Academic Courses

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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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, 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
A 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 moving image media are becoming increasingly ubiquitous and multi-form,...
Credits: 4.0
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Instructor: John Ryle (George Soros Visiting Chair)
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
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
The main aim of this course is to familiarize students with how the abstract legal principle of equality is turned into policy and practice in Europe and beyond. 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
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

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