Theoretische Zugänge zu Sozialpolitik

Blocher Julia
Migration - or human mobility, broadly understood - has always been a way for humans to react and adapt to changes in the natural environment. However, in a world in which communities must live with a hotter and increasingly unpredictable climate, trends of migration, displacement, and relocation are likely to change in unprecedented ways. Importantly, climatic stressors and environmental degradation disproportionately affect poor and vulnerable communities. Without major improvements in climate change mitigation, land management, disaster risk reduction, and community resilience building, many more people are projected to be uprooted from their homes in the coming decades. However, human mobility is also a positive, pro-active strategy for families to enhance capabilities and reduce risks to the household that contribute to forced migration.

This course will introduce students to current thinking about the interaction between climate change and human mobility. Human mobility in this context is understood to encompass migration, displacement and the planned relocation of communities out of harm's way, as envisaged in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The course will look at the projected impacts of climate change on communities, as well as the typologies of human mobility that may result, in combination with a range of other factors like poverty and marginalization. Students will become familiar with current empirical evidence on this topic as well as the international law and policy frameworks applicable to populations on the move owing to climate change, environmental degradation and disasters. Students will learn, for example, how human mobility is treated in the 2018 Global Compact on Migration, the 2015 Paris Climate Change Accord, relevant work streams of the UNFCCC process, and other regional and international agreements.

Gebrewold Belachew
- Social problems and social needs
- Exclusion, inclusion
- Critical socio-political theories
- Socio-philosophical and socio-political theories and perspectives of justice, equal treatment, freedom/self-determination, recognition, codetermination, participation
- Human rights from a socio-political and socio-philosophical perspective
- Negative and positive social rights
- Personal responsibility, rights, and duties (social responsibility) of the individual
- solidarity
- social policy and ethics
- State responsibility to protect: welfare and social security,
- Civil society and social responsibility
- Capabilities / chances of realization; empowerment (theory)

Based on these concepts and theories, the course addresses various historical, cultural, political, and structural causes of poverty, discrimination, inequality, injustice, human rights violations, vulnerability, unfreedom, etc.
The lecture includes both theoretical reflections as well as concrete social policy case studies.

The literature relevant to each session organized according topic areas is uploaded on sakai.

The course will graded by way of a final written exam.