Academic Courses

Skills for Impact (SFI) Program, Elective module, 1st 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: 2.0
Credits: 4.0 (with tutorial), 2.0 (without tutorial)TA: Dan KnoxThis class, with its associated readings and tutorial, will introduce students to recent developments in the study of the late antique eastern Mediterranean. These developments have revised the periodisation, historiography, interpretation, and...
Instructor: Volker Menze
Credits: 4.0
The course will try to give an overview of the history of the Holy Roman Empire in the period between 900 and 1400 A.D. The course will cover the most important political events as well as the legal, social, economic and structural developments. It will also discuss the concepts of the “Holy Roman Empire”, the...
Instructor: Daniel Ziemann, Teaching Assistant: Iliana Kandzha
Credits: 4.0
Elective course; Media Specialisation/ConcentrationThis course is an introduction to the systems and processes that shape the media. It consists of an introductory part: a short overview of how the media works, and the key players in the field of media: their competences, power and influence and the impact they have...
Instructor: Marius Dragomir
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
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
Medieval art is discussed traditionally in its stylistic or iconographical framework. However, the majority of medieval historic monuments and works of art were prepared primarily with special goals. Thus a real understanding of many of the great pieces of art cannot be imagined without the knowledge of their original...
Instructor: Béla Zsolt Szakács
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 explores the ‘world of courts’, and examines their evolving role in international relations and global governance. It draws mainly on scholarly literature stemming from the IR and global governance fields, but also to a more limited extent from legal studies. It also involves a direct engagement with case...
Credits: 4.0
Elective course; Cross-listed from Romani Studies ProgramOver the last twenty-five years, numerous policy initiatives have been launched to address the situation of Europe's Roma. Despite the increasing number of policy measures and initiatives targeting the Roma in Europe, their position in terms of socio-economic...
Instructor: Iulius Rostas
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 CourseThis course teaches the general skills and knowledge needed to more clearly understand the arguments of others, and to make arguments of one’s own. 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,...
Instructor: Simon Rippon
Credits: 2.0
Core course for IR track students.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...
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/ConcentrationFor half a century international humanitarian and human rights organisations have responded to recurrent emergencies involving political instability, war, nutritional crisis, large-scale displacement and unconstrained violence against citizens. Humanitarians...
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
The course is open to all CEU faculty and staffElective 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...
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
7-14 May, 2018This study provides an overview of the literature examining various illicit strategies used by candidates to subvert democratic electoral practices. The main goal of the course is to introduce a recent and vibrant literature in political science and economics and to expose students to the most important...
Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0

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