Academic Courses

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
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

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