Courses

The course departs from the insight that democracy is in crisis. The core aim of the course is twofold. First, we propose to explore the sources and different dimensions of the crisis. Second, we intend to examine whether the dynamics of the crisis contains the seeds of transformation.The crisis of democracy can be...
Credits: 4.0
The course departs from the insight that democracy is in crisis. The core aim of the course is twofold. First, we propose to explore the sources and different dimensions of the crisis. Second, we intend to examine whether the dynamics of the crisis contains the seeds of transformation. The crisis of democracy can be...
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
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
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: 2.0
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
This is an advanced course in the normative theory of democracy. Normative political theories focus on the following question: states claim to have a right to rule–can this claim 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...
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
Master of Arts in Political Science Program - elective courseMaster of Arts in Political Science (2 years) Program - elective course   This course aims to explore the causes of development and underdevelopment across countries and over time. After the conceptual introduction the non-institutional explanations of...
Instructor: Laura von Daniels
Credits: 4.0
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
This course aims to introduce the students to social science discourse analysis, and in particular to interpretive discourse analysis as 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...
Instructor: Lea Sgier
Credits: 2.0
6-13 April This study provides an overview of the literature examining various illicit strategies usedby candidates to subvert democratic electoral practices. The main goal of the course is tointroduce a recent and vibrant literature in political science and economics and to exposestudents to the most important areas...
Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0
7-14 May, 2018This study provides an overview of the literature examining various illicit strategies used by candidates to subvert democratic electoral practices. The main goal of the course is to introduce a recent and vibrant literature in political science and economics and to expose students to the most important...
Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0
The first part of the course on elite theory includes discussions of classical elite theories (Pareto, Mosca, Michels), democratic elitism (Weber, Schumpeter) and radical elite theories (Burnham, Mills). Attention is paid to the issues of elite transformationin comparative and historical perspective. Academic research...
Instructor: András Bozóki
Credits: 2.0
This course provides an overview of the main theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of the relationship between entertainment and politics, a key feature of contemporary political communication in several democracies. Key concepts such as politization of the private persona, celebrization of...
Instructor: José Pereira
Credits: 2.0
This course will consider key questions about the relationship (actual and desired) between environment and democracy, notably: Does democracy matter for environmental protection? Are democratic processes conducive to environmental protection, or do they obstruct decision making for sustainability? Does environmental...
Instructor: Alexios Antypas, Alan Watt
Credits: 2.0
Elective courseThis course aims to deepen understanding of how moral values underlie public policy debates and to enhance students’ ability to interrogate their own assumptions about values, by introducing some basic concepts and methods of moral and political philosophy.We will examine key normative questions in...
Instructor: Miklos Zala
Credits: 2.0
Master of Arts in Political Science Program - elective courseMaster of Arts in Political Science (2 years) Program - elective courseThis course provides an introduction to the relationship between national tensions and international conflict in Europe from the beginning of the First World War and the end of the Second...
Instructor: Julian Casanova
Credits: 2.0
This course focuses on two closely related areas of research which are importance to students of contemporary public policy: European integration and global governance. There hardly any field of public policy which is not closely inter-linked with policy-making processes at the European Union (EU) or global level....
Instructor: Diane Stone, Uwe Puetter
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 dynamism....
Instructor: Attila Folsz
Credits: 2.0
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
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
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

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