Universität Wien FIND

070193 SE Research Seminar - Managing Welfare and securing development (2020S)

European and African perspectives on state and public administration?

10.00 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



This seminar is a cooperation between the institute for history and the department of Africa studies. The meetings will take place alternating between the two institutes.


Aims, contents and method of the course

The seminar takes place as a cooperation between the Institute for History and the Department of African Studies. We approach the development of statehood in Central Europe and Africa in the period from the 19th to the 20th century from a comparative perspective. This should sharpen our understanding of the conditions under which the expansion of the state is possible. After a comparative look at the conditions of development of the modern state in Central Europe and Africa, we will deal with infrastructure development, housing, health and poverty policies.

Assessment and permitted materials

Due to the switch to home learning, we had to adapt the organisation of the seminar. The central learning objectives remain the same.
The input statements of the colleagues who have taken over a moderation are made available on Moodle for all participants before each session. These texts should be between half a page and 2 pages long. They provide an important input for the discussion of the compulsory reading.
This discussion takes place virtually: Until the date of each session, all participants present a thesis on the preparatory literature (with a short explanation of about one paragraph) in the question-answer forum for discussion and comment on the theses of the others.
The oral presentation on the topic of the seminar paper will take place in the seminar when normal operation is restored. Alternatively, upload a short video with the presentation and slides to the Moodle site. The seminar paper of about 60,000 characters (25 p.) remains unchanged as a requirement. If access to the library stocks is delayed for a longer period of time, you can of course switch to digitally available resources. A revised version will be graded after a feedback discussion.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirement:
- active participation in the discussions of mandatory reading in the Moodle forums, after normal operation is restored, attendance is mandatory again, students may be absent twice without excuse.
- The moderation of a meeting must be taken over (possibly together with others).
- The presentation is mandatory.
- Timely handing in of the seminar paper: To ensure good scientific practice, we can invite students to a discussion after handing in the seminar paper.
Assessment standard:
The performance assessment is based on the following weighting:
- Moderation 10 points
- Participation in the discussion including various forms of feedback for other participants* (constructive, technically correct contributions and commitment in discussing the presentations): 20 points
- Oral presentation including handout: 20 points
- Seminar paper: 50 points (agreed deadline must be met)
For a positive assessment of the course, 60 points are required, the proseminar work must be positive (one-time improvement possibility with negative result):
1 (very good) 100-90 points
2 (good) 89-81 points
3 (satisfactory) 80-71 points
4 (sufficient) 70-60 points
5 (not sufficient) 59-0 points

Examination topics

All content discussed in the course. Supporting learning materials can be found on Moodle.

Reading list

s. Moodle

Association in the course directory

Schwerpunkte: Zeitgeschichte, Globalgeschichte, Österreichische Geschichte, Frauen- und Geschlechtergeschichte, Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Europaforschung

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