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Regular Semester Classes

The International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP) takes courses from the university's regular course catalogue. Usually, classes take place two hours per week.
Important: Each class, whether held in English or German, is being supported by tutorials (obligatory!) in English with four hours per week, especially for IUSP students. In the tutorials, students are working up the contents of the lecture, not only of the first eight weeks the IUSP participants are staying, but also the contents of the second half of the German semester. In addition, the tutors work more deeply on the topic with the students and deepen their knowledge.

The IUSP students give presentations and write essays on the topics according to the respective class and tutorial. Generally, marks are given for oral work (presentations, performance in class etc.) and written work (reports, bibliographies, homework, essays etc.).

Class Choice: We are adding classes as they come in from the professors, and will start publishing classes from December on for the Spring semester, and from July on for the Fall semester.* As soon as the list will be complete, we will notify all students, and ask for their class choice in an email. We will ask for their final decision after their arrival in Marburg. Only students with the language level B1.1 and above can enroll for classes held in German.

Note on Class Attendance
Please bear in mind that attendance is required in order to receive credit for IUSP classes. Failure to attend classes can result in grade cuts and/or a grade not being issued to you if you do not attend classes regularly. IUSP students do not have the option of simply sitting for the exam at the end of the semester without having attended classes. Health issues and other serious reasons for missing lectures are, of course, another matter. Please keep your teacher and/or the IUSP staff informed if you are unable to attend lectures.

*Please note:
Generally speaking, class descriptions are posted online later than what many colleges and universities outside of Germany are accustomed to. The reason for this lies in the differing academic calendars. The classes for the spring semester in Marburg are published in January; classes for the fall semester in Marburg are published in July. We recommend looking at classes from the previous academic year to get a feel for what classes will be offered in the corresponding semester of the current academic year. In most subject areas, similar courses are offered on a rotating basis one time each academic year. We do not offer the same classes every year/semester. Introductory-level courses, however, are generally repeated. Browsing through past catalogues can be helpful in giving you an idea of what courses may be offered and what courses may be counted towards your degree.
The descriptions in the class list are taken from our university course catalogue. It can be accessed, if of interest, through the word "Course Catalogue" in the menu of "Portals". 

Class List Fall 2021 

Subject Area: American Studies 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Carmen Birkle: Polarization in the United States (held in English)Prof. Dr. Carmen Birkle: Polarization in the United States (held in English)


    Tuesday 4pm - 6pm


    The “axis of evil” most probably is one of the best-known polarizing statements in U.S.-American history. When George W. Bush, Jr., after the 9/11 attacks, declared that the states he categorized as such were out to destroy the peace of the world, he actually implied that these nations were the enemies of the United States and its embrace of freedom. Bush also initiated the “war on terror” and made his (in)famous declaration: “We are at war. This is a war without end. There are those who are with us; there are those who are against us” (Bush). All those who are not “with us” are for Bush terrorists.

    In this seminar, we will trace the history of U.S.-American polarization from its Puritan beginnings via ethnic and gender struggles all the way to the Trump administration and the simultaneous renewed rise of conspiracy theories, extreme political opposition between Republicans and Democrats, and the role of contemporary media, including social media, as well as the construct of an elite as scapegoats for everything that has gone wrong. Constructions of gender (women’s rights) and ethnicity (slavery) are at the core of all developments as well as (misguided) readings of the American Dream and the Promised Land. We will also discuss the meaning of polarization and some of the means that have been undertaken to overcome this division in U.S.-American society.


    Required Reading:

    * Political speeches by Trump, Bush, Jr., Obama (ILIAS)

    * Richard Hofstadter, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” (ILIAS)

    * Political Documents: Declaration of Independence (1776); Constitution (1787)

    * Gender: Abigail Adams, “Letters” (1776); Seneca Falls Declaration (1848); Susan Glaspell, “A Jury of Her Peers” (1917); Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) (ILIAS)

    * Puritans: Nathaniel Hawthorne, “The Maypole of Merry-Mount” (1836); Mary Rowlandson, captivity narrative (excerpts) (ILIAS)

    * Immigration: Gish Jen, “Who’s Irish?” (1999) (ILIAS)

    * class: William Faulkner, “Dry September” (1931); “Barn-Burning” (1939) (ILIAS)

    * ethnicity: Richard Wright, “Big Boy Leaves Home” (1938); W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903; excerpts); Lydia Maria Child, “Quadroons” (1842) (ILIAS); Louisa May Alcott, “The Brothers” (1863) (ILIAS); Zack Toohey, “Residential School Nightmares” (2006); Zitkala-Ša, “Impressions of an Indian Childhood” (1900) and “An Indian Teacher among Indians” (1900) (ILIAS)

