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Study Program WiSe 2019/2020

Integrierte Europa-Studien, B.A.

3. Fachsemester

IES-M6a: Theorien der Politik (BPO 2018)

Pflicht, 6 CP, 2 SWS
Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
08-26-5-M11-2Soft Power in World Politics: A Category of Analysis or Practice? (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)
ECTS: 3/6

weekly (starts in week: 1) Mon 10:00 - 12:00 FVG M0160 (2 Teaching hours per week)

The concept of soft power occupies a special position between academia and political practice. It has entered the parlance of political leaders around the world and is often used as a metaphor to describe a certain set of foreign policy measures. In academia it has been embraced by many as a term that intuitively captures a category of practice, although many more have dismissed the concept as fuzzy and ambiguous. Actually, uses of the concept as a category of analysis to help explain the dynamics of power relations in world politics have been few and far between. The aim of this seminar is to engage students with questions of power in international relations and to explore the utility of the distinction between soft and hard power in the analysis of world politics. In-class discussions will challenge students to engage critically with different conceptions of soft power and to assess its added value both as an analytical tool and a political term. The course is designed for students who have already covered the basic curriculum in the discipline of international relations and are keen to deepen their analytical skills.

Ivan Bakalov

IES-M7a: Politik und Gesellschaft (BPO 2018)

Wahlpflicht, 9 CP, 4 SWS
Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
08-26-GS-4Network Analysis (ACHTUNG: Bitte nicht hier eintragen!) (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Haunss
08-31-3-M7a-1Interest group politics in comparative perspective: Structures, actions and consequences (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Tue 12:00 - 14:00 SFG 1040

In this seminar we will deal with interest groups and their role and contributions to politics in democratic political systems. After having put interest groups into context of other political actors at the beginning of the seminar, we will focus on three aspects of interest groups and interest group politics: First, we will look at interest groups as organizations, including their resources, the motives driving their political behavior and the conditional nature of interest groups’ legitimacy to represent others in politics. Second, we will look at the strategies that interest groups employ for their political activities and the patterns of mobilization and (non-) conflict resulting from interest groups’ actions. Third, we will look at (some of) the effects which interest group politics has in democratic political systems. After having attended the seminar, students will be familiar with core concepts and theories as well as up-to-date empirical results of interest group research in political science.

Prof. Dr. Arndt Wonka

IES-Studium Generale

Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
08-zsp-GS-1025Russian Media - in Russia and abroad: Goals, Narratives, and Actors (in English)
Russische Medien und Internationale Medieninteraktion - Ziele, Erzählungen und Handelnde
International Module Social Sciences (Internationales Modul Sozialwissenschaften)

Lecture (Teaching)

Additional dates:
Tue 19.11.19 18:00 - 20:00 GW2 B1216
Wed 20.11.19 18:00 - 20:00 GW2 B3770
Thu 21.11.19 18:00 - 20:30 GW2 B3850

As part of the International Module Social Sciences, this spotlight lecture is held by visiting Professor Dr, Grigol Julukhidze from Ilia State University in Tblissi, Georgia. There will be 3 sessions and a short quiz in the end in order to secure the CP/ECTS-point.
In dieser Veranstaltung kann eine englischsprachige Prüfungsleistung erbracht werden.

Michael Thiele