Courses in the Spring Semester 2022

  • Courses in the Bachelor Program

    Course nameDetailsTerm
    Felix Olsowski: HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: States and the Strategic Use of Repression

    The aim of this seminar is to deepen students’ expertise on the topic of state repression. Thereby, we will investigate regimes and components of the state apparatus in democracies and autocracies as violators of human rights. The seminar addresses questions such as: Why do states apply repression? What tactics do states use? How can we identify state repression? Upon successful completion of the seminar, participants shall be aware of important theories and measurements in the field. Furthermore, the seminar is designed to make students think critically about current research on the topic of state repression. The course is taught in English.

    Spring Semester
    Christoph Steinert: HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Human Rights Violations during Peace and Conflict

    This seminar focuses on human rights violations as a theoretical concept and as an empirical phenomenon. It tackles questions such as: 
    What are human rights violations? How can we study human rights violations empirically? When are human rights violations most likely to occur? Which groups of individuals face an elevated risk of human rights violations? And which types of interventions are effective to promote human rights? The course will be structured according to different political contexts analyzing distinct dynamics of repression during 'peace' and conflict. A particular emphasis will lie on the immediate aftermath of conflicts and the implementation of diverse means of transitional justice. The course will also cover the logic of distinct types of human rights violations. To bridge the gap between theory and practice, current real-world examples of human rights violations will be discussed in relation to the theoretical concepts introduced in class.
     

    Spring Semester
    Eline Drury Løvlien: Ü Kolloquium Abschlussarbeit Internationale Beziehungen

    This colloquium assists BA students in developing and completing their final thesis in the field of international relations, with particular focus on empirical conflict research. The colloquium facilitates feedback from the instructor and students on each stage of the thesis.

    Spring Semester
  • Courses in the Master Program

    Course nameDetailsTerm
    Eline Drury Løvlien: International Politics

    The security of individuals and states depends profoundly on international politics. Beyond the realm of security, structures and actors of “global governance” have been proliferating for many years. They influence crucial public policies in diverse ways. This lecture surveys academic debates on key topics of international politics, including: the sources of war, peace, and terrorism, the emergence and operation of international organizations and transnational civil society, and the making of key international policy outcomes including respect for human rights.

    Spring Semester

Courses in the Fall Semester 2022/23

  • Courses in the Bachelor Program

    Course nameCreditsDetailsTerm
    Sabine Carey: VL Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Political Violence6 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.

    Fall Semester
    Marie Meye: PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Causes of Intrastate Conflicts: Theories and Empirical Evidence5 ECTS

    This seminar aims to give students an in-depth understanding of the causes of intrastate conflicts or civil wars. The seminar is divided into two main parts. The first part focuses on dominant theoretical models of intrastate conflict onset. We will analyze, compare, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of theories and concepts such as ‘greed’, ‘grievance‘, ‘opportunity’, and ‘relative deprivation’. The second part of the seminar focuses on empirical research based on the theories introduced in the first part of the seminar. We will analyze theories in the context of particular conflicts, focusing both on quantitative and qualitative studies. The seminar will also prepare students for writing their final paper and provide the opportunity to take a closer look at the data and empirical methods researchers use when studying intrastate conflicts.

    Fall Semester
    Felix Olsowski: PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen5 ECTSFall Semester
    Felix Olsowski: Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Applied Data Preparation in Conflict Studies6 ECTS

    Especially in the field of International Relations (IR) political scientists frequently must invest major efforts in the pre-processing of data before turning to empirical analyses. This is because data often stems from various sources with different time- and data-formats as well as mixed labelling of observations. Researchers unfamiliar with these and other issues as well as mechanisms to solve them are easily overwhelmed by the necessary steps of data preparation. In this course you 1.) get to know major datasets in the area of conflict studies and their peculiarities, 2.) become acquainted to the major obstacles in the pre-processing of data in the field of IR, and 3.) learn how to address these issues as well as apply the gained knowledge to new data-processing problems in IR and beyond. Specifically, the course addresses problems such as the correct identification of data-formats, the harmonization of observation-identifiers, the merging of datasets, and others.

    All data-preparation tasks are done in Stata! While the theoretical principles of pre-processing are similar to other statistical software applications, basic knowledge in Stata is highly recommended (i.e. how to open datasets, generate variables, work with if-commands, etc.). As there will be no anew introduction into the software language, students that have not worked with Stata in a while are advised to get familiar with the respective commands again before the course starts.

    Fall Semester
    Christoph Steinert: PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen: Human Rights Politics5 ECTS

    This course focuses on human rights violations as a theoretical concept and as an empirical phenomenon. It tackles questions such as: What are human rights violations? How can we study human rights violations empirically? When are human rights violations most likely to occur? Which groups of individuals face an elevated risk of human rights violations? And which types of interventions are effective to promote human rights? The course will be structured according to different political contexts analysing distinct dynamics of repression during ’peace’ and conflict. A particular emphasis will lie on the immediate aftermath of conflicts and the implementation of diverse means of transitional justice. The course will also cover different logics underlying distinct types of human rights violations. To bridge the gap between theory and practice, current realworld examples of human rights violations will be discussed in relation to the theoretical concepts introduced in class.

    Fall Semester