     All texts will be available on ILIAS by the beginning of the semester.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Carmen Birkle: U.S.-American Pandemic Literature (held in English)Prof. Dr. Carmen Birkle: U.S.-American Pandemic Literature (held in English)


    Tuesday 2pm - 4pm


    After having lived through almost two years of the Corona pandemic, most people have enough of it and try to return to a “normal” life, with which they usually mean their life before the first lockdowns in the spring of 2020. While this return narrative is a wonderful goal, we may have to wonder whether such a return is possible. COVID-19 has significantly altered social, cultural, national, and international relationships, perspectives on communities and traditions, and people’s behavior. In this seminar, we will situate the current pandemic in the larger history of pandemics and explore the consequences in an on societies of such a transnational as well as deadly phenomenon. Moreover, we will use literary representations of various pandemics and read them with the current experience in mind. Pandemics to be covered are yellow fever in the late 18th century, 1918 Flu Pandemic, COVID-19 Pandemic, ,

    Questions to be discussed will include the following: What kind of outbreak narratives does literature offer? What is the role of gender, class, and ethnicity during a pandemic? Which coping strategies do fictional characters develop? How do characters remember a pandemic? What do we learn about human nature? Which information do we get about the respective health care systems? Which images of American culture do these texts reveal? What does literature offer to a 21st-century reader during a pandemic? How would we start a short story about COVID-19? (to be practiced and discussed on a synchronous session). Overall, we will situate the literary representations of pandemics in the respective historical and cultural U.S.-American contexts and will have a closer look at the handling of pandemics over the centuries.


    Required Readings:

    Short Stories:

    LaValle, John. “Recognition.” The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic. Ed. The New York Times Magazine. New York: Scribner, 2020. 3-10. Print. (ILIAS)

    O’Hara, John. “The Doctor’s Son.” 1935. Selected Stories. By O’Hara. 2003. London: Vintage Classics, 2011. 141-73. Print. (ILIAS)

    Orange, Tommy. “The Team.” The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic. Ed. The New York Times Magazine. New York: Scribner, 2020. 51-58. Print. (ILIAS)

    Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Masque of the Red Death.” 1842. The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings. By Poe. Ed. David Galloway. London: Penguin, 1988. 254-60. Print. (ILIAS)

    Wideman, John Edgar. “Fever.” Fever: Twelve Stories. New York: Penguin, 1989. 127-61. Print.



    Cook, Robin. Pandemic. 2018. New York: Pan, 2019. Print.

    Porter, Katherine Anne. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. 1939. New York: Penguin, 2011. Print.

    Wiseman, Ellen Marie. The Orphan Collector. New York: Kensington, 2020. Print.

    Wright, Lawrence. The End of October. London: Black Swan, 2020. Print.


    The short stories as well as additional articles and essays will be available on ILIAS by the beginning of the semester.


Subject Area: Business Administration and Economics

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nietert: Entscheidung, Finanzierung und Investition (held in German)Prof. Dr. Bernhard Nietert: Entscheidung, Finanzierung und Investition (held in German)


    Monday 6pm - 8pm

    Course Pre-requisites: None (introductory course)

    Main problems answered
    How should you make decisions in general?
    How can you separate good real investments and good funding opportunities from bad ones?
    What is risk? How can you measure and manage it?

    Course Description
    Successfully investing in and funding of projects requires, first, that you know projects’ institutional characteristics and, second, that you have learned how to make rational choices. Therefore, this course gives you an introduction to investment and funding possibilities as well as decision theory. On that basis, classic and modern investment evaluation methods for riskless cash flows are discussed. Finally, an introduction to measurement and management risk is given. 

    Required Textbooks and Materials
    I do not follow any particular textbook but rather use material from a number of sources. Therefore, I provide participants with lecture notes, exercises (including solutions), and questions and problems available from

    Academic Plan
    1 Introduction
    1.1 Basics
    1.2 Basics of decision theory
    1.3 Types of investments and financing
    2 Investment evaluation under certainty
    2.1 Determination of cash flows under certainty
    2.2 Problems with and fundamentals of investment evaluation
    2.3 Classical investment evaluation under certainty
    2.4 Modern investment evaluation under certainty
    3 Financing evaluation under certainty
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 Financing that is directly related to investment
    3.3 Financing that is not related to investment
    4 Risk
    4.1 Getting to know risk
    4.2 Determination of cash flows under risk
    4.3 Management of risk

    Grading Policy
    Your course grade is based on a written exam.
    Components of the course
    Lecture (in German) and tutorial (in English)

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Oscar A. Stolper: Entrepreneurial Finance (held in English)Prof. Dr. Oscar A. Stolper: Entrepreneurial Finance (held in English)


    Monday 2pm - 4pm

    Course Pre-requisites
    For advanced bachelor´s students (recommended prerequisite: introductory corporate finance)

    Learnings objectives
    The objective of this course is to introduce the financial knowledge and tools an entrepreneur needs to start, build and harvest a venture. At this, we adopt a life cycle approach to entrepreneurial finance. Specifically, following an initial developing stage, successful ventures reach a startup stage in which they focus on their business model and plan. As marketing and sales begins, ventures undergo a survival stage and then typically enter a rapid-growth stage in which they start demonstrating value creation. Finally, early-maturity stage ventures seek for ways to harvest the value created and provide a return to their investors. Upon successful completion of this course, you are familiar with the financial management tools and techniques. Moreover, you will have developed a thorough understanding of potential investors and their mindset as well as the institutional environment in which ventures operate during the different stages.

