Course Catalog

Study Program SoSe 2024

International Relations: Global Politics and Social Theory, M.A.

IR-4 Theorizing Social and Political Phenomena

Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
08-26-MA-PW3-3The Politics of Time - Global Perspectives in Social Theory (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Tue. 14:00 - 16:00 GW2 B1580 (2 Teaching hours per week)

This seminar focuses on the importance of notions of history and social time for political and social theories. Moreover, it explores how time experience is related to ideas of political agency and social identity. Starting with the concept of modernity, we discuss how specific concepts of historical time have shaped political ideas and global politics over the past centuries. We interrogate the idea of progress and discuss its connections to colonial expansion and contemporary global politics. Moreover, we ask whether the idea of emancipatory politics is bound up with concrete notions of the future. Finally, based on our discussion of the roles time measurements, rhythms and speeds have played in industrial and post-industrial societies, we explore ideas about the importance of establishing other time-regimes for more sustainable, caring and democratic societies.


Adam, Barbara. 1994. Time and Social Theory.

Allen, Amy. 2016. The End of Progress

Hassan, Robert. 2009. Empires of speed: Time and the acceleration of politics and society

Hutchings, Kimberly. 2008. Time and World Politics: Thinking the Present

Judith Rosine Kelz
08-351-2-MA-IR-4.2Ethics of War and Peace (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Mon. 10:00 - 12:00 UNICOM 7.2210 (InIIS - Mary-Somerville-Str. 7) (2 Teaching hours per week)

The seminar looks at war and other forms of large-scale political violence from a normative point of view. In the first part of the seminar we will discuss standard just war theory and its main opponents (pacifism, realism). In the second part of the seminar, we will learn about more recent developments in just war thinking, including attempts to extend the reach of the normative framework to non-paradigmatic contexts such as terrorism or to technology-driven changes in the nature of warfare.


Lazar, Seth (2020): War. In: Zalta, Edward N. (ed.), The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Spring 2020 Edition). Available at: [Accessed 2 February 2024].

Credits and Assignments

9 CP: term paper and oral presentation (or review essay)

6 CP: term paper

3 CP: oral presentation (or review essay)

Peter Mayer

IR-5 Examining Global Political Dynamics

Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
08-31-MAEP-M4-2The Politics of Democratic Backsliding in Europe (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Tue. 12:00 - 14:00 GW2 B1580

Additional dates:
Fri. 14.06.24 12:00 - 14:00 GW2 B1170

After two decades of democratization, some states in Europe have seen a decline in the democratic quality of their political systems. This seminar deals with these processes of democratic backsliding. The research papers to be read will empirically map processes of democratic backsliding and account for these with theories emphasizing different explanatory factors. In addition to research focusing on domestic factors, we will also discuss research that investigates the EU (in-)ability to stop processes of democratic backsliding in EU member states. After having actively attended the seminar, you will be familiar with empirical trends and specific cases of democratic backsliding and with theories that political scientists use to explain these. With the knowledge acquired in the seminar, you should be able to conduct your own research on the topic, for example in your term paper.

Prof. Dr. Arndt Wonka
08-351-2-MA-IR-5.1Causes of War (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Fri. 14:00 - 16:00 UNICOM 7.2210 (InIIS - Mary-Somerville-Str. 7) (2 Teaching hours per week)

Additional dates:
Fri. 28.06.24 12:00 - 18:00 SFG 2010

This seminar will revive a tradition of integrating academic teaching into ongoing research that has existed both at the universities of Hamburg and Bremen. The “Study Group on Causes of War” still works in this tradition, by establishing both a data set on armed conflict since 1945, writing dense case descriptions and by theorizing on the global development of armed conflict. Students will learn how to write a case study, how armed conflicts are discussed in IR and social sciences more generally, and what theories are invoked in order to explain global war development.
This will be a joint endeavor of students and teachers from both Hamburg and Bremen.
Literatur: Gantzel, K.J. / Schwinghammer, Torsten 2000: Warfare since Second World War, London: Routledge

