
Tuesday, 10:00 - 12:00, Room V405 (23.10.2018 - 02.02.2019), Seminar (6 ECTS)

Writing is a vital element of the research process. Whether we like it or not, we can come up with the most clever research designs -- if we do not frame our ideas with a convincing and engaging story, our contribution will have a hard time finding an audience. Worse even, lacking a solid theoretical frame we might not be able to publish our research findings in the first place! Against this backdrop, this course aims to equip participants with some tricks of the trade so they do not have to learn good writing habits the hard way. The goal of the course is twofold. First, the course provides some practical guidelines on how to structure a theoretical argument for a research paper. While we will learn how to construct a theory in comparative politics, good practices in theory building transcend disciplinary borders. In addition to the issue of how to structure an argument, the course will also cover the more basic question of how to write and edit a research paper. While each writer has their own specific approach, there are some good practices that should not have to be learned by trial and error. The overarching goal of the course is to help participants write better research papers in comparative politics, to turn their student projects into publishable papers, and -- not least -- to guide students on their way to writing their Master thesis. Please note: This course is taught in English.