    Course Description
    The challenge of envisioning a new product or service, inspiring others with entrepreneurial spirit and bringing it to market can be one of the great experiences in life. Of course, all ventures require financing – taking investors’ money today and expecting to return a significantly larger amount in the future. In the meantime, the venture must manage its financial resources, communicate effectively with all stakeholders and create the harvest value expected by investors.

    Required Textbooks and Materials
    Leach/Melicher „Entrepreneurial Finance“ (Cengage Learning)

    Academic Plan
    1 Introduction
    2 Developing the business idea
    3 Organizing and financing a new venture
    4 Preparing and using financial statements
    5 Evaluating operating and financial performance
    6 Managing cash flow
    7 Types and costs of financial capital
    8 Projecting financial statements
    9 Valuing early-stage ventures
    10 Venture capital valuation methods
    11 Professional venture capital
    12 Other financing alternatives
    13 Harvesting the business venture investment

    Grading Policy
    Your course grade is based on a written exam.

    Components of the course
    Lecture and tutorial (both in English)

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Torsten Wulf: Problem Solving and Communication (held in English)Prof. Dr. Torsten Wulf: Problem Solving and Communication (held in English)


    Thursday 10am - 12pm

    Course Pre-requisites
    For advanced bachelor students

    Learning objectives
    The objective of the course “Problem Solving and Communication” is to teach the students in their problem-solving skills and present them tools for a better communication. The course
    develops practical skills necessary for leading a company successfully in a global business environment.

    Course description
    The course focuses on novel, complex problems that occur quite frequently in every-day management situations. A methodology for approaching and solving such problems is
    presented, i.e. participants will learn how to systematically define, structure, analyse, and solve novel, complex problems. A central premise of this course is, however, that any solution is only valuable if it is also communicated effectively – in other words: problem-solving and the communication of solutions have to go hand-in-hand. Therefore, participants of this course will also learn how to structure and design convincing presentations.

    Required Textbooks and Materials
    Minto, B.: The Pyramid Principle, London, 2001.
    Zelazny, G.: Say it with charts, 3rd ed., New York 1996.

    Academic Plan
    1. Identifying problems
    2. Structuring problems
    3. Analyzing problems
    4. Communicating solutions
    5. Managing in the problem-solving process

    Grading Policy
    The grading of this course is based on a team presentation. Here, you are challenged with an actual management situation. Being a member of a project team, you have to prepare and
    communicate a solution to a management task. The specific task as well as the team distribution will be laid out towards the end of the course.

    Components of the course
    Lecture and tutorial (both in English)

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Badreldin: Introduction to the Economies of the Middle East (held in English)Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Badreldin: Introduction to the Economies of the Middle East (held in English)


    Tuesday 2pm - 4pm 


    This course is intended as an introduction to basic economic systems and concepts followed by a comprehensive overview of the economies of the region. The goal is to provide students with a solid basis and understanding of the economies of the region and equip them to analyze these in an objective critical manner.
    The course is designed to equip students with the necessary tools that would allow them to think and analyze economic problems witnessed in the MENA region in a systematic theory based approach. After attending the course, participants should be able to make educated comments on ongoing economic discussions in the region.
    No course prerequisites.
    Please note that the lectures will take place exclusively online and will be published on ILIAS.

    ILIAS Link either automatic through MARVIN, or at:
    Magazin > Centrum für Nah- und Mittelost-Studien (CNMS) > WiSe 2021/22 >
    Badreldin: Introduction to the Economies of the Middle East
    A Political Economy of the Middle East (Fourth Edition) – Cammett, M., Diwan, I., Richards, A., and Waterbury, J.
    Economic and Trade Policies in the Arab World – Elkhafif, M. A. T., Taghdisi-Rad, S., and Elagraa M.
    The Middle East (Thirteenth Edition) – Edited by Ellen Lust.
    The Middle East and North Africa 2015 (Sixty-First Edition) – Routledge – Europa Regional Surveys of the World

Subject Area: English Studies 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Walaa Said: African Voices of Britain (held in English)Walaa Said: African Voices of Britain (held in English)


    Wednesday 12pm - 2pm


    Though the chosen voices in this class, we touch on race, as they celebrate and showcase the diversity of the black experience. We are reading books that explore racial tensions, gentrification and intergenerational trauma. For the introduction section lasting for the first 2 weeks we are reading Derek Owusu, Safe: On Black British Men Reclaiming Space, 2019.
    We are reading the connection between Africa and Britain through feminine and masculine experiences, navigating different aspects of gender and the city. Yor are required to choose two texts from the electives from both themes namely, Brixton and Gender (one female writer and male one).