Prof. Dr. Klaus Schlichte

IR-6 Analyzing International Policies

Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
08-29-GS-23[Ungleichheit in der Bildung: eine globale Perspektive] (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)
ECTS: 3/6/9

weekly (starts in week: 1) Wed. 12:00 - 14:00 UNICOM 3.3390 (SOCIUM - Mary-Somerville-Str. 3) (2 Teaching hours per week)

This course includes a comprehensive examination of educational inequality which combines theoretical and empirical eivdence while taking a global perspective. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the systemic and individual causes, consequences, and possible solutions to educational inequality. The course will analyze and discuss various factors that contribute to unequal educational opportunities such as socioeconomic status, origin, gender, and geographic location. Through discussion of empirical evidence and the application of systems thinking, students will develop a holistic understanding of the complex nature of educational inequality.
Dieser Kurs beinhaltet eine umfassende Diskussion der Ungleichheit im Bildungswesen, die theoretische und empirische Erkenntnisse diesbezüglich kombiniert und dabei eine globale Perspektive einnimmt. Die Studierenden erlangen ein vertieftes Verständnis der systemischen und individuellen Ursachen, Folgen und möglichen Lösungen für Bildungsungleichheit. Im Kurs werden verschiedene Faktoren die zu ungleichen Bildungschancen beitragen wie sozioökonomischer Status, Herkunft, Geschlecht und geografische Lage analysiert und diskutiert. Durch die Diskussion empirischer Belege und die Anwendung eines systemischen Denkens werden die Studierenden ein ganzheitliches Verständnis für die komplexe Natur von Bildungsungleichheit entwickeln.

Helen Seitzer
08-350-M6-5Social Policy in the Global South (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

fortnightly (starts in week: 1) Thu. 09:30 - 13:00 UNICOM 3.3380 (SOCIUM - Mary-Somerville-Str. 3) (2 Teaching hours per week)

Additional dates:
Thu. 23.05.24 09:30 - 13:00
Thu. 04.07.24 09:30 - 13:00
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Haunss

General Studies: Political Science (Selection)

Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
08-350-GS-1Quantitative Text Analysis in the Social Sciences (in English)

Blockveranstaltung (Teaching)

Additional dates:
Mon. 08.07.24 - Tue. 09.07.24 (Mon., Tue.) 09:00 - 16:00 UNICOM 3.3380 (SOCIUM - Mary-Somerville-Str. 3)
Wed. 10.07.24 09:00 - 16:00 UNICOM 3.3390 (SOCIUM - Mary-Somerville-Str. 3)
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Haunss
08-350-M4b-2Welfare Capitalism in Transition: Theories and Policies in Comparison (in English)

Blockveranstaltung (Teaching)

Additional dates:
Fri. 12.04.24 10:00 - 12:00
Fri. 03.05.24 10:00 - 16:00
Fri. 24.05.24 10:00 - 16:00
Fri. 14.06.24 10:00 - 16:00

In a first step, we discuss different texts on the variety of capitalist development in relation to welfare state development.
The second step is to highlight challenges of welfare capitalism as we know it.
Finally, we discuss some concepts on how to develop welfare state capitalism in the future.

preparatory literature:

Literature will be provided in Stud.IP

Art der Prüfungsleistung (CP) [credits and exams]:
You can achieve both 3 and 6 CP for the Master in Social Policy.
The seminar will be held as a block seminar on Fridays

Prof. Dr. Irene Dingeldey
08-350-M5-1Experimental Research on Fairness Preferences, Social Norms, and Inequality (in English)

Seminar (Teaching)

weekly (starts in week: 1) Tue. 10:00 - 12:00 UNICOM 3.3380 (SOCIUM - Mary-Somerville-Str. 3) (2 Teaching hours per week)
Yongping Bao