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 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
The course will cover two, often related topics: utopia and anarchy. It will be jointly taught by Professors Bozóki and Czigányik.  The course focuses on the overlaps and relationships between utopianism and anarchism. Utopianism is usually understood in everyday discourse as irrational and irresponsible dreaming...
Credits: 4.0
The purpose of this course to teach you how to conduct computer assisted statistical analysis. We will learn how to work with data, how to do all the statistical examples we conducted in the first 6 weeks using a computer and more (including multiple regression and the testing of its assumptions). Following the...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
Statistics is an integral part of political science research. We live in a world where there is no shortage of numerical data and there is increasing demand for people who know how to make sense of it independent of the eld of work. The goal of this course is to turn you into one of these people. In a prior class you...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
2nd half of Fall Semester (Nov 2 - Dec 8)Statistics is an integral part of political science research. We live in a world where there is no shortage of numerical data and there is increasing demand for people who know how to make sense of it independent of the field of work. The goal of this course is to turn you into...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
16-27 April 2018Automated text analysis has become very popular across the social sciences over the last few years. With the massive availability of text data on the web, political scientists increasingly recognize automated text analysis as viable approach to analyzing social and political behavior. This course – in...
Instructor: Martijn Schoonvelde
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
The course primarily focuses on the five post-Soviet states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It is structured in four sections. The first part offers an introduction to the region, including key events of the 130 years of Russian dominance in Central Asia and the regional...
Instructor: Matteo Fumagalli
Credits: 4.0
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
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 case study research that aims at drawing descriptive or causal inference. The definition of ”case study research” comprises both comparative and single case studies and it can be situated at the cross-case and at the within-case...
Instructor: Carsten Q. Schneider
Credits: 2.0
(second half course, starting Nov 2)The aims of this course consists in making students familiar with the basic rules of doing case study research that aims at drawing descriptive or causal inference wit the goal of developing theories. The definition of ”case study research” used in this course comprises both...
Instructor: Carsten Q. Schneider
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with some of the main approaches to doing case-based research, whether single case studies, paired comparisons, or qualitative comparisons with a small number of cases. It covers cross-case and within-case analysis, X-based and Y-based studies, caseoriented and...
Instructor: Matthijs Bogaards
Credits: 2.0
The focus of this course is - giving a theoretically based introduction into political systems in general, into European political systems in particular; - emphasizing especially the role of political parties and interest groups in Europe; - developing an understanding of the changes the European political systems...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to start with the essentials of European politics – the understanding of democracy, of parliamentary systems, of elections, of parties and interest groups. Based on these essentials, specific political systems will be approached – major (i.e. larger) as well as smaller countries. The phenomenon...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to start with the essentials of European politics – the understanding of democracy, of parliamentary systems, of elections, of parties and interest groups. Based on these essentials, specific political systems will be approached in form of cases studies, always based on a comparative ...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
The aim of the course is to make students familiar with some important issues and approaches in comparative politics by presenting concrete research problems and enterprises. The readings and the lectures describe and exemplify the development of the discipline, which has resulted in a genuine methodological pluralism...
Instructor: András Bozóki
Credits: 4.0
This graduate course focuses on the political nature, mechanics, attributes, and concrete outcomes of populism in pluralist political systems with a particular emphasis on modern and contemporary European politics. Its objective is to rigorously review the most recent developments and state-of-art literature in the...
Instructor: Takis Pappas
Credits: 2.0
The course is an introduction to contemporary political economy, both as an application of economic paradigms for explaining political phenomena and as a discipline focusing on the links between politics and economics. To put it differently, in one way or another the entire course will concentrate on two fundamental...
Instructor: Attila Folsz
Credits: 4.0
This is a course at the intersection of constitutional and political theory. Its central question concerns the conditions of legitimacy of constitutional democracy. We will ask the legitimacy question from a particular perspective – that of the (ir)relevance of the source and the original authorship of the legal and...
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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