Academic Courses

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
The course in the winter term focuses on the entanglement of relations of power, modes of fabricating subjects and subjectivities, modes of making a living and modes of resistance. The topics and readings have been selected with the purpose of offering students critical perspectives on the contemporary that are...
Instructor: Michael Merlingen
Credits: 2.0
The objective of this seminar is to help preparing PhD dissertation proposals and think through related issues of career choice, research strategy, planning, and methodology. The course is structured around the research interests of probationary doctoral students, who present their prospectus plans in class, work...
Instructor: Gabor Toka
Credits: 2.0
Elective coursePsychology can inform policy makers to better anticipate behaviors in response to proposed policy initiatives and to design policy frameworks motivating people to act in ways beneficial for themselves and for society.The course is focusing on psychological theories on how people perceive and judge...
Instructor: Kinga Göncz
Credits: 2.0
This course is a review of government reform and modernization efforts. The course focuses on the issues and practices related to public sector reform such as the old and new public management, public value and policy design. It will addresses core issues surrounding the concept of bureaucracy, the context of public...
Credits: 4.0
Elective courseThis course provides an introduction to modern public choice, the economic and interdisciplinary analysis of non-market decision making processes and institutions.  Specifically, the course focuses on political institutions and analyzes how individual preferences are aggregated through the political...
Instructor: Michael Dorsch
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Governance Concentration/SpecializationThe elective course Public International Law in Argument and Practice will cover fundamental aspects of public international law with a view to engaging students in structured debates on issues of contemporary global governance. In six blocked sessions throughout...
Instructor: Bernhard Knoll-Tudor
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for all One-year MA students ( Students must take this or the Law and Public Policy course)Elective for MPA and Mundus MAPP studentsThe course on focuses on public management reform, from the classical Weberian hierarchical system to recent modernisation programmes and the new governance. The first part of...
Instructor: Nick Sitter
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to link public policies and policy-making processes to (party) politics. The course takes a comparative angle and will look at how party politics in different institutional settings interferes with public-policymaking and how diverging political ideologies influence and shape public policies...
Instructor: Evelyne Hübscher
Credits: 2.0
Elective courseThe aim of this course is to link public policies and policy-making processes to (party) politics. The course takes a comparative angle and will look at how party politics interferes with public-policymaking and how diverging political ideologies influence and shape public policies. During the seminar,...
Instructor: Evelyne Hübscher
Credits: 2.0
Core Course, Public Policy TrackThe course provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and debates at the core of public policy and public administration as a field of scholarly inquiry. The course is designed to prepare the students for their dissertation research, and therefore provides for a broad...
Credits: 4.0
The course provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and debates at the core of public policy as a field of scholarly inquiry. The course is designed to prepare the students for their dissertation research, and therefore provides for a broad discussion of public policy analysis that draws on insights and...
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory for Mundus MAPP students, elective for MPA and One-year MAThis course provides an introduction to modern public economics. It begins with the presentation of the basic set of analytical tools used by economists in treating public economic issues that may require public (governmental) intervention in...
Instructor: Michael Dorsch
Credits: 2.0
Elective courseSince the 1920s, Turkey has been at the center of discussions on secularism and the place of religion in the contemporary Middle East and Islamic World. This course will explore the key debates on religious issues and their role in shaping public and private life in Turkey, including religious freedom,...
Instructor: Brett Wilson
Credits: 2.0
Elective courseOver the past three decades, religion has made an impressive return to the public sphere, playing a prominent role in local, national, and international politics around the globe. Despite the decline of traditional forms of organized religiosity observed in many places, religious organizations continue...
Instructor: Brett Wilson
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for all Year 1 MPA, Mundus MAPP and One-year MAPP studentsThis course introduces the basics of research design and quantitative methods that can be used to address common questions in social science and public policy research. The first part of the course looks at the ways in which we formulate research...
Instructor: Achim Kemmerling
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for all Year 1 MPA, Mundus MAPP and One-year MAPP studentsAims and structure of the course The course explores the philosophy of (social) science, research design and techniques of qualitative data gathering and analysis. We investigate what social scientists do and how they evaluate their theories and...
Instructor: Thilo Bodenstein
Credits: 2.0
This course focuses on two closely related areas of research that are important to students of contemporary public policy: European and global governance. Whereas European integration implies the emergence of the world’s most intertwined system of multi-level governance, addressing key policy challenges with the help...
Instructor: Daniel Large, Uwe Puetter
Credits: 4.0
Fall Term - Year One and Two Elective Course This course examines the fraught relationship between Iran and the West, especially the U.S., with particular emphasis upon the current Vienna negotiations directed at achieving a comprehensive resolution of the nuclear issue. The objective is to offer students insight into...
Instructor: Jon Greenwald
Credits: 1.0
Mandatory course for Year 1 MPA Students (and Year 2 MPA students who did not complete this course in 2016/17)Knowledge of the principles and requirements for the rule of law is important for all policy makers and analysts, as well as those working for international or regional organisations, or for any organisation...
Instructor: Kirsten Roberts Lyer
Credits: 2.0
At the moment, it is not clear whether more people live in the world’s rural areas or in the towns and cities.  The UN’s Habitat agency estimates that in 2008 the urban population became the majority and by 2020, 60% of us will live in urban settlements.   This means that dealing with large-scale and rapid...
Instructor: Andrew Cartwright
Credits: 2.0
Skills for Impact (SFI) Program, Mandatory module, 2nd year MPA studentsThis course will build on the learnings of the Introduction to Negotiations course and on students' experiences. Participants will work with a comprehensive case study and engage in more complex simulations to be better prepared for multi-...
Instructor: Sebastian Litta
Credits: 0.0
Elective CourseThis course provides an overview of the role of science, research and scientists in policymaking. It underscores the importance of understanding scientific findings in policy making with an emphasis on environmental and natural resources issues. The course consists of three parts. The first part...
Instructor: Tiziana Centofanti
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Security Specialization / ConcentrationThis course examines security policies, priorities and concerns in the Global South, through reference to the case study of Central and Latin America – the region with the world’s highest rates of homicide and inequality in addition to problems of displacement...
Instructor: Julia Buxton
Credits: 2.0
This is an advanced methodological course on set-theoretic methods for the social sciences. While the spectrum of a set-theoretic methods is broad, including techniques such as Mill's methods or typological theory, this course primarily focuses on the crisp-set and fuzzy-set versions of Qualitative Comparative...
Instructor: Carsten Q. Schneider
Credits: 2.0

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