Courses

The course is designed to provide scholars with a basic understanding of structural equation modeling (SEM). Special attention is given to the translation of theoretical expectations into SEM, the interpretation of results in SEM analyses and the general use and misuse of SEM in the social sciences. While the course...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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, is considered the most traditional federal system...
Instructor: Anton Pelinka
Credits: 4.0
This seminar will focus on comparative analyses of democracies in Central Europe in a contemporary historical perspective. Special attention will be paid to the past 25 years from 1989 to present. We will analyze different theoretical models of democracy, our discussion will include the so-called different „stages” of...
Instructor: András Bozóki
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to analyze the role played by traditional and new media in democratic political processes that link citizens and their elected representatives.The course explores how changes in the information environment brought by the internet have affected the citizens’ understanding of politics and...
Instructor: Oana Lup
Credits: 2.0
The course develops, on the one hand, a theoretical understanding of why and how multivariate statistical methods are applied in political science and, on the other hand, skills, including the application of statistical packages to carry out such analyses and the interpretation of their results. The course prepares...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 4.0
The course discusses  the  development of recent and contemporary economic policy paradigms. More concretely, it analyzes the causes and consequences of the rise and fall(?) of neoliberalism, as an economic doctrine and what have emerged on its ruins. To put it with a little oversimplification, the course concentrates...
Instructor: Attila Folsz
Credits: 2.0
This course offers an overview of the main theories, concepts and empirical approaches to the subject of political communication in democratic nations. The course starts with a review of the main theoretical and empirical studies covering issues such as the modalities of political campaign and communication, the role...
Instructor: José Pereira
Credits: 4.0
This course introduces political economy as a particular approach to the study of politics and explores foundational theoretical concepts, explanatory traditions and methodological approaches common in political economy. As a continuation to the introductory political economy course in the fall semester (Political...
Instructor: Borbala Kovacs
Credits: 4.0
It is hardly an exaggeration to say that the study of institutions forms the core of political science. The principal aim of the course is to familiarize students with cutting-edge research on the development and the consequences of political institutions. The course is divided into two parts, each with its own...
Credits: 4.0
This is a doctoral seminar building on the comparative politics, political economy and political theory MA courses.Part I acquaints studetns with the most important current topics and concepts of comparative political economy, as a distninct branch of political economy. Classes cover some most important theoretical...
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 agree that governments indeed have such authority, and that citizens are usually under a moral...
Instructor: Zoltan Miklosi
Credits: 4.0
January 9 – February 17, 2017This 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...
Instructor: Takis Pappas
Credits: 2.0
The objective of this seminar is to help preparing PhD dissertation proposals and think through related issues of career choice, research strategy, planning, and methodology. The course is structured around the research interests of probationary doctoral students, who present their prospectus plans in class, work...
Instructor: Gabor Toka
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to introduce the participants to qualitative interviewing, one of the key methods for qualitative data generation across the social sciences. We start with some initial considerations on the goals and specificities of (research) interviewing, its uses and misuses. We then go systematically through the...
Instructor: Lea Sgier
Credits: 4.0
Religion has always been an important factor in shaping the attitudes and party preferences of citizens, in influencing the identities of parties and of social movements, and in structuring their alliances. This prominent political role was expected to diminish in the developed world as part of the process of...
Instructor: Zsolt Enyedi
Credits: 2.0
This is an advanced methodological course on set-theoretic methods for the social sciences. While the spectrum of a set-theoretic methods is broad, including techniques such as Mill's methods or typological theory, this course primarily focuses on the crisp-set and fuzzy-set versions of Qualitative Comparative...
Instructor: Carsten Q. Schneider
Credits: 2.0
The course introduces participants into the study of contentious politics and social movements in various historical periods and distinct parts of the world. With Barrington Moore we ask: “why people so often put up with being the victims of their societies and why at other times they become very angry and try with...
Instructor: Béla Greskovits
Credits: 4.0
This course introduces participants into the study of: a) the forms in which varied external actors as well as international trade, capital markets, debt, and recessions influence domestic policy and politics; b) the pattern of alliance and conflict among the affected interest groups; c) the diversity of capitalist...
Instructor: Béla Greskovits
Credits: 4.0

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