    Landing in Britain in 1950s
    - Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners, 1956 (Manditory)

    Brixton 1980s
    - Rosanna Amaka, The Books of Echoes, 2020 (elective)
    - Alex Wheatle, East of Acre Lane , 2002 (elective)

    Exploring Gender
    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​- Paul Menedez, Rainbow Milk , 2021 (elective)
    - Bernardine Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other, 2019 (elective)

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Martin Kuester: Hamlet Adaptations in Great Britain and Canada (held in English)Prof. Dr. Martin Kuester: Hamlet Adaptations in Great Britain and Canada (held in English)


    Tuesday 2pm - 4pm


    This course will deal with Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy and the ways in which it has been parodied, adapted or alluded to on stage as well as in other literary genres during the 20th and 21st centuries. Adaptations considered will be from Britain as well as Canada.

    This class will probably taught as a hybrid seminar (live in class for a few students in the classroom and online for those participants who are not able to be in Marburg).

    William Shakespeare, Hamlet
    Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
    Ken Gass, Claudius (in Ric Knowles, ed., The Shakespeare’s Mine)
    and several shorter examples

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Martin Kuester:  Canadian Drama (held in English)Prof. Dr. Martin Kuester:  Canadian Drama (held in English)


    Thursday 2pm - 4pm


    In this class, we will discuss Canadian plays ranging from the 1950s to the present and have a look at development and changes as far as forms and themes in Canadian drama are concerned.

    This class will probably taught as a hybrid seminar (live in class for a few students in the classroom and online for those participants who are not able to be in Marburg).

    Robertson Davies, Hunting Stuart (1955)
    James Reaney, The St. Nicholas Hotel (1974)
    David French, Jitters (1979)
    Guillermo Verdecchia, Fronteras Americanas (1993)
    Drew Hayden Taylor, The Berlin Blues (2007)
    Daniel David Moses, Kyotopolis (2008)
    George F. Walker, And So It Goes (2010)

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Dr. Evelyn Koch: Courtship, Love and Marriage in 19th-century British Literature (held in English)Dr. Evelyn Koch: Courtship, Love and Marriage in 19th-century British Literature (held in English)


    Monday 2pm - 4pm


    Courtship, love and marriage are some of the most frequent topics in 19th-century literature and the various stages from courtship to marriage often structure the plot of a 19th-century novel. Love and marriage were not necessarily congruent, or, as Jane Austen puts it in Pride and Prejudice, “[h]appiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance”. In this seminar, we will look at various representations of theses motifs in 19th-century fiction ranging from the various stages of courtship and ways how to “secure a husband” as well as the economic and social struggles related to this in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Gaskell’s “Mr Harrison’s Confessions” and Anthony Trollope’s The American Senator. Many 19th-century novels depict marriage as the happy ending of the plot, but Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall shows the struggles of an unhappy marriage, and Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White transforms the marriage plot into domestic Gothic and sensation fiction. We will discuss the 2018-mini series adapted from this novel in class.

    The following books have to be purchased:

    Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, edited by James Kinsely, OUP. (Oxford World’s Classics). ISBN: 978-0-19-882673-6.
    Anne Brontë. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, edited by Herbert Rosengarten, OUP. (Oxford World’s Classics). ISBN: 978-0-19-920755-8.
    Anthony Trollope. The American Senator, edited by John Halperin, OUP. (Oxford World’s Classics). ISBN: 978-0-19-953763-1.

    Other texts will be provided on ILIAS.

    This seminar will probably be offered remotely and synchronously via BigBlueButton. Please note that we may have to switch to face-to-face teaching at some point, depending on the current situation.

    To be read/watched by…

    …01st November – Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice (novel)
    29th November – Elizabeth Gaskell. “Mr Harrison’s Confessions.” (short story)
    06th December – Anne Brontë. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (novel)
    10th January – Anthony Trollope. The American Senator (novel)
    31st January – The Woman in White (BBC, miniseries, 2018)

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Dr. Evelyn Koch: Magic in Renaissance Drama (held in English)Dr. Evelyn Koch: Magic in Renaissance Drama (held in English)


    Thursday 2pm - 4pm


    There are many magicians, witches and sorcerers in English Renaissance drama and magic was a common stage element in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century plays. Magic and hermeticism coexisted with new approaches to “science” – or natural philosophy, as it was known then – in these centuries, and some fields such as alchemy were still perceived as “scientific” by contemporaries which we would classify as attempts to magic today. In this seminar, we will define what constituted magic, the supernatural and witchcraft in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and how these motifs are incorporated in plays such as Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Macbeth, Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist and Thomas Middleton’s The Witch.

