853-0051-00L  Military Sociology II (with Exercises)

SemesterSpring Semester 2019
LecturersA. Rinaldo, T. Ferst, O. Schneider
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentOnly for Public Policy BA


AbstractOverview of current trends regadring the changes in the European security and military structures. Special attention is paid to the professionalisation of the armed forces and missions abroad. Furthermore, the Swiss milita-type army is analysed, the societal conditions for militia capability and its limits for the Swiss armed forces are discussed.
ObjectiveDescribe the change in function of the military and analyse changes concerning the European armed forces; explain European tendencies regarding the recruitment of personnel and indicate the decreasing importance of conscription; explain the specific aspects of the Swiss militia system in the military world; recognize the limits of the Swiss militia capability in the modern society and discuss consequences for the Swiss militia system.
ContentProblems of civil-military relations and democratic control of armed forces; "old" and "new" wars and the privatisation of security; the end of the mass armies in Europe - trends, causes, perspectives, militia capability of the society and military in Switzerland.

This course will be completed by a compulsary one week course between terms.
LiteratureA reader with a set of texts will be handed out.