Teaching

Winter term 2019

Politisches System Österreichs und die EU
The Austrian Political System and the EU
BA-Seminar, University of Vienna
Teaching language: German
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the Austrian political system and the European Union. It is structured along three main topics, which are political institutions, political participation and multi-level politics. Within the first topic, we will look at the state of our democracy, the parliament, parties as well as policy-making and we will have the opportunity to visit the Austrian parliament together. Within the topic of political participation, we will work on party competition, elections and the different forms of participation besides an election. Finally, we engage with multi-level politics and aim to understand Austrian federalism and the European Union. For each class, we will read two scientific texts in advance. Our discussions in class will be based upon these two texts as well as short student presentations and input from myself. My goal is to enrich these discussions with related literature, more background information and new empirical data that we will interpret together. Upon completion of this course, you will have a profound knowledge regarding the Austrian political system and the European Union. In addition, you will be able to read, understand and criticize scientific texts.

Summer term 2019

Politisches System Österreichs und die EU
The Austrian Political System and the EU
BA-Seminar, University of Vienna
Teaching language: German
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the Austrian political system and the European Union. It is structured along three main topics, which are political institutions, political participation and multi-level politics. Within the first topic, we will look at the state of our democracy, the parliament, parties as well as policy-making and we will have the opportunity to visit the Austrian parliament together. Within the topic of political participation, we will work on party competition, elections and the different forms of participation besides an election. Finally, we engage with multi-level politics and aim to understand Austrian federalism and the European Union. For each class, we will read two scientific texts in advance. Our discussions in class will be based upon these two texts as well as short student presentations and input from myself. My goal is to enrich these discussions with related literature, more background information and new empirical data that we will interpret together. Upon completion of this course, you will have a profound knowledge regarding the Austrian political system and the European Union. In addition, you will be able to read, understand and criticize scientific texts.

Winter term 2018/19

Angewandte Methoden der Sozialwissenschaften
Applied Methods of Social Sciences
BA-Seminar, University of Innsbruck
Teaching language: German
This course focuses on research designs and methods applied in political science. We will work with both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Looking at scientific articles dealing with the Austrian political system and parties, we examine the structure and the content of these studies. What is the research question? Which methods are applied? Are the methods selected adequate to answer the research question at hand? We aim to comprehend and critically discuss the individual steps of these authors’ research processes. In addition, we apply some of the methods ourselves. On completion of the course, you will be able to develop your own interesting research question and to select the adequate method to answer your research problem.

Winter term 2017/18

Parteien und ihre KandidatInnen im Wahlkampf: Empirische Analysen der Wahlkampfkommunikation
Parties and candidates in electoral competition
BA-Seminar, University of Hamburg
Teaching language: German
Einführung in die Politikwissenschaft
Introduction to Political Science
BA-Lecture (together with Cord Jakobeit, Olaf Asbach, Peter Niesen, Andreas von Staden, Philip Robert Liste, Kamil Michal Marcinkiewicz, Claudia Wiesner and Kai-Uwe Schnapp), University of Hamburg
Teaching language: German
Forschungsdesign für Vergleichende Forschung und Regionalstudien
Research Design for Comparative and Area Studies
MA-Seminar (together with Claudia Wiesner), University of Hamburg
Teaching language: German

Winter term 2016/17

Politische Repräsentation: Theoretische Konzepte und Ergebnisse aus der Forschung
Political representation: Theoretical concepts and empirical results
BA-Seminar, University of Hamburg
Teaching language: German
Between Integration and Right-Wing Populist Movements – The EU after the British Referendum
BA-Lecture (together with Olga Herzog, Philip Robert Liste, Kamil Michal Marcinkiewicz and Kai-Uwe Schnapp), University of Hamburg
Teaching language: German and English

Summer term 2016

Parteien und ihre KandidatInnen im Wahlkampf: Empirische Analysen der Wahlkampfkommunikation
Parties and candidates in electoral competition
BA-Seminar, University of Hamburg
Teaching language: German
Legislatures in Comparative Perspective
BA-Seminar, University of Hamburg
Teaching language: English
Representative democracies are characterized by a variety of delegation processes. In a delegation process a principal delegates power to an agent. For example, in parliamentary democracies, the electorate delegates policy-making to parties. Some of the parties gaining legislative representation will then form a government and the government will appoint its ministers. This kind of consecutive delegation is often described as chain of delegation. The seminar will look at legislatures which are a key element in the chain of delegation. First, we will work on a classification of legislatures. In general, legislatures can be described as assemblies that have the power to make laws. Depending on the political system, these assemblies vary greatly with regard to their roles, their organizational structure and their interaction with the executive body. In the next sessions, we will focus on some examples of legislatures. More specifically, we will look at the US Congress, the British and French Parliament as well as the European Parliament. The last sessions of the class are devoted to the relationship between legislatures and (i) the electorate, (ii) the executive and (iii) the European Union. Therefore, we will examine legislatures in their roles both as agents and as principals of delegation processes.
Parteien und Parteiensysteme: Kontinuität und Wandel
Party systems: Continuity and change
BA-Seminar, University of Hamburg
Teaching language: German

Winter term 2015/16

Politische Repräsentation: Theoretische Konzepte und Ergebnisse aus der Forschung
Political representation: Theoretical concepts and empirical results
BA-Seminar, University of Hamburg
Teaching language: German
Coalition Governments in European Democracies
BA-Seminar, University of Hamburg
Teaching language: English
Coalition governments are a prominent feature of most European democracies. Especially in multiparty systems with proportional representation, cabinets that consist of two or more parties are rather the rule than the exception. Therefore, political scientists have been given considerable scrutiny to understanding the processes of coalition formation, coalition governance and coalition termination. The seminar is organized along this so-called coalition life cycle (Müller et al. 2008). After an introductory section, we will discuss theories on coalition formation in order to examine the birth of a coalition. In the following section, we will focus on policy-making during a coalition's life time and then, we will look at the termination or death of a coalition. The last sessions of the seminar are devoted to coalition types that do not fit into classical coalition theories. Specifically, we will discuss minority governments, oversized coalitions and grand coalitions.

Summer term 2015

Medienfixiert und politisch distanziert? Eine Studie zum Verhältnis von politischen Orientierungen & (neuer) Mediennutzung
Media-oriented and Politically Alienated? A Study on the Relationship Between Political Orientations and (New) Media Use
BA-Seminar, University of Hamburg
Teaching language: German
Vergleichende Analyse von Politik
Comparative Analysis of Politics
BA-Seminar, University of Vienna
Teaching language: German

Summer term 2014

Vergleichende Analyse von Politik
Comparative Analysis of Politics
BA-Seminar, University of Vienna
Teaching language: German

Winter term 2013/14

Quantitative Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
BA-Software course, University of Vienna
Teaching language: German

Winter term 2012/13

Quantitative Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
BA-Software course, University of Vienna
Teaching language: German

Winter term 2011/12

Introduction to Stata (Teaching assistant)
PhD-Software course, ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques
Teaching language: English