Courses

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
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
(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 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
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 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
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
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
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
This course aims to introduce the participants to the basics of qualitative data analysis, and in particular to two big "families" of approaches: content-based analyses (exemplified by thematic analysis) and interpretive analyses (exemplified by discourse analysis).The first part of the course is devoted to thematic...
Instructor: Lea Sgier
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
In the course an overview is given of the actual state of the art of text analysis mainly within research in sociology, political science, and communication studies. This overview is based on the literature. After being confronted with the traditional content analysis or instrumental thematic text analysis where...
Instructor: Roel Popping
Credits: 2.0
Topics in Comparative Politics has the same function as the course Comparative Politics had in the fall semester: to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, findings, and methods of comparative politics. Through the papers and presentation, students will practice comparative politics and reflect on its status...
Instructor: Matthijs Bogaards
Credits: 4.0
12 sessions concentrated in a 2-week period between April 10-21. Each session lasts for 100 minutes.The course is an introduction to state-of-the-art methods to use Big Data in social sciences research. It is a hands-on course requiring students to bring their own research problems and ideas for independent research....
Instructor: Mihaly Fazekas
Credits: 2.0