Courses

Much of the data in political science (and in the social sciences, in general) are categorical, and overlooking this feature often leads to the application of inappropriate methods of analysis. While categorical data carry the possibility of revealing more complex association structures than those that may be...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
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
The course is designed to provide scholars with a basic understanding of multilevel (a.k.a. hierarchical or mixed) models. Upon completion the students will have a basic conceptual understanding of multilevel modeling and its statistical foundations. Students will be able to critically assess the appropriateness of...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
The course is designed to provide scholars with a basic understanding of structural equation modeling (SEM). Special attention is given to the translation of theoretical expectations into SEM, the interpretation of results in SEM analyses and the general use and misuse of SEM in the social sciences. While the course...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
States claim to have authority to govern within their jurisdiction. Authority is generally understood as entailing a right to be obeyed correlative with a moral obligation incumbent on the subjects of authority to obey (provided that certain conditions obtain). The obligation to obey is said to be general (although...
Instructor: Janos Kis
Credits: 4.0
This 2-credit course offers theoretical and comparative analysis of democracies with a special attention to the new democracies of Central Europe. First, we will analyze different theoretical models of democracy (direct, participatory, representative, elitist, populist, plebiscitary, national, transnational, global,...
Instructor: Andras Bozoki
Credits: 2.0
This course focuses on the ways contemporary democracies are analyzed, evaluated and innovations proposed. The course is divided into several parts. The first part concentrates on the ontological aspects – on the concepts, models and patterns of democratic regimes. The second part focuses on challenges and...
Instructor: Radoslaw Markowski
Credits: 2.0
Advanced topics course for International Relations and Comparative Politics track students.Why did the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s Armed Forces) allow transition from direct military to civilian rule in 2011? Will North Korea’s regime collapse and if so what would change look like? What caused Russia’s de-democratization? ...
Instructor: Matteo Fumagalli
Credits: 2.0
The period of universal acceptance of democracy as the most preferred political regime type is certainly over. Several dozen countries in the world today are considered by major ranking institutions as not free. A new – a decade or so - phenomenon seems rightly to attract our attention. Increasing number of 'partly...
Instructor: Radoslaw Markowski
Credits: 2.0
This course will provide an introduction to practical methods for making inferences from data using probabilistic models for observed and missing data.  This approach is an alternative to frequentist statistics, the presently dominant inference technique in sciences, and it supports a common-sense interpretation...
Instructor: József Fiser
Credits: 2.0
Learning How to Code: Measuring Populist Discourse with Holistic GradingJanuary 15 - 19, 12:45-13:30This is a methods workshop with a primary goal to train students on how to identify populist discourse in political texts through content analysis, using a technique called holistic grading, developed by Kirk A. Hawkins...
Instructor: Bruno Castanho Silva
Credits: 0.0
Credits: 4.0 (with tutorial), 2.0 (without tutorial)TA: Dan KnoxThis class, with its associated readings and tutorial, will introduce students to recent developments in the study of the late antique eastern Mediterranean. These developments have revised the periodisation, historiography, interpretation, and...
Instructor: Volker Menze
Credits: 4.0
The course will try to give an overview of the history of the Holy Roman Empire in the period between 900 and 1400 A.D. The course will cover the most important political events as well as the legal, social, economic and structural developments. It will also discuss the concepts of the “Holy Roman Empire”, the...
Instructor: Daniel Ziemann, Teaching Assistant: Iliana Kandzha
Credits: 4.0
How can cognitive science inform policy-making? Can policy be improved by taking findings of cognitive science into account?            Traditional policy making assumes that citizens are rational agents who always take the best decisions for themselves. Yet, findings in behavioral economics and cognitive psychology...
Instructor: Christophe Heintz
Credits: 2.0
How can political theory and cognitive science inform policy-making? Can policy be improved by taking elements of these theories into account? What normative issues does cognitive science raise for politics and political philosophy? In order to approach these questions, we will review recent work done in cognitive...
Credits: 4.0
At the beginning of the twenty-first century the uses of thehuman body, its organs, tissues and cells are increasingly diversified. One can observe the worldwide presence of old uses and misuses of the human body, such as prostitution, organ trafficking, human trafficking but more and more also new forms of...
Instructor: Judit Sandor
Credits: 4.0
Comparative area studies is one of the most promising new approaches in comparative politics. It builds on the contribution that area studies has made to political science and develops a framework for comparing political phenomena across world regions. This research design allows for a better appreciation and...
Instructor: Matthijs Boogards
Credits: 2.0
Comparative area studies is one of the most promising new approaches in comparative politics. It builds on the contribution that area studies has made to political science and develops a framework for comparing political phenomena across world regions. This research design allows for a better appreciation and...
Instructor: Matthijs Bogaards
Credits: 2.0
Why study areas/regions? And how study them? Comparative area studies is one of the most promising new approaches both in comparative politics and in areas studies. It builds on the contribution that area studies has made to political science and takes methodological tools from comparative politics to develop a...
Instructor: Inna Melnykovska
Credits: 2.0
The aims of this course consist in making students familiar with the basic rules of doing comparative research and introducing the most influential approaches and salient topics in comparative political science. The course, thus, will help students to evaluate the methodological merits of those political science...
Instructor: Carsten Q. Schneider
Credits: 4.0
The course has the function to introduce students to the key topics and methods of comparative politics. The smaller part of the course will focus on issues related to methods, epistemology and research design. The larger part will target specific political institutions and patterns of political culture. Political...
Instructor: Zsolt Enyedi
Credits: 4.0
The aims of this course consist in making students familiar with the basic rules of doing comparative research and introducing the most influential approaches and salient topics in comparative political science. The course, thus, will help students to evaluate the methodological merits of those political science...
Instructor: Carsten Q. Schneider
Credits: 4.0
The aims of this course consist in making students familiar with the basic rules of doing comparative research and introducing the most influential approaches and salient topics in comparative political science. The course, thus, will help students to evaluate the methodological merits of those political science...
Instructor: Carsten Q. Schneider
Credits: 4.0
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
The course explores the meaning of constitutionalism, its basic features, and its relationship to democracy. It is assumed that the central categories of constitutionalism – the rule of law, limited government, basic rights, constitutional judiciary, the constitution – are relevant for political science and political...
Instructor: Nenad Dimitrijevic
Credits: 4.0

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