Academic Courses

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
This is a course at the intersection of constitutional and political theory. Its central question concerns the conditions of legitimacy of constitutional democracy. We will ask the legitimacy question from a particular perspective – that of the (ir)relevance of the source and the original authorship of the legal and...
Instructor: Nenad Dimitrijevic
Credits: 4.0
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
This course will examine scholarly approaches to the study of nationalism, drawing on a wide range of theoretical and empirical literature, beginning with discussions of key concepts and classical debates in nationalism studies, followed by an exploration of more recent methodological considerations regarding the...
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
This course, which is taught at both the PhD and MA levels, is concerned with how the so-called ‘critical turn’ in International Relations has been reflected specifically in thinking about Strategy and Security. ‘Critical Security Studies’ is, in its broadest sense, a collection of approaches all united by a profound...
Instructor: Paul Roe
Credits: 4.0
This seminar will deal with the (re-)current crises in the practice of democracy in Europe at both the national and the supranational level. We will start with a survey of the 'domestic' democracies in EU member-states, before and in response to the fiscal/financial/economic/employment crises. What should one expect...
Instructor: Philippe C. Schmitter
Credits: 2.0
This is an advanced course in the normative theory of democracy. Normative political theories ask the question, whether the claim of a state to a right to rule can be justified. The anarchist response is, No, there is no such a thing as a justified right to rule. Opponents of the anarchist thesis hold that the claim...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 4.0
This is an advanced course in the normative theory of democracy. Normative political theories focus on the following question: states claim to have a right to rule–can this claim be justified? The anarchist response is, No, there is no such a thing as a justified right to rule. Opponents of the anarchist thesis hold...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 4.0
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
This course aims to introduce the students to social science discourse analysis, and in particular to interpretive discourse analysis as 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...
Instructor: Lea Sgier
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 course for Year 1 MPA students The 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 on consumer theory and...
Credits: 4.0
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
6-13 April This study provides an overview of the literature examining various illicit strategies usedby candidates to subvert democratic electoral practices. The main goal of the course is tointroduce a recent and vibrant literature in political science and economics and to exposestudents to the most important areas...
Instructor: Isabela Mares
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
The study of global governance and order is one of the most critical subjects for international relations scholars and policy communities today. With the ongoing global power shift, the concept and practice of global governance and order are changing. This course examines the evolution of the liberal international...
Instructor: Amitav Acharya
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
Advanced Methods course, open for ALL tracksThe course gives an introduction to the theory of many of the currently applied graphical models. All these models attempt to describe the associations and effects among the variables, and some may be given causal interpretation. The graphical nature of these models means...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0

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