Courses

This course aims to introduce the students to social science discourse analysis, i.e. to a family of approaches that emphasise the constructed nature of politics and the importance of struggles over interpretive and definitory hegemony for political processes and for the definition of political “realities”. The course...
Instructor: Lea Sgier
Credits: 2.0
Much of the data in political science (and the social sciences, in general) are categorical/nominal and overlooking this feature often leads to the application of inappropriate methods of analysis. While categorical data make it possible to reveal more complex association structures than those that may be discovered...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
This course explores the meaning of constitutionalism, its basic features, and its relationship to democracy. It is assumed that the central categories of constitutionalism – basic rights, rule of law, limited government, constitutional judiciary – are relevant for political science and political theory. We begin with...
Instructor: Nenad Dimitrijevic
Credits: 4.0
This is an advanced course in the normative theory of democracy. Normative political theories ask the question, whether the claim of a state to a right to rule can be justified. The anarchist response is, No, there is no such a thing as a justified right to rule. Opponents of the anarchist thesis hold that the claim...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 4.0
The course deals with a few of the most fundamental problems of contemporary political philosophy, regarding the ground and scope of the authority of the state to make and enforce rules that bind its citizens. Most people would agree that the state indeed has such authority, and that citizens are usually under a moral...
Instructor: Zoltan Miklosi
Credits: 2.0
The study of politics includes not only how the political world operates, but also how it ought to operate. The course focuses on John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice and some of the most important objections it has been presented with in the last thirty years. The course addresses some of these questions: what is a fair...
Instructor: Andres Moles
Credits: 4.0
This course provides an introduction to a new method of comparative research designed to provide more rigorous answers to long-standing debates in comparative research, micro-historical analysis. The course intends to familiarize students with this method of research and prepare them to produce original research that...
Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0
It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the study of institutions forms the core of political science. The principal aim of the course is to familiarize students with cutting-edge research on the development and the consequences of political institutions. The course is divided into two parts, each with its own...
Credits: 4.0
It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the study of institutions forms the core of political science. The principal aim of the course is to familiarize students with cutting-edge research on the development and the consequences of political institutions. The course is divided into two parts, each with its own...
Credits: 4.0
The course deals with a few of the most fundamental problems of contemporary political philosophy, regarding the ground and scope of the authority of the state to make and enforce rules that bind its citizens. Most people agree that governments indeed have such authority, and that citizens are usually under a moral...
Instructor: Zoltan Miklosi
Credits: 4.0
The objective of this seminar is to help preparing PhD dissertation proposals and think through related issues of career choice, research strategy, planning, and methodology. The course is structured around the research interests of probationary doctoral candidates, who present their prospectus plans in class, work...
Instructor: Gabor Toka
Credits: 2.0
The objective of this seminar is to help preparing PhD dissertation proposals and think through related issues of career choice, research strategy, planning, and methodology. The course is structured around the research interests of probationary doctoral candidates, who present their prospectus plans in class, work...
Instructor: Gabor Toka
Credits: 2.0
 Every 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 can provide the researcher with good data,...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0