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  • Courses in the Bachelor Programme

    Courses in the Bachelor Programme

    Course name Details Term
    Sabine Carey: VL Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen: Political Violence

    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
    Sabine Carey: Ü Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Academic Research and Writing

    Die Ü „Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten“ vermittelt die Grundkenntnisse des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitensund der guten wissenschaftlichen Praxis im Fach Politikwissenschaft anhand praktischer Beispiele. Thematiken sind das Lesen und Bearbeiten wissenschaftlicher Texte, das Vorbereiten und Präsentieren von Referaten, das Ausarbeiten von schriftlichen Hausarbeiten, Literaturrecherche und die Arbeit mit Recherchedatenbanken.

     

    Fall Semester
    Eline Lovlien: PS Einführung in die Internationalen Beziehungen

    Course language is English. Details will follow shortly.

    Fall Semester
    Eline Lovlien: PS Einführung indie Internationalen Beziehungen

    Course language is English. Details will follow shortly.

    Fall Semester
    Cosima Meyer: Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Computational conflict research — Using R to analyze patterns in conflicts

    Quantitative research in conflict studies is of high societal interest but remains a challenging task. In this course, students are introduced to R and will tackle common problems that arise during data management processes in conflict research and learn how to present their results visually. Using prominent datasets in conflict studies, students will learn how to master R and to submit a research project with R as part of their final submission. As such, we will also present and discuss parts of the existing data basis.
    The goal of this course is to provide students with guidelines for both good data management practices and data visualization.

    Fall Semester
    Felix Olsowski: Ü Methoden der Internationalen Beziehungen: Methods of International Relations: Applied Data Preparation in Conflict Studies

    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 students 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 their 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
  • Courses in the Master programme

    Course name Details Term
    Sabine Carey: Advanced Topics in International Politics: Agents of Political Violence

    This seminar discusses seminal and current work on agents of political violence. We analyze the role and characteristics of the military, including drivers and counterstrategies to coup d’états. A large part of the course will focus on irregular armed agents that are aligned with the stage, engaging with the growing research on militias, death squads, civil defense forces and paramilitary groups. We assess national and transnational drivers of their formation, their termination, how they affect political violence during and outside of civil wars. The seminars will be student-led. Over the course of the seminar you will develop your own research question on one of the topics discussed in the seminar and carry out your own research. Additionally, you are expected to write one book review, read all required materials, engage in the discussions and provide feedback on other student’s work.

    Fall Semester
  • Special Events

    United Nations Security Council Simulation by the DGVN

    As part of the seminars “Escaping violence — Post-conflict stability and reconstruction“, “Autocracies, democracies and the comparative cooperation nexus”, and “ Exploring regime transformation through international socialization processes”, Cosima Meyer and Dennis Hammerschmidt hosted a joint United Nations Security Council Simulation, facilitated by Josias Knöppler and Anna Rickert from the DGVN, on May 14, 2020. 

    The students represented different state and non-state actors and had the chance to experience first-hand how a major international organization negotiates a UN resolution on the Somalian conflict.