Courses in the Spring Semester

  • Courses in the Bachelor Program

    Course nameDetailsTerm
    Eline Drury Løvlien: HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Violent conflict in Europe: theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of terrorism

    The course will use theoretical and empirical studies done on the causes and consequences of terrorism to better understand terrorism as a political weapon and strategy. In addition to looking at different theoretical and empirical approaches the course will use specific European cases to illustrate this. We will look at the historical roots of terrorism in Europe, while also placing the European case in a broader global context to get a better understanding of how and why terrorism manifests. The course will also spend some time refreshing the topic of academic writing and how to write a research paper, in order to prepare for the final paper.

    Spring Semester
    Cosima Meyer: HS Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Political elites in times of conflict

    During the last half-century, the world witnessed an increasing number of civil wars. They are often long-lasting and hard to solve. But who are the actors playing crucial roles in these conflicts? How do political elites interact in conflict settings? Are political leaders with conflict experience more likely to engage in fighting? What do we know about women’s power in conflict as well as post-conflict countries? How successful is a rebel group’s transformation to a political party? And what do we know about so-called warlord democrats? Approaching these and related questions, the course addresses various actors in the political elite — both on the national and international level. 
    Besides the content-based input, this course prepares students to write term papers and incorporates writing as part of the learning process. The readings and class discussions should encourage students already during the semester to think critically about appropriate topics for their final paper. Students work continuously, in guided steps, on their final papers.
    The course language is English.

    Spring Semester
    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
    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
    Sabine Carey: Selected Topics in International Politics: Repression, Security & Peace

    This seminar discusses seminal and current work on state repression, security and peace. It introduces on why and how states violate human rights. It focuses on how governments organize and implement repression and how they aim to justify or obfuscate state violence, particularly in the context of democratic institutions and international human rights norms. The discussion also discusses peace as a more heterogenous concept than the absence of war. Over the course of the seminar you will develop your own research question on one of the topics discussed in the seminar and carrying out your own research. Additionally, you are expected to read all required materials, provide feedback on other student’s work and lead one class discussion.

    Spring Semester
    Sabine Carey: 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 and climate policies.

    Spring Semester
    Sabine Carey: Thesis ColloquiumSpring Semester