Dr Bettina Petersohn

Dr Bettina Petersohn
Lecturer in Politics
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602127

Bettina Petersohn joined the Department as Lecturer in Politics in Sep 2015. Prior to coming to Swansea, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Edinburgh/ Centre on Constitutional Change as part of the ESRC’s programme ‘Future of the UK and Scotland’.

Her research interests cover territorial politics, intergovernmental relations, processes of constitutional change and the politics of accommodating distinct communities.

Areas of Expertise

  • Territorial Politics
  • Constitutional Change
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Nationalism and Devolution
  • Multi-level governance

Teaching

  • PO-395 Dissertation (PO-325)

    Subject to the approval of the Departmental Dissertations Tutor, students will choose their own area for research. They will be given guidance on research skills and techniques and supervised by a specialist research topic supervisor during the research for, and writing of, their dissertation. Dissertation word length - 8000 words.

  • PO-396 Researching Politics 1

    This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important aspect of Politics and International Relations. After an introductory session students will work in small groups pursuing research into a specific topic using a wide variety of source materials under the guidance of a member of staff with appropriate specialist knowledge and expertise.

  • PO-M67 The Policy Making Process

    This module introduces or reintroduces students to the policy-making process and the major strands of thinking and models for understanding the policy cycle over the last twenty years. It makes use of case studies and analytic perspectives in order to understand the complexities of managing policy and government at local, regional, national and supra-national levels within the context of changed and changing ideas about governance.

  • PO-PX01 British and European Governance

    This module, provided as the first component of an internship exchange for students from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, aims to provide students with an understanding of British and European political and policy processes. The first module will provide students with a background understanding of British and EU politics and governance. First, the module will outline the core institutions and political arrangements in the UK. This will include discussion about the Westminster system, political parties, how legislation is made and reforms that have been undertaken in recent years to the system. Then, the module will look at EU politics and political institutions. As with the UK system, the seminars in this section will look at key institutions in the EU, how legislation is made and the history of European integration.

  • PO-PX02 Internship in British/European Politics

    During this module, students will be placed in relevant directorates general, ministries, arms-length bodies or other organisations closely tied to the policy process, depending on their areas of interest. These placements can be arranged regionally, with students placed in different Welsh ministries, in other UK and non-UK regions, nationally in London or at the EU level in Brussels. Organisations that have agreed in principle include: ¿ Members of the National Assembly of Wales (AMs) ¿ Members of the UK House of Commons (MPs) ¿ Welsh Conservative Party ¿ Plaid Cymru ¿ Scottish National Party ¿ Welsh Nationalism Foundation ¿ Institute of Welsh Affairs ¿ European Free Alliance ¿ Bloc Nationalista Galicia ¿ Esquerra Republica Catalunya ¿ Welsh Higher Education Brussels Other organisations and placements may also be possible.

  • PO-PX03 The Policy-Making Process in a British/European Context

    This module intends to introduce the students to the policy-making process and the stages of policy-making in a UK and European context. It will make use of public administration and public policy theory and case studies to trace policies from agenda setting, through formulation, decision-making, implementation and evaluation. It will consider the policy tools available to practitioners and potential issues arising from translating a policy into implementation. The module will also put this learning into context by drawing on specific policy issues and areas and presenting case studies from different European contexts.

  • PO-UX00 Introduction to British and European Politics

    This module, provided as the first component of an internship exchange for students from the Department of Government at the University of Texas Austin, aims to provide students with an understanding of British and European political and policy processes. The first module will provide students with a background understanding of British and EU politics. First, the module will outline the core institutions and political arrangements in the UK. This will include discussion about the Westminster system, political parties, how legislation is made and reforms that have been undertaken in recent years to the system. Next, the module will look at EU politics and political institutions. As with the UK system, the lectures in this section will look at key institutions in the EU, how legislation is made and the history of European integration. Finally, the module will take a holistic view of politics and public policy in a multi-level governance setting such as Europe, spending time considering the actors and institutions that go into crafting the system.

  • PO-UX01 Internship in British/European Politics

    During this module, students will be placed in relevant directorates general, ministries, arms-length bodies or other organisations closely tied to the policy process, depending on their areas of interest. These placements can be arranged regionally, with students placed in different Welsh ministries, in other UK and non-UK regions, nationally in London or at the EU level in Brussels. Organisations that have agreed in principle include: ¿ Members of the National Assembly of Wales (AMs) ¿ Members of the UK House of Commons (MPs) ¿ Welsh Conservative Party ¿ Plaid Cymru ¿ Scottish National Party ¿ Welsh Nationalism Foundation ¿ Institute of Welsh Affairs ¿ European Free Alliance ¿ Bloc Nationalista Galicia ¿ Esquerra Republica Catalunya ¿ Welsh Higher Education Brussels Other organisations and placements may also be possible.

  • PO-UX02 Policy-Making in a British and European Context

    This module intends to introduce the students to the policy-making process and the stages of policy-making in a UK and European context. It will make use of public administration and public policy theory and case studies to trace policies from agenda setting, through formulation, decision-making, implementation and evaluation. It will consider the policy tools available to practitioners and potential issues arising from translating a policy into implementation. The module will also put this learning into context by drawing on specific policy issues and areas and presenting case studies from different European contexts.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Employability Officer - Department of Political and Cultural Studies

    2015 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
January 2014 August 2015 Post-doc Research Fellow University of Edinburgh / CCC
2012 2013 Senior Researcher University of Konstanz

Key Grants and Projects

  • Dynamics of group conflicts in multinational, multi-level states 2012 - 2014

    with Prof Nathalie Behnke, University of Konstanz, DFG Excellence Initiative – EXC16