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 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
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
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 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 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
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
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 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 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
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 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
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
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 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
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

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