Courses

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
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 will examine scholarly approaches to the study of nationalism, drawing on a wide range of theoretical and empirical literature, beginning with discussions of key concepts and classical debates in nationalism studies, followed by an exploration of more recent methodological considerations regarding the...
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 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
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
The course aims at facilitating a discussion of some of the issues currently debated in International Relations theory. The course is centred around some of the theoretical debates in contemporary International Relations theory and is aimed at enhancing students’ ability to analyse the way various theoretical...
Instructor: Alexander Astrov
Credits: 4.0
This course is open to students at both the PhD and MA levels. The main purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the field of Security Studies, but with particular attention being given to the so-called ‘critical turn’ in the discipline.    In its broadest sense, ‘Critical Security Studies’ can be seen as a...
Instructor: Paul Roe
Credits: 4.0
Interpretive research puts the meaning‐making of those studied at the centre of a research project. Often guided by the abductive logic of inquiry, such research is commonly not driven by formal hypotheses or variables. Based on constructivist ontology and intersubjectivist epistemology, interpretive research...
Instructor: Xymena Kurowska
Credits: 2.0
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
This advanced topic course will run in the Winter term for one week, between 7-11 March.The course explains why financial markets exist and how they have evolved by looking at the agents, actors, and institutions that generate a demand for them. The consequences of increasingly integrated markets, and the possibility...
Instructor: Herman Schwartz
Credits: 2.0
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 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 proposes focused readings in power and resistance studies. It privileges a humanities (as opposed to a positivistic/scientistic) perspective, which is motivated by the desire to offer new intelligibilities, via the destabilisation of everyday, commonsensical and dominant scholarly knowledge’s, of OUR...
Instructor: Michael Merlingen
Credits: 2.0
The course in the winter term focuses on the entanglement of relations of power, modes of fabricating subjects and subjectivities, modes of making a living and modes of resistance. The topics and readings have been selected with the purpose of offering students critical perspectives on the contemporary that are...
Instructor: Michael Merlingen
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
This course is a review of government reform and modernization efforts. The course focuses on the issues and practices related to public sector reform such as the old and new public management, public value and policy design. It will addresses core issues surrounding the concept of bureaucracy, the context of public...
Credits: 4.0
The course provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and debates at the core of public policy as a field of scholarly inquiry. The course is designed to prepare the students for their dissertation research, and therefore provides for a broad discussion of public policy analysis that draws on insights and...
Credits: 4.0
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
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
The first half of the course is more theoretical, focusing on the nature of ownership and self-ownership and its implications for how the tax system ought to be arranged. There are roughly three positions we will consider: There are no pre-legal property rights: facts about property are merely legal and have no...
Instructor: Philip Goff
Credits: 2.0
This course gives an overview of recent approaches to the international and global politics of development. What do organizations and actors such as donor countries’ aid agencies, INGOs or the World Bank do? Do they really want development, fighting poverty or reducing inequality, or do they serve other purposes? How...
Instructor: Achim Kemmerling
Credits: 4.0
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

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
2 credit course, continues in the Winter semesterDay and Time: Tuesday 15:30 { 17.20 (bi-weekly basis)Welfare states and social security schemes are central to industrialized modern democracies. However, globalization and structural domestic changes increasingly challenge these achievements. Questions concerning...
Instructor: Evelyne Hübscher
Credits: 2.0