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Public Policy Bachelor Information
Bachelor Studies (Programme Regulations 2011)
4. Semester
Remaining Core Courses of the Bachelor Programme
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
853-0056-00LPublic International Law Restricted registration - show details O3 credits2VA. R. Ziegler
AbstractThis course gives an overview over the main areas of public international law. It presents the legal foundations of the legal coordination and cooperation within the international community and between the most important international organizations, especially in the field of peace keeping, peace enforcement and conflict resolution.
ObjectiveParticipants learn to understand the legal foundations of the international order as well as its underlying problems and conflict areas. Participants know the main principles of the current system and master the necessary tools to to update their knowledge (literature, internet sources and legal documents) and analyze contemporary developments.
ContentThe focus lies on the law of international organizations. Following a general introduction organizations such as the UN, the OSCE, NATO and the WTO are treated. A particular emphasis constitutes the management of armed conflict within international organizations. Furthermore an overview is given on the law of European Union, as an example of a supranational body. The objective of the course is to give students an overview on the practical and political importance of international organizations in view of the continuing development of international law and the international legal system.
Lecture notesno script
LiteratureAndreas R. Ziegler, Einführung ins Völkerrecht, Stämpfli Verlag, Bern, 3. Aufl. 2015 (German) or Andreas R. Ziegler, Introduction au droit international public, Staempfli, Berne 3e éd. 2015 (French).
Prerequisites / Noticeno prerequisites
853-0086-00LBusiness Administration II Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA
O3 credits2VP. Barmettler
AbstractThe course BA II provides an understanding of the principles of Financial Accounting and Financial Reporting. It comprises an introduction to the concept of double-entry accounting, preparation of annual financial statements and financial statement analysis.
The theory conveyed is illustrated with excercises, case studies and examples from business practice.
ObjectiveObjectives:
- Develop thinking in a corporate finance context
- Record transactions and prepare financial statements
- Master tools and methods used for financial statement analysis
ContentI Financial Accounting

- Concept of double-entry accounting
- Accounts, journal and general ledger
- Statement of financial position, income statement
- Trade of goods
- Accruals and deferrals
- Valuation of assets and liabilities
- Hidden reserves

II Financial Reporting

- Preparation of annual financial statements
- Cash flow statement

III Financial statement analysis

- Ratio system
- Interpretation
LiteratureMeyer, Conrad (2017): Finanzielles Rechnungswesen - Einführung mit Beispielen und Aufgaben, 3., überarbeitete Auflage.
853-0058-00LSwiss Foreign and Security Politics Since 1945 Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA and DAS in Military Sciences.
O4 credits2V + 1UA. Wenger
AbstractThis course provides students with an overview of the main features of Swiss foreign and security policy since 1945. The focus is on the emergence and development of security policy strategies and instruments in a historical context. Using primary and secondary source texts as a basis, selected topics are analyzed and discussed in tutorials.
ObjectiveThe participants have a solid overview of the evolution of Swiss foreign and security policy since 1945.
ContentThe first part of the lecture clarifies the term "security" and analyzes the change of its meaning in politics and academia over time. The focus of the second part is on the development of Swiss security policy since 1945. We will look at the different concepts of security policy, which range from "total defense" to "cooperative security". We then will analyze the gap between planning and execution, focusing on the two key developments of security policy, that is foreign policy and armed forces. The tutorials help to deepen the understanding of key aspects of Swiss foreign and security policy-making. We will read and discuss a number of key (primary and secondary) sources.
LiteratureMandatory reading: Spillman, Kurt R., Andreas Wenger, Christoph Breitenmoser and Marcel Gerber. Schweizer Sicherheitspolitik seit 1945: Zwischen Autonomie und Kooperation. Zürich: Verlag neue Zürcher Zeitung, 2001.
The book is out of print, students can access the text in the virtual class room (Moodle).
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture is supported by a virtual class room (Moodle). If you have questions concerning the lecture, please contact Niklas Masuhr, Link.
853-0010-00LConflict Research II: Challenges of Contemporary Conflicts Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA.
O4 credits2V + 1UL.‑E. Cederman
AbstractThe second part of the course on international conflict research focuses on current challenges posed by civil wars. The course investigates the nature of such wars in general, as well as issues during and after conflict. A concluding module on dedicated to regional influences of and on civil wars. Exercises complete the Lectures.
ObjectiveDeveloping an understanding of basic concepts and debates in current research on civil wars, and particularly of the dynamics during and after the conclusion of a conflict. Additionally, the students are meant to develop a basic understanding of several important conflict regions.
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipation in the preceding course, Causes of War in a Historical Context (Conflict Research I), is a prerequisite.
853-0080-00LMilitary History IIO3 credits2VM. Olsansky
AbstractThe lecture elucidates the structural problems and the evolutionary path of the Swiss Army since the adaptation of the Napoleonic warfare in the year 1804. Emphasis will be put on the general mobilizations and reforms of the Army in the 20th century as well as on the related inner- and outer-military factional disputes.
Objective- Know and discuss the adaptation of the Swiss Army to the revolutions in military affairs in modern times;
- Grasp the problematic issues regarding the evolution of the Swiss Army;
- Know and be able to discuss the mobilizations of the Swiss Army in the 19th and 20th century.
ContentThe students should apprehend the evolutions of the Swiss Army in its social, economic, technological and political setting from 1804 to 2004. The development of the Swiss Army is compared with general developments regarding the Military Revolutions I-VI.
A special focus is set on the following topics:
- Mobilizations and planning of the operational deployment of the Swiss Army in 1847, 1856, 1914-1918, 1939-1945.
- Debates on the general conception and on operational doctrine 1945 - 2004
- The Army reforms 1945-2004
LiteratureDer Schweizerische Generalstab, Bd. I - XI, 1983-2011.
Prerequisites / NoticeThis lecture is based on lecture 853-0063-00L Military History I.
853-0057-00LStrategic Studies II (with Exercises) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA and DAS in Military Sciences.
O4 credits2V + 1UM. Mantovani, M. Berni
AbstractThe lecture series, spread over two terms, covers strategic thinking and practice, especially in their military dimension, as well as theories of warfare from the ancient times to the present.
ObjectiveThe participants are cognizant of how the meaning of strategy has changed and they know the main theoretical concepts of strategy and theories of war. They are - after a study of their application in selected historical and contemporary situations - conscious of the difficulties of translating strategic concepts into practice.
ContentThe series covers key concepts of classical theory (e.g. Sun Tzu, Jomini, Clausewitz, Mahan, Liddell Hart, Beaufre etc.), against their historical background and their influence in history. It also deals with current doctrines especially of the US and their operational implementation, the strategies and (asymmetric) tactics of non-state actors and their suppression, i.e. irregular warfare.
The theory of warfare is being treated by means of Thucydides, Machiavelli, Clausewitz or Galula.
Lecture notesSlides, source texts and literature are being distributed ahead of the individual session.

