Regular Seminars and Courses for PhD Students in Frankfurt

First Year of PhD

  • Introductory Courses in Legal History, Criminal Law and Social Anthropology
  • German Language Classes (if required)
  • Summer/Winter University

Second/Third Year of PhD

  • Summer/Winter Universities

Regular Seminars and Courses for PhD Students in Freiburg

First Year of PhD

  • Introductory Courses in Legal History, Criminal Law and Social Anthropology
  • German Language Classes (if required)
  • Discussion Rounds
  • Proposal Defense (after 6 months)
  • Summer/Winter University

Second/Third Year of PhD

  • Discussion Rounds
  • Work-in-Progress Brown Bag Series
  • Summer/Winter Universities

Regular Seminars and Courses for PhD Students in Halle

First Year of PhD

  • Introductory Courses in Legal History, Criminal Law and Social Anthropology
  • 'Advanced Course' Seminar on Theories of Social and Cultural Anthropology (for non-anthropologists)
  • German Language Classes (if required)
  • Department Seminar ('Integration and Conflict' or 'Law and Anthropology)
  • Preparatory Fieldwork Seminars
  • Summer/Winter University

Second Year of PhD (Fieldwork Year)

  • Possible Workshop in the Field

Third Year of PhD

  • Department Seminar ('Integration and Conflict' or 'Law and Anthropology)
  • Summer/Winter University

Curriculum of the IMPRS REMEP

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Curriculum

  1. Thesis Supervision:

    • Under general supervision of a professor from one of the REMEP member institutions
    • Day-to-day supervision by the leader of respective research group
    • Regular progress supervision by Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC), which includes
      • Formal and actual supervisors
      • Other members suggested by the student and/ or the supervisor
        • TAC meetings take place every half year (to be organized by the student)
        • Oral presentation of progress made within last half year and planned research for next half year
        • Annual written progress reports are presented to the TAC; they need to be signed by one of the TAC members and sent to the Research School Office for inclusion in student files
  2. Training:

    Preparatory phase: developing the research plan

    • Tutorials and rotations within the different research groups of the respective member institutions of REMEP, as the case may be
    • Method seminar/ time management/ trouble shooting
    • Presentation of a detailed research proposal/ plan to the TAC
    • Defense of the proposal

    Implementation phase/ concomitant training opportunities:

    • Participation in research group meetings
    • Staff and guest lectures
    • Biannual doctoral colloquia: students will present parts of their ongoing research to the host institute, which will provide a forum for discussion; all REMEP students are invited
    • Annual Winter University: 2-3 weeks at one of the member institutions; organized by the students with the help of the IMPRS office; mandatory participation
      1. Courses will be taught by senior lecturers (8 hours each course)
        • History of the state and the emergence of modern punishment (MPI Frankfurt)
        • Implementing a monopoly and centralization of coercion and violence: the process of colonization (MPI Frankfurt)
        • Retaliation and mediation in tribal societies (MPI Halle)
        • Parallel functioning and competition between informal and formal systems of justice (MPI Halle)
        • Theories of war, the state and international justice (MPI Heidelberg)
        • Weak/ failed states and the concepts of war and crime (MPI Heidelberg)
        • Theories of crime and punishment (MPI Freiburg)
        • Retaliation and mediation within the framework of criminal law (MPI Freiburg)
      2. School consisting of
        • presentation of student research projects/ scientific discussion within working groups/ plenary sessions
        • Soft skills workshops on e.g. presentation & moderation, cross cultural communication
        • One day evaluation session/ questionnaire
      3. Publications of proceedings in an annual volume: organized by the students under supervision of the Executive Committee of REMEP
      4. Social integration/ cultural events/ excursions
 
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