    The following books have to be purchased:

    Christopher Marlowe. Dr Faustus: The A- and B-texts (1604, 1616). A Parallel-text Edition, edited by David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen, Manchester UP. (Revels Student Editions). ISBN: 978-0-7190-8199-6.
    William Shakespeare. The Tempest, edited by Virginia Mason Vaughan and Alden T Vaughan. (Arden Shakespeare). ISBN: 978-1903436080.
    William Shakespeare. Macbeth, edited by Sandra Clark and Pamela Mason. (Arden Shakespeare). ISBN: 978-1-904271-41-3.
    Thomas Middleton. The Witch, edited by Elizabeth Schafer, A&C Black and W.W. Norton. (The New Mermaids). ISBN: 978-0-7136-3945-2.

    Other texts will be provided on ILIAS.

    This seminar will probably be offered remotely and synchronously via BigBlueButton. Please note that we may have to switch to face-to-face teaching at some point, depending on the current situation.

    To be read by…

    …11th November – Christopher Marlowe. Doctor Faustus
    02nd December – William Shakespeare. The Tempest
    16th December – Ben Jonson. The Alchemist
    20th January – William Shakespeare. Macbeth
    03rd February – Thomas Middleton. The Witch

Subject Area: German Studies 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Doren Wohlleben: Wunsch und Literatur: Möglichkeitswelten von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart (held in German)Prof. Dr. Doren Wohlleben: Wunsch und Literatur: Möglichkeitswelten von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart (held in German)


    Wednesday 12pm - 2pm


    Eine der stärksten Antriebskräfte für die Literatur – vielleicht sogar für den Menschen schlechthin – ist der Wunsch: der Wunsch nach Veränderung, Verbesserung, nach der Verwirklichung des (Un-) Möglichen. Auch in der Literatur spielt von den antiken Mythen bis hin zu den modernen Märchen das Wünschen und Verwünschen eine handlungstreibende Rolle, ebenso in literaturkritischen Diskursen über Literatur. 
    Die Vorlesung erzählt Literaturgeschichte von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart anhand ihres Möglichkeitsdenkens: Die antike Grammatik des Wunschs (Optativ), die mittelalterliche Rhetorik des (Ver-) Wünschens, die aufklärerischen Poetologien des utopischen Romans, die moderne (Kultur-) „Philosophie des Als Ob“ sowie Medientheorien zum Film als Wunschmaschine bilden wichtige Theoriebausteine. Gäste aus den Nachbarphilologien werden die Vorlesung genauso auflockern wie Lesungen/Podiumsdiskussionen mit Autor*innen und vielfältige audiovisuelle Einlagen.

    Die Vorlesung richtet sich an alle, die sich einen ersten Überblick über die (europäische) Literaturgeschichte verschaffen wollen, und Interesse an literatur-, medien- und kulturtheoretischen Fragestellungen mitbringen oder einfach an neugierige Hörer*innen, die – frei nach dem Grimmschen Märchen „Der Froschkönig“ – daran glauben, dass auch in unseren Zeiten das Wünschen noch hilft…

    Die digitale Vorlesung findet synchron über BBB statt, Literaturhinweise werden in der zweiten Sitzung bekannt gegeben und über ILIAS zur Verfügung gestellt. Zur Einstimmung kann Thomas Glavinics „Das Leben der Wünsche. Roman“ (2009) gelesen werden sowie das Lemma ,Wunsch‘ in der „Enzyklopädie des Märchens“. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Hania Siebenpfeiffer: Recht erzählen (Literatur und Recht I) (held in German)Prof. Dr. Hania Siebenpfeiffer: Recht erzählen (Literatur und Recht I) (held in German)


    Monday 4pm - 6pm

    Literatur und Recht unterhalten seit Jahrhunderten enge Beziehungen zueinander, so bspw. wenn literarische Texte Rechtsfälle thematisieren oder Gerichte sich in Urteilen auf Literatur beziehen. Gleichwohl wird das Verhältnis von Literatur und Recht seit einigen Jahren neu kalibriert als ‚Recht und Literatur‘, ‚Recht in Literatur‘ und ‚Recht als Literatur‘. Die Vorlesung wird diese aktuelle Debatte zum Anlass nehmen und nach den Anfängen der Verbindung von Literatur und Recht fragen. Ausgehend von der antiken griechischen Tragödie werden wir die Transformationen und Transpositionen zwischen Literatur und Recht bis in das 18. Jahrhundert verfolgen und hierbei Gattungsspezifika ebenso thematisieren wie die Frage, was mit dem Recht geschieht, wenn es in den Einzugsbereich der Literatur gerät.

