Thomas Ferst: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2022

NameMr Thomas Ferst
Schweiz.- u. Int. Sicherheitspol.
ETH Zürich, IFW C 49.1
Haldeneggsteig 4
8092 Zürich
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences

853-0064-00LMilitary Sociology I3 credits2VT. Szvircsev Tresch, S. De Rosa, T. Ferst
AbstractBeside of the most important terms of sociology, demographic changes and the related value and structure change will be analysed. The second part focuses on organizational sociology. Thirdly, the course examines to which extent armed forces can be considered as organizations like any other and to which extent they constitute a special case from an organizational and normative point of view.
ObjectiveRecognize and explain current changes (social change) in modern society (individualisation, pluralisation); describe demographic changes in Switzerland; explain the structures of societies; define issues and fields of research in modern military sociology and explain the foundations of organisational sociology; explain the military in terms of organisational sociology and identify specific traits of the military as an organisation.
ContentSocietal change; organizations as societal phenomena; aims, structures, environments of organizations; specifics of the military as an organization; impacts of technological and societal changes on the armed forces in modern societies.
LiteratureA reader with a set of texts will be handed out.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesfostered
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Cooperation and Teamworkfostered
Customer Orientationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Creative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management fostered
853-0321-00LAdvanced Course II (Seminar) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA
4 credits3SA. Wenger, S. De Rosa, T. Ferst, T. Szvircsev Tresch
AbstractThis two-semester course is divided into several groups. A core question relating to the topic of the seminar paper is being developed (I), which will be chosen in coordination and under the guidance of the respective lecturers. Upon conclusion, the paper will be presented in class (II). Based on the qualifications obtained in the “Proseminar”, a high academic standard is expected.
ObjectiveBased on the research design prepared in part I of the seminar, candidates write a comprehensive academic term paper. The term paper should be considered as a good preparation for the BA thesis.
ContentSeminar II builds on the findings of seminar I. Within the broader framework of the overall theme of the seminar (Foreign Policies and Security Strategies of the Great Powers) and based on the approved research design of seminar I, participants write their term paper (in close consultation with the lecturer).
Lecture notesA Reader was provided as part of seminar I (cf. online platform Moodle).
Literaturecf. Reader and Reading List Seminar I
Prerequisites / NoticeGerman