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    German Politics

    Course Programme

    On this page, you will find information about the course goals, instructing and the Summer School's main topics.

    Course Goals

    By the end of the course, students should be able to critically analyse contemporary German politics, have a solid foundation of knowledge about institutional and constitutional structures and constructively engage in academic discourse on German issues.


    Classes will include lectures, group discussions and activities allowing students to participate and engage in course activities. You will work with Professor Hans-Joachim Lauth (Chair of Comparative Political Science and Government), Professor Gisela Mülller-Brandeck-Bocquet (European Studies and International Relations), Associate Professor Michael Becker (Political Philosophy and German Politics) and Dr. Thomas Leuerer (Senior Lecturer on German Topics) as well as other staff members (changes to the programme possible).

    Students will also get a chance to discuss course contents with political representatives and/or political practioners.

    Main Topics

    • Contemporary German History
    • Social Structure of modern Germany
    • The German Welfare State
    • The Constitutional Court – Governing with judges?
    • German Political Culture
    • Parties, Elections and Interest Groups
    • Germany in the EU and UN 
    • German Foreign Policy
    • Migration Policy
    • Quality of Democracy
    • Elections in the European Parliament 2019