    Die Lehrveranstaltung findet digital statt. 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Hania Siebenpfeiffer: Rechtsgeschichten in der Frühen Neuzeit (held in German)Prof. Dr. Hania Siebenpfeiffer: Rechtsgeschichten in der Frühen Neuzeit (held in German)


    Tuesday 4pm - 6pm

    Das Seminar vertieft die in der gleichnamigen Vorlesung (Mo 16 – 18) behandelten Zusammenhänge von Literatur und Recht anhand von exemplarischen Textlektüren sowohl historisch als auch systematisch. Ausgehend von der antiken griechischen Tragödie werden wir die Transformationen und Transpositionen zwischen Literatur und Recht anhand mehrerer Stationen bis in das 18. Jahrhundert verfolgen. Als Lektüre stehen zur Diskussion die „Orestie“ und Auszüge aus der „Odyssee“, die Rechtsschwänke des Spätmittelalters in Kombination mit dem Sachsenspiegel, die frühneuzeitlichen Schauplatz- und Exempelsammlungen mitsamt der dazugehörigen Publizistik der Flugblätter und Einblattdrucke, schließlich die frühaufklärerische Kriminalerzählung bis zu den so genannten Mörder-Balladen des 18. Jahrhunderts. Das Seminarprogramm einschließlich der Teilnahmeanforderungen wird in der ersten Sitzung vorgestellt. Vorkenntnisse werden nicht erwartet, allerdings ist das Seminar leseintensiv.

    Die Lehrveranstaltung findet voraussichtlich in Präsenz statt.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Romy Traeber: Einführung Neuere deutsche Literatur(wissenschaft) (held in German)Romy Traeber: Einführung Neuere deutsche Literatur(wissenschaft) (held in German)


    Tuesday 10am - 12pm

    Im Seminar werden die technischen und begrifflichen Grundlagen des Studiums der Neueren deutschen Literatur(wissenschaft) erarbeitet. Erweitert wird dies durch einen gegenstandsnahen Block zur Einführung in die Lyrikanalyse. Zu diesem Block gehört als obligatorische Studienleistung die Anfertigung einer ›Mini-Hausarbeit‹ zur Einführung in diese grundlegende Textsorte der wissenschaftlichen Ergebnissicherung und -kommunikation. Das Seminar wird durch ein Tutorium begleitet, in dem die Lerninhalte eingeübt und vertieft werden und das weiteren Raum für Fragen bietet.

Subject Area: History 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Dr. phil. Jörg Lesczenski: Sport und Wirtschaft im 20. Jahrhundert (held in German)Dr. phil. Jörg Lesczenski: Sport und Wirtschaft im 20. Jahrhundert (held in German)


    Tuesday 10am - 12pm

    Seit dem ausgehenden 19. Jahrhundert hat sich der Leistungs- und Breitensport zu einem gesellschaftlichen System entfaltet, das heute den modernen Lebensstil wesentlich mitbestimmt und überdies als ökonomischer Faktor für die deutsche Volkswirtschaft nicht zu unterschätzen ist. Die häufig laute Kritik unterschiedlicher Interessengruppen an dem vermeintlich verhängnisvollen Einfluss von „Kohle und Kommerz“ auf die Grundwerte und den „wahren“ Charakter des Sports, ändert nichts daran, dass sowohl der Wettkampf- als auch der Freizeitsport zahlreicher ökonomischer Voraussetzungen bedürfen. Sportartikel müssen produziert, Sportstätten gebaut und betrieben, lokale und überregionale Sportevents finanziert, der Profisport vermarktet werden etc. Das Hauptseminar möchte mit einer exemplarischen Auswahl von Sportdisziplinen, Akteuren und Institutionen die ökonomischen Dimensionen des Sports im 20.Jahrhundert beleuchten und die unterschiedlichen Phasen im Wechselspiel von Sport und Wirtschaft herausarbeiten. Es ist vorgesehen, das Seminar an voraussichtlich drei Terminen an externen Orten zu veranstalten (Staatsarchiv Marburg, Eintracht Frankfurt-Museum sowie ggffs. einem im Sportsponsoring engagierten Unternehmen).

    Die Veranstaltung soll als Hybridveranstaltung (halb präsenz halb digital) stattfinden.

