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210009 PS BAK3: Introduction to scientific work (2018W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

A registration via u:space during the registration phase is required. Late registrations are NOT possible.
Students who miss the first lesson without prior notification will lose their seat in the course.

Follow the principles of good scientific practice.

The course instructor may invite students to an oral exam about the student’s written contributions in the course. Plagiarized contributions have the consequence that the course won’t be graded (instead the course will be marked with an ‘X’ in the transcript of records).


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


max. 50 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 09.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 16.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 23.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 30.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 06.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 13.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 20.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 27.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 04.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 11.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 08.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 15.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 22.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock
Tuesday 29.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal 3 (H3), NIG 2. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims at providing students with basic knowledge and skills of scientific working techniques, which they should be able to make use of throughout their time as students. The course focuses on developing five core-competences with the students:

x) understanding and expressing a scientific line of reasoning in discussions, oral feedback and in writing
x) becoming a critical reader of scientific texts
x) being able to find, access and use scientific literature
x) becoming acquainted with writing different scientific texts (excerpt, proceedings/protocol, abstract, essay, research outline) while following the rules of scientific writing (correct citations) and becoming aware of ethical aspects of research and knowledge production
x) understanding the importance of providing target-group-oriented information in the process of diseminating scientific knowledge (e.g. in the process of building presentations)

The basis for developing these skills will lie, apart from studying introductory works on social scientific writing and researching skills, in engaging with scientific literature from different fields of political science. Class discussions and group-tasks will help to further developing these skills. To be able to contribute in those tasks, students are expected to read the mandatory texts for each class and hand in their homework on time.

This course seeks to provide an engaging and inclusive study-environment and welcomes students with and without diabilities. If you should require special assistance, for example due to an impairment, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time, prefereably as soon as you are informed about being on the course. I will do my best to make the necessary adaptations, so that everyone enrolled is able to participate.

For non-native speakers of English: Whereas a basic knowledge of English is required to follow and complete this course, language competence is not assessed. Instead, this course provides an opportunity to apply and improve oral and written English language skills.

Assessment and permitted materials

Provisional tasks and weighting

Task: abstract (5%)
Task: citations (5%)
Task: reflection on academic writing skills (5%)
Task: excerpt/visualisation (10%)
Task: presentation(10%)
Task: review (10%)
Task: protocol (20%)
Task: research proposal (25%)

All tasks will be checked with the plagiarism detection software "TurnItIn".

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active participation in class and discussions, handing in homework on time via moodle, reading the weekly mandatory literature

>91% 1 (Sehr gut)
91-83% 2 (Gut)
83-75% 3 (Befriedigend)
75-66% 4 (Genügend)
<66% 5 (Nicht genügend)

Examination topics

No exam but continuous assesment of course work and homework.

Reading list

The essential literature will be made accessible via moodle. No prior reading required.

Some of the texts and books which will be discussed in class:
Atchison, Amy L. (2013): The Practical Process of Gender Mainstreaming in the Political Science Curriculum. Politics & Gender Vol. 9 (2), pp. 228 - 235.
Broberg, M. (2013) 'From Colonial Power to Human Rights Promoter. On the Legal Regulation of the European Union's Relations with the Developing Countries', Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 26 (4), 675-687.
Chakrabarty, Dipesh (2011): The Muddle of Modernity. American Historical Review, Vol 116 (3), pp. 663-675.
Du Bois, W.E.B. (2005) [1903]: The Souls of Black Folk. New York: Bantam Dell.
Eco, U. (2015 [1977]) How to write a thesis. Cambridge, London: MIT Press.
Hansen, P., and Jonsson, S. (2011) 'Demographic Colonialism. EU-African Migration Management and the Legacy of Eurafrica' Globalizations, 8 (3), 261-276.
hooks, bell (1994): Teaching to Transgress. Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York u.a.: Routledge.
Malešević, Siniša (2011), The chimera of national identity. Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 17 (2), pp. 272–290.
Marshall, Thomas H. (1977): Citizenship and Social Class. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Michel, Noémi (2015): "Sheepology. The Postcolonial Politics of Raceless Racism in Switzerland." Postcolonial Studies, Vol. 18 Nr. 4. 410-426.
Peters, Michael A. (2015): Why is My Curriculum White? Educational Philosophy and Theory, Vol. 47 (7). pp. 641-646.
Raab, Nicole; Janda, Simone (2012): "Coverage of the Beijing Paralympic Games on German Television." In: Schantz, Otto; Gilbert, Keith (eds.): Heroes or zeroes? The Media's Perception of Paralympic Sport. Champaign: Common Ground. pp. 85-93.
Smith, Anthony (1989): The origins of nations. Ethnic and Racial Studies Vol. 12(3) pp. 340-367.
Thomas, Carol (2002): "Disability Theory: Key Ideas, Issues and Thinkers." In: Barnes, Colin; Oliver, Mike (eds.): Disability Studies Today. Cambridge, Oxford: Polity Press. pp. 38-57.

Association in the course directory

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