Academic Courses

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
Elective Course, Governance Specialization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA studentsBeginning in 2010, the Arab Spring swept and transformed the Middle East—but not in the ways that the protesters had hoped. Instead of fostering jobs, justice, and democracy it often created refugees, civil wars, and growing...
Instructor: Yahya Sadowski
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Governance Specialization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA studentsThis gateway course provides an orientation to governance and its evolution over time. The sessions explore chronologically key political, economic and social processes, as well as the various ways these developments have been...
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Governance Specialization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA students This course provides an intensive introduction to the global politics of China. China is now very prominent in global affairs, but the course is not just about current affairs per se. While seeking to enable engagement with...
Instructor: Daniel Large
Credits: 2.0
This course gives an overview of recent approaches to the international and global politics of development. What do organizations and actors such as donor countries’ aid agencies, INGOs or the World Bank do? Do they really want development, fighting poverty or reducing inequality, or do they serve other purposes? How...
Instructor: Achim Kemmerling
Credits: 4.0
This course gives an overview of recent approaches to the international and global politics of development. What do organizations and actors such as donor countries’ aid agencies, INGOs or the World Bank do? Do they really want development, fighting poverty or reducing inequality, or do they serve other purposes? How...
Instructor: Achim Kemmerling
Credits: 4.0
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
Elective CourseGender 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...
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 courseWith a record 200 million people living outside their country of birth, international migration is a global phenomenon with profound demographic, economic, social, and political implications for both sending and receiving countries. The debates over immigration policies have become increasingly volatile...
Instructor: Elzbieta M. Gozdziak
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory for all One-year MAPP and Mundus MAPP students, The course will continue in the Winter term.The course is designed to introduce students to the comparative analysis of public policy. It provides foundational knowledge on different schools of thoughts on why public policies are adopted in the first place and...
Instructor: Evelyne Hübscher
Credits: 4.0
Elective courseSeveral waves of democratization taking place in the XXth century led to initial expectations that democracy will come to dominate as a political regime type. This turned out to be somewhat premature. Many polities in the developing world experienced either brief moments of democratic experiments...
Credits: 4.0
Elective Course, Development Specialization/ConcentrationThis course will give students a deeper understanding of the single most politically important commodity in world trade: crude oil and its derivatives including a bit about natural gas. In the first third of the class, the professor will explain the mechanics of...
Instructor: Yahya Sadowski
Credits: 2.0
Core course - Comparative Politics 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 current situation provides ground for...
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/ConcentrationToday South-South development in Africa is prominent in terms of academic debate and, most immediately and importantly, in policy terms as well. This intensive course explores the politics of South-South development in Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular...
Instructor: Daniel Large
Credits: 2.0
Elective Course, Security Specialization/ConcentrationThe Syria Policy Lab will work on overcoming obstacles to providing tertiary education for Syrians in the near term and rebuilding education in the country in the longer term. It will be a venue for collaborative work, the end product being a collection of papers...
Instructor: Robert Templer
Credits: 4.0
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
Mandatory course for Year 1 MPA  StudentsThis is a non-quantitative introduction to the use of the experimental method in shaping public policy.  The approach will be “learning by doing”: developing skill in research design by studying key experiments in the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics,...
Instructor: Yahya Sadowski
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory Course for Year 1 MPA StudentsThis mandatory 2 credit course on the MPA examines how public goods are determined, shaped, defined and distributed by the policy process in different political and geographical contexts. The course examines how policy problems are identified and framed, and how responses are...
Credits: 2.0
12 sessions concentrated in a 2-week period between April 10-21. Each session lasts for 100 minutes.The course is an introduction to state-of-the-art methods to use Big Data in social sciences research. It is a hands-on course requiring students to bring their own research problems and ideas for independent research....
Instructor: Mihaly Fazekas
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
Elective Course, Security Specialization/Concentration, Gateway course for MPA students The invasion of Iraq in 2003 gave the US, the UN, and dozens of NGOs an opportunity (and funds) to experiment with policies intended to promote democracy, development, and peace.  Which ones worked and which ones failed?  What...
Instructor: Yahya Sadowski
Credits: 2.0

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