    Eisenberg, Christiane: „English Sports“ und deutsche Bürger. Eine Gesellschaftsgeschichte 1800 - 1939, Paderborn u.a. 1999; Heinemann, Klaus (1995): Einführung in die Ökonomie des Sports. Ein Handbuch, Schorndorf 1995; Jonas, Hannah (2019): Fußball in England und Deutschland von 1961 bis 2000. Vom Verlierer der Wohlstandsgesellschaft zum Vorreiter der Globalisierung, Göttingen 2019; Kleinschmidt, Christian (2019): Sportlicher Sonderweg. Von der ‚Eigenwelt‘ der Körperkultur zur globalen ‚Kommerzialisierung‘ des Sports, in: Graf, Rüdiger (Hg.): Ökonomisierung. Debatten und Praktiken in der Zeitgeschichte, Göttingen 2019, S. 297-318; Karlsch, Rainer/ Kleinschmidt, Christian u.a.: Unternehmen Sport. Die Geschichte von adidas, München 2018; Krüger, Michael/ Langenfeld, Hans (Hg.): Handbuch Sportgeschichte, Schorndorf 2010.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Priv.-Doz. Dr. phil. Christian Marx: Geschichte der wirtschaftlichen und politischen Integration Europas nach 1945 (held in German)Priv.-Doz. Dr. phil. Christian Marx: Geschichte der wirtschaftlichen und politischen Integration Europas nach 1945 (held in German)


    Wednesday 10am - 12pm

    Der Gründungsvertrag für die Europäische Gemeinschaft für Kohle und Stahl 1951/52 bildete den Grundstein für eine lang währende Zone politischer Stabilität und wirtschaftlicher Prosperität in Westeuropa. Gleichwohl differierten Ideen und Vorstellungen von Europa – sowohl hinsichtlich der Grenzen als auch im Hinblick auf die inhaltliche Ausgestaltung des Integrationsprozesses. Nach mehreren gescheiterten Anläufen trat Großbritannien 1973 ebenfalls der EG bei, um es knapp 50 Jahre später wieder zu verlassen. In der Geschichte der europäischen Integration blieb jener Austritt bis zur Gegenwart eine Ausnahme. Die Vorlesung behandelt die Geschichte Europas seit 1945 anhand zentraler Themenfelder und Konfliktlinien und gibt einen Überblick über die vielschichtige Entwicklung der europäischen Integration in politik-, sozial- und wirtschaftshistorischer Perspektive.

    Die Veranstaltung findet digital (asynchron) statt. Bereitstellung der Übersicht sowie von Texten, Präsentationen, Quellen, Sekundärliteratur etc. in/über Ilias. Die Anmeldedaten für Ilias werden zu Semesterbeginn anhand der Teilnehmerliste versendet.

    Clemens, Gabriele / Reinfeldt, Alexander / Wille, Gerhardt: Geschichte der europäischen Integration. Ein Lehrbuch. Paderborn 2008; Elvert, Jürgen: Geschichte der europäischen Integration. Darmstadt 2012; Jarausch, Konrad H.: Aus der Asche. Eine neue Geschichte Europas im 20. Jahrhundert. Stuttgart 2018; Judt, Tony: Die Geschichte Europas seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg. Bonn 2006; Kershaw, Ian: Achterbahn. Europa 1950 bis heute. München 2019; Loth, Wilfried: Der Weg nach Europa. Geschichte der europäischen Integration 1939-1957. Göttingen 1990; Patel, Kiran Klaus: Projekt Europa. Eine kritische Geschichte. München 2018; Thiemeyer, Guido: Europäische Integration. Motive – Prozesse – Strukturen. Köln 2010; Wirsching, Andreas: Der Preis der Freiheit. Geschichte Europas in unserer Zeit. 2., aktualisierte Auflage. München 2012.

Subject Area: Media Studies

Subject Area: Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Dr. Kerstin Zimmer: Rosania - a Simulation (held in English)Dr. Kerstin Zimmer: Rosania - a Simulation (held in English)

    block seminar

    days & times tba


    Welcome to Rosania! Rosania is a country in conflict and you are an actor involved in resolving the ongoing civil war. The lot decides on your role and function within the conflict context. By enacting your role and interacting with other conflict parties, you will learn about conflict resolution while actively take part in understanding the events in Rosania. Through your participation, Rosania could move to a peaceful society depending on choices faced and decisions made by you and the fellow actors. In three different simulations, students assume the role of actors in a fictional conflict. The three simulations are based on the same initial conflict. However, there are lapses in time as well as changes of level between the simulations, so that conflicts are played through by drawing on different actors and at different phases.

    To start, an internal conflict is simulated (1st simulation) which then escalates into an international conflict (2nd simulation) which subsequently, after the conclusion of a peace treaty, has to be regulated at the local level (3rd simulation).

    The aim of the seminar is to explore different methods of conflict resolution through a practical, applied approach. The participants have the opportunity to try out different mechanisms of conflict resolution to experience the complexity of conflicts and to improve their soft skills such as reflecting on their own point of view as well as their degree of empathy.

