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070023 PS BA-Proseminar - Political Rights in Modern History (2019S)

Politische Partizipationsrechte in der neueren Geschichte

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 05.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Tuesday 19.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Tuesday 26.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Tuesday 02.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Tuesday 09.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum 3, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Friday 14.06. 09:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum 3, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG
Saturday 15.06. 09:45 - 17:15 Seminarraum 3, Währinger Straße 29 1.UG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The years 1918 to 1921 represent a phase of widespread democratization in Europe and North America. Especially, the introduction of women’s suffrage in several countries is currently being commemorated with new books and exhibitions. While this proseminar will specifically take up debates about why democratization was successful in this period shortly after World War I, it will also deal with the history of political rights in modern and contemporary history in general. Inclusions and exclusions based on gender, class, race, and ethnicity will form a special focus of discussions, taking into consideration that not only the norms but also the practices of political participation where highly relevant for defining who could vote and who could not.

This class will mainly be held in English. However, papers and assignments can be handed in in German and presentations can be delivered in German.

There will be an additional session in April (not during regular class hours due to the museum's opening times) in which we will visit the exhibition "'Sie meinen es politisch!' 100 Jahre Frauenwahlrecht" ("'They mean politics!' 100 years of women's suffrage") at the Volkskundemuseum Wien/Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be assessed on the basis of written assignments, a research paper, an oral presentation, contributions to discussion in class and regular attendance, and will receive individual feedback.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Assessment is based on
- reading assignments, a research proposal (exposé) and contributions to discussion in class (20 %),
- a research paper of about 15 pages length (including footnotes and references, 1.5 line spacing = papers written in English: c. 6000 words / in German c. 40 000 characters incl. spaces) with a research proposal (exposé) (60 %), and
- an oral presentation incl. a handout (20 %).
Papers can be written and presented either in English or in German.

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

Epoche: Neuzeit, Zeitgeschichte
Aspekte/Räume: Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte, Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Europaforschung, Globalgeschichte, Politikgeschichte|
MA ZGM: M2a PS aus Zeitgeschichte.

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