|Sabine Carey: VL Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen||6 ECTS|
This lecture provides an introduction to key concepts, theories, and methods of International Relations. It presents and discusses research on both international security and international political economy. As regards international security, we will look at explanations of international and transnational conflicts, as well as at the conditions for international cooperation and institutionalization. Concerning international political economy, we will examine global economic relations in the areas of trade, finance, and development cooperation. The lecture will also address research on global governance and the role that international organizations play in the globalized world.
|Sabine Carey: VL Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Political Violence||7 ECTS|
This lecture introduces students to key topics on political violence. We will cover classic and current debates on interstate warfare, civil war, insurgencies and armed groups, coup d’états, terrorism and state repression. Given the vast amount of research in this broad field, we will not be able to cover all aspects in depth, but you will be equipped with key insights and conceptual and analytical frameworks and tools to better understand characteristics and causes of different forms of political violence.
|Alina Greiner: PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Gender and International Relations||5 ECTS|
The objective of this course is to introduce students to central areas of international relations research through a gender lens. We will survey key topics such as international determinants of gender inequality, gendered norms of protection, cooperation and violence, or the role of gender in political leadership, diplomacy, and political violence. Furthermore, we will discuss potential implications of „gender-blindness“ in quantitative political science research and related issues of gender-sensitive measurement and data collection. Throughout the course, particular emphasis will be on familiarizing students with the foundations of academic writing and independent research. After completing this course, students will be able to i) critically assess and reflect potentials and pitfalls of the gender and IR literature, and ii) to identify and sketch out a research project within the broad area of gender and IR.
|Alina Greiner: Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Data Analysis for IR and Conflict Researchudies||6 ECTS|
The objective of this course is to introduce students to the basic statistical concepts and programming skills needed to address social science questions in the fields of international relations and conflict research. The course offers a hands-on introduction to the free and versatile software R as well as the tidyverse, a system of R packages for data manipulation, exploration and visualization. Using real-world data from publications in IR and conflict research, students will go through each step of the statistical analysis, from preprocessing and preparing the data, to (visually) exploring quantities of interest, to estimating statistical models, visualizing results, as well as interpreting and evaluating results in the context of the respective research question.
|Marie Meye: PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: A classroom simulation of the Syrian conflict||5 ECTS|
International relations is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on the political, military, economic, and cultural interaction of state and non-state actors at the global level. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the key concepts, events, and issues in international relations, equipping students with the analytical tools to evaluate and respond to complex global problems. Why do wars occur? How do domestic institutions shape the costs and benefits of war? How can other state (and non-state) actors constrain what states do? We will address these questions (among others) and discuss existing approaches to answer them.