Academic Courses

Elective course, Media and Communications Specialization/ConcentrationArticle 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights articulates the rights of individuals to “…seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”  The Internet has had a substantial impact on the...
Instructor: Cameran Ashraf
Credits: 2.0
Gender based violence is one of the main social forces producing and reproducing gender inequality. Brought to international and national policy agendas by feminist movements it has lately become a core policy issue discussed not just in the framework of gender equality but related to policies on human rights, crime...
Credits: 2.0
This PhD course, open also to MA students, aims to build a bridge across the social science disciplines, currently compartmentalized into competing subfields to the detriment of each. We aim to understand how economic and political theories and economic development interact. Thus we analyze the basic issues as they...
Instructor: László Csaba
Credits: 4.0
Elective course; Governance specialization / concentrationIn this course, we seek to gain an in-depth understanding of the evolution, the contemporary dynamics and the future prospects for governing the global political economy. We will proceed in four steps. First, we discuss the historical evolution and conceptual...
Instructor: Wolfgang H. Reinicke
Credits: 2.0
Core course - Comparative Politics trackCore course - Political Economy trackOver the last four decades, the world has witnessed the transition of political and economic regimes - from autocracies to democracies and various types of political regimes in between, and from closed to open market economies and back. The...
Credits: 4.0
Elective Course, Development Concentration/SpecializationAcademics and policy makers have started to pay significant attention to how transparent governments are to legislatures, media, courts, and ordinary citizens. Transparency implies opening up the decision making process, as well as publishing reliable and timely...
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Development Specialization/ConcentrationThis course offers an introduction to the politics of Indian and particularly Chinese development engagements in Sub-Saharan Africa. It uses a thematic approach, combined with a case-study method, to cover key trends. In this way, it explores the direct and less...
Instructor: Daniel Large
Credits: 2.0
According to a widely accepted moral principle, individual lives matter, and they matter equally. In order to lead successful lives individuals need resources. Resources are available in scarce supply, though, and so the claims individuals may make to them conflict with each other. Hence the central question of (...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 4.0
The main objective of this course is to introduce students into the state of art scholarship and debates in the study of nationalism, and help them to critically engage with and think of contemporary neo-nationalism and populist nationalism. The course aims at familiarizing students with key concepts and theories as...
Instructor: Szabolcs Pogonyi
Credits: 2.0

War

War involves widespread killing and maiming. For this reason it is of utmost importance to understand the morality that governs the conduct for, and in, war. Besides its practical importance war also raises many philosophical interesting issues. In this course we will explore some prominent aspects of war theory. We...
Instructor: Andres Moles
Credits: 2.0
2 credit course, continues in the Winter semesterDay and Time: Tuesday 15:30 { 17.20 (bi-weekly basis)Welfare states and social security schemes are central to industrialized modern democracies. However, globalization and structural domestic changes increasingly challenge these achievements. Questions concerning...
Instructor: Evelyne Hübscher
Credits: 2.0
This course, open to MA and PhD students, introduces participants into the life and work of four major thinkers of the XXth century, Albert O. Hirschman, Alexander Gerschenkron, Karl Polanyi, and Friedrich A. Hayek, whose thoughts remain influential and are widely debated even today.The course does not offer a full...
Instructor: Béla Greskovits
Credits: 4.0

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