Academic Courses

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
Legal 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 in their future careers. The course will focus on some of the skills that...
Instructor: Kirsten Roberts Lyer
Credits: 1.0
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 / ConcentrationThis course examines security policies, priorities and concerns in the Global South, through reference to the case study of Central and Latin America – the region with the world’s highest rates of homicide and inequality in addition to problems of displacement...
Instructor: Julia Buxton
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 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 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
Elective courseIn 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 increasingly diverse, daring and...
Instructor: Cameran Ashraf, Ian Cook, Sara Svensson
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
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
In the course an overview is given of the actual state of the art of text analysis mainly within research in sociology, political science, and communication studies. This overview is based on the literature. After being confronted with the traditional content analysis or instrumental thematic text analysis where...
Instructor: Roel Popping
Credits: 2.0

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