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Public Policy Bachelor Information
Bachelor Studies (Programme Regulations 2011)
5. Semester
Remaining Core Courses of the Bachelor's Programme
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
853-0049-00LIntroduction to Constitutional Law in Security PolicyO3 credits2VR. Müller
AbstractThe lecture deals with questions of competence and the security policy instruments (especially the army), conveys the basic principles of police law and deals with the management of extraordinary situations. Further topics are the intelligence service, the legal status of army members, the private security service providers and international aspects.
ObjectiveThe students
- understand the constitutional order relevant to the security policy and know the basic concepts of security law;
- can explain special (situation-dependent) legal forms of action;
- understand the tasks and the interaction of the actors within the legal framework of the security policy;
- know the army's mission and refer legally to the types of deployment available for order fulfillment;
- know the basic principles as well as individual characteristics of civilian-military cooperation;
- evaluate police powers and practices of military associations in its respective context;
- describe the legal position of members of the army as well as the special responsibility of persons in a chain of command;
- outline the importance of human rights in the context of actions of the security policy actors;
- assess current security challenges.
ContentFollowing an introduction, the legal foundations of the Swiss security policy will be presented in the first part.
The security constitution and the security policy instruments of the Confederation and the cantons shall be assessed critically. Then the basic principles of police action in the constitutional state will be explained referring to individual examples.

Subject of the second part is the army. In addition to their constitutional anchoring and their tasks are examined from a legal point of view according to the relevant regulations. Special attention is given to the army's police powers.

This will be followed in a third part by an examination of the cooperation between civilian and military authorities within Switzerland and abroad.

In a fourth part, attention will be given to the areas of private security, intelligence, and the legal position of the army members. An overview of legal protection completes the lecture.

The last hour before the exam will be a repetition reserved for questions.
Lecture notesReader:
Link
LiteratureThe basic source of the lectures is (purchase recommended):
- Ginanfranco Albertini/Thomas Armbruster/Beat Spörri, Militärisches Einsatzrecht, Zürich 2016 (ISBN 978-3-7255-7080-5; around CHF 89.-)

Other texts are prepared in a reader.
853-0038-00LSwiss Foreign PolicyO3 credits2VD. Möckli Weder
AbstractThis course analyzes the foundations and challenges of Swiss foreign policy. After reviewing the history of foreign policy conceptions since the early 20th century, we will discuss the determining factors of Swiss foreign policy and examine, together with guest speakers from the foreign ministry, current international developments and respective foreign policy challenges.
ObjectiveStudents should acquire a sound understanding of Swiss foreign policy and the relevant academic and political debates associated with it.
ContentNach einer Einführung in die Aussenpolitikanalyse behandelt die Lehrveranstaltung zunächst die historischen Grundlagen und die konzeptionelle Entwicklung der schweizerischen Aussenpolitik. Dabei stehen die unterschiedlichen Reaktionen der Schweiz auf die internationalen Neuordnungen nach 1918, 1945 und 1989 und die seitherige Ausgestaltung der Schweizer Aussenpolitik im Zentrum. Es wird auch darum gehen, zentrale Determinanten der Schweizer Aussenpolitik zu identifizieren.
Auf dieser Basis werden wir die derzeitigen weltpolitischen Entwicklungslinien und deren Bedeutung für die Schweiz analysieren. Zu den aussenpolitischen Herausforderungen und Themen, die wir diskutieren, gehören die Krise der liberalen internationalen Ordnung (Autoritarismus und Populismus), die Konflikte im Nahen und Mittleren Osten, Fragen der europäischen Sicherheit, die Guten Dienste der Schweiz, die Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, die Migrationsaussenpolitik, das Engagement der Schweiz gegen den Terrorismus, die Europapolitik und Brexit sowie die Schweizer UNO-Politik und die Kanddiatur für den Sicherheitsrat.
Die erste Stunde wird in der Regel als Vorlesung des Dozenten bestritten. In der zweiten Stunde vertiefen wir Themen teilweise durch den Einbezug von Gastreferaten von Mitarbeitenden des Eidgenössischen Departements für auswärtige Angelegenheiten (EDA).
Lecture notesStudents will receive a handout of slides accompanying the lectures.
LiteratureA reading list will be handed out at the beginning of the semester.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe course will be supported by an e-learning environment.
853-0321-00LAdvanced Course II (Seminar) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA
O4 credits3SE. Nussio, M. Olsansky
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
853-0061-00LIntroduction to Cybersecurity PoiticsO3 credits2GA. Wenger, M. Dunn Cavelty
AbstractThe lecture is an introduction to global cybersecurity politics. The focus is on the strategic use of cyberspace by state and non-state actors (threats) and different answers to these new challenges (countermeasures).
ObjectiveParticipants learn to assess the advantages and disadvantages of cyberspace as a domain for strategic military operations. They understand the technical basics of cyber operations and know how technology and politics are interlinked in this area. They understand the security challenges for and the motivations of states to be active in cyberspace offensively and defensively and they are familiar with the consequences for international politics.
ContentWe start with an overview of cybersecurity issue from 1980 to today and look at events and actors responsible for turning cybersecurity matters into a security political issue with top priority. After familiarizing ourselves with the technical basics, we look at different forms of cyberviolence and trends in cyber conflicts (technique in social and political practice). Then, we turn to countermeasures: we compare national cybersecurity strategies, examine international norms building, and scrutinize concepts such as cyber-power and cyber-deterrence (technique in social and political regulartory contexts).
Lecture notesA script with background information and comments on the literature will be made available at the beginning of the semester.
LiteratureLiterature for each session will be available on Moodle.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture is being supported by a website on Moodle. If you have any questions, please contact Jasper Frei; Link.
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