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Teaching in the summer semester 2023

In the summer semester 2023, JP Comparative Politics offers two courses:

Introduction to Quantitative Social Research: European Societies in Transition (elective) (BA Seminar - in German).

Do people from Poland and Germany have different attitudes? Are young people not interested in politics (anymore)? How satisfied are Europeans with their governments?
These and many other questions can be answered with the help of survey data.

The course offers an introduction to methods of (quantitative) analysis of survey data. We use data from the European Social Survey, a survey conducted since 2002 in different European countries, which makes it possible to work on many exciting topics.

The aim of the course is to enable students to understand statistical analysis as well as to independently analyze quantitative data, e.g. in the context of seminar papers or BA theses. The course covers research design and data quality issues as well as methods of empirical data analysis using the open source programming language R. Practical exercises are a central part of the course.


Gender and politics in digital spaces (MA Seminar - in English)

Does digitalization help or hurt gender equality? Why is mansplaining a problem online? Can female politicians finally make their voice heard when they take to social media?

In this course, we discuss gender differences in political participation online and in digital social movements, analyze the gendered representation of politicians online and address what we can do to fix the representation of female politicians.

A special focus will be on the Wikipedia encyclopedia with students contributing to an article related to gender equity as their final assignment. Thereby, students also learn how they can contribute to collective knowledge and reduce digital gender inequities.