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Courses in English

Nachfolgend finden Sie die englischsprachigen Seminare am Institut für Politische Wissenschaft  im Wintersemester 2017/18.

These are the courses tought in english in the winterterm of 2017/18:


Populism, Nationalism and Racism in International Relations

Lecturer: Dr. Marcus Hoppe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monday, 14:00-16:00, Room: V411 (23.10.17-03.02.18), Seminar (6ECTS)

Populist leaders appear in various disguises, preferably in a situation of crisis. They claim to be "the voice of little people", as they speak out against "the elites" and the system, - but what exactly is populism? What do populist want? Who votes for populist parties - and why? And how can the historic and current upsurge of populism in Europe, the USA and in other parts of the world be explained?

These and other questions will be adressed in this seminar: In order to gain a better understanding of the subject, we will first of all take a closer look at theoretical explanations of three key elements of the latest wave of populist movements/parties: nationalism, populism, and racism. As a next step, we will look in more detail at some case studies of national-populist political movements and campaigns. By comparing the underlyingdynamics, the strategies and ideologies of these parties, we will try to gain a clearer picture of how the agenda setting and electoral success of these parties can be explained. Put in another way: Why do 'politics of fear' (Ruth Wodak) prove to be successful? And from a normative perspective: What can be done against it?


Peacebuilding in the United Nations

Lecturer: Natalia Dalmer                                                                                

Tuesday, 12:00-14:00, Room: V407 (24.10.17-03.02.18), Seminar (6ECTS)

The United Nations was created "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war". To achieve this goal, stated in the Preamble of the UN Charta, the UN has developed a number of mechanisms. Besides peacekeeping and peacemaking, room has increasingly been made for a more holistic approach: peacebuilding. Notably and distinctively being about creating lasting and sustainable peace, it includes secruity-, socio-political-, and increasingly environmental components. Not least with the establishment of a comprehensive architecture within the UN system in 2005, peacebuilding has grown into an important strategy. In this seminar we will take a closer look at the concept and its main elements as well as follow its evolution and anchoring within the UN system.