Courses

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
The comparative historical analysis of revolutions and civil wars calls for interdisciplinary dialogue between sociology, political science, and history.  Revolutions and civil wars bring radical changes in social structures as well as in states’ functions and political structures that must be studied both internally...
Instructor: Julián Casanova
Credits: 4.0
This course will provide insights into the main structural factors and currents in education in local communities that contribute to the significantly lower educational attainments of poor Roma students as compared to their, equally impoverished, non-Roma peers. It will be shown that the lower educational results and...
Instructor: Julia Szalai
Credits: 2.0
This course introduces the students to the fundamentals of empirical research in the social sciences, and gives an overview of the main qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches in actual political science research. The aims of the course are (1) to make students aware of the methodological choices in...
Instructor: Lea Sgier
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to introduce the students to the logic and instruments of empirical social research and help them acquire essential practical research skills. It is structured in three parts: Part I gives an overview of the essential features of social research, such as its grounding in robust, controlled and...
Instructor: Robert Sata
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
Advanced Methods course, open for ALL tracksEvery empirical investigation in political science (and in the social sciences, in general) requires valid and reliable data, and the application of carefully selected statistical methods. The typical form of data collection is conducting a survey, and well-designed surveys...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
While transnational terrorism dominates the headlines, the most common type of terrorist attack is domestic terrorism. This course introduces students to the Comparative Politics of terrorism. It conceptualizes terrorist groups as actors whose actions should be understood within the context of a country’s political...
Instructor: Matthijs Bogaards
Credits: 2.0
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
Core course - Comparative Politics trackOver the last four decades, the world has witnessed the transition of political and economic regimes - from autocracies to democracies and various types of political regimes in between, and from closed to open market economies and back. The current situation provides ground for...
Credits: 4.0
This course engages with welfare state and social policy change as a special concern of politics in the contemporary world, both in advanced democratic and other polities. The course brings together discussions about key theoretical concepts, competing explanatory models and a range of methodological approaches to...
Instructor: Borbala Kovacs
Credits: 2.0
Master of Arts in Political Science (2 years) Program - mandatory course for second year studentsThe objective of this seminar is to help preparing MA thesis and think through related issues of theory, research strategy, methodology, and write-up. Course participants present and discuss the newly written fieldwork/...
Instructor: Robert Sata
Credits: 1.0
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
While most courses focus on either the domestic or the foreign policy aspect of U.S. politics, our starting assumption is that it is impossible to have a sound grasp of either without also taking the other into account. By integrating domestic politics and foreign policy, the course seeks to achieve a more holistic...
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
Voting is central to the democratic process and to legitimating the office-holders and policies that it produces. Accordingly, it is the subject of an enormous literature that offers a uniquely rich and varied insight into theory and methods in contemporary political science that also touches upon more general...
Instructor: Gabor Toka
Credits: 4.0

War

War involves widespread killing and maiming. For this reason it is of utmost importance to understand the morality that governs the conduct for, and in, war. Besides its practical importance war also raises many philosophical interesting issues. In this course we will explore some prominent aspects of war theory. We...
Instructor: Andres Moles
Credits: 2.0
Starting from 14 FebruaryThe course aims to examine welfare states and current welfare policies in a comparative perspective. In order to achieve this, different approaches on the relationship between welfare, market and state are analyzed. In the first part of the course fundamental concepts, origins and typologies...
Instructor: Anil Duman
Credits: 4.0
The purpose of the remedial course for MA students is to serve as an introduction to key concepts, theories, institutions and actors, as well as research methods of political science. It is a remedial course that aims at providing foundations to regular classes for students coming from fields different than political...
Instructor: Robert Sata
Credits: 2.5

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