I have taught the following classes at the University of Mannheim and at the University of Oxford:
Human Rights Violations during Peace & Conflict (BA 3rd Semester Fall 2019 – University of Mannheim)
This course focuses on human rights violations as a theoretical concept and as an empirical phenomenon. It tackles questions such as: What are human rights violations? How can we study human rights violations empirically? When are human rights violations most likely to occur? Which groups of individuals face an elevated risk of human rights violations? And which types of interventions are effective to promote human rights? The course will be structured according to different political contexts analyzing distinct dynamics of repression during ‚peace‘ and conflict. A particular emphasis will lie on the immediate aftermath of conflicts and the implementation of diverse means of transitional justice. The course will also cover different logics underlying distinct types of human rights violations. To bridge the gap between theory and practice, current real-world examples of human rights violations will be discussed in relation to the theoretical concepts introduced in class.
Introduction to International Relations (2017 – Oxbridge Summer School)
This seminar offers an introduction to theoretical research in International Relations. It discusses the ‚grand theories‘ of International Relations including Realism, Liberalism, Neoliberal Institutionalism, and Constructivism. Key publications from the main representatives of these theories are discussed while intellectual lineages of different theoretical paradigms are traced. Along this process, central concepts of social science theories are introduced and illustrated with real-world examples. Building on these theories, the seminar provides different perspectives on the key controversies of International Relations theory such as the level-of-analysis problem or the importance of material vs. ideational factors. In the second part of the course, this seminar provides an overview over key international institutions such as the United Nations, the European Union, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, or the World Trade Organization.