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Course Title: 0301 Climate Epistemologies in Southern Africa

Course Description

By no doubt, climate change is today perceived as one of the paradigmatic problems with which a globalized world order is confronted. Climate change does not only thoroughly affect the world as a whole, but it does so by radical means. Moreover, the sources of climate change are not necessarily aligned with the regions of the world where the impacts of climate change are initially emerging. For example, the Southern African region and its societies are most strongly affected by the consequences of global climate change, yet contribute least to the global production of emissions. Although a global phenomenon, the material impact of climate change is shaped by and responds to a system of global inequality. The intensity and nature of current climate change processes reveal themselves rather differently depending on the region. Remarkably, the spread also happens to follow a prevailing postcolonial order of disparities between the economically and geopolitically hegemonic societies of the Global North and those of the Global South. Today, the severe consequences of climate change can be notably observed in Southern Africa, with enormous impacts on the people living in the region, their social institutions, and the resilience of entire sectors of society. It remains striking how marginalized these acute, regional challenges are thus far not only within the climate change discourses of the global North, but also within multilateral institutions and organizations. This goes hand in hand with the practices and rules of climate change politics and governance, which are mostly responding to the regional conditions in the North. The class will follow these strands and reflect on the epistemological background of social climate knowledge and its embeddedness into structures of global power.

 

Faculty

Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Institute

Department of Sociology

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Jörn Ahrens

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous, Time (CET): Kick-off session: May 20, 2022 (Friday): 10am-12pm; Blocked sessions: July 08 & 15, 2022 (Fridays): 10am-3pm each

Online Tool for Teaching

Webex, ILIAS

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master (priority on MA level) of the fields of cultural sociology, cultural studies, cultural anthropology

Prerequisites

English level B2

ECTS

5

Course Title: 0303 Expert Interviews

Course Description

The aim of this course is to study and apply the method of empirical research known as expert interviews. The first segment of the course examines the methodological foundations of qualitative expert interviews by defining the concepts of experts and expertise, the relevance of conducting interviews, and the conditions surrounding expert interviews. The course’s second component unpacks the practical implications of expert interviews including the establishing of contacts, crafting semi-structured questionnaires, and the interview process itself. The course’s final section deals with transcribing, data processing, and evaluating expert interviews, the latter of which is done through the lens of qualitative content analysis.

Requirements: Students are expected to actively participate in class and read the weekly introductory literature (provided via MS Teams).

Assessments: Throughout the semester, students conduct their own expert interview research projects in pairs. The course sessions are based on short text inputs (individual, not graded) and subsequent discussions. On a regular basis, the group will exchange their experiences and ideas to support one another (also not graded). At the conclusion of the semester, students will write their own empirical research papers (graded) based on the expert interviews conducted within their project pairs.

 

Faculty

Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Institute

Department of Political Science

Lecturer

Fabian Schöppner, M.A.

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous, Time (CET): Fridays, 10:00-12:00

Online Tool for Teaching

StudIP, MS Teams

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master of the fields of cultural and social studies

Prerequisites

English level B1

ECTS

5

Course Title: 0304 Germany’s Political and Social System in Comparative Perspective

Course Description

This course brings together some of JLU’s Social Sciences students with international students – participating in the ERASMUS+ scheme or JLU’s Virtual International Programme (VIP) – to enable a reflective, comparative perspective on the political and social system of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The topics addressed in the seminar range from the German constitution and the main political institutions and parties over the German welfare regime, its underpinning family conceptions and the German ‘social market economy’ to trending topics such as growing inequalities, migration, climate crisis and rising right-wing populism.

Insights into German day-to-day politics aim to illustrate theoretical arguments and models and to foster lively discussions within the international group of students participating in this weekly hybrid seminar.

Faculty

Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Institute

Department of Political Science

Lecturer

Dr. Johannes Diesing & Niklas Ferch, M.A.

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous, Time (CET): Tuesdays, 8:00-10:00

Online Tool for Teaching

to be announced

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master in the fields of cultural and social studies

Prerequisites

English level B1

ECTS

graded: 5; ungraded: 2

Course Title: 0305 Gender in Post-Migrant Society

Course Description

This course focuses on the immigration society from a post-migrant perspective (Foroutan), and particularly intends to look closer how gender relates to other aspects of social divisions such as ethnicity, age, socio-economic conditions, and space in this ‘after-migration’ setting. Within this framework, the course will cover several theoretical readings problematizing the classical conceptual constructions of the notions of the migrant, migration, borders, and dualities such as native/migrant or national culture/migrant culture. In addition, empirically focused recent works studying migration and gender in several different European country contexts such as Germany, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland will also be discussed in the course. The course will be conducted via both online lecture-discussion sessions and offline written forum discussions. The students are expected to take part in both formats actively via participation activities (Forum posts, online group work etc.).

