Academic Courses

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
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
This 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 constituencies and why? Does aid conditionality work? What are...
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 CourseStudents taking this course will work on matters ranging from urban finance and local financial management to matters related to the integration of diverse populations and climate change, issues that are of crucial importance in emerging economies. These developing, and very often troubled economies,...
Instructor: Izabella Barati-Stec
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 and Mundus MAPP students ( Students must take this or the Law and Public Policy course)The course will demonstrate the difference between classical public administration and various paradigms of public management, such as new public management, performance management and alternative forms...
Instructor: Karoly Zoltan Jokay
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Development Specialization/ConcentrationThe course analyses core policies areas that are key for social, economic and political development. Topics comprise theories of development, policies enabling individual capabilities (education, health and gender policies), the role of global integration (trade...
Instructor: Thilo Bodenstein
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 Course This course addresses the core contradiction of contemporary democratic practice through a system of governance in which “the people” are supposedly “sovereign” and yet they are systematically excluded from meaningful participation in governance.  It draws upon the lessons from Indian campaigns and...
Instructor: Aruna Roy
Credits: 2.0
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
This course aims to introduce the participants to qualitative interviewing, one of the key methods for qualitative data generation across the social sciences. We start with some initial considerations on the goals and specificities of (research) interviewing, its uses and misuses. We then go systematically through the...
Instructor: Lea Sgier
Credits: 4.0
Mandatory for all One-year MAPP and Mundus MAPP students.Aims 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 empirical...
Instructor: Thilo Bodenstein
Credits: 2.0
For both academic scholars and practitioners of public policy skillful processing of information is a key qualification. Methodological and analytical knowledge is of paramount importance to evaluate policies on basis of available data: reports, expert opinions, descriptive or inferential statistics etc. This course...
Instructor: Achim Kemmerling
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for all One-year MAPP and Mundus 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 questions and...
Instructor: Achim Kemmerling
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory course for Year 1 MPA StudentsAn introductory course in quantitative statistical tools with an emphasis on applications to real world issues and public policy decisions. The course covers the essential elements of descriptive statistics, sampling, statistical inference, and regression analysis. The primary...
Credits: 2.0

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