Universität Wien FIND

210084 SE BAK15: Osteuropastudien (2019W)

Political Warfare in Contemporary Eastern Europe (engl.)

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
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Details

max. 50 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch

Lehrende

Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 10.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 17.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 24.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 31.10. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 07.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 14.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 21.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 28.11. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 05.12. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 09.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 16.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 23.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock
Donnerstag 30.01. 11:30 - 13:00 Hörsaal 2 (H2), NIG 2.Stock

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Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Political warfare is a term used to describe political, informational, military, economic and other measures that – while staying below the legal threshold of an open armed conflict – are aimed at compelling or coercing an enemy country’s government to do one’s will. These measures can be overt or covert, and range from economic sanctions and trade wars, political alliances and propaganda to psychological operations, disinformation campaigns, cyber-attacks, clandestine support for subversive foreign elements, etc.
This course will explore political warfare as it is practiced today by state and non-state actors, who consider political warfare as a relatively efficient and low-cost form of competition. It will start with an overview of the history of political warfare and especially its use by Soviet and Western states during the Cold War. The larger part of the course will focus on the contemporary period. Seminars, in particular, will examine how social media are exploited to deepen divisions and exacerbate discord within societies; study how political alliances are used to undermine liberal-democratic narratives in Eastern Europe and draw divisions between states; investigate how cyber-attacks, leaks, “kompromat” and disinformation campaigns are employed to interfere in electoral processes and sow distrust in democratic institutions. At the end of the course, we shall also discuss the future of political warfare focusing on the possible use of big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Weekly readings, class presentations and discussions, seminar paper

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Each seminar will include a short introduction to the topic but build primarily on discussions of the assigned readings. Students are required to have completed the readings before class and to actively participate in class discussions.
Grades will be assigned according to the following breakdown:
- class attendance and contribution to class discussion 15%
- class presentation 15%. Each student will present a text from the reading list for a class discussion (10 min presentation plus one page handout)
- final seminar paper (10-12 pages) on the topic chosen by student 70 %
Not more than two sessions can be missed.

Prüfungsstoff

Readings and seminar discussions.

Literatur

Will be announced on Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Do 10.10.2019 16:08