A textbook with primary sources and a list of further reading are available online: Link
Literaturesee "Skript"
Prerequisites / NoticeActive knowledge of German, French and English.

The test covers the contents of the lectures and the discussed parts of the textbook.
853-0101-00LIntroduction to Military Business Administration (with Exercises) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA.
O4 credits2V + 1UM. M. Keupp
AbstractThe course provides students with such knowledge in business administration that is particularly relevant in a military context. By practice-oriented discussions of real problems from the management of the Swiss Armed Forces, students work out analytical problem-solving concepts by which they can optimize and realize efficiency improvements.
Objective* To understand communalities and differences between economic and military thinking,
* To understand that economic action is primarily about optimization and efficiency, and not about saving as a goal in itself,
* To know key concepts of business administration and to be able to apply them in a military context,
* To know and comment on recent economic problems of the Swiss Armed Forces,
* To know and apply concepts of economic optimization.
ContentThe program of the course is organized into 14 units of 90 minutes each. The units combine the elements of lecture (teaching of analytical concepts) and application (by concrete case studies). Additionally, guest lecturers will hold talks on selected issues.

* Basics of economic thinking
* Analytical tools and cost analysis
* Economic decision making
* The public budget and the financing of the Armed Forces
* The price of security: The Armed Forces as a producer of public goods
* Outsourcing and procurement
* Strategic technology management
* Knowledge and capability management
* Real estate management
* Armed Forces logistics
Lecture notesThe complete course material will be uploaded for students' use to the myStudies platform.
LiteratureThe Lecturer will distribute all necessary literature directly to the students by disseminating pdf files or citing links to online references. For an introduction to the topic and general background reference, please refer to:

* Wöhe, G.; Döring, U. 2010. Einführung in die allgemeine Betriebswirtschaftslehre. 24th ed. Vahlen.
Prerequisites / Noticenone.
853-0322-00LAdvanced Course I (Seminar) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA
O4 credits3SA. Wenger, M. Olsansky
AbstractIn this double-semester course students write an academic text at an advanced level on a topic in Strategic Studies. In the first part of the course, the students design a research design. In the second part, they write a term paper and present before the class.
ObjectiveThe goal of this double-semester course, which is divided up into several groups, consists of working out a research question in the field of Strategic Studies, retrieving useful literature, writing a scientific paper and presenting it before the class.
ContentIm ersten Teil der Veranstaltung geht es anhand der Lektüre und der Diskussion ausgewählter Fachliteratur um die Einarbeitung in die Thematik des Seminars. Auf dieser Basis wird ein Research Design erarbeitet. Zusätzlich soll auf methodische Probleme und Schwierigkeiten eingegangen werden. Im zweiten Teil verfassen die Studierenden ihre Seminararbeiten und präsentieren diese im Plenum.
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