Academic Courses

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
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 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
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
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
Mandatory for One-year MA students, Elective for Mundus Mapp students, The course will continue in the Winter term.The course is aimed at analysing the policy process as embedded in a comprehensive legal and institutional framework and providing students with the necessary knowledge and analytical skills to conduct...
Credits: 4.0
Elective courseThe adoption of output-based, or program-based budgets in transition countries at mainly the national level implies a conscious political choice to link policy goals to expenditure and revenue policy. But fiscal and economic pressure from international organizations trying to deal with the global crisis...
Instructor: Karoly Zoltan Jokay , Gorana Misic
Credits: 2.0
This course is designed to give an overview of consulting approaches and methods relevant in public and nonprofit sector contexts – with a focus on organizational change consulting. We will explore what it means to be a consultant. The aim of the course is to equip students with a good mastery of implementation and...
Instructor: Oliver M. Triebel
Credits: 2.0
Elective, Security Specialization/Concentration, Security Gateway course for MPA students Security is a universal entitlement. However security governance and policy making has not reduced individual or community perceptions and experiences of insecurity despite the UN’s promotion of a Human Security agenda. Multiple...
Instructor: Julia Buxton
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: Emma Bullock
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Development Specialization/ConcentrationThe goals of this course is to (1) deepen your understanding of the role of institutions in the process of economic development, (2) provide you with conceptual and theoretical apparatus that have wide application for public policy, (3) suggest empirical and...
Instructor: Anand Murugesan
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Media Specialization/Concentration, Gateway  course for MPA studentsThis course will offer a critical introduction to digital media activism expanding across the world. There is today widespread enthusiasm about the potential of digital media to empower citizens and enable democratic participation....
Instructor: Sahana Udupa
Credits: 4.0
Elective Course, Development Specialization/ConcentrationDoes life get any better? Do we progress? Few questions are more important, but also more vexing and bewildering than these. How do we know? Some laymen and scientists think that life gets better and better (growth, consumption, technology). Others’ predictions...
Instructor: Achim Kemmerling
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Governance Specialization/ConcentrationThere is an accumulation of evidence that efforts to enforce international control of narcotic drugs by the UN and national level agencies results in serious human rights abuses around the world. Beginning with analysis of the century old drug treaty system,...
Instructor: Julia Buxton
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Higher Education Policy Specialization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA studentsThe 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...
Instructor: Kata Orosz
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for One-year MAPP students, Elective for Mundus Mapp students.ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY is designed to provoke critical thinking on value judgements underlying decision-making and public policy practices in various settings. The course takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on applied ethics, politics...
Instructor: Agnes Batory
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Development Specialization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA students Format: one-third lectures about state formation, one-third films about Haiti, and one-third student presentations about both.The history of humanitarian assistance to Haiti can be summarized in the phrase: “never have so many...
Instructor: Yahya Sadowski
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Media and Communication Specialization/ConcentrationOn digital media, not only a new politics of participation has emerged but also a variety of leisure and financial cultures. This course explores the phenomenal expansion of online gambling, which is a major aspect of contemporary global digital...
Instructor: Sahana Udupa
Credits: 2.0
Elective course.Although the literature of gender budgeting is not fully developed and the issue is very complex, there are several reasons to link the degree of inequality or disadvantage of women in comparison with men to a country’s level of economic development. Gender inequality leads to loss of inputs, has...
Instructor: Izabella Barati-Stec
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/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA students Recent 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...
Instructor: Cameran Ashraf
Credits: 4.0

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