Courses

The course addresses the main issues in the development of Christianity in the first five centuries, starting as a small movement within Judaism in Palestine and developing over centuries and through various inner and outer conflicts into the dominant religion of the Mediterranean, identifying with the cause of her...
Credits: 4.0
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
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 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 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
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
(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 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
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 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 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 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
Master of Arts in Political Science Program - core courseMaster of Arts in Political Science (2 years) Program - elective course The aims of this course consist in making students familiar with the basic rules of doing comparative research and introducing them to the most influential approaches and salient topics in...
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 some important issues and approaches in comparative politics by presenting research problems and enterprises. By the end of the course students are expected to have a better understanding in different trends in comparative politics, to be able to evaluate the...
Instructor: András Bozóki
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
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

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