Courses

The aim of this course 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...
Credits: 0.0
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
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
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
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
Why did the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s Armed Forces) allow transition from direct military to civilian rule in 2011? Will North Korea’s regime ever collapse and if so what would change look like? What caused Russia’s de-democratization? What explains the roll-back (democratic backsliding)? How important are economic and non-...
Instructor: Matteo Fumagalli
Credits: 2.0
This short course is intended to provide an introduction to empirical models of Public Choice and political economy.  Because this is such a huge topic (see esp. Dennis Mueller, Public Choice, 3rd edition.  Cambridge University, 2002) we will focus on spatial models of politics. While there is a tradition of...
Instructor: Bernard Grofman
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 Boogards
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
In the first part, the course is focused on the most significant general topics - democracy, separation of power, parliament, political parties, elections. In the second part, the focus is on case studies - UK, France, Germany, Russia, political transformation, smaller democracies, the EU.
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
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 aim of the course is to make students familiar with some basic approaches in comparative politics by presenting concrete research problems, issues, and enterprises. By the end of the course students are expected to be able to evaluate the merits of political science publications, to recognize what intellectual...
Instructor: Andras Bozoki
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
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 course explores some of the central issues of political morality as they apply at the international level. Traditionally, political theory has discussed the problems of the relationship between the state and its citizens. In recent decades, its scope has been expanded to cover the morality of the relation between...
Instructor: Zoltan Miklosi
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 a variety of political institutions around the world,...
Instructor: Matthijs Bogaards
Credits: 4.0
While the crisis (or crises) of EC/EU have continuously been on the agenda from the very beginning of the European integration process, paradoxically the EU can also be regarded as a major success story from several aspects. Moreover its capacity for “development through crises” is regarded as the key factor of its...
Instructor: Attila Folsz
Credits: 2.0
Experimental approaches, while always popular in psychology and the natural sciences, are also slowly becoming mainstream within political science. When done correctly, they are billed to be able to produce true causal inferences. For this reason they are a popular technique in the world of policy assessment and in...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
The US, the EU and India in comparison. At first, the course will discuss the typology of federal systems and the impact of factors like size, geography, history, and cleavages. Then the three cases (two finished and one unfinished federation) will be analyzed and compared.
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
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

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