853-0048-00L  International Politics: Theory and Methods (with Tutorat)

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersF. Schimmelfennig
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Public Policy BA.


853-0048-00 GInternationale Politik: Theorie und Analysemethoden3 hrs
Mon09:15-12:00HG D 5.2 »
F. Schimmelfennig
853-0048-00 UInternationale Politik: Theorie und Analysemethoden Tutorat1 hrsF. Schimmelfennig

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AbstractThe course covers the main theories (realism, institutionalism, liberalism, transnationalism and constructivism) as well as core problems of international politics such as war, peace, international cooperation and integration. The lectures are accompanied by a tutorial with case studies.
ObjectiveFirst, the course seeks to generate a better understanding of the central and specific problems of politics in the international realm, which result from the absence of centralized rule enforcement ("anarchy") . In addition, participants become familiar with the main theories of International Relations and the mechanisms and conditions these identify for solving international problems of security and cooperation. Case studies on areas and issues of international politics provide an overview of current international developments and an exemplary application of IR theory.
Content1. The subject-matter and problems of international politics

2. Power and Balance: Realism
3. Problem structures and negotiations in international politics
4. Interdependence and Institutions: Institutionalism and Transnationalism
5. Democracy and Society: Liberalism
6. Identity and Community: Constructivism

Issue Areas and Relationships
7. War: New Wars
8. Peace: The "long" and the "democratic" peace
9. Security cooperation: the new NATO
10. Economic cooperation: the world trade order
11. Human rights cooperation: global and regional human rights regimes
12. Legitimacy and Democracy in Global Governance
Lecture notesSchimmelfennig, Frank: Internationale Politik. Paderborn: Schöningh Verlag, 5. Auflage, 2017.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a two-semester course together with 851-0577-00L Principles of Political Science
For programme regulations
(Examination block)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Public Policy (Armed Forces Officers) 2017 (Examination Block 1)
Bachelor's Programme in Public Policy (Armed Forces Officers) 2010; Version 31.10.2017 (Block 1)
ECTS credits8 credits
ExaminersT. Bernauer, L. Rudolph, F. Schimmelfennig
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 180 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationDie Noten der drei Zwischenprüfungen aus den Semesterkursen (zwei aus HS, eine aus FS) werden anteilmässig (je 5%) mit maximal 15% an die Basisprüfung angerechnet.
Written aidsZwei doppelseitig oder vier einseitig handschriftlich beschriebene A4-Blätter. Ein Wörterbuch Deutsch - Französisch oder Deutsch - Italienisch.
Performance assessment as a semester course (other programmes)
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersF. Schimmelfennig
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationAm Ende des Semesters findet eine Prüfung statt.

Für Studierende des BA Staatswissenschaften gilt: Am Ende des Semesters wird eine freiwillige Zwischenprüfung durchgeführt.
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupPublic Policy BA (853100)

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Public Policy BachelorExamination Block 1OInformation