Academic Courses

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
Microeconomics is a branch of economics that focuses on the question how individuals (or households) and firms make decisions to allocate limited resources in market interactions. Individual choices and private interests are behind most socio-economic processes. The understanding of the behavioral aspects of socio-...
Instructor: Martin Kahanec , Martin Guzi, Anita Halasz
Credits: 3.0
Mandatory for all One-year MAPP and Mundus MAPP students.Microeconomics is a branch of economics that focuses on the question how individuals (or households) and firms make decisions to allocate limited resources in market interactions. Individual choices and private interests are behind most socio-economic processes...
Instructor: Martin Kahanec
Credits: 3.0
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
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
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
Mandatory for all 1-yr MAPP and Mundus MAPP studentsThis course is designed to introduce students to the comparative analysis of public policies. Policy analysis is the craft and science of identifying policy problems and providing problem-solving advice to actors involved in public policy making at various levels of...
Instructor: Evelyne Hübscher
Credits: 2.0
An alternative to the internship, the course runs in the Fall, Winter and Spring terms.Policy Labs are group work exercises that bring together 3-4 students to carry out policy research and analysis for an external body. Supervised by faculty, policy labs offer an opportunity to gain practical experience in applying...
Instructor: Andrew Cartwright
Credits: 0.0
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
Elective CourseFor some observers, political lobbying is a euphemism for dubious interactions between big business and corrupt politicians. Others believe that lobbying is an essential component of a lively representative democracy. In any case, more resources are invested every year in the management of relations...
Instructor: Alex Fischer
Credits: 2.0
States claim to have authority to govern within their jurisdiction. Authority is generally understood as entailing a right to be obeyed correlative with a moral obligation incumbent on the subjects of authority to obey (provided that certain conditions obtain). The obligation to obey is said to be general (although...
Instructor: Janos Kis
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
This is a doctoral seminar building on the comparative politics, political economy and political theory MA courses.Part I acquaints studetns with the most important current topics and concepts of comparative political economy, as a distninct branch of political economy. Classes cover some most important theoretical...
Credits: 4.0
This class provides an introduction into the large-scale political, economic and societal transition in post-soviet Eurasia. The major questions to be addressed are: Why did the Soviet Union collapse? What were the results of economic ‘shock’ reform? Why didn’t the post-soviet states democratize? Did the old elites...
Instructor: Thilo Bodenstein
Credits: 2.0
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

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