Introduction to Economics, Politics and SDGs

Monika Mokre
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2023S, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04486


Introduction to Politics, Part II

The course aims at providing an introduction into the research questions, topics, and methods of political science and teach students how to apply this knowledge.

In the Winter Semester, basic concepts of political science were presented, and methods were introduced in a general way.

In the Summer Semester, students will apply the knowledge gained in the first semester to a political topic of their choice by writing and presenting a research paper. At the same time, the topics of the Winter Semester will be deepened according to the interests of the students and methods used in the research of the students will be discussed at more depth.

Contents of the course will include:


  • Research Design and Research Ethics
  • Literature Review
  • Content Analysis
  • Interviews

Theoretical and Structural Approaches:

  • Domestic Politics:

Democracy, democratic institutions and democratic participation

System Failures: Corruption …

Dissatisfaction with the Political System (Unrest, Uprise …)

Selected Policy Fields: Cultural policies, …

  • International Politics:

International Organizations and Agreements

Development Policies

Nations without a State, Statelessness

Feminist and post-colonial approaches will form a cross-cutting perspective on these topics.

Further topics will be developed out of the research papers of the students.

Examination Modalities

Every student has to write a research paper on the base of what has been learned in both semesters. (1000-1500 words minimum) and present the paper in class (10-15 minutes).

Participation in class is mandatory.


Key Words

Political Science, democracy, international relations, methods of social sciences


14 March 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio
21 March 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio
28 March 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio
18 April 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio
25 April 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio
02 May 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio
09 May 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio
16 May 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio
23 May 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio
06 June 2023, 09:15–11:45 CDS Studio

Course Enrolment

From 01 February 2023, 10:28 to 13 March 2023, 23:00
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 3: Economics and Politics 569/020.03

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6 569/080.10

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Foundation 700/004.10

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Deepening / Application 700/004.20

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible