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Lars-Erik Cederman: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Lars-Erik Cederman
FieldInternationale Konfliktforschung
Address
Internationale Konfliktforschung
ETH Zürich, IFW D 49.2
Haldeneggsteig 4
8092 Zürich
SWITZERLAND
Telephone+41 44 632 67 59
E-mailcederman@icr.gess.ethz.ch
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipFull Professor

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
364-1058-00LRisk Center Seminar Series0 credits2SA. Bommier, D. Basin, D. N. Bresch, L.‑E. Cederman, P. Cheridito, H. Gersbach, G. Sansavini, F. Schweitzer, D. Sornette, B. Stojadinovic, B. Sudret, U. A. Weidmann, S. Wiemer, M. Zeilinger, R. Zenklusen
AbstractThis course is a mixture between a seminar primarily for PhD and postdoc students and a colloquium involving invited speakers. It consists of presentations and subsequent discussions in the area of modeling and governing complex socio-economic systems, and managing risks and crises. Students and other guests are welcome.
ObjectiveParticipants should learn to get an overview of the state of the art in the field, to present it in a well understandable way to an interdisciplinary scientific audience, to develop novel mathematical models and approaches for open problems, to analyze them with computers or other means, and to defend their results in response to critical questions. In essence, participants should improve their scientific skills and learn to work scientifically on an internationally competitive level.
ContentThis course is a mixture between a seminar primarily for PhD and postdoc students and a colloquium involving invited speakers. It consists of presentations and subsequent discussions in the area of modeling complex socio-economic systems and crises. For details of the program see the webpage of the seminar. Students and other guests are welcome.
Lecture notesThere is no script, but the sessions will be recorded and be made available. Transparencies of the presentations may be put on the course webpage.
LiteratureLiterature will be provided by the speakers in their respective presentations.
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipants should have relatively good scientific, in particular mathematical skills and some experience of how scientific work is performed.
853-0010-00LConflict Research II: Civil Wars Restricted registration - show details
Only for Public Policy BA.
4 credits2V + 1US. Rüegger, L.‑E. Cederman
AbstractIntroduction to research on civil wars. This course covers the causes, processes and solutions to civil conflicts and wars.
Objective- Knowledge on different causes of civil wars.
- Knowledge on processes during civil wars.
- Knowledge on different solutions and strategies to end civil wars.
- Application of theory to current examples of civil wars.
ContentThis course focuses on civil war, which is the most common type of political violence. The course is divided into three blocks: The first part analyses the causes of civil wars. The second part focuses on processes during ongoing civil wars, such as mobilization and conflict diffusion. The third part investigates in the factors that contribute to effective peace building.

Research questions: What are the causes of civil wars? What happens during civil wars? How do civil wars end?
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipation in the preceding course, Conflict Research I: Political Violence, is recommended.
853-0010-01LConflict Research II: Civil Wars (without exercises)3 credits2VS. Rüegger, L.‑E. Cederman
AbstractIntroduction to research on civil wars. This course covers the causes, processes and solutions to civil conflicts and wars.
Objective- Knowledge on different causes of civil wars.
- Knowledge on processes during civil wars.
- Knowledge on different solutions and strategies to end civil wars.
- Application of theory to current examples of civil wars.
ContentThis course focuses on civil war, which is the most common type of political violence. The course is divided into three blocks: The first part analyses the causes of civil wars. The second part focuses on processes during ongoing civil wars, such as mobilization and conflict diffusion. The third part investigates in the factors that contribute to effective peace building.

Research questions: What are the causes of civil wars? What happens during civil wars? How do civil wars end?
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipation in the preceding course, Conflict Research I: Political Violence, is recommended.
857-0006-00LPolitical Order and Conflict Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 15.
MA Comparative and International Studies are given priority.
Registration required: lcederman@ethz.ch.
8 credits2SL.‑E. Cederman, G. Schvitz
AbstractThis seminar builds on the MACIS seminar on political violence and covers primarily the quantitative literature on civil and regional wars, especially with respect to the effect of economic and ethnic factors, political institutions and the geographic and international context. The students will develop an original research question to be dealt with in a research paper.
ObjectiveThis seminar covers ethnic violence, political-economy perspectives on war, the role of political institutions, and the international dimensions of civil conflict. The goal of the seminar is to expose the students to these topics by allowing them to discuss them in class and to write a term paper addressing an original research question.
868-0003-00LModule 3: Mediation Content Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
Only for MAS Mediation in Peace Processes.
10 credits9GA. Wenger, L.‑E. Cederman
AbstractMediators learn about the content of peace negotiations and agreements. This module brings classical and theoretical approaches dealing with mediation content up to date by examining contemporary cases and how content is managed and interlinked.
ObjectiveMediators learn about the content of peace negotiations and peace agreements in this module. The goal is not to eliminate the issues that are tearing a society apart, but rather to find mechanisms to deal with differences in a non-violent manner. Mediators need a clear under¬standing of what expert advisors can provide as well as sufficient knowledge of the various disciplinary topics involved in order to create linkages between them and the issues that tend to arise in the process. At the same time, mediators should not impose solutions or act as topical experts. This module seeks to bring more classical and theoretical approaches of dealing with mediation content up to date by looking at contempo¬rary cases and how content is managed and interlinked.