    Structure of the Seminar:
    The seminar is structured in blocks. It comprises of a preparatory meeting, three days of simulations and a final meeting.
    Active participation in all simulations and preparatory meetings

Subject Area: Political Science 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Hubert Zimmermann: American Military Interventions Abroad (held in English)Prof. Dr. Hubert Zimmermann: American Military Interventions Abroad (held in English)


    Thursday 2pm - 4pm


    This course deals with the ways in which the United States legitimizes military intervention abroad. We will look at specific instances of military intervention and investigate how American governments, media and the public justified these interventions. Thus, we will not focus on narrating the specific events and details of military campaigns abroad. We will also not primarily discuss what went right and what went wrong. And we will not pass judgement on whether these interventions were justified or not, at least not explicitly. Rather, we will look at the domestic (and partly international) debate that made these interventions possible and at the arguments advanced by supporters and opponents of these interventions. In this way, we will learn about essential themes and currents of United States foreign policy. We will learn how to read texts and images, how to find them and how to interpret them.

    This course is taught in English, and students should have an ability to write and participate in discussions in English.


    Most materials will be distributed via Ilias: pre-recorded lectures, powerpoints, texts, links etc. 

    Please enroll immediately since otherwise no communication will be possible.



    -   regular participation

    -   Presentation on a chosen topic

    -   Written paper of about 15 pages


    Selected Literature:

    A.T. Evands, Bradley D. Potter, When Do Leaders Change Course? 

    Theories of Success and the American Withdrawal from Beirut, 1983–1984, Texas National Security Review, Februar 2019.

    Finnemore Martha, The Purpose of Intervention: Changing Beliefs about the Use of Force. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003 Hilfrich F., 2012, Debating American Exceptionalism: Empire and Democracy in the Wake of the Spanish-American War. Palgrave Macmillan.

    MacFarlane N., Intervention in contemporary world politics, Adelphi Papers, 2002.

    Packer George, The Assassins’ Gate. America in Iraq, Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York 2005 Power S., A Problem from Hell. America and the Age of Genocide, NY 2002.

    Schwabe K., Weltmacht und Weltordnung. Amerikanische Außenpolitik von

    1898 bis zur Gegenwart, Paderborn 2006 Smith Tony, America’s Mission: The US and the Worldwide Struggle for Democracy in the 20th Century, Princeton 1994 Wheeler N., Saving Strangers. Humanitarian Intervention in International Society, Oxford 2000.

    Woodward B., Plan of Attack. The Road to War, NY 2004.

Subject Area: Psychology

Subject Area: Sociology

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Prof. Dr. Sven Opitz: Global Health Security (held in English)Prof. Dr. Sven Opitz: Global Health Security (held in English)


    Monday 10am - 12pm


    Quarantine, physical distancing, lockdown – with the COVID-19 pandemic, measures of health security have entered the everyday. From a sociological perspective, however, the link between health and security is far from self-evident, innocent or inevitable. Problematizing health in terms of security has itself particular effects: It feeds into biopolitical modes of governing concerned with existential threats to life. These modes of governing are not uniform. Over the last decades, the securitization of global health exhibits multiple twists and turns as it occurred in relation to a series of different crises such as SARS, H1N1 or the Ebola outbreak of 2014-2016. Against this background, the seminar elaborates conceptual tools for empirically investigating the securitization of global health, its procedures and its consequences. It focuses on surveillance programs, border technologies, humanitarian design, legal regulations, contingency plans, and forms of risk management inter alia. It will become clear that biological problems of infection are of utmost relevance for the sociological inquiry of relationalities. The anxiety about pathogenic agents goes hand in hand with a heightened concern for the material contacts that bind humans with microbes, animals and things. Accordingly, the seminar will investigate how the securitization of health tends towards the securitization of collective life. 


    Elbe, Stefan: Security and Global Health: Towards the Medicalization of Insecurity, Polity Press 2010.
    Hinchliffe, Steve, et al.: Pathological lives: Disease, Space and Biopolitics, Wiley 2017.
    Lakoff, Andrew: Unprepared. Global Health in a Time of Emergency, Oakland: University of California Press 2017.
    Opitz, Sven: „Regulating Epidemic Space: The Nomos of Global Circulation”, in: Journal of International Relations and Development 19, 2016, S. 263-284.
    Weir, Lorna/Mykhalovskiy, Eric: Global Public Health Vigilance: Creating a World on Alert, Routledge 2010.

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German Conversation Classes

The main goal of our Conversation Classes is to improve students' ability to communicate and interact in German. The classes focus on teaching students conversational techniques and strategies, improving students’ listening abilities, and strengthening students’ grasp of German grammar and vocabulary. The conversation classes will have the same language levels as the intensive German language classes.