Academic Courses

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
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 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...
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 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
This course focuses on two closely related areas of research which are importance to students of contemporary public policy: European integration and global governance. There hardly any field of public policy which is not closely inter-linked with policy-making processes at the European Union (EU) or global level....
Instructor: Diane Stone, Uwe Puetter
Credits: 4.0
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
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, 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/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, Governance Specialization/ConcentrationCompromise is an everyday feature of all our lives, in our personal relationships, and in our families, work and business. Why then, is compromise so difficult to achieve and sustain in public policy-making and in governance?This series of classes examines the...
Instructor: Eamon Gilmore
Credits: 2.0
Elective, Security Specialization/ConcentrationGovernments have many options in addressing violent extremism, both in terms of enforcing the law against violent groups and trying to prevent the radicalization of vulnerable communities. They can strengthen laws, often at the expense of civil liberties; increase...
Instructor: Sidney Jones
Credits: 2.0
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
Elective course, Development  Specialization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA students The course is designed for students interested in understanding the elemental aspects of poverty; and assessing the effectiveness of policies aimed at improving people’s lives in developing countries. Broadly, we will explore...
Instructor: Anand Murugesan
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Higher Education 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, regional,...
Instructor: Liviu Matei
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Higher Education Specialiazation/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, and...
Credits: 4.0
The aim of the course is to enhance the participants’ understanding of how research questions in Cognitive Science can be addressed with experimental designs. The course will enable participants to turn well-formulated questions about the mind and brain into experiments that produce interpretable results. The course...
Instructor: Guenther Knoblich
Credits: 2.0
Elective CoursePublic sector and nonprofit human resources work faces significant challenges: ongoing budget cuts, new technologies, increasing performance pressure, and the impact of demographic change, to name just a few. Despite its importance human resources is still one of the most undervalued and least...
Instructor: Oliver M. Triebel
Credits: 2.0
Elective, Security Specialization/Concentration The subject of human trafficking, or the use of force, fraud or coercion to transport persons across international borders or within countries to exploit them for labor or sex, has received renewed attention within the last two decades. The Protocol to Prevent, Suppress...
Instructor: Elzbieta M. Gozdziak
Credits: 2.0
Elective CourseThis is an intensive methodological and applied course aimed at developing useful skills in impact evaluation methods and practice, focused on 2 key aspects: (a) statistical causal inference, and (b) evaluation management across the evaluation lifecycle, from pre-implementation to post-completion....
Instructor: Alexis Diamond
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for Mundus MAPP studentsE/M with Introduction to Global Governance for MPA, One-year MAPP (students must choose this or the Introduction to Global Governance course)This course introduces students to how institutions structure policy-making processes and influence actor behaviour, policy output, as well as...
Instructor: Uwe Puetter, -
Credits: 2.0
Elective CourseStart and end dates:  The course will run in the first week of the Spring term. Exact days will follow soon.The World Bank’s World Development Report (WDR) on Entering the 21St Century reaches the dramatic conclusion that two forces shape the world in which development policy will be defined and...
Credits: 2.0
Elective courseThe unprecedented degradation of the planet’s ecosystems is one of the most pressing challenges confronting the international community. Despite the proliferation of legal and policy initiatives to protect the environment, conflicts between affluent and poor countries (the North-South divide) have...
Instructor: Carmen G. Gonzalez
Credits: 2.0

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