Courses

The program includes a taught course and individual writing consultations. The taught course introduces the basics of academic writing, including the concept of genre, structure and style. We will analyze issues involved in several different types of writing, asking students to find and to look at examples, before...
Credits: 0.0
This course focuses on the ways contemporary democracies are analyzed, evaluated and innovations proposed. The course is divided into several parts. The first part concentrates on the ontological aspects – on the concepts, models and patterns of democratic regimes. The second part focuses on challenges and...
Instructor: Radoslaw Markowski
Credits: 2.0
2nd half of Fall Semester (Nov 2 - Dec 8)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...
Instructor: Levente Littvay
Credits: 2.0
Advanced topics course for International Relations and Comparative Politics track students.Why did the Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s Armed Forces) allow transition from direct military to civilian rule in 2011? Will North Korea’s regime collapse and if so what would change look like? What caused Russia’s de-democratization? ...
Instructor: Matteo Fumagalli
Credits: 2.0
16-27 April 2018Automated text analysis has become very popular across the social sciences over the last few years. With the massive availability of text data on the web, political scientists increasingly recognize automated text analysis as viable approach to analyzing social and political behavior. This course – in...
Instructor: Martijn Schoonvelde
Credits: 2.0
The period of universal acceptance of democracy as the most preferred political regime type is certainly over. Several dozen countries in the world today are considered by major ranking institutions as not free. A new – a decade or so - phenomenon seems rightly to attract our attention. Increasing number of 'partly...
Instructor: Radoslaw Markowski
Credits: 2.0
At the beginning of the twenty-first century the uses of thehuman body, its organs, tissues and cells are increasingly diversified. One can observe the worldwide presence of old uses and misuses of the human body, such as prostitution, organ trafficking, human trafficking but more and more also new forms of...
Instructor: Judit Sandor
Credits: 4.0
Why study areas/regions? And how study them? Comparative area studies is one of the most promising new approaches both in comparative politics and in areas studies. It builds on the contribution that area studies has made to political science and takes methodological tools from comparative politics to develop a...
Instructor: Inna Melnykovska
Credits: 2.0
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with some of the main approaches to doing case-based research, whether single case studies, paired comparisons, or qualitative comparisons with a small number of cases. It covers cross-case and within-case analysis, X-based and Y-based studies, caseoriented and...
Instructor: Matthijs Bogaards
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 in form of cases studies, always based on a comparative ...
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 research problems and enterprises. By the end of the course students are expected to have a better understanding in different trends in comparative politics, to be able to evaluate the...
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 – the constitution, basic rights, the rule of law, separation of powers, limited government, constitutional judiciary – are relevant for political...
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
7-14 May, 2018This study provides an overview of the literature examining various illicit strategies used by candidates to subvert democratic electoral practices. The main goal of the course is to introduce a recent and vibrant literature in political science and economics and to expose students to the most important...
Instructor: Isabela Mares
Credits: 2.0
The first part of the course on elite theory includes discussions of classical elite theories (Pareto, Mosca, Michels), democratic elitism (Weber, Schumpeter) and radical elite theories (Burnham, Mills). Attention is paid to the issues of elite transformationin comparative and historical perspective. Academic research...
Instructor: András Bozóki
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 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 course aims to explore the relationship between inequality and globalization from multiple perspectives. In the first part of the class, approaches to globalization and measurement issues are covered. Then, concepts of inequality (income, opportunity, mobility, inclusion, etc.) are introduced. Particularly,...
Instructor: Anil Duman
Credits: 2.0
This course aims to explore the relationship between inequality, globalization of economic markets and institutions. More particularly it tries to answer the questions of why certain nations are able to adopt institutions and policies that promote equality; under what conditions, economic, social and political capital...
Instructor: Anil Duman
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), the various assisted reproductive technologies, nanotechnology, robotics, information technologies, and their combination now constitute...
Instructor: Judit Sandor
Credits: 4.0
Hybrid regimes that alloy democratic rules with authoritarian governance are the most widespread political systems in the world at the beginning of the 21st century. Conventional accounts describe them as defective democracies or competitive authoritarian regimes. Alternative views point to the genuine features and...
Instructor: Inna Melnykovska
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

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