Faculty

Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Institute

Department of Sociology

Lecturer

Dr. Pinar Gümüs Mantu

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous, Time (CET): Thursdays, 10:00-12:00

Online Tool for Teaching

Webex, StudIP

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master in Social Sciences

Prerequisites

At least C1 level English language competency

ECTS

5

Course Title: 0306 European Security Policy

Course Description

1) Introduction into Security terms, 2) traditional and critical security studies, 3) security theories, 4) security institutions in Europe, 5) crucial security risks, 6) dynamics of security policy in Europe, 7) Europe in global security struggles

Faculty

Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Institute

Department of Political Science

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Andrea Gawrich

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous (live), Time (CET): Mondays, 16:00-18:00

Asynchronous (recorded)

Online Tool for Teaching

MS Teams

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master in Political Science

Prerequisites

English B2

ECTS

4-6 CPs upon individuall appointments possible

Course Title: 0307 EU Migration and Refugee Policy

Course Description

1) Introduction into key terms on migration, 2) introduction into involved EU institutions and empirical evolvement of the policy field, 3) key policy strategies since the crisis 2015, 4) conflicts among EU member states on the policy field, 5) future policy challange 7) theoretical reflection

Faculty

Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Institute

Department of Political Science

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Andrea Gawrich

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous (live), Time (CET): Tuesdays, 10:00-12:00

Asynchronous (recorded)

Online Tool for Teaching

MS Teams

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master in Political Science

Prerequisites

English B2

ECTS

4-6 CPs upon individuall appointments possible

Course Title: 0101 Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Course Description

Das Seminar führt in die Grundlagen der sozialwissenschaftlichen Entwicklungsforschung ein und vertieft diese mit Fokus auf theoretische Debatten zur Nachhaltigen Entwicklung sowie aktuellen Diskussionen zu den SDGs. Es werden zentrale Zielkonflikte analysiert und mögliche Lösungsansätze kontrovers diskutiert.

 

Faculty

Law/Social Sciences

Institute

Chair for Peace Studies

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous, Time (CET): Mondays, 16:00-18:00

Online Tool for Teaching

Webex

Language of Instruction

German

Target Group

Bachelor, Master

Prerequisites

German B2 or better

ECTS

6

Course Title: 0102 Theory and practice of engendering peace and conflicts

Course Description

The seminar deals with the current debates on gender and intersectionality in the context of conflicts and peacebuilding processes. The course will address the international legal instruments for combating gender-based violence as well as for the inclusion of women in peacebuilding and decision-making processes. It also implies an analysis of gender-based violence in times of conflict as well as in peace times from a theoretical and practical perspective. This will show how while certain forms of gender-based violence are strongly criticized in the public sphere, others remain invisible, naturalized, and even legitimized by large segments of the population. Throughout the course, the analysis of specific case studies will illustrate the contradictions between the struggle, achievements, and successes of women's movements, on the one hand, and the challenges still pending to eradicate gender based violence in times of peace and war, on the other. In doing so, the course will address the following questions: what role do gender and intersectionality play in the perpetration of violence in armed conflicts? What gender perspectives do peacebuilding and transitional justice mechanisms incorporate to deal with the  legacy of gender-based violence following dictatorships and armed conflict? Do transitional justice instruments include sufficient intersectional perspectives in the search for truth, justice, and reparations?

 

Faculty

Law/Social Sciences

Institute

Chair for Peace Studies

Lecturer

Dr. Rosario Figari Layus

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous, Time (CET): Fridays, 12:00-14:00

Online Tool for Teaching

Webex

Language of Instruction

English

Target Group

Bachelor, Master

Prerequisites

English B2 or better

ECTS

6

Course Title: 0103 Peace and Conflict Studies

Course Description

The course will give an introduction to the field of peace and conflict studies. After discussing basic concepts, the course will deal with topics including Peacebuilding; Transitional Justice and Human Rights; Gender; Natural Resources and Education.

 

Faculty

Law/Social Sciences

Institute

Chair for Peace Studies

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Stefan Peters / Dima Mahjoub

Study Period (dd/mm/yy)

11/04/22-15/07/22

Mode and Time

Synchronous, Time (CET): Wednesdays, 16:00-18:00

Online Tool for Teaching

Webex

Language of Instruction

Englisch

Target Group

Bachelor, Master

Prerequisites

English B2

ECTS

6

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