Christoph Scherrer

Office hours: Tuesdays 18-19, ICDD (please mention course “Trade”)

Winter term 2021/22


The Political Economy of International Trade

(GPE MCC V, 180 hours = 6 credits)

Tuesdays 14-16                                                                                HYBRID- rm. 3024 ICDD


This seminar will focus on how empirical evidence can be marshalled for various theoretical perspectives on current trade issues. The theories will be selected by the participants. The seminar will cover a range of trade issues. There are two main IPE questions concerning trade: (a) what is the impact of trade policy on economic growth, social groups, and policy space and (b) how can one explain the negotiating positions and the outcome of the negotiations? The theories and methods employed to answer these questions differ accordingly.

Currently a number of trade issues are hotly debated: food sovereignty, investor-to-state-dispute settlement mechanisms, public services, financial services, and Covid’s disruptions.

Christoph Scherrer - Office hour: Tuesdays 18:00 -19:30, ICDD

Ujan Natik, office hour: on request


Governance of Globalisation (M 1.3)

Winter Term 2021/2022

Seminar: Tuesdays 16:15 – 17:45, ICDD, Kleine Rosenstrasse 3, room 3023, hybrid

Start Oct. 19th

Lecture ZOOM: Governance of the World Market/Globalization: Tuesdays, 12:15 -13:15 (attention: 2 exceptions: Oct. 19th, Feb. 1st, start at 13:15)

ICDD rm 3023, start: Oct. 19th


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Please mention the course “Governance” in the subject line

Christoph Scherrer

Office hour: Tuesdays 18:00 -19:30, ICDD

Lea Claßen, office hour: on request

Governance of the World Market:

Institutions, Instruments, and Experiences (MCC III)

Winter Term 2021/22

Seminar: Thursdays 10:15 – 11:45, ICDD, Kleine Rosenstraße 3, room 3023, Hybrid format, start: Oct. 21st

Lecture ZOOM: Governance of the World Market/Globalization: Tuesdays, 12:15 -13:15

start: Oct. 19th 

Contact: or

Please mention the course “Governance” in the subject line


In the Anthropocene, leadership is no longer about titles and corner-offices in the C-suite. It is about mindsets and skills and personal attitudes. This hands-on training is the stepping stone for your leadership journey. Together we will explore what leadership means in the context of the climate crisis and the much needed transformation to sustainability. Throughout this course you will develop your own leadership vision and practice essential skills such as communication, negotiation, stakeholder dialogue, and more.


Students should already have a basic understanding of climate change and sustainability. Ideally, they have taken one or both of the following courses:

  • „Climate Change & Sustainabilty“ (WiSe 20/21, ICDD_6) (or the German-language equivalent “Klimawandel und nachhaltige Entwicklung in der internationalen Politik“ (FB05.POL.14)
  • „Advanced Topics in Climate Change & Sustainability” (SoSe21, ICDD_2)

 If in doubt, interested students can contact me at


This course consists of three distinct elements. At its heart are five full-day workshops which can hopefully be held in-person but will be adapted to an online-format if necessary. At this point it is unclear whether it will be technically and didactically feasible to offer a hybrid model as well so students should try to be present in Kassel on the days of the workshops (indicated below) if at all possible.

Self-study in between the workshops and a (virtual/hybrid) peer-coaching process will enable students to develop a deeper understanding of the subject-matter and reflect on their personal leadership experiences.

Dates and times:

22.10.2021           16:00 – 17:00  virtual kick-off meeting

29.10.2021           10:00 – 16:00 “Discovering your Leadership Vision”

26.11.2021           10:00 – 16:00 “Leadership and Global Environmental Change”

17.12.2021           10:00 – 16:00 “Leading Collectively”

28.01.2022           10:00 – 16:00 “Inspiring Change”

18.02.2022           10:00 – 16:00 “Finding your Voice”

This seminar will introduce students to the interconnected paradigms of globalization and development – both having shaped debates on economics, politics and culture throughout the world since the mid-20th century. Yet both have a much longer trajectory, notably 500 years of European imperialism and colonial conquest which have shaped contemporary forms of this interconnection. The course is structured along three major sections. In the first part, the meaning of globalization and development will be contextualized and discussed, particularly in relationship to the political economy of capitalism, colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism. The second section discusses contemporary issues and debates related to globalization and development, including the COVID-19 pandemic, global value chains, urbanization and informalization of production and labour in the Global South, the financialization of development, and the failure of international climate governance. The final part of the course is dedicated to questions of resisting, changing, and overcoming globalization and development, and developing a radical imagination of other common futures.

Course description: 

Post-Development approaches challenge the very foundations of development theory and policy as being Eurocentric and constituting relations of power between those defined as ‘developed’ and as ‘underdeveloped’. They propose ‘alternatives to development’ to be found in grassroots movements and indigenous communities which go beyond the Western models of the economy, politics and knowledge.

The seminar will deal with some of the main texts of Post-Development, its variants and proposed alternatives, but also with the sharp criticisms raised against this school by development theory, with empirical examples and current debates on the topic.