Academic Courses

Elective course; Security Specialisation / Concentration
Instructor: Judith Aldridge (George Soros Visiting Chair)
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for all One-year MAPP and Mundus MAPP students. The course will continue in the Winter term.The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to...
Credits: 0.0
Elective courseThis course provides an opportunity to consider some of the more challenging issues related to human rights law and practice as it is currently applied and experienced around the world. Each week, the class will examine a specific human rights issue. The selection of final topics for the course will be...
Instructor: Kirsten Roberts Lyer
Credits: 2.0
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
Mandatory for Year 1 MPA StudentsMandatory/Elective for all One-year MA and Mundus MAPP students ( Students must complete this or the Internship)This class will teach the skills needed for the second-year Applied Policy Projects (APP) by working on an abbreviated APP in the classroom. The class project will be “live...
Instructor: Marko Godart Prelec
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 sequence of classes 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...
Instructor: Michael Dorsch
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Higher Education Policy Specialization/ConcentrationTwo-term course, the 4 credits are earned at the end of the Winter term.This 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. ...
Instructor: Kata Orosz
Credits: 4.0
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
Elective course; Media Specialisation/Concentration
Instructor: Marius Dragomir
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Governance Specialization/ConcentrationThis interdisciplinary course is an introduction to the study of corruption and corruption control on multiple levels, international, national and local, in the context of (the contested notion of) global governance. The pervasiveness of corruption imposes...
Instructor: Agnes Batory
Credits: 2.0
Elective CourseThe purpose of this module is to equip students with the skills and strategies needed to make strong, convincing arguments. We will focus on developing critical ability in reading and written work. In particular, this course aims to develop the skills needed for (a) identifying and analyzing the...
Instructor: Simon Rippon
Credits: 2.0
Elective, Security Specialization/ConcentrationSecurity, human rights and fundamental freedoms are a universal entitlement. Yet despite a proliferation of UN agendas (Responsibility to Protect, Human Security) and supporting regional and national level resolutions, conventions, agencies and laws, it is the case that...
Instructor: Julia Buxton
Credits: 2.0
Elective course; Media and Communication Specialisation/ConcentrationA co-taught course involving an examination of the use of video in advocacy campaigns, as well as the production of an advocacy documentary by students working in small groups.Aided by the spread in low-cost, high-quality technologies, video and...
Credits: 4.0
Elective course; Development Specialisation/Concentration
Instructor: John Ryle (George Soros Visiting Chair)
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for 1st year MPA, One-year MA and Mundus MAPP studentsThe course trains students to use concepts largely from microeconomic theory to analyze public policy issues. As an introductory course, it equips students to use economic reasoning for critically thinking through everyday decisions. We will cover modules...
Instructor: Anand Murugesan
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for 1st year MPA, One-year MA and Mundus MAPP studentsMacroeconomics is a branch of Economics that studies the performance, structure, and behavior of a national or supra-national (e.g. EU) economy as a whole. Macroeconomic developments are a central theme of policy debate around the globe. This course...
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Higher Education Policy Specialization/ConcentrationThe course will familiarize students with 1) key concepts of economic theory and 2) econometric approaches that are commonly used by policy makers and researchers to conceptualize and study higher education institutions and the students that attend...
Instructor: Kata Orosz
Credits: 2.0
Elective courseThe main aim of this course is to familiarize students with how the abstract legal principle of equality is turned into policy and practice. Starting from what equality means as a basic legal principle and right in modern democratic systems, the course will move on to critically analyze the policy...
Credits: 2.0
Elective courseThis course aims to deepen understanding of how moral values underlie public policy debates and to enhance students’ ability to interrogate their own assumptions about values, by introducing some basic concepts and methods of moral and political philosophy.We will examine key normative questions in...
Instructor: Simon Rippon
Credits: 2.0
Course objectivesHow can advances in behavioral sciences (Cognitive Science, Experimental and Behavioral Economics) inform policy-making? How can policies be improved by taking findings from these studies?Traditional policy making assumes that citizens are rational agents who always take the best decisions for...
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Security Specialization/ConcentrationWhat does it mean to have a gendered approach, and why does it matter? What assumptions underlie gender mainstreaming? Are these assumptions based on a particular ideology? Why are there still so few women serving in the world’s militaries? Is gender-based violence...
Instructor: Margaret Jenkins
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Media and Communication Specilization/ConcentrationRecent debates on Internet censorship and the role of the state in online communications highlight concerns about sovereignty, borders, and territory in a globalizing world.  This course will emphasize challenges to conventional geopolitical...
Instructor: Cameran Ashraf
Credits: 4.0
Elective Course, Higher Education Policy Specialization/ConcentrationThe course analyzes the relationships between higher education policies and the discourse about knowledge society or knowledge economy, more precisely, the way in which higher education policies take shape and how they are implemented at global,...
Instructor: Liviu Matei
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Higher Education Policy Specialization/ConcentrationThis graduate-level course proposes a comprehensive induction into fundamental issues and topics in contemporary higher education policy. Higher education is seen as a particularly contested area of public policy, which has important connections with...
Credits: 4.0

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