Academic Courses

Advnaced topics course for Political Theory track students. TBA
Instructor: Philip Goff
Credits: 2.0
The first half of the course is more theoretical, examining the libertarian view of justice according to which the role of the state is to protect natural property rights. We will consider questions such as the following:Are there pre-legal property rights, i.e. moral facts about ownership which obtain prior to the...
Instructor: Philip Goff
Credits: 2.0
Elective courseIn Program MA in Global Economic Relations elective only for Full Time students.A policy-design and practice-orientated course on macroeconomics, monetary and fiscal policy, budget planning and execution, subsovereign finance, regulation and supervision of financial institutions, corporate and financial...
Instructor: Lajos Bokros
Credits: 4.0
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
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
Mandatory course for ALL tracksThis course is designed for students who are beginning their dissertation projects.  The aim of the course is to give students the tools to conceptualize their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and empirical analysis. In doing so, this course...
Instructor: Erin Jenne
Credits: 4.0
This course provides an introduction to a new method of comparative research designed to provide more rigorous answers to long-standing debates in comparative research, micro-historical analysis. The course intends to familiarize students with this method of research and prepare them to produce original research that...
Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0
Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0
This course provides an introduction to a new method of comparative research designed to provide more rigorous answers to long-standing debates in comparative research, micro-historical analysis. The course intends to familiarize students with this method of research and prepare them to produce original research that...
Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0
Advanced methods for ALL tracks.This course gives an introduction to some of the hottest topics in multivariate analysis. The approaches discussed do no try to build a simplistic model of how some variables may affect other ones, rather ask, whether, with an appropriate definition of these concepts, associations and...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
Credits: 2.0
Introduces network science and the set of tools used to understand complex networks emerging in social and economic systems. Focuses on the empirical study of real networks, with examples from computer science (World Wide Web, Internet), social systems (e-mail, friendship networks), political systems (voting patterns...
Instructor: László Barabási
Credits: 2.0
Elective course; Governance concentration / specializationAs public policy problems have become ever more complex and contested, there has been a growing emphasis on replacing traditional vertical governance structures such as bureaucracies with horizontal policy making networks. This course introduces students to...
Instructor: Wolfgang H. Reinicke
Credits: 2.0
The way science works raises deep and pressing philosophical questions. Is there a way to demarcate science from non-science? How is scientific knowledge made reliable? Is it giving us access to reality or is it merely a tool for successful prediction? The so-called “analytic” project (following Barker...
Instructor: Maria Kronfeldner
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for all Year 1 MPA, Mundus MAPP and One-year MAPP  studentsThis mandatory 2 credit course examines the policy process in different political and geographical contexts. The course considers how policy problems are identified and framed, and how responses are formed and evaluated. Through interactive seminars...
Credits: 2.0
Political institutions are peculiar entities. They claim a right to issue binding directives (commands, rules, laws) to those within their jurisdiction and to enforce their directives against disobedience. Furthermore, they claim that their directives have supremacy over the directives issued by non-political...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 4.0
Over the last four decades, the world has witnessed the transition of political regimes from different forms of autocracy to various new types of political regimes. The current situation provides ground for disparate, and sometimes outright contradictory, diagnoses about the present state of democracy aroudn the globe...
Credits: 4.0
This advanced topic course will run in the Winter term for one week, between 7-11 March.The course explains why financial markets exist and how they have evolved by looking at the agents, actors, and institutions that generate a demand for them. The consequences of increasingly integrated markets, and the possibility...
Instructor: Herman Schwartz
Credits: 2.0
The course will discuss current approaches about the normative significance and requirements of political equality. Almost everyone today accepts at a minimum that political equality requires granting each sane adult person a vote and the liberty to run for office. However, there is disagreement about further, more...
Instructor: Zoltan Miklosi
Credits: 2.0
Political ethnography is an interdisciplinary research strategy based on the immersion of the researcher in the subject matter and reasoning from within social practice to generate contextual knowledge claims. The seminar accordingly focuses on the study of politics 'from below' and 'from within' to make sense of...
Instructor: Xymena Kurowska
Credits: 2.0
It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the study of institutions forms the core of political science. The principal aim of the course is to familiarize students with cutting-edge research on the development and the consequences of political institutions. The course is divided into two parts, each with its own...
Credits: 4.0
This is a doctoral seminar building on the comparative politics, political economy and political theory MA courses. Part I discusses basic questions in political sociology mostly focusing on the holders of power and the way power is exercised in a society. In this seminar, sociological analysis is applied to the...
Credits: 4.0
Core course for Comparative Politics and Political Theory tracks.This is a four credit PhD course designed to help students who are interested in the intersections between political science, sociology and political economy. The political sociology section of the course focuses on six major subjects: 1. the development...
Credits: 4.0
Elective course; Development Specialization/ConcentrationThis class provides an introduction into foreign aid policies. The major questions to be addressed are: How did aid regimes evolve? What is the difference between bi- and multilateral aid and aid provided by NGOs? Who supports foreign aid among domestic...
Instructor: Thilo Bodenstein
Credits: 2.0
The course proposes focused readings in power and resistance studies. It privileges a humanities (as opposed to a positivistic/scientistic) perspective, which is motivated by the desire to offer new intelligibilities, via the destabilisation of everyday, commonsensical and dominant scholarly knowledge’s, of OUR...
Instructor: Michael Merlingen
Credits: 2.0

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