Courses

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 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 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 is a remedial course for basic mathematics and statistics that will enable the participants to engage in the standard quantitative courses of the MA program successfully. It is a pass/fail course that will cover the essentials of arithmetic and algebra (operations, powers, roots, fractions, convergence,...
Instructor: Tamas Meszerics
Credits: 1.0
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 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
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
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
(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
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 seminar focuses on the comparative study of political institutions and their effects on the quality and performance of democracy. For our purposes, institutions are formal rules by which preferences are translated into collective decisions. We begin by considering what institutions are, then move on to examine...
Instructor: Pedro Riera
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
April 3-7, 2017This course presents and assesses some of the most relevant and updated debates on the field of public opinion and political participation. We will survey the literature in political science with an emphasis on empirical approaches to examining the origins, determinants, and consequences of different...
Instructor: Marta Fraile
Credits: 2.0
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

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