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 academic...
Credits: 0.0
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
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
(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 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 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
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 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
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 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
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
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
This course aims to introduce the students to selected issues of the "Gender and politics" literature that has evolved considerably over the last 20 years and now permeates all sub-fields of political science, from political theory to comparative politics, public policy, political economy and international relations....
Instructor: Lea Sgier
Credits: 4.0
Advanced Methods course, open for ALL tracksThe course gives an introduction to the theory of many of the currently applied graphical models. All these models attempt to describe the associations and effects among the variables, and some may be given causal interpretation. The graphical nature of these models means...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
At the beginning of the 21st century the emerging new technologies have become inherently political. Neuroscience, genetics (genetic testing, screening, and DNA fingerprinting), and the various assisted reproductive technologies, nanotechnology, robotics, information technologies, and their combination – all of these...
Instructor: Judit Sandor
Credits: 4.0
The study of politics includes not only how the political world operates, but also how it ought to operate. The course focuses on John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice and some of the most important objections it has been presented with in the last thirty years. The course addresses some of these questions: what is a fair...
Instructor: Andres Moles
Credits: 4.0
Today, you open up a top political science journal and half (if not more) of the articles are littered with tables, numbers, statistical findings. The purpose of this class is to demystify these and make you an informed consumer of quantitative research. In this class you will learn the basics of statistical inference...
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 field of work. The goal of this course is to turn you into one of these people. In this class you...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
Mandatory course for ALL tracksThis course is designed for students who are beginning their dissertation projects.  The aim of the course is to give students the tools to conceptualize their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and empirical analysis. In doing so, this course...
Instructor: Erin Jenne
Credits: 4.0
The course is designed to deepen the students’ existing knowledge on political parties and party systems. In most democracies political parties are central actors in the mediation of policy preferences and governmental outcomes. Their study can teach us about the nature of power, about the dynamics of collective...
Instructor: Zsolt Enyedi
Credits: 2.0
This MA-level course provides an overview of the main topics, approaches, and methodologies in the study of political communication. It explores the range of actors involved in political communication and how the information flows between them matter for democratic politics.We critically examine key concepts such as...
Instructor: Oana Lup
Credits: 4.0
(2 November -9 December)The course introduces some of the core theories and key concepts in political economy by focusing on the uneasy relationship between capitalism and democracy. The course will ask a number of “big questions” about politics and economics, such as: Under which conditions is capitalism compatible...
Instructor: Laszlo Bruszt
Credits: 2.0
Fall 2016 (19 September - 28 October)The course is an introduction to the most fundamental terms and concepts of macroeconomics, the discipline that studies the aggregate economy and its long-run development and short-term oscillations. While not hiding the disagreements and controversies between old and new classical...
Instructor: Attila Folsz
Credits: 2.0

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