Academic Courses

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 (SFI) Program, Elective module, 1st 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: 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 and Year 2 StudentsFundraising is a 1,5 day- 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...
Instructor: Agnes Doka
Credits: 1.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1 and Year 2 StudentsAround the world activists, human rights defenders, and journalists, face unprecedented intrusion and surveillance into their activities on the Internet.  These intrusions can range from passive surveillance to active infiltration and ultimately...
Instructor: Cameran Ashraf
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 StudentsThe Skills for Impact (SFI) program is a mandatory, applied element of MPA program. The program aims to equip students with core vocational competencies that are of high value in the workplace. The SFI modules complement academic learning in the MPA and...
Instructor: Kinga Göncz
Credits: 1.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1  and Year 2 StudentsThe one and a half day media workshop is an introduction to media communication for (future) activists and professionals. It refutes common myths and false preconceptions about the media. It outlines the structure, length and content of press...
Credits: 1.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1 and Year 2 StudentsRussia’s annexation of the Crimea, the global financial crisis, Brexit, the Ebola epidemic, the election of Donald Trump among others, all caught experts and policy makers by surprise. It points to the fact that public policy is often ill...
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  and Year 2 StudentsIn the three days long video advocacy workshop, participants learn the basics of the full spectrum of video advocacy.1. Pre-production: Participants learn how to make plans for video production, how to think about their budget and strategy,...
Credits: 2.0
Skills for Impact Program, Elective module, MPA Year 1  and Year 2 StudentsLegal skills of analysis, clear thinking and accurate writing are invaluable for anyone entering the job market. This course provides an opportunity for public policy students to develop practical legal skills that will be of assistance to them...
Instructor: Kirsten Roberts Lyer
Credits: 1.0
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
This is a University-wide Course and it is open to all CEU students.Social justice is a widely engaged concept with varied definitions and ideological assumptions, as well as equally contrasting and diverse practical or empirical implications across disciplines and institutions. It is considered as a political...
Credits: 4.0
Elective course, University Wide Course (UWC)In recent years there has been an explosion of work on sound by researchers in the social sciences and humanities. Highly interdisciplinary and often undertaken in cooperation with those outside academia, from musicians to professionals, the field of sound studies is...
Instructor: Cameran Ashraf, Ian Cook, Sara Svensson
Credits: 2.0
This is a University-wide Course and it is open to all CEU students.Sound studies is a name for the interdisciplinary ferment in the human sciences that takes sound as its analytical point of departure or arrival. By analyzing both sonic practices and the discourses and institutions that describe them, it redescribes...
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
At a time when disinformation and fake news corrupt information sources and channels, a state’s ability to project a persuasive narrative about its national security interests is at risk.  This course examines the role of strategic narrative as an instrument of state power in the age of the Internet and the World Wide...
Instructor: Vivian S. Walker
Credits: 2.0
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
The first half of the course is more theoretical, focusing on the nature of ownership and self-ownership and its implications for how the tax system ought to be arranged. There are roughly three positions we will consider: There are no pre-legal property rights: facts about property are merely legal and have no...
Instructor: Philip Goff
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Security Specialization/ConcentrationThe course focuses on the causes of terrorism and the measures that states adopt to fight terrorism. Students will become familiar with a range of terrorist organizations, their goals and their strategies, as well as a variety of counter-terrorism strategies...
Instructor: Nick Sitter
Credits: 4.0
This is a University-wide Course and it is open to all CEU students.In the era of pervasive and networked computing, data curation is an increasingly important practice. It might be defined as “the active and on-going management of data through its lifecycle of interest and usefulness.” The practices and consequences...
Credits: 2.0
Elective course, Governance Specialization/ConcentrationThe course covers a selection of key topics within the field of Global Political Economy. The aim of the course is to present the theoretical concepts, major topics and current issues of the field. Students will become familiar with the history of globalization,...
Instructor: Thilo Bodenstein
Credits: 2.0
Elective course; Governance specialization/concentrationThis course offers an introduction to the global politics of Africa. It begins by exploring the historical background of Africa in the world, with particular attention to the post-colonial period. It proceeds to examine regional and continental policy...
Instructor: Daniel Large
Credits: 2.0

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