Academic Courses

The course starts off with an in-depth-look at current orthodoxy in International Relations (IR) theorising before charting divergent lines of flight away from orthodoxy to heterodoxy. The scene setter of the course is thus a thorough engagement with the main proponents of the two dominant Western strands of thinking...
Instructor: Michael Merlingen
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory Course The Writing program will equip students with the academic skills they need to carry out graduate-level work at CEU, as well as in any professional or academic English-speaking environment. The program is composed of two main parts. A writing course of 12 sessions will be provided during the pre-...
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for all One-year MAPP and Mundus MAPP students, The course will continue in the Winter term and Spring term.The aim of this course is to help students become effective writers within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written...
Credits: 0.0
Elective CourseThe course focuses on statistical inference for strategic decision-making across a wide range of contexts, especially with respect to Big Data. Technical aspects of the course will focus on computational approaches and real-world challenges. At times we will be joined by project managers from NGOs and...
Instructor: Alexis Diamond
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to introduce the students to social science discourse analysis, i.e. to a family of approaches that emphasise the constructed nature of politics and the importance of struggles over interpretive and definitory hegemony for political processes and for the definition of political “realities”. The course...
Instructor: Lea Sgier
Credits: 2.0
advanced topics course (methods) The seemingly unrelated statistical topics listed in the course title do share one common characteristic. They all can be formulated as missing data problems. When we think of missing data, we think of that person who did not answer that survey questions. For this reason we have to...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to provide scholars with a basic understanding of multilevel (a.k.a. hierarchical or mixed) models. Upon completion the students will have a basic conceptual understanding of multilevel modeling and its statistical foundations. Students will be able to critically assess the appropriateness of...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
The course is designed to provide scholars with a basic understanding of structural equation modeling (SEM). Special attention is given to the translation of theoretical expectations into SEM, the interpretation of results in SEM analyses and the general use and misuse of SEM in the social sciences. While the course...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
States claim to have authority to govern within their jurisdiction. Authority is generally understood as entailing a right to be obeyed correlative with a moral obligation incumbent on the subjects of authority to obey (provided that certain conditions obtain). The obligation to obey is said to be general (although...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 4.0
Skills for Impact (SFI) Program, Mandatory module, 2nd year MPA studentsThis course will build on the learnings of the Introduction to Negotiations course and on students' experiences. Participants will work with a comprehensive case study and engage in more complex simulations to be better prepared for multi-...
Instructor: Sebastian Litta
Credits: 0.0
Skills for Impact (SFI) Program, Mandatory module, 2nd year MPA studentsGovernments and politicians have been gaining increasing influence over who owns, operates, and regulates the media. Monopolistic, corrupt, or non-transparent practices constantly mar the media policy making process. Moreover, media policies are...
Instructor: Marius Dragomir
Credits: 0.0
Much of the data in political science (and the social sciences, in general) are categorical/nominal and overlooking this feature often leads to the application of inappropriate methods of analysis. While categorical data make it possible to reveal more complex association structures than those that may be discovered...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
Elective CourseThis class provides an intuitive and practical introduction to applied econometrics– the practice of analyzing quantitative data with statistical methods. The primary objective is to equip students with the quantitative techniques that are essential to“evidence-based policy-making” and necessary for...
Instructor: Michael Dorsch
Credits: 2.0
Elective CourseThis course takes a hands-on approach to applied statistics, aiming at giving students the capacity to be intelligent and critical consumers and producers of regression analysis which is so widely used in the world of research and evidence-based policy making.The first part of this course (Fall 2016)...
Instructor: Zbigniew Truchlewski
Credits: 2.0
Elective CourseApplied Regression Analysis II (ARA2) builds on ARA1. ARA1 focused on cross-sectional analysis in R and sought to explore practical problems such as interpretation, visualization, missing data, interactions and logistic regression. By contrast, ARA2 shows why applied regression analysis requires...
Instructor: Zbigniew Truchlewski
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Higher Education Policy Specialization/ConcentrationThis course provides students with the opportunity to learn about the history, characteristics, or impact of a higher education policy or program in an applied learning setting. In the fall semester, each student will work with the instructor to...
Instructor: Kata Orosz
Credits: 4.0
Why did the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s Armed Forces) allow transition from direct military to civilian rule in 2011? Will North Korea’s regime ever collapse and if so what would change look like? What caused Russia’s de-democratization? What explains the roll-back (democratic backsliding)? How important are economic and non-...
Instructor: Matteo Fumagalli
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Media and Communications Specialization/ConcentrationFor years, the global journalism crisis has been viewed by scholars and policy experts as one problem among many – a troubling defect in the media system that may one day lead to problems for democracy but could be addressed in due time. Not any...
Instructor: Dean Starkman
Credits: 2.0
This course will provide an introduction to practical methods for making inferences from data using probabilistic models for observed and missing data.  This approach is an alternative to frequentist statistics, the presently dominant inference technique in sciences, and it supports a common-sense interpretation of...
Instructor: József Fiser
Credits: 2.0
Instructor: Bernie Grofman
Credits: 2.0
This short course is intended to provide an introduction to empirical models of Public Choice and political economy.  Because this is such a huge topic (see esp. Dennis Mueller, Public Choice, 3rd edition.  Cambridge University, 2002) we will focus on spatial models of politics. While there is a tradition of studying...
Instructor: Bernard Grofman
Credits: 2.0
Goal of the courseThe course will equip students with practical knowledge, skills, and values to understand and assess policies towards marginalized ethnic and other minority groups through the case of Roma in EuropeDescription of the courseThe way ethnicity and ethnic identity is dealt with by the State represents an...
Instructor: Rostas
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Media and Communications Specialization/ConcentrationThis course examines the complex and multi-facetted relationship between the media and human rights in today’s world. More specifically, against the backdrop of contemporary challenges and current controversies concerning media freedom, this course...
Instructor: Sejal Parmar
Credits: 2.0
Elective CourseEconomic development is central to policy concerns. This module analyses the key political, social and economic processes which affect development, taking the perspective of a country which is initially poor. In the past decade economists have increasingly recognized that the foundations of prosperity...
Instructor: Paul Collier
Credits: 2.0
Comparative area studies is one of the most promising new approaches in comparative politics. It builds on the contribution that area studies has made to political science and develops a framework for comparing political phenomena across world regions. This research design allows for a better appreciation and...
Instructor: Matthijs Bogaards
Credits: 2.0

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