Academic Courses

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
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
Elective CourseThe course will center its attention on outstanding policy issues related to a European Roma inclusion agenda. It will address governance puzzles that the problem of Roma inclusion generates on international, national, and local levels including the main actors and their interfaces, policy coordination...
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory course for Year 1 MPA StudentsKnowledge 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 interested in oversight and accountability. This course will approach...
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
Skills for Impact (SFI) Program, Mandatory module, 2nd year MPA studentsGovernments and politicians have been gaining increasing influence over who owns, operates, and regulates the media. Monopolistic, corrupt, or non-transparent practices constantly mar the media policy making process. Moreover, media policies are...
Instructor: Marius Dragomir
Credits: 0.0
Skills for Impact (SFI) Program, Mandatory module, 2nd year MPA studentsIn this final course of the SFI Program we will connect all modules. Having looked both at the individual and team levels, we now focus on making sense of the dynamics of larger systems. How do groups, organizations, societies, and cultures adapt...
Credits: 0.0
Skills for Impact (SFI) Program, Mandatory module, 2nd year MPA studentsBeing able to work well in teams is a vital skill for policy entrepreneurs in the 21st century. There is hardly any field in which teamwork is not the norm.. This course takes a close look at the basic concepts of team management. What makes a...
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. We will first examine how science is used in the policy...
Instructor: Tiziana Centofanti
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Security Specialization/ConcentrationSecurity system reform is one of the key issues in post-conflict recovery and in development policy in fragile states. It is a relatively new area of study and few effective ways have been developed to ensure that militaries, the police and intelligence agencies...
Instructor: Robert Templer
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
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1 StudentsAn introductory documentary production course designed to fit the interests and needs of MPA students. With the proliferation of platforms for moving images in both public and private spaces, the ability to communicate through moving images is a basic...
Instructor: Jeremy Braverman
Credits: 2.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1 StudentsFundraising is a three days long workshop aimed to familiarize  students with fundraising theory, methodology and best practices. Nowadays an increasing number of government functions are undertaken by civil society initiatives, so the hunt for donors and...
Instructor: Agnes Doka
Credits: 2.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1 StudentsIn this course, we will take a close look at concepts of leadership, followership, influencing techniques and power and discuss them critically – especially with regard to SPP’s claim “purpose beyond power”. We will explore that to effectively drive policy...
Credits: 2.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, Year 1 MPA studentsCooperation and negotiations become increasingly important. In this intensive course students will learn to develop their skills in two important dimensions of negotiations. First, negotiation analysis: How can I optimally prepare myself for a negotiation...
Instructor: Sebastian Litta
Credits: 1.0
Skills for Impact Program, Mandatory module, MPA Year 1 StudentsThis course introduces students to the necessary skills for managing cultural diversity. They familiarize themselves with the visible and invisible layers of a culture, with the different dimensions of cultural differences. They will reflect on their own...
Instructor: Kinga Göncz
Credits: 1.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1 StudentsThe first part of the one day media workshop is an introduction to media communication for NGOs, refuting common myths and false preconceptions about the media and outlining the structure, length and content of press releases and press conferences, how to...
Credits: 2.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1 StudentsConflicts are unavoidable aspects of social life, inherent in all human relations. We respond to a conflicts with strong emotions, perceive it as a threat, but it can be turned into an opportunity for individuals and communities.The purpose of this...
Instructor: Kinga Göncz
Credits: 2.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1 StudentsAn emergency UN Human Rights Council session has been called to discuss a developing human rights crisis. You are a policy advisor in your Embassy in Geneva and the Ambassador asks you for a memo on the main human rights implications. She needs it in 45...
Instructor: Kirsten Roberts Lyer
Credits: 1.0
Elective course, Media and Communication Specialization/ConcentrationThis course will introduce students to the impact of social media on ‘mainstream’ journalism and its implications for democracy. Students will discuss emerging concepts such as participatory media, citizen journalism and procumers to evaluate the...
Instructor: Sahana Udupa
Credits: 2.0
The focus of this course (core for IR track PhD, elective for MA students) is the pattern of alliance and conflict among social forces that shape responses to domestic and international economic challenges: trade, debt, recession, and globalization. We shall explore the links between the character of these societal...
Instructor: Béla Greskovits
Credits: 4.0
This course introduces participants into the study of: a) the forms in which varied external actors as well as international trade, capital markets, debt, and recessions influence domestic policy and politics; b) the pattern of alliance and conflict among the affected interest groups; c) the diversity of capitalist...
Instructor: Béla Greskovits
Credits: 4.0
Advanced Methods course, open for ALL tracksEvery empirical investigation in political science (and in the social sciences, in general) requires valid and reliable data, and the application of carefully selected statistical methods. The typical form of data collection is conducting a survey, and well-designed surveys...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0

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