Professor Cederman and his staff will teach the following courses at the ETH in the autumn term 2018:

Political Violence (857-0009-00L)

This course offers an introduction to political violence in domestic and international politics. The course covers explanations of interstate wars, theories of civil and ethnic wars and regional conflict. Other topics include new threats, including transnational terrorist networks and other non-state actors, and the relationship between conflict and nation-building and democratization processes.

Lecturers: Andreas Wenger and Lars-Erik Cederman

ECTS credits: 8 credits

Conflict Research I: Causes of War in Historical Context (853-0015-00L)

This course offers an introduction to research on causes of wars. War as a social phenomenon is covered from the pre-state world to today's state system after the end of the Cold War. Topics include state formation and collapse, nationalism, decolonization, democracy, and ethnic conflict. Exercises complete the Lectures.

The objective is to develop an understanding for causes of war and their development over the last 500 years. Knowledge of fundamental concepts in research on causes of war.

Lecturer: Lars-Erik Cederman

ECTS credits: 4 credits

Inaugural lecture

The introductory lecture presented by Lars-Erik Cederman on June 10, 2004. The video recording of the event is also available:


Material from previously offered courses can be found in the archive section.