Courses

The aim of this program is to equip students with the writing skills they need to carry out graduate level work at CEU, as well as in any professional or academic English-speaking environment. The program includes a taught course and individual writing consultations.The taught course introduces the basics of academic...
Credits: 0.0
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
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
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 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
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 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
The aim of the course is to make students familiar with the basic rules of research in comparative politics. By the end of the course you are expected to be able to evaluate the merits of political science publications, to recognize what intellectual tradition they belong to, and to design your own research strategy....
Instructor: Andras Bozoki
Credits: 4.0
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
The current global crisis is a powerful reminder that capitalism is a highly unstable order, or, as argued by Wolfgang Streeck, an “institutionalized disorder”. Dominant approaches especially in comparative political economy have in the last decades become too comfortable with the idea that capitalism is successfully...
Instructor: Dorothee Bohle
Credits: 4.0
What are the particular challenges that divided societies pose to democracy and how can they be met? This is the leading question guiding the examination of democracy in divided societies. The course will have an empirical focus and review the experience with consociational and integrative majoritarian institutions...
Instructor: Matthijs Boogards
Credits: 4.0
This seminar will deal with the (re-)current crises in the practice of democracy in Europe at both the national and the supranational level. We will start with a survey of the 'domestic' democracies in EU member-states, before and in response to the fiscal/financial/economic/employment crises. What should one expect...
Instructor: Philippe C. Schmitter
Credits: 2.0
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 seminar will begin with critical evaluations of the popular thesis of global democratization in the West both theoretically and empirically with what has been noted in East Asia during the past three decades of global democratization. These evaluations of the global democratization thesis, which has been advocated...
Instructor: Doh Chull Shin
Credits: 2.0
The overwhelming majority of governments throughout history have been dictatorial. Even the recent spread of democracy has not extirpated authoritarian rule: in 2013 roughly 25% of all countries in the world were unambiguously “unfree.” Whatever the benefits of democracy, it seems dictatorship is here to stay. This...
Instructor: Jason Wittenberg
Credits: 4.0
While the crisis  (or crises) of EC/EU have continuously been on the agenda from the very beginning of the integration process, paradoxically  from several aspects the EU can also be regarded as a major success story. Moreover its capacity for “development through crises” is regarded as the key factor of its...
Instructor: Attila Folsz
Credits: 4.0
This course has two simultanous aims. On the one hand, it provides an introduction to the perceptions and conceptualizations of ‘otherness’ through the experiences of students, teachers, and parents in ethnically mixed educational environments. On the other hand, it aims to develop students’ skills in qualitative...
Instructor: Julia Szalai
Credits: 2.0
The course is designed to focus on the analysis of federalism using the cases of three rather different systems. Despite the continental dimension, the EU, the US and India have in common, the three systems differ greatly:-         The United States, together with Switzerland,...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
The study of global governance and order is one of the most critical subjects for international relations scholars and policy communities today. With the ongoing global power shift, the concept and practice of global governance and order are changing. This course examines the evolution of the liberal international...
Instructor: Amitav Acharya
Credits: 2.0
This course deals with some core issues in analytic contemporary political philosophy. We start with a question of what kind of institutions should we desire to live under, and how should they be justified. On a prominent account, a just institutional structure is that protects basic freedoms and that makes sure that...
Instructor: Andres Moles
Credits: 2.0
This course has two main goals : firstly, it aims to give insights into the importance of gender as a key dimension of politics that structures power relations in all societies: in terms of inclusion/exclusion, gendered and sexual identities, norms and institutions (hegemonic understandings of feminity and masculinity...
Instructor: Lea Sgier
Credits: 4.0

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