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Public Policy Bachelor Information
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, 4. Aufl. 2020 (German) or Andreas R. Ziegler, Introduction au droit international public, Staempfli, Berne 4e éd. 2020 (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 (2020): Finanzielles Rechnungswesen - Einführung mit Beispielen und Aufgaben, 4., 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 Oliver Roos, Link.
853-0010-00LConflict Research II: Civil Wars Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA.
O4 credits2V + 1US. Rüegger, L.‑E. Cederman
AbstractIntroduction to research on civil wars. This course covers the causes, processes and solutions to civil conflicts and wars.
Objective- Knowledge on different causes of civil wars.
- Knowledge on processes during civil wars.
- Knowledge on different solutions and strategies to end civil wars.
- Application of theory to current examples of civil wars.
ContentThis course focuses on civil war, which is the most common type of political violence. The course is divided into three blocks: The first part analyses the causes of civil wars. The second part focuses on processes during ongoing civil wars, such as mobilization and conflict diffusion. The third part investigates in the factors that contribute to effective peace building.

Research questions: What are the causes of civil wars? What happens during civil wars? How do civil wars end?
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipation in the preceding course, Conflict Research I: Political Violence, is recommended.
853-0080-00LMilitary History IIO3 credits2VM. Olsansky, A. Wettstein
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
LiteratureJaun, Rudolf: Geschichte der Schweizer Armee. Vom 17. Jahrhundert bis in die Gegenwart. Zürich 2019
Prerequisites / NoticeThis lecture is based on lecture 853-0063-00L Military History I.
853-0057-00LStrategic Studies II (without Exercises) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA
O4 credits2V + 3UM. Mantovani, M. Berni, M. Wyss
AbstractThe SiP-accredited lecture series treats high-impact strategic theory from antiquity to the present, emphasizing in particular its specific time-related context as well as the corresponding state of military technology.
ObjectiveThe participants know how the understanding of strategy has evolved over time.
They understand the interplay of strategy's basic components: ends, ways, means.
They know the most important classics of strategy and war theory and can place them in their specific time-related context, focusing in particular on the given state of military technology.
Based on the analysis of historical and contemporary examples, they are aware of the mismatch between declaration and implementation of any given strategy.
They are capable of analyzing original texts and modern scholarly works in the field of strategic studies.
ContentThe two-term lecture series treats classic texts of strategic studies from antiquity to the present. Term 1 covers the theories up until roughly 1900, term 2 treats the theories eversince.
Theories are considered classic if they were prominent in their respective times and if they enjoyed a strong reception thereafter, be it in literature, in academic debates or as guidelines for action. Each out of some 50 theories is discussed in three steps: time-related context, core elements and reception.
Lecture notesPrior to the lectures, the respective slides as well as primary sources and literature (as preparatory readings) are made available on Moodle.
The program is also available online (Link).
LiteraturePeter Paret (ed.), Makers of Modern Strategy. From Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age, Princeton 1986

Elinor C. Sloan, Modern Military Strategy. An Introduction, Oxon/New York 2012

Lawrence Freedman, Strategy. A History, New York 2013

John Baylis, James J. Wirtz, and Colin S. Gray (eds.), Strategy in the Contemporary World. An Introduction to Strategic Studies, New York 2018
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture is held in German.
Passive knowledge of English and French are required.
853-0322-00LAdvanced Course I (Seminar) Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA
O4 credits3SA. Wenger, M. M. Keupp
AbstractIn this two-semester course, students write an academic text at an advanced level on a topic in defense economics. 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 seminar is conducted in several groups over two semesters. The goal of the seminar is to work on a question within the framework of a topic of defense economics, to research it, to write a scientific paper and to present it in the plenary session. Due to the methodological skills acquired in the proseminar, a qualitatively demanding work is expected.
ContentIn the first part of the event, the reading and discussion of selected specialist literature will be used to familiarize participants with the topic of the seminar. On this basis, a research design will be developed. Additionally, methodological problems and difficulties will be discussed. In the second part the students write their seminar papers and present them in the plenum.
Lecture notesnone
LiteratureThe work "Militärökonomie" / "Economie militaire" as used in the lecture is to be consulted as basic literature for the identification of relevant topics.
853-0102-02LDefense Economics II (with Exercises) Restricted registration - show details O4 credits2V + 3UM. M. Keupp
AbstractIn terms of structure and content, the event follows the lecturer's book "Militärökonomie" (Military Economics), which is available in two language versions:

- German language: ISBN 978-3-658-06146-3
- French-speaking: ISBN 978-3-658-25287-8
Objective* Understanding the impact of institutional design on the effectiveness and efficiency of military performance
* Analyse possibilities and limits of system reforms
ContentThe semester program of the course is divided into 14 modules of 90 minutes each, which combine lecture (teaching of analytical techniques) and exercise (application by means of concrete case studies).

The contents correspond to sections 3 to 5 of the above book. The following will be discussed:

3.1 The military conflict as an objective selection environment
3.2 Consequences of the planned economy system for military effectiveness

4.1 Possibilities and limits of efficiency improvements
4.2 Consequences of the planned economy system for military efficiency

5. possibilities and limits of system reforms
Lecture notesLecture slides are given to the participants before the first lecture. In addition, the above mentioned book will be handed over to the participants. Participants of the lecture who are not professional officer candidates are requested to obtain the book from the library or bookstore.
LiteratureKeupp, M. M. 2019 Militärökonomie. Wiesbaden: SpringerGabler.
ISBN 978-3-658-06146-3

Keupp, M. M. 2019 Économie militaire. Wiesbaden: SpringerGabler.
ISBN 978-3-658-25287-8
Prerequisites / NoticeExam "Military Business Administration I" passed successfully or profound basic knowledge of business administration and economics with a focus on institutional economics. The course is open to external participants.
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