Courses Summer Semester 2017

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Prof. Dr. Nils B. Weidmann
Head tutor: Lukas Kawerau 

Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30, A600

The lecture provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of comparative politics. It discusses the most central questions covered in comparative politics, the underlying theoretical approaches as well as the analytical tools to study them. Some of the core topics are democratic and non-democratic political institutions and regimes; regime change; political participation and collective action; political violence; political economy and redistribution. The readings consist primarily of textbook chapters, but also include selected academic articles.

Religion and Conflict

Dr. Johannes Vüllers

Tuesdays, 08:15 - 09:45, D 431

Infamous religious violence in Nigeria, Indonesia or Syria reminds us of the difficulties of religious groups to live peacefully together. While newspapers highlight such violent conflicts, other activities by religious actors happen without much public attention. Religious actors, for example, are active for peace in times of such conflicts. The course provides an overview of approaches on religion in conflicts. The first part of the course examines theories on religion as a conflict factor (e.g. outcome, intensity), while the second part focuses on the potential peace impact of religion in conflicts (e.g. mediation, conflict management, long-term effects). The course provides an overview of research in political science and religious sociology.

Contentious Politics and Social Movements

Dr. Johannes Vüllers

Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30, C 421

The course provides an overview of the classical approaches in contentious politics and social movement research. The first part of the course examines the main theoretical approaches of the field, including collective action, grievances, resource mobilization, framing approaches, and political opportunity structures. In the second part, the course examines theories on mobilization, collective identities, different types of protests, cycles of protest, state repression and the success/failure of social movements. In the final part, we discuss conceptual and empirical challenges (e.g. impact of information technologies, transnational social movements) of the field.

The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes

Espen Geelmuyden Rød

Block Seminar:

August 07 2017 – August 11 2017
09:00 to 16:00

Since the emergence of the first nation states, most people have lived under authoritarian rule. Yet, we know a lot less about authoritarian politics than about democratic politics. This seminar offers an introduction to authoritarian regimes. The seminar is structured into four main blocks. First, what is an authoritarian regime, what different types of authoritarian regimes exist, and how do they come into existence? Second, how do autocratic governments survive in power? Third, how does authoritarian rule influence domestic and international conflict? Fourth, what explains transitions to democracy? The readings for the course covers both classic and contemporary literature, with a particular focus on analytical and quantitative work. Therefore, it is required that students have completed at least an introductory course in research design and quantitative methodology.