Courses

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
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
Core course for IR track students.This course, which is taught at both the PhD and MA levels, is concerned with how the so-called ‘critical turn’ in International Relations has been reflected specifically in thinking about Strategy and Security. ‘Critical Security Studies’ is, in its broadest sense, a collection of...
Instructor: Paul Roe
Credits: 4.0
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
Course code: CNSC 6000Level: DoctoralCourse Status: MandatoryBackground and overall aim of the course:Networks are ubiquitous. Economic trade, social relationships, terrorist organizations or biochemical reactions – all span networks. Network science has gone through a spectacular development recently. The data deluge...
Instructor: János Kertész
Credits: 4.0
Advanced Methods course, open for ALL tracksCancelled in Fall 2017/2018The 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...
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
Advanced topics course for Political Theory track studentsThis course provides a forum for discussion of a selection of topics in applied ethics through mainly contemporary philosophical literature. In examining these topics, we will discuss principles and problems of broader philosophical significance in applied...
Instructor: Chrys Margaritidis
Credits: 2.0
This course provides a forum for discussion of a selection of topics in applied ethics through mainly contemporary philosophical literature. In examining these topics, we will discuss principles and problems of broader philosophical significance in applied ethics, as these turn out to underlie many disagreements. We...
Instructor: Chrys Margaritidis
Credits: 2.0
Short SyllabusBig Data is all around us – facebook users, records on citizens, the network of neurons in the brain, routes of migrants, impact of publications. The Data itself is neither good or evil, however, it can be used for either purposes. The availability and analysis of big data opens up enormous opportunities...
Instructor: Miklós Koren, Arieda Muço, Chrys Margaritidis, Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary), Roberta Sinatra, Karoly Boroczky
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. We will consider questions such as the following:Are there pre-legal property rights, i.e. moral facts about ownership which obtain prior to the law...
Instructor: Philip Goff
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
Advanced methods for ALL tracks.This course gives an introduction to some of the hottest topics in multivariate analysis. The approaches discussed do no try to build a simplistic model of how some variables may affect other ones, rather ask, whether, with an appropriate definition of these concepts, associations and...
Instructor: Tamas Rudas
Credits: 2.0
The way science works raises deep and pressing philosophical questions. Is there a way to demarcate science from non-science? How is scientific knowledge made reliable? Is it giving us access to reality or is it merely a tool for successful prediction? The so-called “analytic” project (following Barker...
Instructor: Maria Kronfeldner
Credits: 2.0
Political institutions are peculiar entities. They claim a right to issue binding directives (commands, rules, laws) to those within their jurisdiction and to enforce their directives against disobedience. Furthermore, they claim that their directives have supremacy over the directives issued by non-political...
Instructor: Janos Kis
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 is a four credit PhD course designed to help students who are interested in the intersections between political science, sociology and political economy, and who are open to both qualitative and quantitative methods. The political sociology section of the course focuses on six major subjects: 1. the development...
Credits: 4.0
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
Core Course, Public Policy TrackThe course provides an introduction to the concepts, theories and debates at the core of public policy and public administration as a field of scholarly inquiry. The course is designed to prepare the students for their dissertation research, and therefore provides for a broad...
Credits: 4.0
This course focuses on two closely related areas of research that are important to students of contemporary public policy: European and global governance. Whereas European integration implies the emergence of the world’s most intertwined system of multi-level governance, addressing key policy challenges with the help...
Instructor: Daniel Large, Uwe Puetter
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
What does development mean? Who wants development and why? How have power structures shaped which strategies are applied over time and across regions? How does the interaction of different actors affect development?This course studies the debates around development from a specifically political angle. We will begin...
Instructor: Kristin Makszin
Credits: 4.0
Core course - Comparative Politics trackCore course - Political Economy 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...
Credits: 4.0
The main objective of this course is to introduce students into the state of art scholarship and debates in the study of nationalism, and help them to critically engage with and think of contemporary neo-nationalism and populist nationalism. The course aims at familiarizing students with key concepts and theories as...
Instructor: Szabolcs Pogonyi
Credits: 2.0
This course, open to MA and PhD students, introduces participants into the life and work of four major thinkers of the XXth century, Albert O. Hirschman, Alexander Gerschenkron, Karl Polanyi, and Friedrich A. Hayek, whose thoughts remain influential and are widely debated even today.The course does not offer a full...
Instructor: Béla Greskovits
Credits: 4.0